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10:45 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 …
Discussion: emptywheel
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 and CNN
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Democrats' spending fight carries high stakes for their candidates  —  Mr. McAuliffe, who is in a dead heat with Mr. Youngkin in public and private surveys, is close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a number of White House officials.  He and his advisers have been blunt with Biden aides …
Discussion: ABC News
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
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Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Trump says Stacey Abrams ‘might be better than existing governor’ Kemp
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 …
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
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Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
At Mackinac, Betsy DeVos offers veiled criticism of GOP's ongoing passion for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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
Discussion: Twitchy and Washington Post
 
 
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The Sunday Times:
Joe Biden treats us like slaves say deported Haitian refugees
Discussion: Power Line
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can Joe Biden Recover?
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and claytoonz
Mother Jones:
How a Mysterious Russian Businessman Got His Picture Taken With Donald Trump
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Idaho morgues are running out of space for bodies as covid-19 deaths mount
Washington Examiner:
In NYC, the ‘equity’ brigade clashes with the vaccine ‘Gestapo’
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Aris Folley / The Hill:
House panel advances $3.5T spending bill
Discussion: Townhall
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Abbott bows to Trump pressure on Texas election audit
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret
Discussion: Raw Story
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