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4:05 PM 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.
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 …
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CNN:
Why we're willing to put our votes on the line for the Build Back Better Act  —  Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, is the US Representative for Washington's 7th Congressional District; Katie Porter, a Democrat, is the US Representative for California's 45th Congressional District; and Ilhan Omar …
Discussion: Live Action News
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Poll: Good news for Biden's agenda  —  The bipartisan infrastructure bill remains quite popular: 56% support, 27% oppose.  —  We also asked what voters thought about the size of the BIF package, and despite the price tag a majority (57%) thought $1 trillion was the right amount or too little to spend:
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Pelosi punts infrastructure bill as progressives claim 60 votes against it
Troy Closson / New York Times:
R. Kelly Found Guilty in Decades-Long Sexual Abuse Scheme  —  The six-week trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., included graphic and disturbing testimony about sexual abuse by one of America's best-known musicians.  —  Key Updates:  —  Jonah Bromwichcovers the courts in New York
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NBC News:
R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in sex-trafficking trial
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How an Anti-Trump Plotter in 2016 Became His Champion Against Liz Cheney  —  Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican, is the former president's choice to take on his leading G.O.P. critic.  But five years ago, she tried to overturn his victory in the party's primary race.
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Lying for Power: A Wyoming Parable in Two Parts  —  Harriet Hageman tried desperately to stop Donald Trump—until she needed to worship him to gain power for herself  —  A pair of fascinating features in the New York Times and on 60 Minutes reveal that Harriet Hageman and Liz Cheney …
Discussion: CBS News
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.
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. judge will grant unconditional release of would-be Reagan assassin John W. Hinckley Jr.
Discussion: CBS News, UPI and CNN
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default  —  The expected vote Monday sets up a last-minute scramble ahead of two critical fiscal deadlines  —  Senate Republicans on Monday prepared to block a bill that would fund the government …
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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” …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Raw Story and Insider
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   They miss Trump so much  —  Normalizing an insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DACA  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  DHS will open a 60-day public comment period …
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Biden administration unveils new plan for young immigrants
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Mayorkas: We won't build a wall because it might work
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 …
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency …
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 …
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 …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Stable Governor's Race  —  McAuliffe maintains issue advantage  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains a small lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin according to the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the Virginia governor's race.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghan Terror Threat  —  Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart about Putin's comments at the request of the White House  —  The Pentagon's top military officer discussed with his Russian counterpart an apparent offer …
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
Introducing the Real Will Smith  —  For decades, he worked tirelessly to make himself the biggest movie star on the planet.  Then he hit his “fuck-it 50s” and everything changed.  Now, as he prepares a raw new memoir and a pair of films tackling racial themes, Will Smith is ready to speak his truth.
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: Queerty, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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?
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
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Arizona 2020 Vote Audit Finds Potentially Election-Shifting Numbers Of Illegal Ballots  —  While the reports made several significant findings supporting former President Trump's complaints about the 2020 election, the corporate media ignored those aspects of the audit.
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans' Medical Records  —  A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica's reporting found Trump's “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan to monetize veterans' medical data.
Discussion: CNBC
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
How Clinton's ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Taught Germany a Lesson  —  In the final days of Germany's election campaign, the center-left Social Democrats appeared to focus their final message to voters on one idea: respect.  The message was plastered across the country on vibrant red posters …
Gallup:
U.S. Adults' Estimates of COVID-19 Hospitalization Risk  —  The American public's understanding of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines may have been put to the test in recent weeks as national public health leaders openly debated whether a booster shot is needed for the general population.
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Post
Washington Free Beacon:
About 100 Americans Still Trying To Leave Afghanistan, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The United States is aware of about 100 American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) who remain in Afghanistan and are ready to leave the country, a senior State Department official said on Monday.
 
 
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows
Discussion: Washington Post
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 past marijuana convictions
Tess Owen / VICE:
A White Supremacist Is Organizing Fight Clubs Across the US
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Slate:
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Discussion: The Atlantic
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
Doctors Are Being Forced Off Clubhouse by Anti-Vax Harassment
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Dentists' Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Covert Postal Service unit probed Jan. 6 social media
Discussion: Raw Story