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11:40 AM ET, September 11, 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.
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
20 Years On, the War on Terror Grinds Along, With No End in Sight  —  The failures in Iraq and Afghanistan obscure the striking success of a multilateral effort that extends to as many as 85 countries.  —  When President Biden told an exhausted nation on Aug. 31 that the last C-17 cargo plane …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:   Are we safer now than we were on 9/11?  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — Two decades …
NBC News:
Biden, former presidents honor heroes, lives lost as nation marks 20th anniversary of 9/11  —  Six moments of silence will mark the times of the 9/11 attacks on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of one of America's darkest days.  —  President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden joined …
Discussion: NBC Connecticut
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Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
EXCERPT: On 9/11, reporting from Taliban-controlled Kabul  —  The following account from Kathy Gannon, now news director for Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press, is excerpted from the book “September 11: The 9/11 Story, Aftermath and Legacy,” an in-depth look at AP's coverage of 9/11 and the events that followed.
Ivan Pereira / ABC News:
9/11 20 years live updates: Former presidents joined Biden to honor lives lost  —  The anniversary will be marked by several events across the country.  —  Saturday marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  —  Hijackers crashed two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center …
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Sister of NYC firefighter who died on 9/11 calls for ‘resolution’ in Gitmo trial 20 years later  —  GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — The sister of a New York firefighter who died in World Trade Center while trying to help people escape in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks told the story of her brother's heroism …
Dean Rotbart / Wall Street Journal:   How The Wall Street Journal Published on 9/11
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Biden knows his vax mandates are unconstitutional — but just doesn't care  —  Clearly, President Joe Biden is not chastened by the Supreme Court smackdown he got just a couple of weeks ago, when the justices invalidated the eviction moratorium that even administration officials acknowledge …
Discussion: Newsweek and National Review
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Newsom's rebound papers over broader trouble for Democrats  —  President Joe Biden's Monday campaign event with California Gov. Gavin Newsom will be a meeting of two Democrats whose fortunes are careening in opposite directions.  —  For Newsom, the past six weeks have been a resurgence after finding his political career on the ropes.
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New York Times:
Federal Research Bolsters the Case for Vaccine Mandates  —  Scientists believe the administration's new measures may tamp down the pandemic, although the effects will not immediately be obvious.  —  Just a day after President Biden issued broad mandates aimed at encouraging American workers …
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Salesforce offers to relocate employees and their families after Texas abortion law goes into effect  — Salesforce committed to helping employees and their families relocate if they're concerned about the ability to seek reproductive care, after a Texas abortion law went into effect.
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.
New York Times:
Biden's Sweeping Vaccine Mandates Infuriate Republican Governors  —  Some employers and business groups welcomed the new coronavirus requirements, but many G.O.P. leaders issued outright condemnations.  —  President Biden's orders pushing millions of workers to get vaccinated were aimed …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
A secretive Pentagon program that started on Trump's last day in office just ended.  The mystery has not.  —  Control of a remarkable 6 percent of the Internet was handed over to a Florida company as part of a cybersecurity pilot project.  Now the Pentagon has taken all 175 million IP address spaces back.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Biden unlikely to formally recognize Taliban government  —  The U.S. is in no rush to formally recognize the militants' government.  But holding out could get complicated.  —  The Taliban are cementing their control over Afghanistan, raising questions about whether the United States …
Discussion: Jacobin and CBS News
KWTX-TV:
Affidavit: Texas man murdered woman, shot her husband, because they voted for Biden  —  Suspect claimed pro-choice advocates are members of ‘Jewish Satanist Party’ who sacrifice children  —  EL PASO, Texas (KWTX & CBS Newspath) - Police in West Texas this week arrested Joseph Angel Alvarez …
Discussion: Insider and Law & Crime
James Politi / Financial Times:
White House officials consider probe into China's industrial subsidies  —  Discussions could lead to new round of punitive tariffs  —  Senior US officials are debating whether to open an investigation into China's use of industrial subsidies, in a move that could spark an escalation in trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Discussion: Japan Times
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Judge Refuses to Let Jacob Chansley Out of Jail Ahead of Sentencing, Calls Him a ‘Mascot’ for QAnon and ‘Hopes’ He's Really Had a Change of Heart  —  The federal judge who has presided over Jacob Chansley's criminal case doesn't appear to be entirely convinced that the so-called “QAnon Shaman” …
New York Times:
US Forces Were Training the Guinean Soldiers Who Took Off to Stage a Coup  —  American military officials have denounced the ouster of a president in West Africa, and said they had no warning of what their students were planning.  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — American Green Berets were training local forces …
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.
Robert Towey / CNBC:
CNBC poll shows very little will persuade unvaccinated Americans to get Covid shots  — Change Research surveyed 1,775 respondents for CNBC from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 about Americans' views on Covid vaccines, President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and other issues.
Discussion: CNN and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
New York Times:
Biden's Vaccine Push Aligns Him With a Fed-Up, Vaccinated Majority  —  As the president took forceful new steps to pressure Americans to get inoculated, he argued that they were urgently needed health measures.  In his allies' view, they were also good politics.
 
 
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Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Mike Lindell held secret meeting with Trump on “reinstatement day”
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Robert Zimmerman / Behind The Black:
List of lawyers for fighting mask and vaccine mandates
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
US could default on national debt as soon as mid-October
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Jay S. Kaufman / New York Times:
Science Alone Can't Heal a Sick Society
Ben Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
School Is Back and the Covid Rules Keep Changing: 'It's as Chaotic as You Can Get.'
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A convoy to the Kabul airport, hostile Taliban and the faint hope that the gates to escape would swing open
Allahpundit / HotAir:
DeSantis on Biden's new vaccine mandate: What about people with natural immunity?
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Khaled Elgindy / Middle East Institute:
The legacy of 9/11 in the Middle East Peace Process
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
California Moves to Outlaw ‘Stealthing,’ or Removing Condom Without Consent
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Natural Gas Excluded in Democrats' Budget Plan for Clean Energy
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