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8:35 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: HotAir, Mediaite, Raw Story and Power Line
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Washington Post:
Examining a ‘righteous’ strike  —  Expert analysis of deadly U.S. drone strike's aftermath in Kabul suggest no evidence of explosives in targeted vehicle  —  When a Hellfire missile was launched on Aug. 29 at a target in a Kabul neighborhood — a parked car suspected of containing explosives …
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 …
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Reuters:
U.S. could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October -sources  —  Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:
By Ana Ceballos Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration won approval on Friday to reinstate a hold on a Leon County judge's ruling that said the state could not enforce a ban on strict mask mandates in schools, as the court battle continues.
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Melissa Alonso / CNN:
Florida appeals court rules in favor of DeSantis, reverses order to allow mask mandate ban in schools
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Matt Dixon / Politico:
The Second Amendment fight that could upend Florida's midterms
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Breyer's airbrushed portrayal of the judicial process  —  Could the timing of Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer's new book be any worse?  It's hard to imagine.  Breyer's latest — an earnest testament to the nonpartisanship and professionalism of his conservative colleagues …
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: ‘What goes around comes around’
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
DC congresswoman bizarrely denies letting zebras loose
Discussion: Twitchy
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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.
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 …
CNN:
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.
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Khaled Elgindy / Middle East Institute:
The legacy of 9/11 in the Middle East Peace Process  —  As we mark 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks and the subsequent U.S. interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other protracted elements of the ill-fated and ill-conceived “war on terror,” it is easy to overlook other disastrous legacies of U.S. policy in the post-9/11 era.
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 …
Dan Bloom / Mirror.co.uk:
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
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 …
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 …
Annie Vainshtein / San Francisco Chronicle:
BinaxNow vs. Ellume: Why one rapid COVID test seems to be sold out everywhere  —  At-home tests are hard to find in the Bay Area.  Here's what to look for, and where  —  Rapid at-home antigen tests have become convenient tools for people hoping to quickly determine whether their cold symptoms are COVID-19.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
CNBC:
Rudy Giuliani associate Igor Fruman pleads guilty to soliciting foreign campaign contributions  — Igor Fruman, a former associate of embattled lawyer Rudy Giuliani, pleaded guilty to soliciting foreign campaign contributions in a New York federal court Friday.
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Federal mandate takes vaccine decision off employers' hands  —  Larger U.S. businesses now won't have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  Doing so is now federal policy.  —  President Joe Biden announced sweeping new orders Thursday …
Matt London / Fox News:
Political experts weigh in ahead of Biden's address to nation on 9/11: ‘No one wants to be spun’  —  The president's plans to mark 20 years since the terrorist attacks have been met with some criticism  —  Biden slips to 39% approval just 8 months into his presidency
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. has flagged 44 Afghan evacuees as potential national security risks over the past two weeks, vetting reports show  —  The Department of Homeland Security flagged 44 Afghan evacuees as potential national security risks during the past two weeks as the government screened tens of thousands …
 
 
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
CIA-trained Afghan forces who helped Americans and others evacuate now await resettlement in the U.S.
Wall Street Journal:
Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats Sue New York City Over Fee Caps
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden's Push Show Some Early Success
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House spoils for fight on taxes
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USA Today:
Parents want kids to learn about ongoing effects of slavery - but not critical race theory. They're the same thing.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Olivia Krauth / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky's school mask mandate axed after Gov. Andy Beshear's veto overridden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Inside Biden's call with Xi
Discussion: HotAir and WAMU
Daniel Idfresne / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
I'm 17. And I'm Immunized from Woke Politics.
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
‘I Was Responsible for Those People’
 

 
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