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4:35 PM ET, September 25, 2021

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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.
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: Insider and Washington Examiner
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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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 …
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New York Times:
Biden Promised to Follow the Science. But Sometimes, He Gets Ahead of the Experts.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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
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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New York Times:
‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation
Associated Press:
Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan, a witness said Saturday, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the Taliban's methods of the past.
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and Raw Story
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 …
governor.ny.gov:
In Preparation for Monday Vaccination Deadline, Governor Hochul Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address Preventable Health Care Staffing Shortage  —  Plan Includes Preparation of State of Emergency Declaration to Supplement Workforce Supply at Health Care Facilities
Discussion: CBS News, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg
 
 
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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
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
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Wall Street Journal:
China's Xinjiang Crackdown Reaps Millions of Dollars in Assets for the State
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Seven-seven-what? After 74 years, D.C. braces for a new area code.
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Alex Traub / New York Times:
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The White House:
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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Harris hires two senior advisers
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
China Frees 2 Canadians After U.S. Deal Over Huawei Executive
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Trapped in Kabul, Prominent Afghan Women Fear Retribution Under Taliban Rule