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11:50 AM ET, September 28, 2021


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Washington Post:
Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, but a new book details his insecurities  —  Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Stephanie Grisham's Book Details Trump's ‘Terrifying’ Temper  —  The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.”  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham, the former Trump White House press secretary perhaps best known for never holding a televised briefing …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Press Sec: He Called Me to Insist His Penis Wasn't Toadstool-Shaped  —  The harrowing detail appears to be one of many from the upcoming book written by Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Three years ago, adult-film star Stormy Daniels scarred us all forever …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Stephanie Grisham describes Trump anger toward her and others as ‘terrifying’  —  Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham in a new book says former President Trump's anger toward her and others was “terrifying.”  —  Grisham, who served as press secretary for nine months …
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Pelosi Tries to Bulldoze Progressives on the Infrastructure Bill  —  But she claims it must pass to avoid an expiration of highway funding.  That's just not true.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the infrastructure and budget legislation during her weekly press conference, September 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
Biden plots debt ceiling strategy with Pelosi, Schumer
Discussion: Insider
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden to meet with Sinema, Manchin on Tuesday
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Pelosi Plans Infrastructure Vote as Safety Net Bill Remains Mired in Rifts
Dems may drop debt fight to avoid shutdown
Wall Street Journal:
131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest  —  The judges failed to recuse themselves from 685 lawsuits from 2010 to 2018 involving firms in which they or their family held shares, a Wall Street Journal investigation found
Discussion: Reason and Forbes
‘People are going to get skittish:’ White House sweats over McAuliffe  —  President Joe Biden can't afford Terry McAuliffe to lose the governor's race in Virginia — and the White House knows it.  —  It's a scenario the president and his aides and close allies increasingly view as a real possibility …
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Youngkin caught saying he ‘can remove’ Virginia vaccine requirement ‘on Day One’  —  In an exclusive video, Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin said he could eliminate the state's COVID-19 safety measures for state employees if elected.  —  The Republican candidate …
Discussion: WAVY-TV, Slate and Salon
New York Times:
Deadline Looming, Thousands of Health Care Workers in New York Get Vaccinated  —  Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.  —  When New York State officials issued a sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, WIVB-TV and Mediaite
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
New York can move forward with coronavirus vaccine mandate for school workers, judges say  —  Teachers and other school workers in the city have until Friday to show they have received at least one vaccine shot  —  A federal appeals court Monday made way for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio …
Discussion: NBC New York, The Hill and abc7NY
New York Times:
New York City can proceed with vaccine mandate for educators and staff, judges ruled.
Discussion: HotAir and WAVY-TV
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Loses Case to Enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman's N.D.A.  —  Donald Trump had filed the case against Ms. Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and “Apprentice” star, after she wrote a tell-all book about serving in his administration.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has lost …
Discussion: CNBC, Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
‘Mad Dash’: Trump's demand for a Texas ‘audit’ caught Gov. Abbott off guard  —  Donald Trump's letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanding he pursue an “audit” of the 2020 election set off a “mad dash” in the governor's office as aides sought to figure out just how serious the former president was …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Tom Porter / Insider:
The former Fox News editor who called Arizona for Biden says the Cyber Ninjas audit was meant to undermine trust in elections
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig  —  “All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud.”  —  Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began …
Lara Seligman / Politico:
‘Speed equals safety’: Inside the Pentagon's controversial decision to leave Bagram early  —  On a rainy day in early May, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, senior leaders from across the government gathered in the basement of the Pentagon …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Age of Progressive Misinformation  —  The vicious lie that mounted border agents whipped Haitians is only the latest entry in progressives' vast trove of propaganda.  —  How does a stupid and ridiculous lie come to be embraced and promulgated by top officials of the United States government?
Discussion: Townhall
Fox News:
Florida sues Biden administration over catch-and-release policy, alleging violation of federal law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: September 2021  —  , Mellisha Stokes , and Mollyann Brodie … Key Findings  — As the U.S. continues to grapple with the “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that more than seven in ten U.S. adults (72%) …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
Nate Rattner / CNBC:   Unvaccinated Americans say the need for booster shots proves Covid vaccines don't work, Kaiser survey shows
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Biden trust takes a blow as COVID lingers  —  For the first time in his presidency, Joe Biden faces a trust deficit among Americans when it comes to COVID-19, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.  —  Why it matters: The latest findings point to malaise more than fear.
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump's spiteful support for Abrams over Kemp sparks midterms fear from Georgia Republicans  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is escalating his fight against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, and state Republicans fear it will give Democrats a stronger foothold in the key swing state as next year's midterm elections loom.
Sarah Posner / Vox:
How the Christian right embraced voter suppression  —  Abortion isn't the only victory conservative evangelicals have won in 2021. … For decades, the Christian-right foot soldiers who form the backbone of the Republican Party have regularly and enthusiastically showed up for legislative battles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg  —  The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.  —  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
California rule change means Padilla faces extra election  —  A new California law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) means voters will get two chances to choose a replacement to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by Vice President Kamala Harris next year.  —  The legislation …
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Obama: Del Rio migrant crisis is “reminder that we don't have this right”  —  Former President Barack Obama in an interview with ABC's “Good Morning America” called the migrant crisis at the border in Del Rio, Texas, “heartbreaking” and a “painful reminder that we don't have this right yet.”
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 …
Michael Lee / Fox News:
RNC challenges Vermont legislation giving voting rights to non-citizens  —  Montpelier and Winooski in May made changes to their charters allowing non-citizens to vote  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 27  —  EXCLUSIVE - The Republican National Committee is suing two Vermont cities …
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Idaho COVID Insanity Shows How Much Worse the GOP Can Get  —  The slightest hint of responsibility is enough to draw primary challenges in the party's ever-accelerating race to the bottom. … As the morgues and ICUs in Idaho overflow with COVID patients, Republican Governor Brad Little …
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
How Miami Seduced Silicon Valley Awash in coders, crypto, and capital, the city is loving — and beginning to shape — its newest industry.  —  Silicon Valley's favorite politician, Miami mayor Francis Suarez, has many lures to dangle when he's wooing techies to relocate to his city.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
As Trump hints at 2024 comeback, democracy advocates fear a ‘worst-case scenario’ for the country  —  A year before the 2020 election, about two dozen constitutional scholars and democracy advocates traveled to Washington to work through a range of scenarios where something goes awry on Election Day.
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Still on the lam: Five zebras escaped in Maryland almost a month ago  —  Five zebras escaped from a Maryland farm, and they still haven't been caught  —  Call them the fugitives.  —  Five zebras that escaped almost a month ago from a Maryland farm remain on the lam.
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Sorry, but a national split up just won't work  —  Is it time for a national divorce?  The idea has understandably gained steam — though it can't possibly work and shouldn't.  —  In 2018, conservative Jesse Kelly argued that “our political disagreements have become a powder keg” and we should redraw the map.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
We Underestimated Trump Before.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  Sometimes, and much to our detriment, we find real events are simply too outlandish to take seriously.  —  Many professional Republicans, for example, initially dismissed the movement to “Stop the Steal” as a ridiculous stunt.
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Wayne Schutsky / Arizona Capitol Times:
Pullen: Draft audit report calling for decertification of election a fake
Matthias Gafni / San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge orders California prison guards to get vaccinated
Discussion: The Hill
Amanda Prestigiacomo / The Daily Wire:
Gov. Abbott Bypasses Biden On Lifesaving Antibody Care, Obtains Doses For Texas Outside Of Ration
Discussion: Breitbart
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Overturning Roe Will ‘Empower’ Women to Have Kids and Careers, Mississippi AG Says
Discussion: Slate
John Feehery / The Hill:
The ‘comfort the comfortable’ coalition
Washington Examiner:
Massive spike in murders — the Left's policies hit black lives hardest
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
DHS Cyber Office Wants to See Secret Voting Machine Vulnerability Report
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Orange Wang / South China Morning Post:
China's power shortage turns dire as traffic lights fail, homes fall dark
Discussion: Bloomberg
Hunter Walker / New York Magazine:
Jumaane Jumps In He's running for governor, calling Kathy Hochul a Cuomo ‘enabler,’ and keeping an eye on Tish James.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Here's the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh's Finances
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Florida Man Dies While Awaiting Trial on Charges Related to Jan. 6 US Capitol Breach
Discussion: BizPac Review
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
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