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7:55 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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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 …
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden thought he could persuade vaccine skeptics.  He couldn't.  So he embraced mandates.  —  President Biden's initial approach to the pandemic did not include widespread vaccine mandates, a policy that some advisers and public health officials wanted but that was viewed as a step too far.
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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.
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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
A convoy to the Kabul airport, hostile Taliban and the faint hope that the gates to escape would swing open … A month before the Taliban seized Kabul, a letter appeared on the doorstep of Sara Qaderi's home in the city.  The militants knew she was working for a U.S.-funded research program, the letter stated.
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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.
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Unvaccinated People Are 11 Times More Likely To Die Of COVID-19, New Research Finds  —  Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, new research has found, bolstering evidence that the inoculations continue to provide powerful protection, even against the delta variant.
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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 …
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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Matt Dixon / Politico:
The Second Amendment fight that could upend Florida's midterms
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ben Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
School Is Back and the Covid Rules Keep Changing: 'It's as Chaotic as You Can Get.'  —  Delta variant compels districts to rethink their strategies on everything from vaccines to lunch  —  In Dallas public schools, mandatory temperature checks are out, while mask requirements are in.
Discussion: The Georgia Star News
Houston Keene / Fox News:
DC congresswoman bizarrely denies letting zebras loose  —  Del Eleanor Holmes Norton said she has an ‘alibi’ for when the zebras escaped  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 10  —  Zebras are on the loose near the nation's capital and a local congresswoman is raising eyebrows by going out of her way to deny responsibility.
Discussion: Twitchy
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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.
Rachel Louise Ensign / Wall Street Journal:
Bitcoin to Bucks: Crypto Fans Borrow to Buy Homes, Cars—and More Crypto  —  Upstart lenders make it easy to take out loans backed by cryptocurrency holdings.  Regulators are watching.  —  Michael Anderson mined bitcoin in his dorm room and left a corporate job to invest in cryptocurrency projects.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
DeSantis on Biden's new vaccine mandate: What about people with natural immunity?  —  He makes a fair point, one made by others over the past 24 hours.  Biden's idea of an accommodation for workers who don't want to get vaccinated is to let them get tested weekly instead.
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
US could default on national debt as soon as mid-October  —  The federal government is on track to default on the national debt sometime in between the middle of October and the middle of November without action to raise the debt ceiling, according to an analysis released Friday.
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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
 
 
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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
Robert Towey / CNBC:
CNBC poll shows very little will persuade unvaccinated Americans to get Covid shots
Discussion: CNN and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Jay S. Kaufman / New York Times:
Science Alone Can't Heal a Sick Society
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The legacy of 9/11 in the Middle East Peace Process
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Psaki stands by having employer vaccine mandate while illegal immigrants get a pass
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Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden's Push Show Some Early Success
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