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6:35 PM ET, September 8, 2021

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CNN:
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.
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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
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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.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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: Alternet.org, Daily Kos and Forbes
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Natasha Sarin / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
The Case for a Robust Attack on the Tax Gap  —  A well-functioning tax system requires that everyone pays the taxes they owe.  Today, the “tax gap”—the difference between taxes that are owed and collected—totals around $600 billion annually and will mean approximately $7 trillion of lost tax revenue over the next decade.
Discussion: Insider, CBS News, The Guardian, IJR and Mediaite
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
California's recall becomes the new epicenter of unfounded fraud claims  —  One of the things that never made sense about the claims of rampant voter fraud in the 2020 election was that President Donald Trump actually did better than the polls predicted in most states, often substantially.
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
More Americans than ever before disapprove of Joe Biden's performance as president
Discussion: Breitbart and RedState
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: UPI, Daily Kos and CNBC
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:   Biden officials trumpet how solar can provide nearly half of the nation's electricity by 2050
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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. …
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.
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Harry Reid / LasVegasSun.com:
Abolishing the filibuster would pay dividends for Nevadans
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Florida judge orders immediate lifting of DeSantis ban on school mask mandates  —  A judge on Wednesday ruled that Florida must immediately stop enforcing Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in schools, refusing to issue a stay as the state appeals his decision.
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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 …
Tess Owen / VICE:
Oath Keeper Snitched on Himself to FBI Agent During Tattoo Session, Docs Say  —  An Oath Keeper and accused Capitol rioter who owns a tattoo parlor in upstate New York unwittingly poured his heart out to an off-duty FBI agent who'd stopped by his business for an appointment.
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
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.
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.
Politico:
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.
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.
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 …
Sharon Udasin / The Hill:
Kerry says rest of world ‘doomed’ unless 20 nations take climate action  —  President Biden's climate envoy John Kerry says that unless the world's top 20 worst emitters do not take “bold action” to tackle the climate crisis, the global environment will reach a point of no return.
Discussion: Breitbart
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Biden reiterates plan to reopen Jerusalem consulate despite Israeli objections  —  President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during their White House meeting that he will not abandon his plan to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, setting up a major point of contention between the administrations.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Sleaze and Slime: Former Bill Clinton Intern Now Claiming to Be ‘Republican’ Launders Expunged, Dismissed Allegations After Trump Endorses Opponent  —  Jeff Bartos, a former intern for former Democrat President Bill Clinton — now running as a Republican in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate primary …
 
 
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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
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
How Biden's Afghanistan Withdrawal Blew Open the GOP's Foreign Policy Rift
Tyler Dawson / National Post:
Book burning at Ontario francophone schools as ‘gesture of reconciliation’ denounced
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Educational Differences Are Widening America's Political Rift
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Patton Oswalt cancels shows in Florida, Utah after venues fail to comply with his Covid requests
Discussion: TheBlaze
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
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Brian Johnson / KMBC:
Fights break out, one person handcuffed following Pleasant Hill School Board meeting
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and Raw Story
John Aguilar / Denver Post:
“I am angry today:” Jeffco's top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
Four Taliban members swapped for Bowe Bergdahl now in Afghan government