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3:50 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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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
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
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
Discussion: Law & Crime
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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
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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Daniel Drezner / Washington Post:
How scared should we be about 2024?  —  A few thoughts on Robert Kagan's latest
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   They miss Trump so much  —  Normalizing an insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Biden administration unveils new plan for young immigrants  —  The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy's legality.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Mayorkas: We won't build a wall because it might work
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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 …
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 past marijuana convictions  —  The nation's largest prosecutor's office is moving to dismiss roughly 60,000 marijuana convictions, the latest step to undo what some reform advocates consider the damage caused by narcotics enforcement carried out before Californians voted …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden acknowledges economic agenda may not pass this week  —  President Biden on Monday acknowledged Congress may not get his economic agenda and a government funding deal done by the end of the week, but expressed optimism both would eventually pass.  —  “It may not be by the end of the week.
 
 
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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows
Discussion: Washington Post
German Lopez / Vox:
Murders are spiking. Police should be part of the solution.
Tess Owen / VICE:
A White Supremacist Is Organizing Fight Clubs Across the US
 Earlier Items: 
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID's Age Discrimination
Slate:
A Better Guide for How to Follow This SCOTUS Term
Discussion: The Atlantic
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
Doctors Are Being Forced Off Clubhouse by Anti-Vax Harassment
Rainer Zitelmann / Washington Examiner:
Socialist government in Germany averted, but Berliners vote to nationalize housing
Discussion: Politico and The National Interest
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