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5:50 PM ET, September 23, 2021

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Washington Post:
Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown  —  The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Scoop: Tears in the Oval Office  —  SCOOP: Playbook has learned that during an intense meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Rep. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.) broke into tears while arguing her case to President JOE BIDEN that the reconciliation bill should include …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax ‘framework’ for $3.5T package  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday morning announced that the Senate, House and White House have reached a deal on a “framework” to pay for the massive human infrastructure spending package …
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CNN:
Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote
Maria Cardona / The Hill:
Democrats' do-or-die moment
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval  —  More support than opposition for infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses, high-income households  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
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Philip Klein / National Review:   Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump's Plans for a Coup Are Now Public  —  Last year, John Eastman, whom CNN describes as an attorney working with Donald Trump's legal team, wrote a preposterous memo outlining how then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election by fiat or, failing that …
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Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions …
Conrad Swanson / Denver Post:
Lauren Boebert paid rent and utilities with campaign funds, FEC filings show  —  Republican congresswoman later reimbursed her campaign for $6,650  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert paid rent and utility bills with campaign funds in violation of federal campaign finance laws, new filings with the Federal Election Commision show.
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Rep. Lauren Boebert used campaign funds for rent and utilities, new filing shows
Discussion: NBC News
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  —  No one seems to care that Democrats are walking us into a fiscal catastrophe.  —  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week: Why, in the ever-loving hell, are you not out in the streets …
Discussion: CNN and WCAX-TV
Sam Baker / Axios:
Some experts see signs of hope as COVID cases fall  —  New coronavirus cases are continuing to decline, and some experts are cautiously optimistic that the virus will continue to wane even into the fall and winter.  —  The big picture: The next few months are highly uncertain, and some localized outbreaks are all but guaranteed.
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Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Nearly half of the unvaccinated say they're willing to get a coronavirus shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward: I'm the guy who will bring normal back to Washington.  Where President Trump was unorthodox and chaotic, Biden would be conventional and organized.  Trump ran the White House like a reality show …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman  —  Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, Somerset County, Pennsylvania's top cop, is now facing a slew of charges for the alleged attack.  —  A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor …
Ruth Styles / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of Haitian migrants who flocked to Del Rio were already working and living comfortably as refugees in CHILE and only set off for the US after Biden scrapped Trump-era deportation policy  — The 15,000 Haitians who turned up in Del Rio did not come from Haiti - they came from mostly Chile
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Craig Spencer / The Atlantic:
No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People  —  For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should've been a glorious summer.  Those who had cast their masks aside months ago were asked to dust them off.  Many are still taking no chances.
Discussion: HotAir
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics  —  On paper, the deputies are scattered around the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in various assignments.  One is supposed to be working patrol in Lancaster, another in West Hollywood.  A third is assigned to a gang crime unit.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Blows Up Murdoch's White Supremacy Denial on Air  —  Last spring, Fox News host Tucker Carlson used one of his inflammatory monologues to accuse the Biden administration of “​​trying to replace the current electorate” with “more obedient voters from the Third World.”
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Don't ignore the normalization of Tucker Carlson's poisonous rhetoric on race
David Karpf:
An Open Letter to the American Political Science Association regarding John Eastman and the Claremont Institute  —  (Members of the APSA can sign on to this letter by clicking here)  —  To the members of the APSA Council:  —  On January 11, 2021, you issued the following statement on behalf …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  Rep. Don Bacon came out in support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, becoming the fifth House Republican to do so.  —  The five Republicans are backing the Senate-passed bill despite the fact …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: New emails reveal Hunter Biden asked for $2 million plus ‘success fees’ to help unfreeze Libyan assets … Two previously unpublished emails sent by business contacts of Hunter Biden indicate that the president's son requested an annual retainer of $2 million to help recover billions …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
J.D. Vance Defends Texas Abortion Ban, Calls Rape ‘Inconvenient’  —  J.D. Vance, who is trailing several GOP candidates in the Senate primary, told Spectrum News 1 that “in Texas they're trying to make it easier for babies to be born.”  —  In a local news interview published Wednesday …
Discussion: Spectrum News 1 Ohio
Rebecca McCray / Curbed:
What Its Like at Rikers, According to People Who Just Got Out “They're not feeding people, there's no water, no showers, no phone calls.”  —  Photo-Illustration: by Curbed; Photo Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times/Redux/B) The New York Times  —  The ongoing violence and despair …
Discussion: Reason
Media Matters for America:
Charlie Kirk: “Deputize a citizen force, put them on the border” in order to protect “white demographics in America”  —  Steve Bannon and his panel push for Arizona-style “audit” in Georgia  —  Steve Bannon touts QAnon-linked Arizona election announcement: “The decertification process starts tomorrow”
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Donald Trump, set for return to Georgia, remains a force in its politics  —  When Donald Trump arrives in Georgia this weekend, it will be more of an all-day spectacle than a simple campaign rally.  And it's all designed to show that the former president's grip on the Georgia GOP remains …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup  —  The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, just two days after it was pulled from a government funding package over objections from progressive lawmakers.
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave  — MSNBC's Brian Williams' deal at NBC News is understood to be nearing an end.  — Sources said the veteran news anchor is looking to determine interest at other outlets.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of U.S. Supreme Court Down to 40%, a New Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court have worsened, with 40%, down from 49% in July, saying they approve of the job the high court is doing.  This represents, by two percentage points, a new low in Gallup's trend, which dates back to 2000.
Pew Research Center:
Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated  —  Americans who relied most on former President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force for news about the coronavirus outbreak in the early days of the pandemic are now among …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Sends Out Three Increasingly Furious Late-Night Statements in 77 Mins  —  U OK?  —  Donald Trump is doing fine, and don't let three absolutely raging statements sent out within 77 minutes make you think otherwise.  The first, posted by his spokeswoman Wednesday night …
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
K Street Firm Finally Cuts Ties With Saudi Office Implicated in Khashoggi Murder  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  A powerhouse DC lobbying firm has formally cut ties with the Saudi government office implicated …
Discussion: MoveOn
 
 
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Scott Winship / The Dispatch:
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Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
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Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty: Unsolved Murders, Insurance Fraud and Missing Millions
BuzzFeed News:
Michigan's Attorney General Says The Men Accused In The Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Weren't Entrapped
Discussion: Raw Story
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Igor Derysh / Salon:
Big Pharma, medical firms donated $750K to Kyrsten Sinema — then she opposed drug bill
Discussion: The Nation, Common Dreams and KION546
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump 2024 Would Beat Either Biden or Harris
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump