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5:40 AM ET, September 23, 2021

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Politico:
Dems seek to ‘avoid a shutdown, at all costs’ as GOP picks debt fight  —  Democrats want to bludgeon the GOP over its debt ceiling intransigence as much as they can — though not necessarily hard enough to shut the government down next week.  —  Publicly, Senate Democrats' preferred option …
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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans usually lose shutdown fights. So why are they going there again?
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose …
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Covid-19 boosters: 5 takeaways from CDC's big vaccine meeting  —  Data reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory committee on Wednesday suggests benefits to giving Covid-19 boosters to elderly Americans and long-term care home residents …
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 …
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.
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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Nicholas Reimann / Forbes:
Biden Administration Eyes Guantanamo Bay To Hold Migrants
Discussion: New York Post, HotAir and Fox News
Glenn Greenwald:
New Proof Emerges of the Biden Family Emails: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media/BigTech Fraud  —  An axis of the CIA, Big Tech and the DNC-allied wing of the corporate media spread an absolute lie in the weeks before the 2020 election.  We now have definitive proof.
Discussion: HotAir and NOQ Report
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Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden  —  At some point in the coming weeks, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be funneled to the son of the sitting American president—and none of us will know anything about who sent the money, or where it originally came from, or why anyone chose to send it in the first place.
Glenn Greenwald / Rumble:
New Proof Emerges About the Hunter Biden Laptop: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media Fraud
Discussion: Twitchy
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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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 …
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Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Hillary Clinton tried to warn us — and paid the price. Let's at least call Republicans what they are
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
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 …
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: Just The News
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.  —  Novelist Jonathan Franzen, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, explained why he refused to sign a letter to Harper's defending free speech norms from the left.
Discussion: Literary Hub
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 …
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
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. and Bloomberg
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,” …
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
As Climate Envoy, John Kerry Faces Tough Path  —  As the first presidential envoy for climate, he wants to persuade world leaders to “do what the science tells us.”  With global climate talks less than two months away, he faces a tough path.  —  NEW DELHI — The lanky figure lugging …
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Haitians Who Fled The US Border Are Now Facing Nights Of Raids And Terror In Mexico  —  CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico — Mexican authorities carrying rifles and flashlights combed through this city's downtown early Wednesday, searching for the Haitians who were in hiding after being pushed to flee the US just days ago.
Discussion: CNN and d1994
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
12 former security officials who warned against antitrust crackdown have tech ties  —  The warning last week from a dozen former national security leaders was stark: An antitrust crackdown on Silicon Valley could threaten the nation's economy and “cede U.S. tech leadership to China.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.  —  In early 1992, when I first met Kurt Cobain, he and Courtney Love were living in a little apartment in a two-up-two-down building on an ordinary street in the Fairfax section of Los Angeles.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Firm Behind Arizona Audit Defies Order to Release Behind-the-Scenes Texts  —  Cyber Ninjas is fighting an order to release communications about the GOP-led Arizona election audit, despite a judge repeatedly ruling they must do so.  —  Days before the long-delayed conclusion of an Arizona vote …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zaz Hollander / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Gov. Dunleavy activates crisis standards of care for entire state to help COVID-overwhelmed hospitals  —  Alaska is activating crisis standards of care for the entire state, a drastic step that signals staff shortages and influx of COVID-19 patients could make it impossible for some hospitals to treat everyone.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Hill
Stephanie Bennett / New York Post:
Organizations desperate for translators as Afghan refugees settle in US  —  PHOENIX, Ariz.- - Organizations helping resettle Afghan refugees across the country say that as they take in more people over the next few weeks, there will likely be an increased demand for translators.
Kelly Pau / The Cut:
How to Navigate Your Climate Anxiety  —  How do you live in a world that is ending?  This is the central question of Daniel Sherrell's debut book Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World.  Half-memoir and half-love letter to a future child, Sherrell's book provides insight on how to navigate …
David H. Pikus / Newsday:
Ousting Cuomo disenfranchised NY voters  —  As a lifelong Democrat and practicing lawyer for over 40 years, I am appalled by the Albany coup d'êtat in which Andrew Cuomo's political rivals trampled the rights of the electorate and basic due process for their own political gain.
 
 
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Emma Ockerman / VICE:
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Discussion: New York Post and Boing Boing
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
The four real reasons some moderates are balking at Biden's reconciliation bill
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
True Privilege  —  CVS launches a program that forces hourly employees to discuss their “privilege.”
Discussion: Twitchy
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Goes All In On ‘The Great Replacement’ Theory, Says Biden Wants To ‘Change the Racial Mix Of the Country’
Bloomberg:
Biden to Tap Crypto, Big-Bank Critic to Run Wall Street Watchdog
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Senate Parliamentarian Played Highly Political Role Against Filibuster Reform in 2013
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Susan Collins To Endorse Paul LePage For Another Term As Maine Governor
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Former President George W. Bush will fundraise for Liz Cheney as Trump and GOP rivals target her House seat
Associated Press:
Biden taps two fundraisers, ex state rep as ambassadors
Discussion: The Hill
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Mary Trump unplugged
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The sad, predictable limits of America's “economic recovery”
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Vaccine Mandates: The End of Covid? Or the Beginning of Tyranny?
Discussion: National Review