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11:20 AM ET, September 23, 2021

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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 …
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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. and HotAir
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
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  —  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
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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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Discussion: The Western Journal
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the room of Biden's talks with Dems
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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CNN:
Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote  —  Moody's chief economist: US default would be ‘cataclysmic’  —  (CNN)A number of key Democrats say that their party should take matters into its own hands and raise the national debt limit by itself once Republicans block …
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: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
Miami Herald:
U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote resigns  —  Daniel Foote, the U.S. diplomat whose reputation for working in some of the world's most challenging environments made him a top pick by the Biden administration to serve as special envoy to Haiti, has resigned, the U.S. State Department confirmed Thursday.
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Washington Post:
U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns, says he will not be associated with ‘inhumane, counterproductive’ deportations of Haitians  —  The U.S. special envoy for Haiti has quit his job in a blistering resignation letter saying he could not be associated with the Biden administration's decision …
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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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.
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.
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
Geoff Dembicki / VICE:
Rupert Murdoch Has Known We've Been in a Climate Emergency Since 2006, Documents Show  —  Murdoch's News Corp has spent the past 15 years mitigating its own climate risk while giving media outlets like Fox News carte blanche to deny climate change altogether.  —  GD
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
White House blames Boris Johnson after U.S. press corps denied opportunity to ask questions  —  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.
 
 
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Redrawing the Map in New York
Rep. Billy Long / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris are unfit for office and should resign
Discussion: Fox News
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Facebook to testify on kids' safety as lawmakers probe a whistleblower's revelations
American Greatness:
Civilization Requires Deterrence
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The tangled tale of the Israel consulate, the Dilbert cartoonist and the Matt Gaetz case
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Stacey Abrams tour
Discussion: Political Wire
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.