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11:35 PM ET, September 28, 2021

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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden opposes changing Senate rules to raise debt limit  —  The White House said Tuesday that President Joe Biden opposes changing the filibuster to suspend or raise the debt ceiling, closing off a break-the-glass option to avoid financial calamity.  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell is laughing in your faces, Democrats.  Do something about this.  —  There's an old maxim in politics that declares: “If you're explaining, you're losing.”  Well, you're also losing if you are sputtering with ineffectual outrage even as your opponent's primary response is to laugh derisively in your face.
Politico:
Manchin, Sinema leave Dems in lurch as Biden agenda teeters  —  Democrats wanted clarity Tuesday from Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema after back-to-back meetings with President Joe Biden.  They didn't get it.  —  During a private meeting with the president, Sinema made clear she's still …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Do Democrats Have the Courage of Liz Cheney?
Discussion: Deseret News, Daily Kos and NOQ Report
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Biden cancels Chicago trip as negotiations continue over agenda
Discussion: Political Wire, CNN and CBS Chicago
Washington Post:
Memo to centrists: Progressives aren't your problem. Manchin and Sinema are.
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 …
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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.
Politico:
McAuliffe, Youngkin unload in feisty final Virginia debate  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin bickered their way through the second and final debate of Virginia's competitive governor's race on Tuesday, trading attacks and accusations from the start of the hourlong meeting.
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Leading Democratic group to launch $1.7 million ad blitz to push early voting in Virginia and Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
N.C. hospital system fires about 175 workers in one of the largest-ever mass terminations due to a vaccine mandate  —  A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that roughly 175 unvaccinated employees were fired for failing to comply with the organization's mandatory coronavirus …
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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 …
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David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump loses case meant to silence former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman
Discussion: CNN, UPI and Bloomberg
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
'It's Over': Omarosa's Attorney Celebrates as Trump NDA Ruled Unenforceable, Paving the Way for More Secrets to Be Spilled
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans aim their fire at the military  —  Perhaps nothing Republican lawmakers do anymore should come as a surprise, but their treatment of Gen. Mark A. Milley on Tuesday opened a new front in the war against civilized norms.  —  Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Milley admits to speaking with authors of best-selling Trump books
Discussion: Puck and Political Wire
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Milley reveals he spoke to Woodward, other authors for books on Trump presidency
Quinnipiac University Poll:
51% Of Texas Voters Say Abbott Doesn't Deserve To Be Reelected, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Biden's Approval Numbers Head South  — mail_outline  —  As Governor Greg Abbott faces reelection in 2022, a slight majority of voters say 51 - 42 percent that he does not deserve …
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
CBS San Francisco:
Woman Accused of Starting Fawn Fire Was Attempting To Boil Bear Urine to Drink  —  SHASTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — According to court documents, the Bay Area woman accused of starting the Fawn Fire in Shasta County last week was attempting to boil bear urine so she could drink it when she allegedly set off the destructive blaze.
Discussion: RedState and Daily Mail
Politico:
‘No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol  —  On Jan. 6, more than 30 minutes after the first attackers breached barricades erected to protect the Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security sent an incongruous update to the Pentagon.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Say, How Is Joe Biden's Memory These Days?  —  Back on August 19, President Biden insisted none of his top military advisors warned against withdrawing from Afghanistan on his preferred timeline, and that none of them wanted the president to keep about 2,500 troops in the country.
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New York Times:
Senators Question Milley and Austin on End of War in Afghanistan
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Top generals contradict Biden, say they urged him not to withdraw from Afghanistan
Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
United Airlines says nearly all workers met vaccine mandate deadline, 593 could face termination  —  The air carrier has begun the process for terminating nearly 600 workers who declined to comply with the requirement  —  Nearly all of United Airlines' U.S.-based employees have been vaccinated …
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
Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
Peter Singer invited to give a Zoom talk about “Pandemic Ethics” by the Philosophy Department at Rhodes College...  ...and now there is an uproar because Singer holds incorrect views, for example, about euthanasia, infanticide and the disabled.  An uproar is fine, what isn't fine are the demands …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
New evidence emerges against COVID lab-leak theory — but the press keeps pushing it  —  When it comes to the pandemic, pseudoscience has outweighed real science at almost every turn.  One of the best examples of that is the unsupported assertion that the virus causing COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese laboratory.
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
What Went Wrong with Conservatism?  —  Two important pieces of the puzzle: mindless anti-leftism and hackish popularizers.  —  Conservatism in its postwar incarnation was, for the most part, a coalition of ideologies.  Chances are you know them by heart: the anti-Soviet hawks, the free marketeers, and the traditionalists.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show  —  It has investigated how to engage young users in response to competition from Snapchat, TikTok; ‘Exploring playdates as a growth lever’  —  Facebook Inc. has come under increasing fire in recent days …
Jolie McCullough / The Texas Tribune:
Texas court orders release of more than 200 migrants imprisoned in Gov. Greg Abbott's border security clampdown  —  The men were arrested by state troopers and held for weeks without facing formal charges, a violation of state law.  It's the latest misfire in Abbott's hastily assembled effort to involve Texas in patrolling the border.
Discussion: The Hill and Rolling Stone
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:   Hundreds ordered released as Texas border operation comes under fire
National Review:
Another Defeat for Election Truthers  —  Once again, an investigation into the claim that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” has revealed nothing that changes the outcome.  Once again, this has made no difference whatsoever to those who demanded that such an investigation be conducted …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: The endless audit: Where Republicans go next after Arizona's ballot review confirmed Biden's win
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Wells / New York Times:
Eleven Madison Park Explores the Plant Kingdom's Uncanny Valley  —  Now vegan, Daniel Humm's acclaimed restaurant does strange things to vegetables.  —  8 PhotosView Slide Show  —  ›  —  Daniel Krieger for The New York Times … When you make a reservation at an independently …
Washington Post:
The feared eviction ‘tsunami’ has not yet happened.  Experts are conflicted on why.  —  Eviction filings have fallen or remained flat in many areas after the moratorium was struck down.  —  When the Supreme Court decided to strike down a federal ban on evictions in August …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
NY Times' cluelessness is wrecking journalism  —  I know, I know, you're probably sick of “anniversary journalism,” but it must be noted that this week marked the 32nd anniversary of Billy Joel's last big hit, the unforgettable “We Didn't Start the Fire.”  I'm thinking there's plenty of material …
Zoom Video Communications:
Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice: A Workshop  —  As we strive toward racial justice, there's an opportunity for people who identify as white women to examine how they have navigated sexism and misogyny and internalized white superiority.
 
 
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Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
US deports convicted Russian hacker amid cyber tensions with Moscow
Discussion: Associated Press
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘Law & Order’ Revived By NBC For Season 21 From Dick Wolf & Rick Eid
Tessa Weinberg / Missouri Independent:
Judge rules against AG challenge to masks in Missouri schools. Columbia case continues
Discussion: Kansas City Star
Lindsay Schnell / USA Today:
USPS mail delivery is about to get permanently slower and temporarily more expensive
Discussion: NPR and The Hill
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Israeli Diplomat Pressured UNC to Remove Teacher Who Criticized Israel
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Network of Right-Wing Health Care Providers Is Making Millions Off Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, Hacked Data Reveals
Discussion: Raw Story
San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein to return to D.C. following husband's hospitalization
Discussion: Politico
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Bad Apple  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby  —  Apple does not want the public …
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Havana Syndrome Attacks Widen With CIA Officer's Evacuation From Serbia