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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  —  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.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The new big lie Republicans want you to believe?  That there's a puppeteer at the White House.  —  Nobody is cutting off Biden's mic or dictating his decisions.  The fictional conservative narrative contradicts what people can see for themselves.  —  Only 5% of Americans in their 70s have dementia.
Discussion: The Western Journal
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
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Democrats Are in Disarray, or Maybe Just Negotiating
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Associated Press
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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: New York Times and Political Wire
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: 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?
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
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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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, TheBlaze and HotAir
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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Glenn Greenwald:
New Proof Emerges of the Biden Family Emails: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media/BigTech Fraud
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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Zach Everson / Forbes:
Lauren Boebert Used Campaign Funds To Pay Rent. She Says She Reimbursed The Money.
Discussion: Insider, Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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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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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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
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: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: KION546 and Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: CNN, The Texas Tribune and KION546
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
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  — Nurse, organizer, and democratic socialist India Walton is the Democratic nominee for Buffalo mayor.
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 …
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: HotAir, Morning Shots and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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Jake Lahut / Insider:
Andrew Yang's new 3rd party will be called ‘The Forward Party,’ according to his forthcoming book
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
“An Unprecedented Event In Modern Medicine”: What Happens When A State Fails To Flatten The COVID Curve
Discussion: Idaho Capital Sun
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Manny Diaz wants to ‘review’ existing non-COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Discussion: 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
New York Times:
Redrawing the Map in New York
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Little Outcry Over Antifa's Equal-Opportunity Beatdowns of Journalists Left and Right
Discussion: HotAir
The White House:
What Is the Average Federal Individual Income Tax Rate on the Wealthiest Americans?
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Has Covid Cost Australia Its Love for Freedom?
Colin Woodard / Politico:
Maine Braces Itself for Paul LePage
Discussion: WITF, Raw Story, 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