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9:05 PM ET, September 12, 2021

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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 …
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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.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Watch CNN's Dana Bash Call Out Joe Manchin's Infrastructure Game  —  Joe Manchin's Can't Name A Spending Amount For Reconciliation Bill  —  Video: … CNN's Dana Bash asked Manchin to be specific and asked if he had a specific number in mind.  —  Manchin talked about he wanted to raise corporate taxes back to 25%.
Discussion: CNBC, New York Post and Bloomberg
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.
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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 …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The risks of running as Trump-lite
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Biden Tells Top Democrats He's Preparing Lobbying Blitz on Filibuster Reform, Voting Rights
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:
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and Conservative Brief
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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.
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.
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: KFOR-TV, Raw Story and Daily Mail
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 …
Axios:
Inside the preparations to grill Blinken on Afghanistan  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken can expect the most aggressive questioning of his career when he testifies Monday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and on Tuesday before Senate Foreign Relations.
Discussion: Washington Times
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
George W. Bush's dreadful 9/11 speech  —  President Joe Biden was silent during Saturday's 9/11 commemoration events.  So were former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.  Former President Donald Trump visited a New York City police precinct and fire station, where he made a few impromptu remarks.
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and YouTube
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.
Associated Press:
North Korea says it tested long-range cruise missiles  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months that underscored how it continues …
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
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.
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief  —  As international donors gather in Geneva on Monday to discuss humanitarian relief for Afghanistan under Taliban rule, neighbours China and Pakistan have already reached out with aid and discussions of future assistance.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
How Outrage Over Vaccine Mandates Became a Mainstream G.O.P. Stance  —  Resistance to vaccine mandates, once a fringe position, has entered the Republican mainstream.  But the governors fighting President Biden's Covid-19 vaccine requirements impose mandates of their own.
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Murthy calls Biden's new COVID-19 actions an ‘appropriate response’ to tackle pandemic  —  The surgeon general said it's not an “unusual phenomenon” to mandate vaccines.  —  U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended President Joe Biden's new mandates to vaccinate 100 million Americans against COVID-19 …
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill and Townhall
 
 
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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
Joseph Guzman / The Hill:
Elon Musk drives through loophole by launching Tesla on tribal land
Joel Zinberg / City Journal:
Delta is Dying  —  New CDC findings show that we're closer than ever to the end of the pandemic.
Discussion: Power Line
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
BoJo scraps immunity passports for UK
Discussion: Reuters
American Greatness:
A Failure of Memory and Nerve
 Earlier Items: 
Maria Godoy / NPR:
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools
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
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.
NBC News:
‘Overall crime decreased in 2020’ in the United States, report finds
Yelena Dzhanova / Insider:
Doctor says ‘death is imminent’ for a woman on a hospital bed in Michigan who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ‘adamantly’
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Where the Meaning of Flight 93 Can Never End The national memorial was built to allow multiple interpretations.
 

 
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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

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

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

 
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