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12:35 PM 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 and Rolling Stone
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 and Wall Street Journal
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  —  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 …
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 …
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 …
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Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
At Mackinac, Betsy DeVos offers veiled criticism of GOP's ongoing passion for Trump
Discussion: Insider and 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: Politico and The Hill
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Democrats' spending fight carries high stakes for their candidates
Discussion: ABC News
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: Politico and The Hill
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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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.
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
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 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
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Pollster Zogby: Biden ‘Is in trouble,’ a ‘D’ for the week
The Sunday Times:
Joe Biden treats us like slaves say deported Haitian refugees
Discussion: Power Line
Egill Bjarnason / Associated Press:
Iceland elects its first female-majority parliament
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
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
What would Justice Ginsburg say? Her words now part of the fight over pronouns
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Washington Examiner:
In NYC, the ‘equity’ brigade clashes with the vaccine ‘Gestapo’
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
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: Breitbart and Twitchy
Washington Post:
Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret
Discussion: Raw Story