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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why Our Monsters Talk to Michael Wolff  —  In his new book, the author of “Fire and Fury” continues his specialty: teasing out stories from men in power.  —  It's early 2019, a few months before Jeffrey Epstein will be arrested on sex charges, and he is sitting in the vast study …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Grisham dishes on Melania  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE WEEK AHEAD: JOE BIDEN campaigns with GAVIN NEWSOM in Long Beach, Calif., tonight before voters there decide Tuesday whether Newsom should be recalled (polls show him up by double digits) ... Secretary …
Discussion: The Hill
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Warner warns he may vote against $3.5 trillion budget  —  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is warning that he could vote against the $3.5 trillion budget package, if more money isn't added for housing assistance to close the racial wealth gap in the current House version of the bill, Axios has learned.
Washington Post:
House Democrats circulate new tax plan as party tries to unify behind huge economic package  —  Democrats sparred in the Senate but House Democrats were trying to reach a consensus on some of the thorniest issues.  —  A powerful panel of House Democrats on Sunday circulated a draft plan …
CNN:   Democrats face divisions over pledge to scrap Trump's tax cuts
Mary Ramsey / USA Today:
Justice Amy Coney Barrett argues Supreme Court isn't ‘a bunch of partisan hacks’  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In the wake of a controversial decision on abortion rights, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett told a crowd of more than 100 here that she doesn't believe the highest court in the land is politically driven.
Discussion: Insider
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Piper Hudspeth Blackburn / Associated Press:   Barrett concerned about public perception of Supreme Court
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Gavin Newsom and the Revenge of California's ‘Anger’ Lobby  —  The strange story of how progressive reforms put power in the hands of the state's most aggrieved voters.  —  The political universe has been transfixed by what could happen to California's governor on Tuesday …
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Alabama man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals as covid packs ICUs, family says  —  When Ray DeMonia was having a cardiac emergency last month, his Alabama family waited anxiously for a nearby hospital with available space in its intensive care unit.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and WGN-TV
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
The Legacy of America's Post-9/11 Turn to Torture  —  Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.  —  NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — Mohamedou Ould Slahi is almost clinical …
Washington Post:
Afghan American woman's escape highlights secretive CIA role in Kabul rescues  —  Five days after Afghanistan's fall, Shaqaiq Birashk, holed up in her Kabul apartment, was contacted by a stranger offering to have her picked up and escorted to the airport for evacuation.
Washington Post:
Texas wanted to be the tech haven of the U.S. Its new abortion bill and other measures are causing workers to rethink their move.  —  Tech workers are marking Texas off the list of places they'd consider working after the state passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law
Axios:
Red flags for Biden's “over-the-horizon” strategy  —  The Biden administration's “over-the-horizon” strategy in Afghanistan is drawing serious questions from lawmakers and counterterrorism experts, as the U.S. withdrawal shifts calculations about threats and capabilities.
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Axios:
Inside the preparations to grill Blinken on Afghanistan
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
It made me sick to watch a once-male special forces combat veteran beat up a woman on TV - it's time to stop this trans sport insanity before women start being killed  —  It was the moment ideology met cold, hard reality.  —  Alana McLaughlin, 38, the second transgender MMA fighter to compete in the sport …
Washington Examiner:
Biden's vaccine mandate theater  —  If you want to understand President Joe Biden's motives, look no further than White House chief of staff Ron Klain's Twitter feed.  —  Less than an hour after Biden ordered his Labor Department to issue a nationwide vaccine mandate in the workplace …
CNN:
More than half of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, classrooms and sporting events  —  Biden to the unvaccinated: ‘Our patience is wearing thin’  —  (CNN)Americans have grown more supportive of coronavirus vaccine mandates for workers, students, and in everyday public life …
ProPublica:
Long-Secret FBI Report Reveals New Connections Between 9/11 Hijackers and Saudi Religious Officials in U.S.  —  “This validates what we have been saying,” says an attorney for families of 9/11 victims who are suing the Saudi government over alleged support of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Politicizes Soldier Deaths.  Gold Star Families Call It ‘Disgusting.’  —  Former President Donald Trump has taken to calling out President Joe Biden for soldier deaths in Afghanistan.  Gold Star families aren't so pleased.  —  “Gross.”  “Disgusting.”  “Without honor.”
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022  —  The marked decline in support for President Biden and his administration nationally and in key swing states indicates that the Democratic Party could endure a blowout defeat in the 2022 midterm elections.
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
I spent 5 years inside DC's foreign policy ‘blob.’ Here's why the experts keep getting us into unwinnable wars like Afghanistan. … One autumn afternoon a few years ago, I took the subway from my Brooklyn apartment to a mansion on the Upper East Side.  I was nervous.
Discussion: Eunomia
Washington Post:
Biden tries to build back cooler and a new and improved Power Up  —  Good morning and welcome to The Early 202 newsletter — Power Up's glow up, so to speak.  —  If you loved Power Up, we think you'll love The Early 202 even more.  We'll continue to bring you the most important political stories …
Jeremy Shapiro / Persuasion:
There's No Unified Front Against China  —  Cracks are emerging between Europe and America.  —  Joe Biden went to Europe in June for the first foreign trip of his presidency.  But he mostly wanted to talk about China.  No one found it very surprising: Everyone understands that when it comes …
Discussion: National Review
Kana Ruhalter / The Daily Beast:
'They're All In on It!'  Rose McGowan Slams Dems at Larry Elder Campaign Event  —  The actress, campaigning for Republican Larry Elder ahead of California's recall election, aired damning accusations against Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife.  —  At a press conference in Los Angeles on Sunday …
Politico:
Tensions mount between CDC and Biden health team over boosters  —  Senior officials from the White House and the FDA say the CDC is withholding critical data needed to develop the booster plan.  —  Some officials outside the CDC working on the Covid-19 response in the past month have placed blame …
Discussion: Washington Post
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump's White House chief of staff is target of Capitol attack records request  —  House select committee investigating 6 January wants telecom and social media companies to preserve records on Mark Meadows  —  The House select committee investigating the 6 January attack on the Capitol …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ross Dellenger / TIME:
I Didn't Want to Push My Aunt to Get the Vaccine.  Now I Live With Regrets  —  In normal times, the ICU is a dreadful place.  —  Sickness lingers like a fog.  You can feel it, sense it, even hear it—the machinery pumping, the alarms ringing, the nurses scrambling.  —  In pandemic times, the ICU is chilling.
 
 
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Union Veteran Takes Over at Emily's List as Abortion Fights Loom
Adam Wren / Insider:
Meet Ron Klain, manager of the White House's summer from hell
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Trump spoke at a 9/11 ‘Moonies’ conference organized by the widow of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, praising the controversial Unification Church
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
High school cancels 9/11 tribute, says it could offend some students
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again?
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Watch CNN's Dana Bash Call Out Joe Manchin's Infrastructure Game
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Post and CNBC
NBC News:
Senate Democrats near agreement on new voting rights legislation
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and MSNBC
Scott Gottlieb / The Atlantic:
A Second Major Seasonal Virus Won't Leave Us Any Choice
Sam Raskin / New York Post:
Rudy Giuliani rambles during 9/11 memorial dinner
Discussion: TMZ.com, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
A make-or-break moment for our democracy
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Why Americans Die So Much  —  America has a death problem.  —  No, I'm not just talking …