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2:30 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, New York Times and Political Wire
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  —  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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 and The Texas Tribune
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Roe Under Threat, House Plans to Vote on Bill to Counter Abortion Curbs  —  The measure has little chance of becoming law, but its consideration reflects a view among Democrats that the issue could resonate in midterm congressional elections.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats plan …
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Andrew Yang's new 3rd party will be called ‘The Forward Party,’ according to his forthcoming book
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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Mark Scott / Politico:
Ahead of German election, Telegram plays radicalizing role
New York Times:
Redrawing the Map in New York
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Mark Hemingway / RealClearInvestigations:
Little Outcry Over Antifa's Equal-Opportunity Beatdowns of Journalists Left and Right
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Colin Woodard / Politico:
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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
Michael Azerrad / New Yorker:
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