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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans usually lose shutdown fights.  So why are they going there again?  —  Republicans are threatening to withhold the votes needed to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government funded ahead of a crucial deadline in two weeks, putting the country on course for yet another fiscal crisis and government shutdown.
Discussion: National Review
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Former GOP treasury secretaries tried defusing debt ceiling bomb in private talks with McConnell, Yellen  —  Paulson and Mnuchin have warned political leaders about the consequences of default, but the Biden administration and Senate Republicans don't appear close to a deal.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How the Debt Ceiling Turned into a Doomsday Cult  —  An apocalyptic mood sweeps over the congressional press corps every couple of years as the federal government approaches its debt ceiling and representatives and senators meet to bicker over whether to raise the ceiling …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
NBC News:
Biden admin seeks contractor to run migrant detention facility at Gitmo, guards who speak Creole  —  LOS ANGELES — As it scrambles to deal with the surge of Haitian migrants at the southern border, the Biden administration is seeking a private contractor to operate a migrant detention facility …
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Politico:
Biden slips into political quicksand amid Haitian migrant buildup
Associated Press:
Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Sen. Susan Collins won't support abortion-rights bill  —  As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights.
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Flynn: Libs Are Plotting To Put Vax In Salad Dressing  —  “Somebody sent me a thing this morning where they're talking about putting the vaccine in salad dressing.  Have you seen this?  I mean, I'm thinking to myself, this is the bizarro world, right?  This is definitely the bizarro world.
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Michael Flynn: The ‘Deep State’ is plotting to spike your salad dressing with the COVID vaccine  —  Michael Flynn, the former National Security Adviser to the Trump administration who has embraced the QAnon conspiracy theory and advocated the violent military overthrow of the United States …
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The White House:
Statement By President Joe Biden On Police Reform Negotiations
Discussion: Roll Call and The Guardian
Jeff Asher / New York Times:
Murder Rose by Almost 30% in 2020.  It's Rising at a Slower Rate in 2021.  —  The increase in murders this summer does not appear to be as large as the record spike last summer.  —  The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960 …
umw.edu:
Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Close Contest, UMW Survey Shows  —  Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington statewide survey shows.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Youngkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters: poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
'Buyer's remorse': Democrats face electoral headwinds in swing states as Biden's job approval sinks
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
The White House:
Joint Statement on the Phone Call between President Biden and President Macron  —  President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic and President Joe Biden of the United States of America spoke on September 22, at the request of the latter, in order to discuss the implications of the announcement on September 15.
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New York Times:
Top Adviser to Ukrainian President Is Targeted in an Assassination Attempt  —  President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would return to Ukraine from New York immediately.  The adviser, Serhiy Shefir, was unharmed, but his driver was shot and wounded in the attack.
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘Outrageous’: Judge Lays Into Trump-Loving Deputy Who Wore ‘Sheriff’ Patch On Jan. 6  —  Ronald Colton McAbee was a sheriff's deputy when he attempted to breach the Capitol on Jan. 6.  A judge is deciding whether he'll be freed pretrial.  —  A federal judge criticized a Capitol attack defendant …
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden's Approval Rating Hits New Low of 43%; Harris' Is 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, his job approval rating has fallen six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency.  For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden's performance.
Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden  —  His upcoming solo show is a headache for the White House—and a window into the murky finances of the international art market.  —  About the author: Casey Michel is a writer based in New York.  He is the author of the forthcoming book American Kleptocracy …
Discussion: Breitbart
Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney's Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush  —  George W. Bush to hold fundraiser for Wyoming congresswoman who has sparred with Donald Trump  —  WASHINGTON—The race for Wyoming's single U.S. House district has pitted two of the biggest names in Republican politics against one another …
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
News Media Can't Shake ‘Missing White Woman Syndrome,’ Critics Say  —  Major outlets have highlighted the case of Gabrielle Petito while often ignoring stories about women of color who go missing.  —  On Monday night, the MSNBC host Joy Reid invited two women on her show, “The ReidOut,” …
Reuters:
Special Report: Backers of Trump's false fraud claims seek to control next elections  —  One leading candidate seeking to become Georgia's chief elections official, Republican Jody Hice, is a Congressman who voted to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 presidential win in the hours after the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Bloomberg and CNN
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Bill Dentzer / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dean Heller won't acknowledge Biden's election win in RJ interview
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Joe.My.God.
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Vaccine Mandates: The End of Covid?  Or the Beginning of Tyranny?  —  A Harvard law professor, a leading critic of the War on Terror, a rising GOP star and others weigh in. … This Will Come Back to Haunt Us  —  By Jay Bhattacharya and Jonathan Ketcham  —  Why the push for vaccine passports and mandates?
Discussion: National Review
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Book Review: ‘The Authority of the Court and the Peril of How Much I Love My Job,’ by Stephen Breyer  —  The 83-year-old leader of the Court's liberal wing is facing significant public pressure to step down from the bench.  He decided to write a book instead.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Cotton Predicts Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Mary Trump unplugged  —  Donald Trump's niece, Mary, returns to talk about her new book, “The Reckoning: our nation's trauma and finding a way to heal.”  —  Among the topics Mary discusses with us: Don Jr's intelligence; Ivanka ego; her recent slapdown of Meghan McCain …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton tried to warn us — and paid the price.  Let's at least call Republicans what they are  —  Still, America's political class is unwilling to call the fascist, white supremacist Republicans what they are  —  During a speech in September 2016, Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: HuffPost
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement  —  The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals.  —  With progress on vaccinations and strong policy support …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
New Florida surgeon general on COVID: 'We're done with fear'  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis named a UCLA doctor and health policy researcher who shares his approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic to serve as the state's surgeon general Tuesday.
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Schroepfer to Step Down  — Veteran executive ‘Schrep’ will shift to senior fellow role  — Hardware boss Andrew Bosworth will be promoted to CTO role  —  Facebook Inc. Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, a 13-year veteran who oversees …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo  —  The CEO says the company is doing everything in its power to track down workers  —  Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees Tuesday evening about an all-hands meeting that leaked to The Verge last week.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Biden taps two fundraisers, ex state rep as ambassadors
Discussion: The Hill
Eoin Higgins / The Atlantic:
Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs
Discussion: HotAir and Beacon
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The sad, predictable limits of America's “economic recovery”
Lauren Gibbons / MLive.com:
Michigan lawmaker accused of harassing colleague can come to work, but will need escort
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Uma Thurman / Washington Post:
The Texas abortion law is a human rights crisis for American women
 Earlier Items: 
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Catalogs Anti-Vaxxer COVID Deaths
Wall Street Journal:
In Kabul, a Former American Citizen Keeps Running the City Under Taliban Watch
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
'It's Become Increasingly Hard for Them to Feel Good About Themselves'
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why I'm a Single-Issue Voter  —  I'll vote against the party threatening the republic—simple as that.
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriella Borter / Reuters:
‘Critical race theory’ roils a Tennessee school district