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3:30 PM ET, September 26, 2021

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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
For Schumer and Pelosi, the Challenge of a Career With No Margin for Error  —  The top two Democrats in Congress face a daunting pile of legislative imperatives.  With President Biden's agenda hanging in the balance and few votes to spare, can they get it done?
Discussion: CNN, The Intercept and Common Dreams
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ABC News:
Pelosi may delay vote on Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., may not bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor Monday as she previously committed to, she said Sunday.
Wall Street Journal:   Kyrsten Sinema Is Enigma at Center of Democrats' Spending Talks
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Democrats' spending fight carries high stakes for their candidates
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Yahoo News:
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks  —  In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials …
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
At Mackinac, Betsy DeVos offers veiled criticism of GOP's ongoing passion for Trump  —  MACKINAC ISLAND — Michigan businesswoman, political megadonor and former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos implicitly criticized the GOP's ongoing capture by former President Donald Trump in a Saturday address …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider and Raw Story
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly told former President Trump, “You f'd up your presidency” earlier this year when attempting to advise him to accept that he lost the 2020 presidential election.  —  This apparent bit of hard truth …
Discussion: New York Post and NBC News
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I hope President Trump runs again’  —  Mackinac Island — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told a crowd of Michigan Republicans on Saturday night that he hopes former President Donald Trump runs again in 2024.  —  The GOP senator's remark came on the second …
Zack Stanton / Politico:
What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal?  —  Rick Hasen isn't getting much sleep these days.  —  One of the nation's foremost experts on the laws that hold together democracy in America, Hasen used to be concerned about highly speculative election “nightmare scenarios”: the electrical grid …
Yacob Reyes / Axios:
Abbott says he'll hire Border Patrol agents who whipped at migrants  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Sunday defended the actions of U.S. Border Patrol agents who charged at Haitian migrants on horseback, blaming the Biden administration for not preventing them from crossing the border.
Discussion: The Hill
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Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
She Bought Her Dream Home.  Then a ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Changed the Locks.  —  A New Jersey woman was preyed upon by a fast-growing extremist group that claims its members are sovereign Moors, not bound by U.S. laws.  —  The official-looking letters started arriving soon after Shanetta Little bought …
Discussion: Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
Cargo Piles Up as California Ports Jostle Over How to Resolve Delays  —  U.S. shipping operations remain clogged as ports, truckers and warehouses can't find enough workers or agree on 24/7 operations  —  Nike Inc. doesn't have enough sneakers to sell for the holidays.
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Trump intensifies war with Georgia GOP leaders at Perry rally  —  PERRY - Former President Donald Trump returned to Georgia on Saturday to showcase a trio of loyalists he's endorsed in 2022 elections, deepening an internal rift among state Republicans that helped fuel upset Democratic victories …
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Times and Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodes  —  The Supreme Court's approval rating is plummeting, its critics are more caustic and justices are feeling compelled to plead the case to the public that they are judicial philosophers, not politicians in robes.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The survival of U.S. democracy may hinge on this decision by Pa.'s next governor  —  To millions of Americans, what just happened in Arizona's largest county was a laughingstock, a bad joke that blew up in the face of Donald Trump and his cultists like some exploding cigar from a 1940s cartoon.
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David Meyer / New York Post:
Group opposing indoor vaccine mandate storms food court on Staten Island … MORE ON:  —  A group opposed to New York City's vaccine requirement for restaurants and other indoor activities stormed a Staten Island food court over the weekend — refusing to show proof-of-inoculation before sitting down to eat.
Discussion: RedState, Joe.My.God. and TMZ.com
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
An elections supervisor embraced conspiracy theories.  Officials say she has become an insider threat.  —  In April, employees in the office that runs elections in western Colorado's Mesa County received an unusual calendar invitation for an after-hours work event, a gathering at a hotel in Grand Junction.
Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Pfizer CEO says it's possible to distribute both boosters and primary doses  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla appeared on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on ABC's “This Week” Sunday it's possible to provide both COVID-19 booster shots as well as doses for people who have not yet been vaccinated.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
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Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:   Pfizer CEO: We can do both booster shots and primary vaccines
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood's Ex-Partners Say He's a Fraudster.  His Emails May Prove It  —  OOPS  —  Lin Wood agreed to pay his ex-partners an undisclosed amount from former Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann's settlements.  But Wood's emails allegedly tell another story.
Discussion: Raw Story
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
How America Dropped to No. 36  —  In April, when I received my second Moderna shot, America was on a roll.  Adjusted for population, the United States had distributed more COVID-19 vaccines per capita than any country but Israel, Chile, the United Kingdom, and a smattering of small nations and islands.
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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Katie Kull / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
FBI investigates Woodson Terrace police in wake of video of department K-9 biting a man
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Hanna Trudo / The Hill:
Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and claytoonz
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
That NYC teacher vax mandate is back on hold
Discussion: Reuters
Egill Bjarnason / Associated Press:
Iceland elects its first female-majority parliament
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Mother Jones:
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Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Idaho morgues are running out of space for bodies as covid-19 deaths mount
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
What would Justice Ginsburg say? Her words now part of the fight over pronouns
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Washington Examiner:
In NYC, the ‘equity’ brigade clashes with the vaccine ‘Gestapo’