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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
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 …
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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National Review:
Biden's Shameful Attack on Border Patrol
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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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 …
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
The Real Trouble With the Sprawling Reconciliation Bill  —  Focusing the agenda could have a benefit: a clearer message.  —  President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure at the Flatirons campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, September 14, 2021, in Arvada, Colorado.
Discussion: New Republic
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Democrats' Spending Fight Carries High Stakes for Their Candidates
Saeed Shah / Wall Street Journal:
Afghanistan's Taliban Warn Foot Soldiers: Behave, and Stop Taking Selfies  —  Men who recently spent their days in bloody battle are now frolicking in parks and the zoo, drawing admonishments from the defense minister  —  KABUL—Rank-and-file Taliban fighters have been having too much fun …
Washington Post:
Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret  —  The colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers.  Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
CBS News:
Senator Tim Scott says police reform talks collapsed because Democrats supported “defunding the police”  —  Senator Tim Scott is blaming Democrats' push to cut funding to law enforcement for the collapse of bipartisan police reform negotiations on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Hill
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
How Moderate Democrats Derailed Police Reform
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Tampa Bay Times:
Teacher bonus checks are bouncing in Florida  —  Checks issued to at least 50 teachers in 22 different counties bounced because of a banking error, Florida Department of Education spokesman Jared Ochs said.  —  Updated Earlier today  —  TALLAHASSEE — When dozens of Florida teachers tried …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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: The Hill and Political Wire
James Fallows / the:
The Next Real-Time Test for the Press  —  The “debt limit” is a serious threat.  It's not a serious issue.  This will be a chronicle of whether media can remain clear about the difference.  —  I believe in real-time chronicles of aberrant moments in our national life.
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:   Why the GOP is threatening to block a debt limit extension they say is needed
Associated Press:
Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan, a witness said Saturday, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the Taliban's methods of the past.
Associated Press:
Federal judge deals blow to vaccine mandate for NYC teachers  —  NEW YORK — New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge just days before it was to take effect.
 
 
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The Atlantic:
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
House panel advances $3.5T spending bill
Discussion: Townhall
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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USDA to launch commission to address ‘racial equity issues’ within agency
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Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Government Seeks Arrest of Top Scientists in Funding Dispute
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes after tearful ‘present’ vote on Israel Iron Dome funding bill
Discussion: CNN
Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News:
I got the Moderna vaccine. Can I get a Pfizer booster?
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Schmidt: Republicans are driving chaos, promising order with easy scapegoats
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Elder energizes California GOP but steers party against the tide