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11:40 AM ET, September 27, 2021

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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Red Covid  —  Covid's partisan pattern is growing more extreme.  —  During the early months of Covid-19 vaccinations, several major demographic groups lagged in receiving shots, including Black Americans, Latino Americans and Republican voters.  —  More recently, the racial gaps — while still existing — have narrowed.
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 …
Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Bipartisanship In The Senate Is Dying  —  Congress is in full-on chaos mode right now, with the future of infrastructure, government funding, the debt limit and voting rights all uncertain.  But at the heart of the chaos is a core disagreement over a basic tenet of governing: Is bipartisanship still possible?
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
‘No backup plan’: Democrats reject grueling debt limit off-ramp  —  Democrats are running out of time to prepare an unpalatable debt limit contingency plan as Republicans keep stonewalling and the nation nears a devastating default.  —  GOP leaders have insisted that Democrats lift the cap …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's assault on voting rights is the real fraud
Discussion: claytoonz, Denver Post and CNN
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Shutdown Plan B  —  The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours …
Discussion: HotAir and NBC News
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump's new interviews and appearances show that a storm is brewing  —  (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  “Our country will not survive this.”  —  I watched Donald Trump's entire “interview” …
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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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest effort by moderates to upend Biden's agenda is already backfiring  —  With Democrats stumbling headlong into the final negotiations over President Biden's agenda, and progressives vowing to exercise maximal leverage in a way that has centrists in a fury, a question has arisen …
Discussion: CNBC, Roll Call and Talking Points Memo
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Anti-Vaccine Cartoonist Ben Garrison Says He's Got Covid-19, Won't Go to Hospital  —  The pro-Trump cartoonist says he's lost about 15 pounds and is taking ivermectin.  —  Alerts  —  Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering drawings …
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Pauses Instagram Kids Project  —  The social-media app had faced criticism over a version for children that it was developing  —  Facebook Inc. will pause the development of its Instagram for kids project, Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, said in an interview on the Today Show Monday.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
What Matt Gaetz's Legal Lineup Tells Us About His Troubles  —  There have hardly been any developments in the alleged case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).  But the lawyers he's hired indicate that he's not out of the woods.  —  While the federal sex crimes investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Fox News embraces white nationalism and these advertisers embrace Fox News  —  For months, Tucker Carlson has been promoting the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory.  The concept, which is embraced by white nationalists and neo-Nazis, is that there is a secret plot to “replace” whites with non-white immigrants.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Insider and Mediaite
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: Election Law Blog
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Covert Postal Service unit probed Jan. 6 social media  —  In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, an obscure arm of the U.S. Postal Service did some serious internet sleuthing.  —  On Jan. 11, the United States Postal Inspection Service's Internet Covert Operations Program …
Discussion: Raw Story
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
John Hinckley, Who Shot President Reagan, Wins Unconditional Release  —  A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded late President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
They miss Trump so much  —  Normalizing an insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  American democracy is teetering increasingly close to the abyss as the Republican Party embraces cult-like conspiracies and races to shred the electoral process, now in the form of undemocratic ballot “audits.”
Discussion: Washington Post
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security  —  ‘LESS SAFE NOW’ … The process of filling critical positions has been deteriorating, and consequently putting the country at risk, for decades—and it's getting worse.  —  If an enemy of the United States wanted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
The White Backlash That Wasn't  —  Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.  —  Education  —  The Social Order  —  Over the past year, the left-leaning media has peddled the narrative that an emotional constellation of “white resentment,” “white fragility,” “white rage …
Discussion: Instapundit
Ivana Hrynkiw / al.com:
Photographer, social media star Matt Mathews: Opossum taken by the state was his ‘baby’  —  Maybe he should have played possum.  —  Matt Mathews, one of the most sought-after boudoir photographers in the Southeast and a multiple time world-qualifying barrel racer, is also a fierce animal advocate …
Discussion: Althouse
Fox News:
Border Patrol agents who Biden said would ‘pay’ could get minimal punishment, officials say  —  Biden promised that ‘those people will pay’  —  Biden and top officials distance themselves from their own Border Patrol  —  The Border Patrol agents who were pictured blocking migrants …
Discussion: BizPac Review, National Review and IJR
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Mara Gay / New York Times:
What America Can Learn From New York City  —  Ms. Gay is a member of the editorial board.  —  This isn't a comeback story — not yet.  —  This is about how New Yorkers are carrying on after we lost 34,000 of our neighbors and were left to pile our dead in refrigerated trailers.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Dentists' Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare  —  ADA opposition could be factor as Democrats look to trim $3.5 trillion spending plan  —  WASHINGTON—The American Dental Association is mobilizing its 162,000 members to fight a proposal to include dental coverage …
Axios:
Biden's reengineer-America moment  —  The Senate's bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending package could live or die this week — and take Democrats' fortunes with them.  But all the minute-by-minute political drama obscures how much America could change if even a fraction of it passes.
 
 
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Rainer Zitelmann / Washington Examiner:
Socialist government in Germany averted, but Berliners vote to nationalize housing
Discussion: Politico and The National Interest
Phil Orenstein / Front Page Magazine:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
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Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
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Colin Meyn / The Hill:
Social Democrats beat Merkel's party in tight German election
Discussion: Insider, Vox, spiked, Common Dreams and Politico
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rep. Chris Stewart / The Hill:
President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place
James Anthony / The Post Millennial:
HATE HOAX: Black employee arrested over racist graffiti on Emory University building
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit