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4:35 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
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
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
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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 …
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
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
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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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 …
Michael Graham / NH Journal:
Where'd Joe Go?  Dems Delete Biden Logo From Candidate Pic  —  Democrats appear to have the inside track in the upcoming special election for the Cheshire County District 14 House seat, but they're not taking any chances.  That means plenty of door knocking, lots of fundraising and — erasing Joe Biden?
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.
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and HotAir
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
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BuzzFeed News:
Michigan's Attorney General Says The Men Accused In The Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Weren't Entrapped
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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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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
Rasmussen Reports:
Trump 2024 Would Beat Either Biden or Harris
Geoff Dembicki / VICE:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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