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12:55 PM ET, September 28, 2021


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Washington Post:
Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, but a new book details his insecurities  —  Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Stephanie Grisham's Book Details Trump's ‘Terrifying’ Temper  —  The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.”  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham, the former Trump White House press secretary perhaps best known for never holding a televised briefing …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Press Sec: He Called Me to Insist His Penis Wasn't Toadstool-Shaped  —  The harrowing detail appears to be one of many from the upcoming book written by Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Three years ago, adult-film star Stormy Daniels scarred us all forever …
Discussion: Insider, Queerty, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Stephanie Grisham describes Trump anger toward her and others as ‘terrifying’  —  Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a new book says former President Trump's anger toward her and others was “terrifying.”  —  Grisham, who served as press secretary for nine months …
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest  —  The judges failed to recuse themselves from 685 lawsuits from 2010 to 2018 involving firms in which they or their family held shares, a Wall Street Journal investigation found
Discussion: Reason and Forbes
Lara Seligman / Politico:
‘Speed equals safety’: Inside the Pentagon's controversial decision to leave Bagram early  —  On a rainy day in early May, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, senior leaders from across the government gathered in the basement of the Pentagon …
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Top generals contradict Biden, say they urged him not to withdraw from Afghanistan  —  Top generals told lawmakers under oath on Tuesday that they advised President Joe Biden early this year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan — directly contradicting the president's comments …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Top generals contradict Biden, say they advised leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Milley: Beijing's fears of U.S. attack prompted call to Chinese general
‘People are going to get skittish:’ White House sweats over McAuliffe  —  President Joe Biden can't afford Terry McAuliffe to lose the governor's race in Virginia — and the White House knows it.  —  It's a scenario the president and his aides and close allies increasingly view as a real possibility …
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Youngkin caught saying he ‘can remove’ Virginia vaccine requirement ‘on Day One’  —  In an exclusive video, Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin said he could eliminate the state's COVID-19 safety measures for state employees if elected.  —  The Republican candidate …
Discussion: Slate and Salon
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Schumer to try to get deal to bypass filibuster on debt hike  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he will try to bypass the legislative filibuster on increasing the country's borrowing limit — a move expected to be blocked by Republicans.
Biden plots debt ceiling strategy with Pelosi, Schumer
Discussion: Tangle, Insider and Breitbart
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden to meet with Sinema, Manchin on Tuesday
Discussion: HotAir and Associated Press
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Pelosi Plans Infrastructure Vote as Safety Net Bill Remains Mired in Rifts
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Pass the damn infrastructure bill, dammit  —  Then pass the reconciliation bill, then pass another bill...  I am annoyed at the way Democrats are handling the two spending bills now moving through Congress.  When the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed the Senate, I assumed it was a done deal …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Pelosi Tries to Bulldoze Progressives on the Infrastructure Bill  —  But she claims it must pass to avoid an expiration of highway funding.  That's just not true.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the infrastructure and budget legislation during her weekly press conference, September 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, CBS News and NBC News
POLITICO Playbook: Pelosi and the Squad brace for a showdown
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
New York Times:
Deadline Looming, Thousands of Health Care Workers in New York Get Vaccinated  —  Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.  —  When New York State officials issued a sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Loses Case to Enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman's N.D.A.  —  Donald Trump had filed the case against Ms. Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and “Apprentice” star, after she wrote a tell-all book about serving in his administration.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has lost …
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC, Rolling Stone and Raw Story
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: September 2021  —  , Mellisha Stokes , and Mollyann Brodie … Key Findings  — As the U.S. continues to grapple with the “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that more than seven in ten U.S. adults (72%) …
Discussion: Washington Post, New York Times and CNN
Nate Rattner / CNBC:   Unvaccinated Americans say the need for booster shots proves Covid vaccines don't work, Kaiser survey shows
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig  —  “All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud.”  —  Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began …
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Obama: Del Rio migrant crisis is “reminder that we don't have this right”  —  Former President Barack Obama in an interview with ABC's “Good Morning America” called the migrant crisis at the border in Del Rio, Texas, “heartbreaking” and a “painful reminder that we don't have this right yet.”
ABC News:
Obama urges gun reform amid spike in gun violence: 'Chicago alone can't solve the gun problem'
Discussion: The Root and Crooks and Liars
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Biden trust takes a blow as COVID lingers  —  For the first time in his presidency, Joe Biden faces a trust deficit among Americans when it comes to COVID-19, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.  —  Why it matters: The latest findings point to malaise more than fear.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
NY Times' cluelessness is wrecking journalism  —  I know, I know, you're probably sick of “anniversary journalism,” but it must be noted that this week marked the 32nd anniversary of Billy Joel's last big hit, the unforgettable “We Didn't Start the Fire.”  I'm thinking there's plenty of material …
Discussion: The Week and Balloon Juice
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Labor-management hostility erupts in Gannett newsrooms  —  The NewsGuild of New York has filed unfair labor practice charges against Gannett, the largest local media company in the country, according to documents reviewed by Axios.  —  Why it matters: Conversations …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Age of Progressive Misinformation  —  The vicious lie that mounted border agents whipped Haitians is only the latest entry in progressives' vast trove of propaganda.  —  How does a stupid and ridiculous lie come to be embraced and promulgated by top officials of the United States government?
Discussion: Townhall
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
‘Mad Dash’: Trump's demand for a Texas ‘audit’ caught Gov. Abbott off guard  —  Donald Trump's letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanding he pursue an “audit” of the 2020 election set off a “mad dash” in the governor's office as aides sought to figure out just how serious the former president was …
Discussion: CNN, Forensic News and Joe.My.God.
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump's spiteful support for Abrams over Kemp sparks midterms fear from Georgia Republicans  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is escalating his fight against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, and state Republicans fear it will give Democrats a stronger foothold in the key swing state as next year's midterm elections loom.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg  —  The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.  —  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union …
Sarah Posner / Vox:
How the Christian right embraced voter suppression  —  Abortion isn't the only victory conservative evangelicals have won in 2021. … For decades, the Christian-right foot soldiers who form the backbone of the Republican Party have regularly and enthusiastically showed up for legislative battles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Victoria Guida / Politico:
‘A dangerous man’: Warren opposes reappointment of Fed's Powell  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday said she opposes a second term for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, calling him a “dangerous man” because of the financial regulations that have been loosened during his tenure.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University  —  The new policy for Afghanistan's premier university is another major blow to women's rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.  —  Tightening the Taliban's restrictions on women …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
As Trump hints at 2024 comeback, democracy advocates fear a ‘worst-case scenario’ for the country  —  A year before the 2020 election, about two dozen constitutional scholars and democracy advocates traveled to Washington to work through a range of scenarios where something goes awry on Election Day.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Kyrie Irving wants to leave a legacy.  With his stance on vaccination, he just might.  —  Kyrie Irving is too smart for you.  He's so smart, he can outwit germs and governments.  He's so smart, you can't understand a word he's saying.  That's how smart he is.
Discussion: NPR, Mediaite and The Root
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Memo to Centrists: The Planet is Melting  —  A radical group of centrists is wasting our best - and maybe last - chance to save the planet from climate change  —  In the final days before the 2010 midterm elections, Barack Obama was in Charlottesville, Virginia campaigning for an almost certainly doomed member of Congress.
Melissa Jeltsen / Vanity Fair:
She Was Walking Home: How Sarah Everard's Murder Revealed Feminism's Fault Lines  —  The disappearance and murder of a young British woman, whose killer will be sentenced this week, unleashed a torrent of anger—and exposed deep rifts in feminist approaches to criminal justice.
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Sorry, but a national split up just won't work  —  Is it time for a national divorce?  The idea has understandably gained steam — though it can't possibly work and shouldn't.  —  In 2018, conservative Jesse Kelly argued that “our political disagreements have become a powder keg” and we should redraw the map.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
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Discussion: HotAir and The Hill