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8:25 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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Democrats and The Guardian
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans at Odds Over Infrastructure Bill as Vote Approaches  —  With a bipartisan infrastructure bill set for a Thursday vote in the House, a campaign by business groups and some Senate Republicans to secure G.O.P. support may be the measure's last hope.
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 …
Clay Risen / New York Times:
How the Debt Ceiling Came to Be a Political Cudgel  —  The current fight over raising the debt limit is proving to be another lesson in American political dysfunction.  —  Over the weekend, Germany conducted a hard and close-fought election with calm, ease and not a peep about voter fraud or fake news …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
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
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?
New York Times:
Senators Question Milley and Austin on End of War in Afghanistan
ABC News:
Biden takes credibility hit at critical time for agenda: The Note  —  Biden's numbers are going down over COVID, immigration and infrastructure.  —  So much of the standoff over the Biden agenda is about Democrats' trust and lack thereof — among and between progressives and moderates …
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Leading Democratic group to launch $1.7 million ad blitz to push early voting in Virginia and Pennsylvania
Discussion: KVIA-TV and The Hill
Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  —  The animals and one plant had been listed as endangered species.  Their stories hold lessons about a growing global biodiversity crisis.  —  The ivory-billed woodpecker, which birders have been seeking in the bayous of Arkansas …
Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct
Discussion: Science
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...
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and The Texas Tribune
Washington Post:
Negotiations between Biden, Democrats intensify as $4 trillion agenda hits stalemate  —  Party lawmakers are beginning to acknowledge they can't spend as much as some want, opening the door for a behind-the-scenes battle.  —  Negotiations between the White House and top Democratic lawmakers …
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
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 …
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
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.
‘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
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 …
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.
Patrick Hauf / Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Propose $100 Billion Tax Hike Targeting The Poor  —  $3.5 trillion spending bill hits American tobacco users and those trying to quit  —  The Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget proposal relies on a $100 billion tax hike that disproportionately targets the poor, lines the pockets of organized crime, and increases inequality.
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Evergrande to Raise $1.5 Billion by Selling Bank Stake to State-Owned Firm  —  Developer will pare holding in Shengjing Bank to less than 15%  —  A Chinese state-owned enterprise struck a deal to buy most of China Evergrande Group's stake in a commercial bank for $1.5 billion …
Annelle Sheline / Responsible Statecraft:
Will Jake Sullivan bring tough love, or more of the same to MBS meeting?  —  Biden's top advisor should use the 3rd anniversary of Khashoggi's murder to say the US is shutting off the spigot. … Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is in the Arabian Peninsula for meetings with Saudi and Emirati officials.
Discussion: Politico and Insider
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
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
Boris Johnson's Brexit choices are making Britain's fuel and food shortages worse  —  London (CNN Business)Rising energy bills, higher prices and a critical shortage of workers leading to food and fuel supply constraints are threatening to stall Britain's recovery from the pandemic.
Discussion: KVIA-TV
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Arizona Audit Backers Turn on Each Other After Recount Flop
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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: Outside the Beltway, NPR and The Hill
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Israeli Diplomat Pressured UNC to Remove Teacher Who Criticized Israel
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
ABC, CBS, NBC join MSNBC in avoiding CNN's sexual harassment scandal plaguing Chris Cuomo
Discussion: Page Six and HotAir
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
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein to return to D.C. following husband's hospitalization
Discussion: Politico