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10:10 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
Wall Street Journal:   Kyrsten Sinema Is Enigma at Center of Democrats' Spending Talks
Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Pfizer CEO says it's possible to distribute both boosters and primary doses
Discussion: Politico, Forbes and The Hill
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 …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
U.S. Debt-Limit Brinksmanship Has Become a Political Game  —  Republicans and Democrats have long sparred over raising the debt ceiling.  But this time, the odds are growing that the U.S. could default.  —  WASHINGTON — For nearly two decades, lawmakers in Washington have waged …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Treasury scrambles to pay bills, pandemic fuels uncertainty over calamitous ‘X Date’
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs, Ozy Media and a $40 Million Conference Call Gone Wrong  —  The digital media company has raised eyebrows for its claims about its audience size for years.  Then came the strange voice on the phone.  —  This past winter, Goldman Sachs was closing in on a $40 million investment in Ozy …
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: The Hill and TheBlaze
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Mayorkas admits 12,000 Haitians released in US — and more could follow
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.
Washington Post:
Democrats outside D.C. worry party will blow its chance of enacting historic agenda — a failure with grave political consequences
Discussion: CNN
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The survival of U.S. democracy may hinge on this decision by Pa.'s next governor  —  To millions of Americans, what just happened in Arizona's largest county was a laughingstock, a bad joke that blew up in the face of Donald Trump and his cultists like some exploding cigar from a 1940s cartoon.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
Liz Cheney on being a Republican while opposing Donald Trump  —  Liz Cheney tells Lesley Stahl about running for re-election as an anti-Trump Republican in Wyoming, as her own party there has called for her resignation, and joining the House Select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.
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
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
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:   Biden's political woes put Senate in play
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Jennifer Scott / BBC:
Labour conference: Ask Sir Keir Starmer why he says no to the left's policies, says Bernie Sanders
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Panel of Scientists Investigating Origins of Virus Is Disbanded
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Arizona Republic:
Gov. Doug Ducey must stop handcuffing schools that want to protect kids from COVID-19
Financial Times:
Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip
Katie Kull / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
FBI investigates Woodson Terrace police in wake of video of department K-9 biting a man
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Post and WTOP
Roxanne Reid / Full Court Press:
FULL EPISODE: 9/26/21 Senate Intel Committee Chair Mark Warner on China, US alliances, immigration and more
Susannah George / Washington Post:
How Afghanistan's security forces lost the war
 Earlier Items: 
Hanna Trudo / The Hill:
Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
That NYC teacher vax mandate is back on hold
Discussion: Reuters
Egill Bjarnason / Associated Press:
Iceland elects its first female-majority parliament
Discussion: Associated Press
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
How America Dropped to No. 36  —  In April, when I received my second Moderna shot, America was on a roll.
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodes
Discussion: NBC News
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood's Ex-Partners Say He's a Fraudster. His Emails May Prove It
Discussion: Raw Story