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Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition  —  The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president's plan to battle climate change.  —  WASHINGTON — The most powerful part …
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Sen. Bernie Sanders / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Let's stand together to protect working families (Opinion)  —  THE MOUNTAIN STATE'S TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.  —  In America today, the very rich are becoming richer while millions of working families are struggling to put food on the table or pay their bills.  We now have the absurd situation …
Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
Manchin slams Sanders over opinion piece in W.Va. newspaper urging him to support major spending package  —  The public dispute between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) over the size and scope of a multitrillion-dollar spending package escalated Friday after Sanders published …
Washington Post:
Publix heiress, funder of Jan. 6 rally, gave $150,000 to GOP attorneys general association  —  A wealthy Trump donor who helped finance the rally in Washington on Jan. 6 also gave $150,000 to the nonprofit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, records show …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Mynewsdesk:
Counter Terrorism Command leading investigation into Sir David Amess murder  —  The fatal stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing.  —  The investigation is being led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command …
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Politico:
Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda  —  “If things don't go well” for Terry McAuliffe, one party lawmaker said, “there's going to be a lot of different reckonings here.”  —  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe answers questions from reporters …
Julia Shanahan / Rappahannock News:
Rep. Good encourages Rappahannock students to shed masks at school and rise up in opposition to mandates  —  U.S. Rep. Bob Good on Thursday encouraged a group of Rappahannock County High School students to not wear masks in school, saying during his visit the administration “can't stop everyone.”
Shawna Chen / Axios:
U.S. offers condolence payments to families of civilians killed in Kabul air strike  —  The Pentagon has offered unspecified payments as a condolence to the families of 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, who were killed in an Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul.
Discussion: NPR and Common Dreams
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Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Lipinski bombshell: He may try to reclaim his old seat from Newman  —  Former U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has had a look at the new proposed congressional map, and now he's considering trying to win back his spot in the U.S. House.  —  By On Politics  —  In a bombshell development …
Discussion: Capitol Fax.com
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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Illinois Democrats Reward Never Trump Adam Kinzinger by Redrawing District to End His Career
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing the secrets of Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book says  — Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by flipping on Trump or Clinton, a new book says.  — Steve Bannon reportedly told Epstein …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Book Trump signed for Giuliani fetches $54K at auction: ‘I promise never to run against you’
Discussion: Insider
Washington Post:
Vaccine mandates stoked fears of labor shortages.  But hospitals say they're working.  —  At Houston Methodist — one of the first American health-care institutions to require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus — the backlash was short-lived.  —  More than 150 employees were fired.
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas  —  President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed …
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Jessica Glenza / The Guardian:
Pete Buttigieg hits back at Fox News host's criticism of his paternity leave  —  The US transportation secretary and his husband recently adopted newborn twins and praised 'an administration that's actually pro-family'  —  US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been on paternity …
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Trump-backed challengers to Republican lawmakers lag in fundraising  —  Four candidates backed by Donald Trump to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him from office are falling behind in raising money for their campaigns, according to disclosures filed on Friday.
Discussion: Insider, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Hoyer signals House vote on bill to ‘remove’ debt limit threat  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) signaled in a letter to colleagues on Saturday that the House may soon consider legislation to “remove” a debt limit threat, saying a vote could come as soon as this month.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews  —  President Biden has only given 10 one-on-one press interviews since taking office in January, a low number that is drawing more attention toward the White House's efforts to control and manage the way Biden interacts with reporters.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Perils of Political Foot-In-Mouth Disease  —  Terry McAuliffe is under fire for an alleged gaffe.  He's got plenty of company.  —  Photo of Terry McAuliffe by Win McNamee/Getty Images  —  Democrats were already reaching for the Maalox as they saw polls showing a tight race …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early  —  The main House war chests for both Democrats and Republicans have a combined $128 million in the bank — more than double the sum at this point in 2020.  —  A dizzying amount of money is already pouring into the battles …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Trump pushing ex-Rep. Duffy to run for Wisconsin governor  —  Former President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he was trying to persuade former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) to enter Wisconsin's 2022 gubernatorial race.  —  “Working hard to get very popular and capable Former Congressman Sean Duffy of Wisconsin to run for Governor.
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates  —  The future of U.S. elections is on the ballot in 2022, largely because former President Donald Trump can't let go of the past.  —  “The single biggest issue — the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect …
Wall Street Journal:
As Afghanistan Sinks Into Destitution, Some Sell Children to Survive  —  U.N. warns that 95% of Afghans aren't getting enough to eat as winter approaches  —  HERAT, Afghanistan—Desperate to feed her family, Saleha, a housecleaner here in western Afghanistan, has incurred such an insurmountable debt …
Peter Hasson / Fox News:
Loudoun County superintendent apologizes, board member resigns as backlash grows over alleged sexual assaults  —  Loudoun County Public Schools has faced intense public pressure after Scott Smith revealed his daughter was allegedly assaulted in a school bathroom  —  Loudoun father claims city concealed sex assault
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Catherine Pearson / HuffPost:
If You Have A Mood Disorder, You May Now Be Eligible For A COVID Booster
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Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Breonna Taylor's death sparked remarkable changes to no-knock raids across America
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
48 hours to live: An Oklahoma hospital's rush to find an ICU bed for a covid patient
Kristen Hwang / CalMatters:
Hospitals brace for strikes as California workers protest staff shortages
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Uncomfortable inflation is here, and it's changing the economy
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Funding Fight Threatens Plan to Pump Billions Into Affordable Housing
Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
2022: The Year of the MAGA Outsiders
Bill McKibben / The Guardian:
It's easy to feel pessimistic about the climate. But we've got two big things on our side
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Bet on Raising Taxes on High-Income People, Big Businesses
Discussion: The Hill