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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
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
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court has only itself to blame
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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
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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Casey Michel / The Atlantic:
The Emerging Artistry of Hunter Biden
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
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  —  Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon admitted on his War Room podcast that he had a hand in planning the rally for then-President Donald Trump that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Discussion: 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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Facebook to testify on kids' safety as lawmakers probe a whistleblower's revelations  —  Happy Thursday and welcome to The Technology 202!  Below: Meet “Help Desk,” a new initiative our colleagues are launching to help you navigate the murky world of personal technology.  But first:
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
 
 
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New York Times:
Redrawing the Map in New York
Rep. Billy Long / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris are unfit for office and should resign
Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
10% of Biden's Afghanistan Aid Will Go To Taliban
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Nikki Haley slams Biden for not publicly demanding UN General Assembly ‘not recognize’ the Taliban
Discussion: The Daily Caller
American Greatness:
Civilization Requires Deterrence
Matthew Schmitz / New York Post:
RIP, Angelo Codevilla, the conservative thinker who took on the ruling class
 Earlier Items: 
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.