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10:30 AM ET, September 23, 2021

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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.  —  Yolanda Orosco-Arellano decided she would get the coronavirus vaccine long before it became available.  But securing an appointment for it was less straightforward.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., CBS News and HotAir
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New York Times:
F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans  —  Regulators said that people over 65 or at high risk of severe Covid-19 were eligible for an extra shot, setting up a staggered national booster campaign.  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of internal strife at the Food …
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Vanderbilt children's hospital chief: COVID-19 is spurring mental health crises in kids
Discussion: HotAir, Politico and New York Times
Eoin Higgins / The Atlantic:
Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs
Discussion: Florida Politics and HotAir
Rob Stein / NPR:
Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
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.
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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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court has only itself to blame
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Associated Press:
Mike Pence Says He Hopes the Supreme Court Will Restrict U.S. Abortions
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KION546
The Hill:
Pelosi signals she won't move $3.5T bill without Senate-House deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled to colleagues in both chambers that she will not put the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package on the House floor for a vote until it's clear that it can also pass the 50-50 Senate.
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are in Disarray, or Maybe Just Negotiating  —  Threats are flying among party factions and headlines are blaring about Biden's agenda in trouble.  Maybe it is, but a lot of the noise is bluffing.  —  Groups of congressional Democrats trekked down to the White House on Wednesday …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Debt-Ceiling Drama Is Back, But Democrats Can Finally Break the Cycle  —  We've been here before—in 1995-96, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019.  This time may end a little differently.  —  Joe Biden has had to confront plenty of new problems since becoming president …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kill the debt limit now, Democrats.  If you don't, here's what will happen.  —  Back in 2011, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell famously described the debt limit as a “hostage that's worth ransoming.”  —  The Kentucky Republican meant that the threat of financial Armageddon …
CNN:
Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote
Politico:
Dems seek to ‘avoid a shutdown, at all costs’ as GOP picks debt fight
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 …
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Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Five Coup Schemes of Donald J. Trump  —  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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Andre J. Ellington / Newsweek:
Steve Bannon Confirms His Involvement in January 6 Insurrection on ‘War Room’ Podcast
Discussion: HillReporter.com
MSNBC:
Transcript: The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, 9/20/21
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Psaki pressed on whether Biden has ‘ever’ been to southern border  —  Fox News' Peter Doocy notes ‘we have not found any record’ of Biden ever visiting border  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn't have an answer Wednesday on whether President Biden has ever or will ever visit …
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New York Times:
Biden's Deportation of Haitian Migrants Uses Trump-Era Immigration Tactics
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.
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Rep. Billy Long / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris are unfit for office and should resign  —  Imagine this: You're taking your weekly trip to the grocery store.  As the grocery store clerk tells you the total for groceries, your first thought is, “They must have made a mistake; it can't be that much.”
Discussion: Fox News
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Nikki Haley slams Biden for not publicly demanding UN General Assembly ‘not recognize’ the Taliban
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump  —  White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan figures prominently in a grand jury investigation run by Special Counsel John Durham into an alleged 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign scheme …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Colin Woodard / Politico:
Maine Braces Itself for Paul LePage  —  LEWISTON, Maine — Remember Paul LePage?  Sure you do.  He's the former governor of Maine who has called himself, accurately enough, “Donald Trump before Donald Trump” — a hot-headed, vulgar and sometimes erratic figure who regularly made international headlines …
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
A year after Trump said he wanted to “get rid of the ballots,” has the press learned anything?  —  “That particular question was the precursor to everything that followed - the Big Lie, the Insurrection and what we're living with as far as Trump being in denial about the election results...”
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?  —  Half the country is locked down, and its borders remain closed.  But most Australians are willing to make these sacrifices in pursuit of a collective freedom from fear of the virus.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — In the war against the coronavirus's …
The White House:
What Is the Average Federal Individual Income Tax Rate on the Wealthiest Americans? … Abstract: We estimate the average Federal individual income tax rate paid by America's 400 wealthiest families, using a relatively comprehensive measure of their income that includes income from unsold stock.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
NBC News:
Diplomat overseeing ‘Havana Syndrome’ response is out after 6 months  —  WASHINGTON — The top State Department official overseeing the response to “Havana Syndrome” is leaving her position after only six months on the job, three officials tell NBC News.  —  Ambassador Pamela Spratlen …
Discussion: Althouse
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Little Outcry Over Antifa's Equal-Opportunity Beatdowns of Journalists Left and Right  —  Above, Maranie Staab, photojournalist thrown to the pavement covering antifa Aug. 22 in Portland.  —  From covering displaced refugees around the globe to the obstacles faced by protesters seeking change in America …
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
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Stacey Abrams tour  —  Stacey Abrams this week launched an ambitious national tour that will stretch across months and many swing states ahead of the 2022 midterms — and potentially elevate her standing in the Democratic Party in the process.  —  Driving the news: Abrams kicked off …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Facebook to testify on kids' safety as lawmakers probe a whistleblower's revelations
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
10% of Biden's Afghanistan Aid Will Go To Taliban
Donald J. Trump:
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
Discussion: Morning Shots and Joe.My.God.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran “plan B”
American Greatness:
Civilization Requires Deterrence
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The tangled tale of the Israel consulate, the Dilbert cartoonist and the Matt Gaetz case
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Azerrad / New Yorker:
My Time with Kurt Cobain  —  Befriending a rock star isn't necessarily as cool as you'd think—particularly when tragedy happens.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Firm Behind Arizona Audit Defies Order to Release Behind-the-Scenes Texts
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What Jonathan Franzen and the Left Get Wrong About Free Speech Don't wait for an emergency to criticize dangerous ideas by your allies.
Discussion: Literary Hub
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Mandating Masks Outdoors, Oregon's Active COVID-19 Cases Increased 73 Percent
Reuters:
Special Report: Backers of Trump's false fraud claims seek to control next elections
Discussion: Joe.My.God.