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6:30 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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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Watch CNN's Dana Bash Call Out Joe Manchin's Infrastructure Game
Discussion: Townhall, CNBC and Slate
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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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
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
False Election Claims in California Reveal a New Normal for G.O.P.  —  In an echo of 2020, Republicans are pushing baseless allegations of cheating in the state's recall race even before Election Day.  —  The results of the California recall election won't be known until Tuesday night.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Insider
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  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are close to an agreement on updated voting rights legislation that can get the support of all 50 Democrats, three Democratic aides familiar with negotiations tell NBC.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
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
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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Rose McGowan to join Larry Elder amid Harvey Weinstein-related allegation against Newsom's wife  —  McGowan claims Jennifer Siebel Newsom relayed a message from a Weinstein attorney  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom fights for his political life  —  Actress Rose McGowan …
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David Marcus / Fox News:
Newsom, Dems all about racism until Larry Elder is attacked
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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
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 …
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 …
Financial Times:
Iran to allow IAEA access to cameras in its atomic facilities  —  Symbolic move aimed at buying time for UN's nuclear watchdog to find lasting compromise  —  Iran has agreed to allow the UN's nuclear watchdog access to surveillance cameras inside its atomic facilities in a largely symbolic move …
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.
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
 
 
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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 Wrap and 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
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
San Francisco Schools Have Had No COVID-19 Outbreaks Since Classes Began Last Month
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Crooks and Liars
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Gary Detman / NewsBreak:
Florida leader who called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Falsey’ hospitalized with COVID-19
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
The 9/11 Era is over.  Good.  —  A few last words as my generation's defining event recedes into history
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
Discussion: TheBlaze
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
Doctor says ‘death is imminent’ for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ‘adamantly’
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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