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2:55 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 …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
A year after Trump said he wanted to “get rid of the ballots,” has the press learned anything?
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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The Hill:
Pelosi signals she won't move $3.5T bill without Senate-House deal
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
America's billionaires pay an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, Biden administration says
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the room of Biden's talks with Dems
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.
Discussion: ARLnow.com and HotAir
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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.
New York Times:
F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer Booster Shots for Older and At-Risk Americans
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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Andre J. Ellington / Newsweek:
Steve Bannon Confirms His Involvement in January 6 Insurrection on ‘War Room’ Podcast
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and HillReporter.com
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
The U.S. Debt-Ceiling Drama Is Back, But Democrats Can Finally Break the Cycle
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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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
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 …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Disney Isn't Investigating Handling of Sexual-Assault Allegations, After ABC News Boss Urged Probe  —  ABC President Kim Godwin called for external probe last month; top staffer said Disney executive Peter Rice won't pursue one  —  Walt Disney Co. isn't pursuing an independent investigation …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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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.
Discussion: UPI and The Daily Caller
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump demands Abbott back election audit in Texas  —  Former President Trump is pressuring Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to back a bill to launch an election audit in the Lone Star State, signaling an expanded effort to throw his broader 2020 election defeat into question.
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
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty: Unsolved Murders, Insurance Fraud and Missing Millions  —  Since South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh admitted last week to trying to stage his own murder, the story has continued to take new twists  —  HAMPTON, S.C.—A driver can park on the side …
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 …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Big Pharma, medical firms donated $750K to Kyrsten Sinema — then she opposed drug bill  —  Democrats who now oppose the plan to lower prescription drug costs accused of “carrying water for Big Pharma”  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the controversial Arizona Democrat who threatens …
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump 2024 Would Beat Either Biden or Harris  —  Voters are divided on whether former President Donald Trump should run again in 2024, but most would vote for him in a race against either President Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone …
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The 'We're Just as Bad as Russia' Crowd  —  No, Glenn Greenwald and Sohrab Ahmari: Censorship in the U.S. is not comparable to what goes on in Putin's Russia.  —  A PROTESTER HOLDS A PLACARD READING “PUTIN - NO!”  DURING AN OPPOSITION RALLY IN CENTRAL MOSCOW, ON MARCH 10, 2019, TO DEMAND INTERNET FREEDOM IN RUSSIA.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Combats Super-Pollutants and Bolsters Domestic Manufacturing with New Programs and Historic Commitments  —  Environmental Protection Agency Issues Final Rule to Reduce Emissions of Hydrofluorocarbons by 85% over 15 Years  —  Administration Actions Strengthen …
 
 
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BuzzFeed News:
Michigan's Attorney General Says The Men Accused In The Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Weren't Entrapped
Discussion: Raw Story
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Roe Under Threat, House Plans to Vote on Bill to Counter Abortion Curbs
Discussion: National Review and POLITICUSUSA
Nicholas Carlson / Insider:
Democratic socialist India Walton, a surprise Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor, hasn't studied socialism since grade school, she tells us in the EIC interview
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Manny Diaz wants to ‘review’ existing non-COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Discussion: HillReporter.com and POLITICUSUSA
Washington National Cathedral:
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Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and UPI
Mark Scott / Politico:
Ahead of German election, Telegram plays radicalizing role
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Redrawing the Map in New York
Discussion: Twitchy
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?
Colin Woodard / Politico:
Maine Braces Itself for Paul LePage
Discussion: Raw Story, WITF, HuffPost and The Hill
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The tangled tale of the Israel consulate, the Dilbert cartoonist and the Matt Gaetz case
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
The Stacey Abrams tour
Discussion: Political Wire