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5:30 PM ET, September 25, 2021

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New York Times:
Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant  —  A member of the far-right Proud Boys texted his F.B.I. handler during the assault, but maintained the group had no plan in advance to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification.
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty
Discussion: New York Post and Joe.My.God.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats' Spending Fight Carries High Stakes for Their Candidates  —  Failure of moderates and progressives to reach a deal would fuel Republican attacks on their competence — with consequences as soon as November in Virginia, and in the midterms next year.
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Roots of Democratic Disarray  —  If anyone tells you they know how the battle among congressional Democrats will be resolved, wish them a good day and walk away very quickly.  They managed to pass an infrastructure bill in the Senate — with Republican support! — and are now in total disagreement …
Politico:
Pelosi goes all in with domestic agenda on the line  —  Nancy Pelosi has never been in a bind like this before.  —  The speaker is on the cusp of muscling through a pair of bills that amount to trillions of dollars in investments that, if they make it to President Joe Biden's desk, will reshape both her and the president's legacies.
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
The Real Trouble With the Sprawling Reconciliation Bill
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
The Biden effect: GOP starts linking down-ballot Democrats to an increasingly unpopular president
Discussion: Washington Examiner
James Fallows / the:
The Next Real-Time Test for the Press  —  The “debt limit” is a serious threat.  It's not a serious issue.  This will be a chronicle of whether media can remain clear about the difference.  —  I believe in real-time chronicles of aberrant moments in our national life.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump on what would prevent 2024 bid: ‘I guess a bad call from a doctor’  —  Former President Trump suggested in an interview Friday night that only a “bad call from a doctor” would prevent him from seeking another White House bid.  —  Trump, who has openly flirted with launching another …
Discussion: Insider
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Abbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is barreling forward with an audit of the 2020 election in his state's four largest counties after mounting pressure from former President Trump.  —  The move comes as Arizona releases a much-anticipated election review …
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New York Times:
‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation
National Review:
Biden's Shameful Attack on Border Patrol  —  After saying nary a discouraging word about the Taliban as they chased us from Afghanistan and held us to an exit deadline that meant abandoning American citizens, green-card holders, and Afghan allies behind enemy lines, Joe Biden has finally found …
Discussion: Fox News
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes after tearful ‘present’ vote on Israel Iron Dome funding bill  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) penned a lengthy and emotional open letter apologizing to her constituents on Friday for effectively abstaining in a vote over funding …
Discussion: Slate, CNN, The Times of Israel and UPI
Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News:
I got the Moderna vaccine.  Can I get a Pfizer booster?  —  Efforts to give a Covid-19 booster shot to certain adults in the United States have officially begun, following a week of intense deliberation from government advisory committees.  —  Early Friday, Centers for Disease Control …
Terry Jones / tippinsights:
I&I/TIPP Poll: Biden Voters Abandon Him In Droves  —  If an election were held today, a substantial number of those who voted President Joe Biden in November wouldn't do so now, a new I&I/TIPP Poll shows.  This comes after a spate of recent polls from TIPP and others suggesting Biden's political support …
Cleve Wootson / Washington Post:
Harris, assigned to tackle volatile issues, quietly builds a network  —  Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder of abortion provider Whole Woman's Health, worried that she was overstepping when she vented to Vice President Harris recently about the war of attrition facing her Texas clinics …
Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Government Seeks Arrest of Top Scientists in Funding Dispute  —  Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to jail 31 scientists on charges of organized crime and money laundering  —  Mexican prosecutors have asked a federal judge to jail 31 renowned Mexican scientists on charges …
Washington Post:
Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret  —  The colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers.  Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Schmidt: Republicans are driving chaos, promising order with easy scapegoats  —  Steve Schmidt, political consultant, talks with Rachel Maddow about the ominous radicalization of the Republican Party as it turns against democracy and is swept up in an autocratic movement beholden to Donald Trump.
 
 
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
USDA to launch commission to address ‘racial equity issues’ within agency
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Mitchell Schmidt / madison.com:
Republicans advance bill banning critical race theory in schools
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Elder energizes California GOP but steers party against the tide
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
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