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11:10 AM ET, September 25, 2021

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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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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
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Why the GOP is threatening to block a debt limit extension they say is needed  —  Republicans say the debt limit must be extended.  They support the contents of the bill to which that extension is attached.  And they're promising to block that vote.  Here's why.
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:
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
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.
Discussion: Slate
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty
Discussion: New Republic
New York Times:
‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation  —  As a Republican review of 2020 votes in Arizona sputtered to a close, Donald Trump and his allies signaled that their attack on the election, and their drive to reshape future elections, were far from over.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Arizona “Audit” Was Election Subversion  —  The subversion will continue until morale improves.  —  At the outset the Cyber Ninjas' presentation about its wildly incompetent review of the Maricopa County's 2020 election, state Senate President Karen Fann stated that she had never intended to overturn the election.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Arizona recount results raise stakes for GOP-backed ballot reviews in other states
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 …
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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
Katie Pavlich / Townhall:   A Female U.S. Soldier Has Been Assaulted by Afghan Refugees in New Mexico
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: myfox8.com and HillReporter.com
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.
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
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: CNN, The Times of Israel and UPI
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Pediatric covid-19 cases rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday offered more evidence that school mask requirements can help keep children healthy and in classrooms, showing lower spikes in pediatric covid cases …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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