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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
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?
‘No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol
Discussion: Raw Story