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11:25 PM ET, September 25, 2021

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Matt Sullivan / Rolling Stone:
The NBA's Anti-Vaxxers Are Trying to Push Around the League—And It's Working  —  Conspiracy theories in the locker room.  Mask police in the arena.  Superstars trying to avoid the shot.  After bringing back the culture from Covid, basketball confronts its own civil war
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.
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 …
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Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Kamala Harris hires Jen Psaki's brother-in-law as adviser to help her through border crisis and keep her presidential aspirations alive as her approval numbers plunge  — Harris has made two key hires to expand her ‘strategic communications’ team  — Lorraine Voles and Adam Frankel joined the VP's staff in recent months
Discussion: Twitchy, KION546 and Washington Post
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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Paul Starr / American Prospect:   The Real Trouble With the Sprawling Reconciliation Bill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
The Biden effect: GOP starts linking down-ballot Democrats to an increasingly unpopular president
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Examiner
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: Raw Story
Saeed Shah / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan's Taliban Warn Foot Soldiers: Behave, and Stop Taking Selfies  —  Men who recently spent their days in bloody battle are now frolicking in parks and the zoo, drawing admonishments from the defense minister  —  KABUL—Rank-and-file Taliban fighters have been having too much fun …
CBS News:
Senator Tim Scott says police reform talks collapsed because Democrats supported “defunding the police”  —  Senator Tim Scott is blaming Democrats' push to cut funding to law enforcement for the collapse of bipartisan police reform negotiations on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Hill
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
How Moderate Democrats Derailed Police Reform
Discussion: NBC News
Tampa Bay Times:
Teacher bonus checks are bouncing in Florida  —  Checks issued to at least 50 teachers in 22 different counties bounced because of a banking error, Florida Department of Education spokesman Jared Ochs said.  —  Updated Earlier today  —  TALLAHASSEE — When dozens of Florida teachers tried …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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.
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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 …
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.
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Fresh calls for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over ‘replacement theory’  —  Host dismisses Anti-Defamation League after organization urges network to drop him  —  After the Anti-Defamation League renewed its call for Tucker Carlson to be fired from Fox News for voicing the racist …
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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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 …
 
 
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The Atlantic:
The Lab-Leak Debate Just Got Even Messier
Discussion: HotAir
Aris Folley / The Hill:
House panel advances $3.5T spending bill
Discussion: New York Post and Townhall
Aris Folley / The Hill:
USDA to launch commission to address ‘racial equity issues’ within agency
Discussion: The Root
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Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Government Seeks Arrest of Top Scientists in Funding Dispute
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Schmidt: Republicans are driving chaos, promising order with easy scapegoats
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Elder energizes California GOP but steers party against the tide
Discussion: Los Angeles Times