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11:10 AM ET, September 28, 2021


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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.
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 …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Press Sec: He Called Me to Insist His Penis Wasn't Toadstool-Shaped  —  The harrowing detail appears to be one of many from the upcoming book written by Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Three years ago, adult-film star Stormy Daniels scarred us all forever …
Discussion: Insider, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Stephanie Grisham describes Trump anger toward her and others as ‘terrifying’
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
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
Discussion: Reason and Forbes
‘People are going to get skittish:’ White House sweats over McAuliffe  —  President Joe Biden can't afford Terry McAuliffe to lose the governor's race in Virginia — and the White House knows it.  —  It's a scenario the president and his aides and close allies increasingly view as a real possibility …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dems' sneaky sabotage  —  A group tied to prominent Democratic strategists is posing as a conservative outfit to try to drive a wedge between the Republican candidate for Virginia governor and his core voters, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The state's gubernatorial race …
Washington Post:   Virginia's economy is at risk
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Pelosi Tries to Bulldoze Progressives on the Infrastructure Bill  —  But she claims it must pass to avoid an expiration of highway funding.  That's just not true.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the infrastructure and budget legislation during her weekly press conference, September 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
New York Times:
Deadline Looming, Thousands of Health Care Workers in New York Get Vaccinated  —  Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.  —  When New York State officials issued a sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, WIVB-TV and Mediaite
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
New York can move forward with coronavirus vaccine mandate for school workers, judges say  —  Teachers and other school workers in the city have until Friday to show they have received at least one vaccine shot  —  A federal appeals court Monday made way for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio …
Discussion: NBC New York, The Hill and abc7NY
New York Times:
New York City can proceed with vaccine mandate for educators and staff, judges ruled.
Discussion: WAVY-TV
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 …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans' trail of destruction may haunt them  —  Republicans' embrace of conspiracy theories, election denial, vaccine mandate opposition and, frankly, nihilism pose real threats to our democracy and to the health of Americans.  But just because Republicans delight in “owning the libs” …
Dems may drop debt fight to avoid shutdown
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Republicans Block Government Funding, Refusing to Lift Debt Limit
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Both Louisiana Sens. Cassidy And Kennedy Vote Against Disaster Relief For Their Own State
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
‘Mad Dash’: Trump's demand for a Texas ‘audit’ caught Gov. Abbott off guard  —  Donald Trump's letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demanding he pursue an “audit” of the 2020 election set off a “mad dash” in the governor's office as aides sought to figure out just how serious the former president was …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
‘We won’: Trump and his allies barrel ahead with election lies despite Arizona review confirming his loss
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig  —  “All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud.”  —  Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began …
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: September 2021  —  , Mellisha Stokes , and Mollyann Brodie … Key Findings  — As the U.S. continues to grapple with the “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor finds that more than seven in ten U.S. adults (72%) …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and New York Times
Nate Rattner / CNBC:   Unvaccinated Americans say the need for booster shots proves Covid vaccines don't work, Kaiser survey shows
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Biden trust takes a blow as COVID lingers  —  For the first time in his presidency, Joe Biden faces a trust deficit among Americans when it comes to COVID-19, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.  —  Why it matters: The latest findings point to malaise more than fear.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg  —  The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.  —  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union …
Discussion: Reason and Townhall
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The A.C.L.U. Errs on R.B.G.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Yellen warns Congress has just three weeks before US expected to default on debt  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned lawmakers in a letter on Tuesday that the U.S. is headed for a default on its national debt in three weeks if Congress does not act quickly to raise or suspend the debt limit.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:   Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Obama: Del Rio migrant crisis is “reminder that we don't have this right”  —  Former President Barack Obama in an interview with ABC's “Good Morning America” called the migrant crisis at the border in Del Rio, Texas, “heartbreaking” and a “painful reminder that we don't have this right yet.”
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
ABC News:
Obama says Haitian migrants' plight is ‘heartbreaking,’ but Biden knows system is broken
Discussion: Politico, RedState and The Daily Caller
Lara Seligman / Politico:
‘Speed equals safety’: Inside the Pentagon's controversial decision to leave Bagram early  —  On a rainy day in early May, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, senior leaders from across the government gathered in the basement of the Pentagon …
Discussion: New York Times
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Age of Progressive Misinformation  —  The vicious lie that mounted border agents whipped Haitians is only the latest entry in progressives' vast trove of propaganda.  —  How does a stupid and ridiculous lie come to be embraced and promulgated by top officials of the United States government?
Discussion: Townhall
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump's spiteful support for Abrams over Kemp sparks midterms fear from Georgia Republicans  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is escalating his fight against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, and state Republicans fear it will give Democrats a stronger foothold in the key swing state as next year's midterm elections loom.
John Feehery / The Hill:
The ‘comfort the comfortable’ coalition  —  Last Wednesday, I saw a friend walking his dog in the late morning on Capitol Hill, attired in shorts and flip-flops.  “Nice suit,” he said to me as we crossed paths.  “Yep,” I said.  “Busy week at work.”  He laughed.  “I am at work now.”
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Idaho COVID Insanity Shows How Much Worse the GOP Can Get  —  The slightest hint of responsibility is enough to draw primary challenges in the party's ever-accelerating race to the bottom. … As the morgues and ICUs in Idaho overflow with COVID patients, Republican Governor Brad Little …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
California rule change means Padilla faces extra election  —  A new California law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) means voters will get two chances to choose a replacement to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by Vice President Kamala Harris next year.  —  The legislation …
New York Times:
New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University  —  The new policy for Afghanistan's premier university is another major blow to women's rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.  —  Tightening the Taliban's restrictions on women …
Discussion: Axios, NPR, Bloomberg, TASS and KVIA-TV
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Largest Autocracy on Earth  —  In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb.  His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
How Miami Seduced Silicon Valley Awash in coders, crypto, and capital, the city is loving — and beginning to shape — its newest industry.  —  Silicon Valley's favorite politician, Miami mayor Francis Suarez, has many lures to dangle when he's wooing techies to relocate to his city.
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Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Overturning Roe Will ‘Empower’ Women to Have Kids and Careers, Mississippi AG Says
Discussion: Slate
Sarah Posner / Vox:
How the Christian right embraced voter suppression
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Democrats Repeat the Mistakes of 2016
Discussion: Jacobin
Michael Lee / Fox News:
RNC challenges Vermont legislation giving voting rights to non-citizens
Erin Woo / New York Times:
How Covid Misinformation Created a Run on Animal Medicine
Washington Examiner:
Massive spike in murders — the Left's policies hit black lives hardest
 Earlier Items: 
The Daily Beast:
DHS Cyber Office Wants to See Secret Voting Machine Vulnerability Report
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Orange Wang / South China Morning Post:
China's power shortage turns dire as traffic lights fail, homes fall dark
Discussion: Bloomberg
Hunter Walker / New York Magazine:
Jumaane Jumps In He's running for governor, calling Kathy Hochul a Cuomo ‘enabler,’ and keeping an eye on Tish James.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Mapped: No majority-Hispanic districts added in Texas
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Here's the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh's Finances
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Florida Man Dies While Awaiting Trial on Charges Related to Jan. 6 US Capitol Breach
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