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4:45 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 …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:   The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Associated Press:
Pence Says He Hopes U.S. Supreme Court Will Restrict Abortions
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.
Sarah Ewall-Wice / CBS News:
America's billionaires pay an average income tax rate of just 8.2%, Biden administration says
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval  —  More support than opposition for infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses, high-income households  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
Discussion: National Review and Opinion Today
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll  —  A majority of Americans now say that President Biden is not “mentally sharp,” according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.  —  The survey, which like other polls shows Biden's overall approval rating sinking …
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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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
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.
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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.
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 …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup  —  The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, just two days after it was pulled from a government funding package over objections from progressive lawmakers.
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Philip Klein / HotAir:
Democrats can't hide their Israel problem
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and National Review
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 …
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
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Don't ignore the normalization of Tucker Carlson's poisonous rhetoric on race
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 …
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics  —  On paper, the deputies are scattered around the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in various assignments.  One is supposed to be working patrol in Lancaster, another in West Hollywood.  A third is assigned to a gang crime unit.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The best option for the border crisis  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  THE BEST OPTION FOR THE BORDER CRISIS.  Biden administration officials are scrambling …
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Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave  — MSNBC's Brian Williams' deal at NBC News is understood to be nearing an end.  — Sources said the veteran news anchor is looking to determine interest at other outlets.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward: I'm the guy who will bring normal back to Washington.  Where President Trump was unorthodox and chaotic, Biden would be conventional and organized.  Trump ran the White House like a reality show …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  —  No one seems to care that Democrats are walking us into a fiscal catastrophe.  —  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week: Why, in the ever-loving hell, are you not out in the streets …
Discussion: CNN and WCAX-TV
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman  —  Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, Somerset County, Pennsylvania's top cop, is now facing a slew of charges for the alleged attack.  —  A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor …
Eric Lutz / Vanity Fair:
These Republican Candidates Believe Trump Won 2020.  Now They Want to Control 2024  —  In key states like Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin, Trump loyalists are vying for the role of secretary of state.  The consequences of a victory could be disastrous.
 
 
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Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Food Delivery Workers Would See Better Pay Under New Bills
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill
Discussion: Political Wire
Pew Research Center:
Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated
BuzzFeed News:
Michigan's Attorney General Says The Men Accused In The Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Weren't Entrapped
Discussion: Raw Story
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Manny Diaz wants to ‘review’ existing non-COVID-19 vaccine mandates
Discussion: HillReporter.com and POLITICUSUSA
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Trump 2024 Would Beat Either Biden or Harris
Geoff Dembicki / VICE:
Rupert Murdoch Has Known We've Been in a Climate Emergency Since 2006, Documents Show
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New York Times:
Redrawing the Map in New York
Discussion: BizPac Review and Twitchy
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump
Discussion: Real Clear Politics