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4:50 PM ET, September 12, 2021

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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
A make-or-break moment for our democracy  —  It's a habit of journalism to declare nearly every impending period as a turning point, a “defining moment” that will set a nation or even the world on a course for years or decades to come.  —  The routinization of the momentous is mostly harmless, but over time it has a cost.
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Julia Cherner / ABC News:
Manchin, Sanders at odds over $3.5 trillion budget resolution  —  Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., reiterated his call on Sunday for a strategic pause on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, while Sen. Bernie Sanders …
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Murthy calls Biden's new COVID-19 actions an ‘appropriate response’ to tackle pandemic
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and New York Post
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Biden Tells Top Democrats He's Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights  —  The president, sources say, has promised to lean on centrists to change the filibuster rules and save Democrats' imperiled effort to pass a new voting rights bill
Discussion: Bipartisan Report
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NBC News:   Senate Democrats near agreement on new voting rights legislation
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats see $3.5T spending goal is slipping away
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
CNN:
Most Republicans want Trump as the GOP's leader but are divided about whether he'd help them retake the White House  —  Donald Trump is ‘99, 100 percent’ likely to run for president in 2024  —  (CNN)Most Republicans want former President Donald Trump to remain their party's leader, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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Matt Bai / Washington Post:   Chris Christie comes back to reality
Sam Raskin / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani rambles during 9/11 memorial dinner  —  Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a 9/11 commemoration on Saturday called a top US general an “idiot” and “a-hole,” imitated Queen Elizabeth and distanced himself from Prince Andrew, in a series of rambling soliloquies, video shows.
Discussion: TMZ.com, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Democrats wanted Trump gone.  Now they want him on the ballot.  —  LOS ANGELES — Democrats are growing confident that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) will prevail in Tuesday's recall election, averting political disaster by energizing liberal voters.  Across the country his party …
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
False Election Claims in California Reveal a New Normal for G.O.P.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Insider
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why Americans Die So Much  —  U.S. life spans, which have fallen behind those in Europe, are telling us something important about American society.  —  About the author: Derek Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The risks of running as Trump-lite  —  Glenn Youngkin is running as Trump-lite; it's a challenging journey.  —  The GOP nominee for governor of Virginia is trying to thread a delicate political needle: to be Trumpian enough to energize the party's hard-core base, but not so much it turns …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Scott Gottlieb / The Atlantic:
A Second Major Seasonal Virus Won't Leave Us Any Choice  —  Businesses and schools must adapt, because the dual threat from COVID and the flu will be too severe. … He is the author of the forthcoming book Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI releases 9/11 investigation document that scrutinized Saudis  —  The FBI has released the first of what are expected to be several documents from its investigation into whether agents of the Saudi Arabian government provided support to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror plot …
Discussion: Washington Times and Common Dreams
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Where the Meaning of Flight 93 Can Never End The national memorial was built to allow multiple interpretations.  —  Paul Murdoch did not set out to heal the wound in the Earth, but to preserve it as a scar.  The architect of the Flight 93 National Memorial has spent most of the last two decades refining …
Alyssa Lukpat / New York Times:
The U.S. is falling to the lowest vaccination rates of the world's wealthiest democracies.  —  Japan initially struggled to get its Covid-19 vaccination program into full gear, but now that it has, the percentage of its population that has received at least one dose has edged past the level achieved …
Joseph Guzman / The Hill:
Elon Musk drives through loophole by launching Tesla on tribal land  —  Tesla opened its first facility in New Mexico this week in partnership with the Nambé Pueblo.  —  Story at a glance  — New Mexico has laws on the books that prohibit car makers from selling directly …
NBC News:
‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the United States, report finds  —  WASHINGTON — After crime rates in the United States surged in the second half of the 20th century, moderate Democrats persuaded the party to toughen up its platform in the 1990s to channel widespread voter concerns spreading from big cities to the suburbs.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Trump's Judges Are Playing A Huge Role In Upholding Anti-Abortion Laws Across The Country  —  WASHINGTON — In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump pitched to Republican voters that even if they didn't like him, they needed him for one big reason: the US Supreme Court.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:   Behind the Texas Abortion Law, a Persevering Conservative Lawyer
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
Doctor says ‘death is imminent’ for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ‘adamantly’  — Dr. Nicole Linder from Michigan said she watched a patient's COVID-19 symptoms worsen for weeks.  — Her patient, Kathy, refused to get vaccinated, and now it's too late, Linder said.
Reuters:
Taliban say women can study at university but classes must be segregated  —  Women in Afghanistan will be allowed to study in universities as the country seeks to rebuild after decades of war but gender-segregation and Islamic dress code will be mandatory, the Taliban's new Higher Education minister said on Sunday.
Joel Zinberg / City Journal:
Delta is Dying  —  New CDC findings show that we're closer than ever to the end of the pandemic.  —  Covid-19  —  Despite media claims that “We Can't Turn the Corner on Covid,” the numbers of Covid-19 cases, new hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide peaked and started to decline around the beginning of September.
Discussion: Power Line
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Justice Breyer opposes politics surrounding Supreme Court, supports one possible reform  —  Breyer, 83, plans to retire from the court, but he has not said when that will happen  —  Justice Breyer reacts to Biden's Supreme Court commission on ‘Fox News Sunday’
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The 9/11 Era is over.  Good.  —  A few last words as my generation's defining event recedes into history  —  I think this is the last post I'll write about 9/11.  The reason is not just that I, and the world, are running out of things to say about that awful event — although that is certainly true.
 
 
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Michael Moore ‘flabbergasted’ by the ‘grace and precision and safety’ of Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Rose McGowan to join Larry Elder amid Harvey Weinstein-related allegation against Newsom's wife
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Pranksters Trick Newsmax Into Interviewing Fake Paul Wolfowitz TWICE (And The Impersonator Didn't Even Try to Sound Like Him)
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
BoJo scraps immunity passports for UK
Discussion: Reuters
American Greatness:
A Failure of Memory and Nerve
Maria Godoy / NPR:
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools
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Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
San Francisco Schools Have Had No COVID-19 Outbreaks Since Classes Began Last Month
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooks and Liars
Axios:
Bush alludes to Capitol rioters' “determination to defile national symbols” in 9/11 speech
Discussion: TheBlaze and CNN
Gary Detman / NewsBreak:
Florida leader who called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Falsey’ hospitalized with COVID-19
New York Times:
Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP's halting, uneven journey toward becoming the anti-vaccine mandate party
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
In Shanksville, Biden says the future of democracy is on the line.
 

 
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Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
RISJ's 2024 Digital News Report with a survey of 90K+: six platforms, like TikTok, reach 10%+ of respondents for news use, compared to just two a decade ago

David Gilbert / Wired:
ISIS created two YouTube channels falsely branded as CNN and Al Jazeera channels in March; their videos stayed on YouTube for a month and a half before removal

Tony Plohetski / Austin American-Statesman:
Gannett's Austin American-Statesman names Courtney Sebesta executive editor; she began her career at the Statesman 22 years ago as an editorial assistant

 
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