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10:15 AM ET, September 26, 2021


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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 …
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: Associated Press
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Panel OKs Dems' $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda
Aris Folley / The Hill:
House panel advances $3.5T spending bill
Discussion: Townhall
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
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Trump says Stacey Abrams ‘might be better than existing governor’ Kemp  —  Former President Trump on Saturday quipped that 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) may have done a better job in office than her opponent, Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who has continued to catch …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
At Least 50 Hurt in Amtrak Derailment in Montana, Official Says  —  An emergency coordinator said there was an unspecified number of fatalities in the derailment, which happened near Joplin, Mont.  —  At least 50 people were injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
How America's Vaccination Campaign Fell Behind the World's  —  How did the U.S. fall so far behind in distributing the vaccines that it pioneered?  —  About the author: Derek Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Democrats outside Washington worry party will blow its chance of enacting historic agenda — a failure with grave political consequences  —  Gilda Cobb-Hunter is furious with fellow Democrats.  A veteran social worker, civil rights activist and the longest-serving member of the South Carolina State House …
Discussion: CNN, Alpha News and New Republic
Egill Bjarnason / Associated Press:
Iceland elects its first female-majority parliament  —  REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland has elected a female-majority parliament, a landmark for gender equality in the North Atlantic island nation, in a vote that saw centrist parties make the biggest gains.
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 …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
What would Justice Ginsburg say?  Her words now part of the fight over pronouns  —  This past week the American Civil Liberties Union honored the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the one-year anniversary of her death — by rewriting her famous defense of a woman's right to abortion to remove offensive language.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Idaho morgues are running out of space for bodies as covid-19 deaths mount  —  Dave Salove has watched his morgue fill with bodies.  Covid-19 victims have poured into the funeral home he runs in Boise, Idaho, in recent weeks, as the state contends with an unprecedented spike in deaths driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus.
American Greatness:
Times Reveals FBI Role in January 6  —  One thing is certain; the Times' damage-control article is just the tip of the FBI iceberg.  And more proof January 6 was an inside job.  —  The New York Times often acts as the spin cycle for the Democrats' dirty laundry.
Zack Stanton / Politico:
What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal?  —  American democracy is in the midst of a waking nightmare, says Rick Hasen.  And Democrats aren't taking it seriously enough.  —  Rick Hasen isn't getting much sleep these days.  —  One of the nation's foremost experts on the laws that hold together democracy …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
These Republicans helped craft the infrastructure bill.  They might not vote for it.  —  A motley gang of deal-making House Republicans took partial credit for pushing through President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan this summer.  That doesn't mean they'll all vote for it.
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Examiner:
In NYC, the ‘equity’ brigade clashes with the vaccine ‘Gestapo’  —  It was inevitable.  —  There has long been an underlying tension between African Americans' disproportionate vaccine hesitancy and the Left's obsession with equality of outcome (they now pretentiously call it “equity") as an indicator of discrimination.
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Mother Jones:
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood's Ex-Partners Say He's a Fraudster. His Emails May Prove It
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Engber / The Atlantic:
The Lab-Leak Debate Just Got Even Messier
Discussion: HotAir
Saeed Shah / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan's Taliban Warn Foot Soldiers: Behave, and Stop Taking Selfies
CBS News:
Senator Tim Scott says police reform talks collapsed because Democrats supported “defunding the police”
Discussion: The Hill
Tampa Bay Times:
Teacher bonus checks are bouncing in Florida
Discussion: CBS Miami
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Abbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
The Real Trouble With the Sprawling Reconciliation Bill
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Ex-Trump Campaign Lawyer Powell Sues Voting Firm for Suing Her
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Terry Jones / tippinsights:
I&I/TIPP Poll: Biden Voters Abandon Him In Droves
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Aris Folley / The Hill:
USDA to launch commission to address ‘racial equity issues’ within agency
Discussion: The Root
James Fallows / the:
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