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9:40 AM ET, September 29, 2021


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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 …
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Why House Democrats May Be More United Than They Seem  —  Two factions of the Democratic Party in Congress are currently playing tug-of-war over the centerpieces of President Biden's legislative agenda.  Moderate Democrats have balked at the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation budget bill …
POLITICO Playbook: T-minus 24 hours: The view from the W.H.  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Tuesday was the day it became clear either:  —  A) President JOE BIDEN's legislative agenda is about to implode  —  or  —  B) Biden made serious progress toward a deal to salvage his agenda.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Voting against the full faith and credit of the United States is what you'd expect from the party of political sabotage  —  The GOP's war-like hostility isn't old news.  It drives the news.  —  Last week, in a piece about how the Republicans are humiliating the Democrats …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden opposes changing Senate rules to raise debt limit
Clay Risen / New York Times:
How the Debt Ceiling Came to Be a Political Cudgel
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
Ivory-billed woodpecker officially declared extinct, along with 22 other species  —  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move underscores what scientists say is an accelerating rate of extinction worldwide, given climate change and habitat loss  —  The “Lord God Bird” is dead.
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct  —  BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death's come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government is declaring them extinct.  —  It's a rare move for wildlife officials …
Discussion: Science
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:   Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
South Dakota AG reviewing Noem's meeting with daughter  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday he is reviewing concerns from state lawmakers over a meeting Gov. Kristi Noem held last year that included both her daughter and a state employee who was overseeing …
American Greatness:
Kristi Noem Shows Why Republicans Can't Have Nice Things  —  Exclusive: Sources reveal the South Dakota governor and potential 2024 VP candidate is having an extramarital affair with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.  —  Multiple sources have informed American Greatness …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Tragic cost of Biden's Afghanistan lies  —  Biden lied, they died.  —  That's no longer just an accusation.  It's now a fact, with Tuesday's Senate testimony shredding President Biden's nonsensical fictions about Afghanistan and confirming that he alone made the fateful decisions that created the chaotic and deadly withdrawal.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Say, How Is Joe Biden's Memory These Days?
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
YouTube is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists and blocking all anti-vaccine content  —  The Google-owned video site previously only banned misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.  Facebook made the same change months ago.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube is taking …
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Faced with vaccine mandates, most health workers are getting immunized.  —  Hundreds of sought-after nurses are leaving some U.S. hospitals that have established vaccine requirements for all employees, involving some protests and legal opposition.  But most workers, especially at large hospital chains …
Discussion: HotAir and Crooks and Liars
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
Dowd for Texas Announcement  —  Matthew Dowd announces his campaign for Texas Lt Governor and end the reign of the cruel and craven GOP incumbent.  He says enough is enough and it is time t...
A racist conspiracy theory goes mainstream  —  A growing number of elected Republicans are openly promoting “white replacement theory,” a decades-old conspiracy theory that's animated terrorist attacks, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  —  Why it matters: This mainstreams what once …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Arizona Audit Backers Turn on Each Other After Recount Flop  —  The Arizona audit showed that, if anything, Joe Biden won the state by even more votes than previously realized.  Cue the GOP panic.  —  Supporters of Republicans' controversial “audit” of 2020 presidential election ballots …
Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
‘This Was a Failure’: Biden's A.T.F. Pick Says White House Left Him Open to Attack  —  David Chipman's defeat was a loss for gun control groups, which saw the appointment of a strong director as the most important move the president could make on guns.  —  David Chipman's confirmation odyssey began …
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Laura Ingraham Makes Baffling Claim: 'It's Almost Always A Lie' When ‘They Say The Hospitals Are Being Overwhelmed’  —  Fox News' Laura Ingraham made the baffling assertion on Tuesday night that “it's almost always a lie” when people say hospitals are being overwhelmed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
The Age of America First … Donald Trump was supposed to be an aberration—a U.S. president whose foreign policy marked a sharp but temporary break from an internationalism that had defined seven decades of U.S. interactions with the world.  He saw little value in alliances and spurned multilateral institutions.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Kamala Harris' office frustrated with ‘The View’ after last week's Covid fiasco, sources say  —  New York (CNN Business)The office of Vice President Kamala Harris is vexed with “The View” after the false Covid-19 positive tests revealed just before Harris was to appear on the show last week sent …
Discussion: Mediaite
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Ozy says it's great at discovering big names before the mainstream media.  But is it?  —  Does the site's “signature ahead-of-the-curve coverage” really uncover “the new, the next, rising stars, new trends, that kind of stuff”?  Or does it “discover” stars already discovered?
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump plans to sue to keep White House records on Capitol attack secret  —  Legal strategy could delay and possibly stymie efforts by House select committee into Capitol attacks to see key documents  —  Donald Trump is preparing to sue to block the release of White House records …
Discussion: Politico, Lawfare and Raw Story
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.
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: Breitbart, Forbes and The Hill
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Washington Post:
Fumio Kishida set to become Japan's new prime minister after winning party vote
Discussion: CBS News, UPI and Associated Press
Patrick Hauf / Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Propose $100 Billion Tax Hike Targeting The Poor
Discussion: Instapundit
Annelle Sheline / Responsible Statecraft:
Will Jake Sullivan bring tough love, or more of the same to MBS meeting?
Discussion: Politico
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
Boris Johnson's Brexit choices are making Britain's fuel and food shortages worse
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Brian Leiter / Leiter Reports:
Peter Singer invited to give a Zoom talk about “Pandemic Ethics” by the Philosophy Department at Rhodes College...
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Do Democrats Have the Courage of Liz Cheney?
Discussion: Deseret News and Daily Kos
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Israeli Diplomat Pressured UNC to Remove Teacher Who Criticized Israel
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Network of Right-Wing Health Care Providers Is Making Millions Off Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, Hacked Data Reveals
Discussion: Raw Story
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
What Went Wrong with Conservatism?
Washington Post:
The feared eviction ‘tsunami’ has not yet happened. Experts are conflicted on why.
‘No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS San Francisco:
Woman Accused of Starting Fawn Fire Was Attempting To Boil Bear Urine to Drink
Discussion: RedState