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5:55 PM ET, September 8, 2021


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Biden administration tells ex-Trump officials to resign from military academy advisory boards or be dismissed  —  (CNN)The Biden administration has told 11 officials appointed to military service academy advisory boards by former President Donald Trump to resign or be dismissed, a source familiar with the situation tells CNN's KFile.
Joe Schoffstall / Fox News:
CDC tightened masking guidelines after threats from teachers union, emails show  —  Emails show further coordination between Biden administration and teachers unions  —  White House used deep union ties to censor criticism on school mask guidance  —  The Biden administration tightened …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
How Delta Beat Biden
Discussion: HotAir
Leo Shane III / Military Times:   Biden boots Trump appointees from military academy advisory boards
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The looming chaos of Trump 2024  —  There is nothing substantively different about what Donald Trump is now than what he was in 2015.  —  He is as indifferent to the expectations of elected leadership as he ever was, choosing to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a …
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Is Donald Trump Finished?  —  Admit it: You don't want him to run again yet his absence hasn't solved any problem.  —  Is Donald Trump playing the game badly?  The question needs to be asked.  If you think Mr. Trump the worst thing that ever happened to America, the answer might not be entirely reassuring.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
What should the Jan. 6 probe examine?  A veteran Sept. 11 investigator weighs in.  —  It is strange to think that even as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, some two decades later we're consumed with sorting through another nationally traumatic and transformative attack …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
The top 1 percent are evading $163 billion a year in taxes, the Treasury finds.  —  WASHINGTON — The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans are the nation's most egregious tax evaders, failing to pay as much as $163 billion in owed taxes per year, according to a new Treasury Department report released on Wednesday.
Discussion:, Daily Kos and Forbes
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
Donald Trump May Still Destroy the GOP, After All  —  Republicans think the former president is their electoral savior, but his toxic influence over the party might just bring about its demise.  —  When Donald Trump descended the escalator on that fateful day in June 2015 …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Republicans stick with ‘election denialism’ in post-2020 races
Discussion: HuffPost, HotAir and Raw Story
Peter Boghossian / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
My University Sacrificed Ideas for Ideology.  So Today I Quit.  —  The more I spoke out against the illiberalism that has swallowed Portland State University, the more retaliation I faced. … Dear Provost Susan Jeffords,  —  ​​I'm writing to you today to resign as assistant professor …
John Sexton / HotAir:
Harry Reid: C'mon Democrats, let's abolish the filibuster  —  We all know the backstory here.  In 2013, then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid exercised the “nuclear option” by removing the filibuster for the confirmation of presidential appointees with the exception of nominees for the Supreme Court.
Harry Reid /
Abolishing the filibuster would pay dividends for Nevadans
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop  —  An internal police chief memo shows employees were directed to use ‘field interview cards’ which would then be reviewed  —  he Los Angeles police department (LAPD) has directed its officers to collect …
Patricia McCabe / Supreme Court of the United States:
For Immediate Release  —  For Further Information Contact:  —  The Court will hear all oral arguments scheduled for the October, November, and December sessions in the Courtroom.  Courtroom access will be limited to the Justices, essential Court personnel, counsel in the scheduled cases …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Washington Field Office Releases Video and Additional Information Regarding the Pipe Bomb Investigation  —  The FBI's Washington Field Office has released new information and video regarding the suspect who placed pipe bombs in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. …
Garrett M. Graff / The Atlantic:
After 9/11, the U.S. Got Almost Everything Wrong  —  On the Friday after 9/11, President George W. Bush visited the New York City site that the world would come to know as Ground Zero.  After rescue workers shouted that they couldn't hear him as he spoke to them through a bullhorn, he turned toward them and ad-libbed.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Sam Sachs / WFLA-TV:
Florida judge rules to set aside stay, allowing mask mandates in schools  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida's battle over mask mandates in schools returned to Circuit Court Judge John C. Cooper's courtroom Wednesday morning, where Cooper ruled to allow mask policies and removed the automatic stay from the previous order.
Washington Post:
Trump reaches out to families of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan  —  When Darin Hoover traveled to Dover Air Force Base to receive the casket of his 31-year-old Marine son, who was killed in Afghanistan, he, like several other families, declined an offer to meet with President Biden.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper Pleads Guilty After His Mom Bragged About His Capitol Riot Antics On Facebook  —  Russell James Peterson, who wore a “(F**k) your feelings” sweatshirt inside the U.S. Capitol building, “sat in Pelosi's chair,” his mother posted.  —  A 34-year-old man who traveled with his mother …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper Who Chartered Buses To Jan. 6 Rally Pleads Guilty In Capitol Breach Case
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
The World Is Getting More Dangerous.  A Lot More.  —  Anti-mask violence in America.  A coup brewing in Brazil.  —  1. Danger Signs  —  This is not normal: … Wait, there's more: … So we have three dudes rolling up on an elementary school.  Only one of them is a parent with a kid enrolled …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lee Drutman / New York Times:
Quiz: If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To?  —  This essay is part of a series exploring bold ideas to revitalize and renew the American experiment.  Read more about this project in a note from Ezekiel Kweku, Opinion's politics editor.  —  America's two-party system is broken.
James Laporta / Associated Press:
A U.S. Marine, a curious Afghan boy, an unfathomable moment  —  One day not long ago, I watched my soon-to-be 3-year-old son jump up and down to the sound of “ho” and “hey.”  —  It's a song by The Lumineers, an American folk-rock band.  The lyrics and stomp reverberate throughout the kitchen and into the house.
Associated Press:
Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee comes down in Virginia capital  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A crowd erupted in cheers and song Wednesday as workers hoisted one of the nation's largest Confederate monuments off a pedestal where the figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee towered over Virginia's capital city for more than a century.
Kristen Doerer / Right Wing Watch:
Who Is Owed Reparations?  Larry Elder Argues Slave Owners Whose ‘Legal Property Was Taken Away’  —  Larry Elder becomes exasperated when a conversation arises about reparations—that is, whether African Americans are owed some compensation for centuries of slavery.
Trump chooses Cheney challenger in major test of political clout  —  Donald Trump is set to back Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman as she prepares a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, according to three people with knowledge of his plans, marking the most important political endorsement yet in Trump's post-presidency.
Ivan Penn / New York Times:
From 4% to 45%: Biden Offers Ambitious Blueprint for Solar Energy  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday released a plan to produce almost half of the nation's electricity from the sun by 2050 as part of its effort to combat climate change.  —  Solar energy provided less than 4 percent …
Discussion: Washington Post, UPI, Daily Kos and CNBC
Mike Cherney / Wall Street Journal:
Australia's Top Court Finds Media Companies Liable for Other People's Facebook Comments  —  Decision could hinder the promoting of important public-interest journalism, legal experts say  —  SYDNEY—Australia's highest court found that newspapers and television stations that post articles …
Tyler Dawson / National Post:
Book burning at Ontario francophone schools as ‘gesture of reconciliation’ denounced  —  More than 4,700 books were removed from library shelves at 30 schools, and they have since been destroyed or are in the process of being recycled  —  A book burning held by an Ontario francophone school board …
John Aguilar / Denver Post:
“I am angry today:” Jeffco's top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed  —  Motorist runs over signs at a vaccine clinic over the Labor Day weekend  —  The head of Jefferson County Public Health pulled the agency's three COVID-19 vaccination vans off …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal Blew Open the GOP's Foreign Policy Rift  —  The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan represents a victory for Republican isolationists.  It also ties their credibility to the performance of a Democratic White House.  —  U.S. marines in Afghanistan in 2017.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
When Republicans talk about the ‘real America,’ they are not talking about the real America.  ‘Real America’ is anti-American  —  What Jim Jordan means.  —  United States Representative Jim Jordan wrote the following to accompany a video of University of Wisconsin students going wild …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Patton Oswalt cancels shows in Florida, Utah after venues fail to comply with his Covid requests  —  Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt canceled his upcoming tour dates in Florida and Salt Lake City because the venues would not comply with his request that attendees either show proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
AOC's woke Biology 101 lesson: “I do know that he's not familiar with a menstruating person's body”
David Gilbert / VICE:
Evangelical Pastors Are Secretly Spreading the Gospel of QAnon on YouTube
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Under The Rule Of Our Managerial Elites, There Will Be No Resignations
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Educational Differences Are Widening America's Political Rift
Discussion: Breitbart
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Sleaze and Slime: Former Bill Clinton Intern Now Claiming to Be ‘Republican’ Launders Expunged, Dismissed Allegations After Trump Endorses Opponent
Brian Johnson / KMBC:
Fights break out, one person handcuffed following Pleasant Hill School Board meeting
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Mike Coppinger / ESPN:
Donald Trump, son to provide commentary on Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort alternate telecast
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
Four Taliban members swapped for Bowe Bergdahl now in Afghan government
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
One Thing We Can Agree On Is That We're Becoming a Different Country
Discussion: Progress Pond and Raw Story