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3:45 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 …
R. Marshall Brandt / The Bulwark:
What Was the Debt-Ceiling Showdown Really All About?  —  The answer is: Democracy.
Discussion: Twitchy
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Democrats Must Raise the Debt Limit to a Quadrillion Dollars
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema, the Bad Maverick
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Why the Senate doesn't work anymore
Manchin breaks with party leaders over strategy on debt ceiling and Biden's economic package
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 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: 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
Melania Trump refused to meet Rep. Steve Scalise at the White House after he was shot because she ‘already said hello’ at the hospital: book
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 Post:   FBI raids NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association headquarters
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?
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.
Discussion: Townhall and Political Wire
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
DOJ reviewing decision not to prosecute FBI agents in Nassar case  —  Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the news at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Violence Against Women Act  —  Report finds FBI violated protocols in Nassar case  —  The Justice Department is reviewing …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:   DOJ is probing attacks on voting rights, says U.S. attorney general
Aaron Rupar / Public Notice:
The big picture  —  Public Notice begins with a conversation with Brian Klaas about the fragile state of US democracy.  —  As Public Notice launches, it seems fitting to begin with a macro look at the perilous state of US democracy as we head into a high-stakes midterm cycle …
DEA approved more than 50 requests for covert surveillance of racial justice protests last summer … The Drug Enforcement Administration approved at least 51 requests from state, local and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct covert surveillance during racial justice protests last summer, according to records obtained by CREW.
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.
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: The Hill
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
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.
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 …
Dylan Housman / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Fauci-Funded Experiment Killed Dozens Of Puppies Using Taxpayer Money  —  Documents from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) obtained by a taxpayer watchdog organization reveal that the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Dr. Anthony Fauci …
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Julie Steenhuysen / Reuters:
Former FDA chief Gottlieb expects Delta to be last big pandemic wave in U.S.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox smears DOJ effort to stop criminal threats against educators as a war on its viewers
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
What the War in Afghanistan Could Never Do
John Halpin / The Liberal Patriot:
Where Does the Public Really Stand on ‘Build Back Better’?
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
We Asked Curtis Sliwa to Name All 16 of His Cats
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
Watching The FBI Lose, Destroy the Documents Justifying Surveillance
Associated Press:
New York mother, son arrested in theft of Pelosi's laptop during Capitol riot
Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Md. Gov. Hogan's former chief of staff is indicted on federal wire fraud charges
 Earlier Items: 
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Fiona Hill Doesn't Think the Russians Had Anything on Trump
Discussion: Insider
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson takes 2 covid conspiracy theories from fever swamps to Fox News prime time
Tsai Ing-Wen / Foreign Affairs:
Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Once and Future Threat of Trump
Gary Shteyngart / New Yorker:
A Botched Circumcision and Its Aftermath
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Nikki Haley Embraces Trump in Her Vision of GOP Future
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite