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10:25 AM ET, September 29, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
Politico:
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Kill the Bill  —  Members of Congress have begun to say explicitly in the last couple days …
Jonathan Landay / Reuters:
U.S. bars flight from landing with Americans from Kabul - activists  —  The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied U.S. landing rights for a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and U.S. green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan, organizers of the flight said.
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Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden just got caught in a lie about Afghanistan  —  On Aug. 18, three days after the Taliban seized control of Kabul but eight days before 13 U.S. service members were killed by a suicide bomber, ABC's George Stephanopolous asked President Joe Biden about what advice he received on leaving a residual force in Afghanistan.
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Tragic cost of Biden's Afghanistan lies
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Say, How Is Joe Biden's Memory These Days?
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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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
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Clay Risen / New York Times:
How the Debt Ceiling Came to Be a Political Cudgel
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
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: NOQ Report, HotAir and CBS News
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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
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.
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 …
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
YouTube:
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...
Axios:
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
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
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
At critical moment, confidence in Biden's ability to handle range of issues eroding: POLL  —  Dissatisfaction among Republicans and independents is fueling the decline.  —  As President Joe Biden faces a critical moment for his agenda, Americans' confidence in his handling of a range of issues is eroding …
Discussion: The Hill
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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
Jennifer Szalai / New York Times:
In ‘Rationality,’ Steven Pinker Sticks Up (Again) for Reason's Role in Human Progress … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.  —  For someone who so frequently and serenely proclaims that he's right, Steven Pinker can get curiously defensive.
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.
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.
 
 
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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 Bloomberg
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Ozy says it's great at discovering big names before the mainstream media. But is it?
Patrick Hauf / Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Propose $100 Billion Tax Hike Targeting The Poor
Discussion: Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
Evergrande to Raise $1.5 Billion by Selling Bank Stake to State-Owned Firm
Discussion: Reuters, KVIA-TV and Financial Times
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
Boris Johnson's Brexit choices are making Britain's fuel and food shortages worse
Discussion: KVIA-TV
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘Law & Order’ Revived By NBC For Season 21 From Dick Wolf & Rick Eid
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
New evidence emerges against COVID lab-leak theory — but the press keeps pushing it
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
ABC, CBS, NBC join MSNBC in avoiding CNN's sexual harassment scandal plaguing Chris Cuomo
Discussion: Page Six and HotAir
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Network of Right-Wing Health Care Providers Is Making Millions Off Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin, Hacked Data Reveals
Discussion: Raw Story and Narativ
Shay Khatiri / The Bulwark:
What Went Wrong with Conservatism?
Politico:
‘No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story