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8:45 AM ET, September 27, 2021

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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 …
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's assault on voting rights is the real fraud  —  Experts at the Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight, as well as Las Vegas oddsmakers, all predict Republicans will win control of the House in the 2022 midterms.  —  Get ready for Benghazi-style, televised hearings with Republicans shrieking about Hunter Biden's laptops.
Discussion: CNN
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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?
Alayna Treene / Axios:   Shutdown Plan B  —  The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
As Treasury scrambles to pay bills, pandemic fuels uncertainty over calamitous ‘X Date’  —  Administration officials rule out more heterodox ideas, such as minting $1 trillion coin, to resolve debt ceiling impasse  —  Treasury officials face an unusually difficult task this fall …
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
‘No backup plan’: Democrats reject grueling debt limit off-ramp  —  The Treasury Department is expected to exhaust its borrowing power in the next few weeks, triggering a harrowing debt default unless Congress acts quick.  —  House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth joined at left …
Washington Post:
Pelosi punts infrastructure bill as progressives claim 60 votes against it  —  🚨: “Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats posted their worst-ever election results on Sunday, coming in second to their traditional center-left rival for the first time in a decade and a half …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill
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.
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: CNN, Rolling Stone and The Hill
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.
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
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. tries to press the kingdom to move toward a cease-fire …
Discussion: The Hill and Al Jazeera
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Covert Postal Service unit probed Jan. 6 social media  —  New documents reveal the involvement of the little-known USPS Internet Covert Operations Program.  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Colin Meyn / The Hill:
Social Democrats beat Merkel's party in tight German election  —  Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) won a narrow victory in Sunday's general election, topping the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the race to replace her after she stepped down following 16 years in power.
Rep. Chris Stewart / The Hill:
President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place  —  Last week, President Biden gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.  He continues to claim that “America is back,” and that the United States intends to “lead on all of the greatest challenges of our time.”
James Anthony / The Post Millennial:
HATE HOAX: Black employee arrested over racist graffiti on Emory University building  —  “Emory is unable to share personnel information and can't speculate his intentions.  Unfortunately, we are unable to share any additional details beyond what is in the statement,” an Emory spokesperson said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
With Abortion Largely Banned in Texas, an Oklahoma Clinic Is Inundated  —  The new law prohibits abortions after about six weeks, a very early stage of pregnancy.  Many women are now traveling out of state for the procedure.  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — On a windy Tuesday morning …
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 …
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
This was the worst slaughter of Native Americans in U.S. history.  Few remember it.  —  The 1863 Bear River Massacre decimated the Northwestern Band of the Shoshones but was overshadowed by the Civil War.  —  Historians consider it the worst massacre of Native Americans in U.S. history.
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 …
Discussion: Politico, UPI, KVIA-TV and GOV.UK
CNN:
State of the Union  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): All on the line.  The balancing act over President Biden's priorities comes to a head tomorrow.  —  [09:00:01]  —  REP. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-WA): We have at least 50 people who are not going to vote for that bill.
Financial Times:
Boris Johnson undertakes his first major overseas trip  —  Sebastian Payne takes you into the corridors of power to unwrap, analyse and debate British politics with a regular lineup of expert Financial Times correspondents and informed commentators.  New episodes available every Saturday morning.
 
 
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Niall Ferguson / Bloomberg:
Evergrande's Fall Shows How Xi Has Created a China Crisis
Discussion: Financial Times, Instapundit and spiked
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Life along the border collapses as Biden fiddles
Discussion: Instapundit
CBS News:
Transcript: Senator Tim Scott on “Face the Nation,” September 26, 2021
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TheGrio
Jennifer Scott / BBC:
Labour conference: Ask Sir Keir Starmer why he says no to the left's policies, says Bernie Sanders
Arizona Republic:
Gov. Doug Ducey must stop handcuffing schools that want to protect kids from COVID-19
Lauren Hepler / San Francisco Chronicle:
As more Californians head to Texas, how do the states really stack up?
 Earlier Items: 
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The survival of U.S. democracy may hinge on this decision by Pa.'s next governor
David Meyer / New York Post:
Group opposing indoor vaccine mandate storms food court on Staten Island
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Katie Kull / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
FBI investigates Woodson Terrace police in wake of video of department K-9 biting a man
Discussion: Insider, 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
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' the presidency: book
Discussion: New York Post and NBC News
Wall Street Journal:
Cargo Piles Up as California Ports Jostle Over How to Resolve Delays