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7:30 PM ET, September 26, 2021


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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Centrists back $3.5T package  —  Two of the nine House centrists who demanded Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bring the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor by Monday are now publicly promising to vote for the separate $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Shutdown Plan B  —  The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours before a potential shutdown — on a House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.  —  Why it matters: The bill is going to fail.  Period.
Wall Street Journal:   Kyrsten Sinema Is Enigma at Center of Democrats' Spending Talks
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 …
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: TheBlaze and The Hill
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
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
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I hope President Trump runs again’
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Glenn Youngkin's play: Forever- and Never-Trumpers  —  Standing on a flatbed hitched to a John Deere tractor in red Rockingham County, Virginia, Glenn Youngkin decried California liberalism and bashed his rival, Terry McAuliffe.  He also encouraged early voting.  Two words he avoided: Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Biden's political woes put Senate in play
Lauren Hepler / San Francisco Chronicle:
As more Californians head to Texas, how do the states really stack up?  —  After the pandemic shut down all of his construction sites last year, San Jose homebuilder Dan Dang decided to start a new kind of real estate venture.  —  First came a YouTube channel, then a Facebook group with the same name …
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: Forbes and The Hill
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:   Pfizer CEO: We can do both booster shots and primary vaccines
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: NBC News
Susannah George / Washington Post:
How Afghanistan's security forces lost the war  —  Building Afghanistan's national security forces was one of the most ambitious and expensive aspects of two decades of U.S.-led war.  —  It resulted in failure.  —  The United States spent billions of dollars training and equipping police, soldiers and special forces.
Financial Times:
Johnson prepares to call in army as panic buying drains UK petrol pumps  —  Competition rules eased with more than half of garages outside motorway network estimated to have no fuel  —  Boris Johnson is preparing to draft in hundreds of soldiers to tackle the UK's fuel crisis as at least half …
Roxanne Reid / Full Court Press:
FULL EPISODE: 9/26/21 Senate Intel Committee Chair Mark Warner on China, US alliances, immigration and more  —  Washington, D.C. - Greta Van Susteren interviewed Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the Australia nuclear submarine controversy …
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: Washington Times, HotAir and Raw Story
Financial Times:
Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip  —  Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators.  New episodes available every Saturday morning.
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Arizona Republic:
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Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
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Discussion: CNN
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Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
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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
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
What would Justice Ginsburg say? Her words now part of the fight over pronouns