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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 …
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
The Biden effect: GOP starts linking down-ballot Democrats to an increasingly unpopular president  —  Amid president's eroding poll numbers, Republicans begin hitching potentially vulnerable Democrats to Biden  —  Chaffetz: Biden's crises, cratering poll numbers are ‘self-inflicted wounds’
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Politico:
As Dems race forward, Manchin pumps brakes: ‘There is no timeline’  —  Democratic leaders and President Joe Biden are speeding up their work on Biden's massive jobs and families plan.  Joe Manchin keeps throttling momentum back.  —  The president wants Manchin and other holdouts to find …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jim Parker / KVIA-TV:
Fort Bliss woman soldier assaulted at Afghan refugee camp  —  DONA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico — The FBI is investigating the assault of a female Fort Bliss soldier by several male Afghan refugees at the Army's Doña Ana Complex camp where thousands are currently being housed, officials told ABC-7 on Friday.
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Assault on female US service member by male Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss under FBI investigation  —  The incident comes on the heels of two Afghan refugees being charged with federal crimes at a Wisconsin military base  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 24
Katie Pavlich / Townhall:   A Female U.S. Soldier Has Been Assaulted by Afghan Refugees in New Mexico
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Arizona recount results raise stakes for GOP-backed ballot reviews in other states  —  A GOP-commissioned report that did not find evidence fraud tainted Arizona's 2020 election has intensified the fight over similar partisan ballot reviews in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin …
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New York Times:
‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Elder energizes California GOP but steers party against the tide  —  OAKLAND — California voters' staggering rejection of the Gov. Gavin Newsom recall was bad enough for the state's Republicans.  Now the party has to navigate the meteoric rise of conservative Larry Elder …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
China Frees 2 Canadians After U.S. Deal Over Huawei Executive  —  Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor had been held by China since 2018, soon after Canada detained the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.  A U.S. agreement has cleared the way for Ms. Meng's release.
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New York Times:
The Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou is set to be released.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Biden likely won't shield Trump records from Jan. 6 investigators, White House says  —  President Joe Biden will not shield former President Donald Trump's records from the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by invoking executive privilege, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
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Sarah Toy / Wall Street Journal:
Schools With Face-Mask Requirements Had Fewer Covid-19 Outbreaks, CDC Study Finds  —  Two studies suggest that masks can help prevent classroom outbreaks and pediatric cases in the community  —  Face-mask requirements in schools drastically reduce the spread of Covid-19 among children …
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Pediatric covid-19 cases rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Think tank: Trump faces ‘substantial’ legal risk in Georgia case  —  Ahead of former President Donald Trump's return to Georgia, legal experts with the Brookings Institution think tank published a detailed analysis Friday of the potential criminal investigation he faces in Fulton County linked …
Discussion: HillReporter.com and myfox8.com
New York Times:
The Surveillance Apparatus That Surrounded Britney Spears  —  An account by a former employee of the security team hired by Ms. Spears's father created the most detailed portrait yet of the singer's life under 13 years of conservatorship.  —  Britney Spears's father and the security firm …
Discussion: Variety
Insider:
One of the most secretive and powerful groups in GOP politics just had its cell phone numbers leaked.  Here's what its members said about Trump 2024 when we started calling.  — Several members of the conservative Council for National Policy were iffy on Trump running again.
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Maybe We Should Be Talking More About the Trump Coup Memo  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  There was big news this week on what is known ominously and euphemistically as “the democracy beat,” and like all such news, it was bad.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘Gutfeld!’ beats all late-night shows on their widely hyped ‘Climate Night’  —  Greg Gutfeld also trounced his cable news competitors on MSNBC and CNN  —  Tucker roasts ‘dumbest’ CNN hosts on ‘Gutfeld!’  —  Fox News' “Gutfeld!” beat all the other late-night shows Wednesday …
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Seven-seven-what?  After 74 years, D.C. braces for a new area code.  —  The plethora of timeless symbols that define Washington include the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and a venerated area code that evokes power and prestige: 202 — the digital entryway to the nation's capital.  —  For now.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Chris Hayes / New Yorker:
On the Internet, We're Always Famous  —  What happens when the experience of celebrity becomes universal?  —  The fennec fox is the smallest fox on earth and cute as a button.  It has mischievous dark eyes, a small black nose, and impish six-inch ears—each several times larger than its head.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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