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September 20, 2021
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“Joe vs. the Fall-cano.”

In This Episode

Joe Biden is having a less than stellar September thanks to crises abroad and setbacks at home, the Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Horwitz talks to Tommy Vietor about his team’s scathing five-part series on Facebook, and early voting begins in the most important and most competitive off-year election, the Virginia gubernatorial between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin.


Show Notes


  • AP News: France’s Macron to talk to Biden amid crisis over submarines 
  • ABC: Pentagon’s drone strike acknowledgement was the correct response: Mullen
  • Politico: Confusion over Biden’s booster plan riles governors 
  • NBC: US closes part of Texas border, begins flying Haitians home 
  • Reuters: Analysis: French break-up a blow to Biden’s China-focused alliance rebuilding 
  • CNBC: Fauci defends FDA panel, says it didn’t make a mistake rejecting booster Covid shots for all Americans
  • Fox: NBC’s Chuck Todd says Biden has ‘a pretty big credibility crisis’ after weekend setbacks
  • AP: One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset
  • Vox: Nuclear subs and a diplomatic blowup: The US-France clash, explained
  • Politico: POLITICO Playbook: What the Pentagon knew about that drone attack 
  • WaPo: Biden’s Entire Presidential Agenda Rests on Expansive Spending Bill
  • NYT: Pentagon acknowledges Aug. 29 drone strike in Afghanistan was a tragic mistake that killed 10 civilians. 
  • US Department of Defense: Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Results of Central Command Investigation Into the 29 August Airstrike 
  • Boston Globe: Four things to know about the FDA panel’s booster shot vote 
  • NYT: How Hope, Fear and Misinformation Led Thousands of Haitians to the U.S. Border
  • WaPo: Is Biden normalizing Trump’s foreign policy?



  • WSJ: The Facebook Files  
  • WSJ: Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That’s Exempt. 
  • WSJ: Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show 
  • WSJ: Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead. 
  • WSJ: How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated
  • BIZ INSIDER: Facebook fires back at damning Wall Street Journal reports that found the company to be ‘riddled with flaws’ 
  • SALON: Mark Zuckerberg’s bad week: Senators demand answers after exposé reveals Instagram is toxic for kids
  • NYT OP-ED: The Endless Facebook Apology 



  • The Hill: Virginia governor’s race enters new phase as early voting begins
  • WaPo: McAuliffe, Youngkin locked in tight race for Virginia governor, Post-Schar School poll finds 
  • Politico: Voting begins in crucial Virginia governor’s race
  • Yahoo: Virginia governor’s race is next up in national spotlight 
  • CNN: McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate 
  • C-SPAN: Virginia Gubernatorial Debate full video 
  • WAVY: McAuliffe and Youngkin in neck and neck race for Virginia governor, new poll shows ahead of first debate
  • FiveThirtyEight: Why A Republican Might Win In Virginia’s Governor Race, And How New Jersey’s Race Could Get Tighter
  • WaPo op-ed: Abortion enters the Virginia governor’s race
  • The Atlantic: The Trump Suburban Squirm



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