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1:35 PM ET, October 5, 2021


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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: 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: The Hill, Insider, Raw Story and HuffPost
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Mike Pence Says Media Focus on January 6 Is a Media Distraction Meant to ‘Demean’ Trump Supporters  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence said the focus on January 6th is a distraction intended to “demean” millions of Trump supporters.  —  Pence spoke with Sean Hannity Monday night …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
‘I Do’: Stephanie Grisham Straight-Up Confesses Her Enabling Trump Cost Lives During Covid
Discussion: IJR
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.
New York Times:
F.B.I. Raids Headquarters of the N.Y.P.D. Sergeants' Union  —  Investigators executed a search warrant in connection with an ongoing inquiry, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Federal investigators on Tuesday morning raided the Manhattan office of one of New York City's main police unions …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Fox News and Insider
New York Post:
FBI raids NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association headquarters  —  The Manhattan office of the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association was raided by federal agents Tuesday morning, a high-ranking police source said.  —  Investigators from the FBI descended on the Worth Street office as part …
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
U.S. faces a recession if Congress doesn't address the debt limit within 2 weeks, Yellen says
Discussion: Politico, Axios, HotAir and CNN
POLITICO Playbook: Biden getting frustrated with Manchin and Sinema  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU: Rep. ILHAN OMAR (D-Minn.) was dissed by the White House on Monday — her birthday, no less.  The whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus was not invited …
Manchin breaks with party leaders over strategy on debt ceiling and Biden's economic package
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Downsizing Dems' social spending bill
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
What's Wrong With Kyrsten Sinema?  —  In 2003, Joe Lieberman, at the time the worst Democratic senator, traveled to Arizona to campaign for his party's presidential nomination and was regularly greeted by antiwar demonstrators.  “He's a shame to Democrats,” said the organizer of a protest outside …
Washington Examiner:
The Left's hate machine is going to get more people hurt
Discussion: Newsweek, Twitchy and New York Magazine
NIH News Release:
Francis Collins to step down as director of the National Institutes of Health  —  Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today announced his decision to end his tenure as the director of the National Institutes of Health by the end of the year.  Dr. Collins is the longest serving presidentially …
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 …
Discussion: Pirate Wires, Reason, CNN and Just Security
Facebook whistleblower testifies company “is operating in the shadows, hiding its research from public scrutiny”
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 …
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 …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
GA Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger Details Trump's ‘Threats’
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson takes 2 covid conspiracy theories from fever swamps to Fox News prime time  —  When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show on Monday night, the conversation turned to what could have been done differently to prevent the 700,000 coronavirus deaths we've seen so far.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and STAT
Anna Gustafson / Michigan Advance:
Once lauded as heroes, health care workers are now spit on and ‘threatened every day at work’  —  When Tom Kelsch heads to his job as a registered nurse in Mercy Health Muskegon's emergency department, he knows, almost without a doubt, that he'll be threatened by a patient or their family that day.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Once and Future Threat of Trump  —  Last fall, before the November election, Barton Gellman wrote an essay for The Atlantic sketching out a series of worst-case scenarios for the voting and its aftermath.  It was essentially a blueprint for how Donald Trump could either force the country …
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Evan McMullin will mount an independent bid in Utah to oust Mike Lee
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Twitchy
Robert Kolker / New York Times:
Who Is the Bad Art Friend?
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Fiona Hill Doesn't Think the Russians Had Anything on Trump
Discussion: Insider
Steven A. Camarota /
The New Child Tax Credit Would Make Low-Skill Immigration Even More Expensive
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McAuliffe ad falsely claims Youngkin ‘took over’ predatory dental clinics
Discussion: National Review
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
What Iowa Is Losing as My Hometown Newspaper Crumbles
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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Vaccine Mandates From Private Employers Are Destroying American Livelihoods
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Where the wave begins  —  MIDLAND, Pennsylvania — For as much cash and strategy as partisans put …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Group asks DC court panel to investigate DOJ official who peddled false Trump election claims
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gary Shteyngart / New Yorker:
A Botched Circumcision and Its Aftermath