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5:35 PM ET, October 5, 2021


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Felix Salmon / Axios:
Trillion-dollar platinum coin could be minted at the last minute  —  A trillion-dollar platinum coin could be minted “within hours of the Treasury Secretary's decision to do so,” Philip Diehl, former director of the United States Mint, tells Axios.  —  Why it matters: Congressional solutions …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As the U.S. Hurtles Toward a Debt Crisis, What Does McConnell Want?  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has a long record of tying debt ceiling increases to policy demands.  But with a catastrophic default two weeks away, he has yet to make any.
R. Marshall Brandt / The Bulwark:
What Was the Debt-Ceiling Showdown Really All About?  —  The answer is: Democracy.  —  The Western liberal tradition to which we belong has as it foundation two things: proportional representation of the will of the people and capitalism.  —  Both are equally as important.  One cannot survive without the other.
Discussion: Twitchy
GOP's debt limit challenge: Don't be ‘a complete a—hole’
Discussion: CNN
Republicans Swear They Won't Blink On Debt Limit
Discussion: Roll Call
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer warns October recess in jeopardy over debt limit fight
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
‘I Was Part of Something Unusually Evil’ In Kansas with Stephanie Grisham, who does not believe she will be redeemed.  —  Stephanie Grisham saw the pickup outside and yelped, “That's Larry!”  She grabbed a small package and raced out her front door, down the steps of the porch …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, Jezebel and NPR
Stephanie Grisham / Washington Post:
I told the Trumps my relationship with a White House staffer had turned abusive.  They didn't seem to care.  —  Stephanie Grisham served as chief of staff to the first lady, press secretary and communications director in the Trump White House.  Her book “I'll Take Your Questions Now …
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider, The Hill and HuffPost
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Piranhas Come for Kyrsten Sinema  —  On the menu today: Like a school of piranhas, the progressive left attacks Kyrsten Sinema for the cardinal sin of not letting it have what it wants; Dr. Anthony Fauci pulls an Emily Litella; and a new report indicates that in the summer of 2019 …
Bethany Mandel / Deseret News:
Perspective: The delusion of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's feminist harassers
Discussion: RedState, Townhall and Breitbart
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema, the Bad Maverick
New York Daily News:
FBI raids NYPD sergeants union Manhattan headquarters  —  Federal investigators descended Tuesday on the Lower Manhattan headquarters of the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association, the union headed by fiery and controversial president Ed Mullins, the Daily News has learned.
Dorian Abbot / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
MIT Abandons Its Mission.  And Me.  —  Let's make sure my cancellation is the last.  That begins by standing up and saying no to the mob.  —  I am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter.  My crime?
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Falls Off The Forbes 400 For First Time In 25 Years  —  Donald Trump is worth an estimated $2.5 billion, leaving him $400 million short of the cutoff to make this year's Forbes 400 list of America's richest people.  The real estate mogul is just as wealthy as he was a year ago …
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Democratic Spending Bills Retain Majority Support, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Democrats In Congress Lose Ground  — mail_outline  —  A majority of Americans support the two spending bills being debated on Capitol Hill that are key to President Biden's economic agenda …
Discussion: Political Wire
Baltimore Sun:
Former Hogan chief of staff indicted on charges of secretly recording governor on phone calls, embezzling funds  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's former top aide, Roy McGrath, faces dozens of federal and state criminal charges that he misled officials into paying him a six-figure severance …
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Md. Gov. Hogan's former chief of staff is indicted on federal wire fraud charges
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Victor Davis Hanson: Why I Left National Review  —  Victor Davis Hanson, author of “The Dying Citizen,” speaks with FNC's Tucker Carlson about why he no longer writes for the National Review.  —  VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: I didn't know much about Donald Trump, I wasn't a supporter of his in the primaries, but I knew he was going to win.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia gubernatorial race  —  Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin was involved in the controversial sale of Swift's master recordings  —  Weeks before Virginia's gubernatorial election, the campaign for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe …
Discussion: NPR, The Hill and The Daily Wire
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
What WaPo Writers Keep Getting Wrong about 2020  —  No, Trump didn't come close to overturning the election, and it's alright to say so.  —  elling people to take a deep breath and calm down, as the headline-writer for my latest column advised, does not always achieve its intended effect.
Discussion: Washington Post
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate Republicans reject first proposed Iowa redistricting maps  —  Brianne Pfannenstiel Stephen Gruber-Miller Ian RichardsonDes Moines Register  —  Iowa Republicans have rejected a set of proposed political boundaries, prolonging an already delayed process and raising the tenor …
New York Times:
Ozy Media is accused in a lawsuit of ‘fraudulent conduct.’  —  A fund management company that invested more than $2 million in Ozy Media filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming Ozy “engaged in fraudulent, deceptive and illegal conduct.”  —  The lawsuit, filed by LifeLine Legacy Holdings of Beverly Hills …
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Criminal inquiry into Trump's Georgia election interference gathers steam  —  The disgraced former president faces a range of possible charges - including conspiracy and election fraud  —  Donald Trump is facing increasing legal scrutiny in the crucial battleground state of Georgia …
Robert Kolker / New York Times:
Who Is the Bad Art Friend?  —  Art often draws inspiration from life — but what happens when it's your life?  Inside the curious case of Dawn Dorland v. Sonya Larson.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Kerry on Biden: He ‘Literally Had Not Been Aware of What Had Transpired’ on Submarine Deal  —  In an interview with French television, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry helpfully explains that President Biden simply had no idea that the U.S.-U.K.-Australia deal on submarines …
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Will Trump Run in 2024?  There's a Reason Why He Won't Say  —  The former president's hesitance to declare his candidacy involves — you guessed it — money and skirting the law  —  A missive arrived Monday from the outer reaches of the Trump Expanded Universe heralding the formation of …
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and HuffPost
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Why I'm still on Facebook, even though it's dividing and inciting America for profit  —  I work hard to avoid the dark, enraged side of social media.  But I know others thrive there and sometimes plan dangerous actions like the Capitol riot.  —  After watching Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen accuse …
Discussion: Rev
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin opens door to deal in range of $1.9T to $2.2T  —  Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Tuesday signaled he is open to a budget reconciliation bill in the ballpark of $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion, above the limit he set just last week of $1.5 trillion.
Irina Ivanova / CBS News:
Biggest tax haven in U.S.?  South Dakota, says Pandora Papers investigation  —  Mention tax havens, and most people imagine small nations with balmy weather: The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Malta.  —  But South Dakota and a handful of other U.S. states are increasingly competing as landing pads …
Discussion: The Atlantic, ICIJ and The Guardian
New York Times:
Captured, Killed or Compromised: C.I.A. Admits to Losing Dozens of Informants  —  Counterintelligence officials said in a top secret cable to all stations and bases around the world that too many of the people it recruits from other countries to spy for the U.S. are being lost.
Kathryn Rubino / Above the Law:
Law School Student Famous For Saying ‘I HATE BLACK PEOPLE’ Now Has Prestigious Federal Clerkship  —  Hate doesn't seem to be slowing down her career prospects.  —  I'd say Crystal Clanton just keeps failing upwards, but given that outrage is currency in right-wing circles …
New York Times:
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Faces Reappointment Amid Tumult  —  Mr. Powell is facing down progressive pushback and an ethics scandal as the White House considers his future.  —  As Jerome H. Powell's term as the chair of the Federal Reserve nears its expiration …
Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Former FDA chief Gottlieb expects Delta to be last big pandemic wave in U.S.  —  The summer spike in cases fueled by the Delta variant of the coronavirus is likely the last big COVID-19 wave in the United States, but the pandemic is far from over globally, former U.S. Food …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox smears DOJ effort to stop criminal threats against educators as a war on its viewers  —  Fox News has spent months featuring incendiary and nonsensical coverage of “critical race theory” that stoked anger against school board members and educators.  Now that the Justice Department …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook is harming our society.  Here's a radical solution for reining it in.  —  Frances Haugen, who revealed herself Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower, could not have made things any clearer.  —  “Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer …
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Greg Childress / NC Policy Watch:
Johnston County school board acquiesces to demands of Board of Commissioners
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Marine who spoke out against Afghanistan withdrawal no longer in the brig
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Reverses State Department Declaration of Strategic Talks with ‘Palestine’
Dylan Housman / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Fauci-Funded Experiment Killed Dozens Of Puppies Using Taxpayer Money
John Halpin / The Liberal Patriot:
Where Does the Public Really Stand on ‘Build Back Better’?
DEA approved more than 50 requests for covert surveillance of racial justice protests last summer
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Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
Watching The FBI Lose, Destroy the Documents Justifying Surveillance
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson takes 2 covid conspiracy theories from fever swamps to Fox News prime time
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Once and Future Threat of Trump
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Mike Pence Says Media Focus on January 6 Is a Media Distraction Meant to ‘Demean’ Trump Supporters
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
Once lauded as heroes, health care workers are now spit on and ‘threatened every day at work’