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12:35 AM ET, September 27, 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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
For Schumer and Pelosi, the Challenge of a Career With No Margin for Error  —  The top two Democrats in Congress face a daunting pile of legislative imperatives.  With President Biden's agenda hanging in the balance and few votes to spare, can they get it done?
ABC News:
Pelosi may delay vote on Senate bipartisan infrastructure bill
Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema Is Enigma at Center of Democrats' Spending Talks
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox, RedState and Mother Jones
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
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.
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: TheBlaze and The Hill
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Mayorkas admits 12,000 Haitians released in US — and more could follow
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.
Ivana Hrynkiw /
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 …
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 …
Detroit News:
Straw poll: Trump influence among Michigan Republicans might be waning
Discussion: Fox News and Insider
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.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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.”
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sasha Pezenik / ABC News:
Pfizer CEO says it's possible to distribute both boosters and primary doses  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla appeared on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on ABC's “This Week” Sunday it's possible to provide both COVID-19 booster shots as well as doses for people who have not yet been vaccinated.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Forbes and The Hill
Maya Parthasarathy / Politico:   Pfizer CEO: We can do both booster shots and primary vaccines
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James Anthony / The Post Millennial:
HATE HOAX: Black employee arrested over racist graffiti on Emory University building
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
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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
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
That NYC teacher vax mandate is back on hold
Discussion: Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Cargo Piles Up as California Ports Jostle Over How to Resolve Delays
Zack Stanton / Politico:
What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal?  —  Rick Hasen isn't getting much sleep these days.
Washington Post:
Supreme Court observers see trouble ahead as public approval of justices erodes
Discussion: NBC News