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10:10 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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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?
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: BizPac Review and CNN
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Shutdown Plan B  —  The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours …
Discussion: HotAir and NBC News
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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague on the Advancement of the Build Back Better Act & Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework This Week  —  This week is a week of opportunity, as we work to keep government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework:
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill
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
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
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
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.
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: National Review, BizPac Review and IJR
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Shalom Yerushalmi / The Times of Israel:
Bennett tells settlers he said no 3 times to Biden, on Iran, consulate, building  —  At recent meeting, PM assured settler leaders he won't bend to American pressure to rein in construction in West Bank, said he resisted specific US request related to Tehran
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.
Phil Orenstein / Front Page Magazine:
The Civil Rights Struggle of 2021  —  Mandated vaccines for all is the civil rights issue of our time.  —  The civil rights movement led to the end of legalized racial segregation and the beginning of the ability of African Americans to be free and equal citizens in the United States of America.
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 …
Discussion: Vox and Media Matters for America
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 and Raw Story
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David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
Anita Hill Wants More Than an Apology From Joe Biden “We need a president who is willing to call out gender violence as a public crisis.”
Niall Ferguson / Bloomberg:
Evergrande's Fall Shows How Xi Has Created a China Crisis
Discussion: Financial Times, Instapundit and spiked
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen
CBS News:
Transcript: Senator Tim Scott on “Face the Nation,” September 26, 2021
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TheGrio
Colin Meyn / The Hill:
Social Democrats beat Merkel's party in tight German election
Discussion: Insider, Vox, Fortune, Common Dreams and Politico
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
With Abortion Largely Banned in Texas, an Oklahoma Clinic Is Inundated
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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
Jennifer Scott / BBC:
Labour conference: Ask Sir Keir Starmer why he says no to the left's policies, says Bernie Sanders
Lauren Hepler / San Francisco Chronicle:
As more Californians head to Texas, how do the states really stack up?
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The survival of U.S. democracy may hinge on this decision by Pa.'s next governor