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7:10 PM ET, September 10, 2021


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New York Times:
Times Investigation: In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb  —  U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives.  But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the site cast doubt on that account.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
New York Times:
‘Imminent Threat’ or Aid Worker: Did a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kill the Wrong Person?  —  [explosion] In one of the final acts of its 20-year war in Afghanistan, the United States fired a missile from a drone at a car in Kabul.  It was parked in the courtyard of a home …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Mike Allen / Axios:
America's civil war of 2021  —  Top Republicans are calling for a public uprising to protest President Biden's broad vaccine mandates, eight months after more than 500 people stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to overturn the election.  —  Why it matters: It has been decades since America …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Right-wing vaccine disinformation is killing people, and the propagandists are furious Biden is fighting back  —  President Joe Biden's Thursday announcement that federal regulators will seek to compel businesses with more than 100 employees to require their employees to either be vaccinated …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
What legal ground do Republican governors have to push back on vaccine mandates?  —  Not much, based on a century of Supreme Court precedent.  —  Vaccine mandates have arrived.  And so, too, has opposition led by Republicans.  Nineteen Republican governors spoke out against President …
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Federal mandate takes vaccine decision off employers' hands
Claire Rafford / Politico:
Biden to vaccine mandate legal challengers: ‘Have at it’
David Goldman / CNN:
Here's who loves Biden's vaccine mandate: The companies that have to enforce it
Discussion: HotAir, Digby's Hullabaloo and Townhall
Robby Soave / New York Times:
Biden's Vaccine Mandate Is a Big Mistake
Washington Post:
Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, CDC report finds  —  Moderna vaccine is most effective, says another study, the largest to date in U.S. to assess real-world effectiveness … People who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were over 10 times …
Melissa Alonso / CNN:
Florida appeals court rules in favor of DeSantis, reverses order to allow mask mandate ban in schools  —  (CNN)Florida's 1st District Court on Friday reinstated a stay on mask mandates in schools, blocking face mask requirements in schools for now, court documents show.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
The Second Amendment fight that could upend Florida's midterms  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court will consider a challenge to a 2011 gun law recently expanded by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a decision that could prompt a ruling on the politically contentious issue of Second Amendment rights in the middle of the 2022 midterms.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
New poll finds Newsom could easily beat recall thanks to motivated Democrats  —  Momentum has turned strongly against the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom with just days to go before voting ends, a change that comes after a deluge of political ads and support from leading Democrats …
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:
Norton Denies Responsibility for Setting Zebras Free, Supports Freedom Generally  —  Norton says the charges are understandable, but for the first time offers an alibi.  The six zebras escaped from a D.C.-area farm early this week  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
DC congresswoman bizarrely denies letting zebras loose
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
Journalism Schools Leave Graduates With Hefty Student Loans  —  Students take on debt for master's degrees in hope of news jobs even as opportunities diminish  —  News reporting has lost thousands of jobs over the past decade, with a further slide predicted.
Kevin D. Williamson / New York Times:
The Trump Coup Is Still Raging  —  Mr. Williamson writes extensively about politics and more at National Review.  —  What happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was not a coup attempt.  It was half of a coup attempt — the less important half.  —  The more important part of the coup attempt …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Hundreds of law enforcement officials were prepped early for potential Jan. 6 violence
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and The Daily Beast
CNN launches new polling methodology  —  (CNN)The landscape of political polling is changing, and so too is the way CNN carries out its polls.  Beginning with Friday's newly released CNN poll conducted by SSRS, the network is implementing a new methodology for measuring public opinion.
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR:
Breyer Warns Against Remaking The Court: ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’  —  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has a warning to those who want to remake the court: Be careful what you wish for.  —  In his new book, The Authority of the Court and the Peril of Politics …
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: ‘What goes around comes around’
Discussion: RedState
Dan Bloom /
Britain will now see ‘permanent food shortages’ and it's ‘going to get worse’  —  Food and Drink Federation chief Ian Wright said the country won't run out of food, but the days of shoppers knowing they can get whatever they like at the supermarket are gone forever
'It's about time': Biden puts the screws on the unvaccinated  —  Joe Biden finally figured out he'd been talking to the wrong people.  —  For months, it was the vaccine-resistant that the president treated with kid gloves, sprinkling words like “unity” into his remarks about fighting …
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
‘I Was Responsible for Those People’  —  On the evening of September 4, 2021, one week before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Glenn Vogt stood at the footprint of the North Tower and gazed at the names stamped in bronze.  The sun was diving below the buildings across the Hudson River in New Jersey …
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Facebook sent flawed data to misinformation researchers.  —  More than three years ago, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook trumpeted a plan to share data with researchers about how people interacted with posts and links on the social network, so that the academics could study misinformation on the site.
Chris Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
The secret moves of the Cyber Ninjas moneyman  —  Once they finish finding voter fraud in the presidential election, and they will find it, the Cyber Ninjas should rappel down the Tomb of the Unknown Ballot Box and turn their considerable auditing skills to the real estate acquisitions of Patrick Byrne …
Musadiq Bidar / CBS News:
In speech taking on Trump, Christie calls on Republicans to renounce conspiracy theories and discredit extremists “in our midst”  —  Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was once a close adviser to former President Trump, told Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Presidential …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Advocates of Vaccine Mandates Are Twisting American History  —  In the Washington Post, Timothy Bella suggests that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were both fine with vaccine mandates, so you should be too.  —  This is a little misleading.  —  Bella is correct to note …
Daniel Idfresne / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
I'm 17.  And I'm Immunized from Woke Politics.  —  Here's how.  —  I'm a first generation, 17-year-old Black American who grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Brooklyn neighborhood made famous by Jay-Z.  —  Given that brief biography, perhaps you'd assume that I'm a Black Lives Matter slogan-chanting …
Texas passes social media ‘de-platforming’ law  —  The US state of Texas has made it illegal for social media platforms to ban users “based on their political viewpoints”.  —  Prominent Republican politicians have accused Facebook, Twitter and others of censoring conservative views.
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Natural Gas Excluded in Democrats' Budget Plan for Clean Energy  — House energy panel details plans for $3.5 trillion package  — Billions planned for electric cars, grid improvements, solar  —  Natural gas won't count as clean energy under a House Democratic plan that would eventually rid …
Discussion: National Review
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA-trained Afghan forces who helped Americans and others evacuate now await resettlement in the U.S.  —  In the days before the Taliban took full control of Afghanistan, an elite group of Afghan special forces trained by the CIA helped evacuate more than 2,000 American citizens and permanent residents …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Biden's call with Xi  —  President Biden used a call with Xi Jinping on Thursday night to test whether personal diplomacy with the Chinese leader can make more progress than the meetings among subordinates, who have been snubbing and rebuffing Biden's aides.
Discussion: HotAir and WAMU
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Psaki stands by having employer vaccine mandate while illegal immigrants get a pass
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden's Push Show Some Early Success
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The inescapable overlap of pandemic and politics
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Democrats plot shutdown-prevention patch into December
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House spoils for fight on taxes
USA Today:
Parents want kids to learn about ongoing effects of slavery - but not critical race theory. They're the same thing.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky's school mask mandate axed after Gov. Andy Beshear's veto overridden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Senate Democrats Close To Agreement On Voting Rights Compromise
Discussion: CNN
They Created Our Post-9/11 World. Here's What They Think They Got Wrong.
Discussion: Insider and The Moderate Voice

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Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

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