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10:05 AM ET, September 23, 2021

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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
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Five Coup Schemes of Donald J. Trump  —  Some of the plots to overturn the election happened in secret.  But don't forget the ones that unfolded in the open.  —  Last year, John Eastman, whom CNN describes as an attorney working with Donald Trump's legal team, wrote a preposterous memo outlining …
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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
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 …
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US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court has only itself to blame  —  A raft of recent polls shows that the Supreme Court has lost stature in the eyes of the public.  Most dramatically, a Marquette University Law School poll finds the court's approval dropping from 66 percent a year ago (and 60 percent as recently as July) to 49 percent.
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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Associated Press:
Mike Pence Says He Hopes the Supreme Court Will Restrict U.S. Abortions
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KION546
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
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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Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
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 …
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...”
Colin Woodard / Politico:
Paul LePage Is Back.  And Maine Is Terrified.  —  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 …
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.
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.
Eoin Higgins / The Atlantic:
Not Getting Vaccinated to Own Your Fellow Libs  —  Conspiracy theorists who discount the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and other public-health mandates are often portrayed in the media as right-wing.  That's for good reason: a not-insignificant number of the most vocal conspiracists tie …
Discussion: Florida Politics and HotAir
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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 …
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
New York Times:
Biden's Deportation of Haitian Migrants Uses Trump-Era Immigration Tactics  —  The deportation of Haitian migrants is a stark example of how President Biden has deployed some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by former President Donald J. Trump.
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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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the room of Biden's talks with Dems  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE READOUT — Here's the most important development that came from President JOE BIDEN's five hours of meetings with 23 legislators in the Oval Office on Wednesday, according to a senior White House official …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Atlantic writer slams GOP, Trump voters as obese drug users: ‘Go for a walk and order the salmon’  —  'If you found a county where there is a lot of obesity and drub abuse, that's where you had a lot of Trump votes'  —  The Atlantic staff writer David Frum disparaged Donald Trump voters …
Discussion: Salon, HuffPost and WEB OF EVIL
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Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
White House blames Boris Johnson after U.S. press corps' questions for Biden shut down  —  Members of the White House press corps filed a formal complaint after a meeting between President Biden and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended with questions only from members of the British press.
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
Donald J. Trump:
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America  —  I spent virtually no time with Senators Mike Lee of Utah, or Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, talking about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam or, as it is viewed by many, the “Crime of the Century.”
Discussion: Morning Shots and Joe.My.God.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The tangled tale of the Israel consulate, the Dilbert cartoonist and the Matt Gaetz case  —  MIAMI — Of the many only-in-Florida aspects of the Rep. Matt Gaetz sex-crimes investigation, one stands out for its utter weirdness: the story of the Israeli consulate staffer, the cartoonist …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
After Mandating Masks Outdoors, Oregon's Active COVID-19 Cases Increased 73 Percent  —  On August 24, Oregon governor Kate Brown instated a state masking requirement that requires everyone five years and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask, face covering or face shield …
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
10% of Biden's Afghanistan Aid Will Go To Taliban  —  Why are American taxpayers funding the Taliban?  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Washington Post:
As the Petito case grips the nation, families of color say their missing loved ones matter, too  —  The last time Kimberly Bryan spoke to her sister, Tiffany Foster was showing off her new car.  Bryan cracked some jokes about how it was about time but also told her big sister how proud she was.
 
 
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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
The White House:
What Is the Average Federal Individual Income Tax Rate on the Wealthiest Americans?
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran “plan B”
American Greatness:
Civilization Requires Deterrence
Rob Stein / NPR:
Is The Worst Over? Modelers Predict A Steady Decline In COVID Cases Through March
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Vanderbilt children's hospital chief: COVID-19 is spurring mental health crises in kids
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class
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.
David H. Pikus / Newsday:
Ousting Cuomo disenfranchised NY voters
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
A Bernie Mittens Costume Is Selling on Dolls Kill for $85
Discussion: New York Post and Boing Boing
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
Stephanie Bennett / New York Post:
Organizations desperate for translators as Afghan refugees settle in US
Reuters:
Special Report: Backers of Trump's false fraud claims seek to control next elections
Discussion: Joe.My.God.