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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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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Republicans Block Government Funding, Refusing to Lift Debt Limit  —  Senate Republicans opposed legislation to avert a government shutdown and prevent a debt default at a critical moment for Democrats' domestic agenda.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a spending bill needed …
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Poll: Good news for Biden's agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
‘No backup plan’: Democrats reject grueling debt limit off-ramp
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.
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 …
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
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans proposed redrawn congressional maps Monday that would shore up their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly two dozen U.S. House members, while adding new districts in booming Austin and Houston.
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Susan Crabtree / HotAir:
Will Biden's border crisis cost Democrats Texas seats?
Discussion: Politico and Real Clear Politics
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
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Largest Autocracy on Earth  —  In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb.  His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.
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
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Jon Jackson / Newsweek:   Trump's ‘Mar-a-Lago Trio’ Broke Law in Plan to Monetize Veterans' Medical Records: Report
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 …
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID's Age Discrimination  —  In mid-September, King County, Washington, in which Seattle is located, released an eye-popping slide about vaccine efficacy and breakthrough prevalence: Vaccines had reduced the risk of infection from COVID sevenfold …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Republicans learned to stop worrying and embrace ‘replacement theory’ — by name  —  The story of the Republican Party in the Trump era is, by and large, one of a boiled frog.  —  Trump constantly pushed the envelope in ways that made his allies uncomfortable.
Discussion: The Root
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New York Times:
American Siblings Barred From Leaving China for 3 Years Return to U.S.  —  Their release coincided with an agreement on Friday that cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, to return to China.  —  Victor and Cynthia Liu …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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.
Christina Zdanowicz / CNN:
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls for unvaccinated players to be removed from teams  —  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on CNN's “Don Lemon Tonight” at 10 p.m. ET.  —  (CNN)If NBA players are not vaccinated, they shouldn't be on the team, basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told Rolling Stone.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As Sinema resists the budget bill, she is set to raise money from business groups that oppose it.  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the inscrutable Democrat who may hold the key to passing her party's ambitious social policy and climate bill, is scheduled to have a fund-raiser …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and New Republic
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.
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.
New York Times:
New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University  —  The new policy for Afghanistan's premier university is another major blow to women's rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.  —  Tightening the Taliban's restrictions on women …
Andy Ngo / New York Post:
Antifa member charged with shooting anti-vaxxer in Washington  —  An Antifa member with a long history of posting far-left extremist content online has been arrested and charged with the shooting of an anti-vaxxer in Olympia, Wash.  —  Benjamin Anthony Varela, 36, of Olympia …
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Education polarization is only growing  —  And it's making everyone mad all the time  —  A Harvard Crimson survey of the incoming Harvard Class of 2025 revealed that 87% of the class voted for Joe Biden, compared to 6.7% for Howie Hawkins and 6.3% for Donald Trump.
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
CBS Boston:
Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says  —  BOSTON (CBS) - The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) said dozens of troopers have submitted their resignation papers as a result of the state's COVID vaccine mandate.
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
What Do We Do With All This Rage?  —  It has to go somewhere … Things feel just incredibly bleak and bad right now.  They've felt this way for a long time, so what I'm really talking about are a few extra degrees of bleakness and badness.  Throughout the pandemic, I feel as if I'm constantly adding new layers of emotion.
Saahil Desai / The Atlantic:
Misinformation Is About to Get So Much Worse  —  Editor's Note: This article is part of our coverage of The Atlantic Festival.  Learn more and watch festival sessions here.  —  For years now, artificial intelligence has been hailed as both a savior and a destroyer.
Politico:
Harris' non-crisis crisis comms hire  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice and Daniel Lippman  —  For months, KAMALA HARRIS' allies have insisted her office is not in crisis.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Oriana Pawlyk / Politico:
Texas airline pilots warn that vaccine mandates could roil holiday flights  —  Unions representing pilots at Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, both based in Texas, are asking for exemptions to President Joe Biden's pending vaccine mandate, with one of those unions warning that holiday travel …
Discussion: ABC News
 
 
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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
McConnell gets booster, calls it ‘easy decision’
Discussion: Breitbart and Insider
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Vaccine Mandate for School Workers Can Proceed, Judges Rule
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
More Americans Think It's Too Easy Than Too Hard to Vote
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Very Concerning’: Sean Spicer Condemns 2020 Election Conspiracies and the Jan. 6 Riot on The Interview
Discussion: HuffPost and IJR
Washington Post:
Inside the Afghanistan airlift: Split-second decisions, relentless chaos drove historic military mission
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
FBI: Killings soared nearly 30 percent in 2020, with more slayings caused by guns
Discussion: NPR
Yahoo News:
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 past marijuana convictions
Discussion: UPI, Rolling Stone, Townhall and KTLA
Tess Owen / VICE:
A White Supremacist Is Organizing Fight Clubs Across the US
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security
Discussion: Raw Story