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11:35 PM ET, September 12, 2021

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Breitbart, Political Wire and HotAir
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%.
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats Consider 26.5% Corporate Tax Rate  —  Lawmakers are expected to propose a smaller capital-gains tax increase than Biden wants  —  WASHINGTON—House Democrats expect to propose raising the corporate tax rate to 26.5% from 21% and imposing a 3-percentage-point surtax …
CNN:
Manchin: I will not vote for $3.5 trillion bill
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.
Discussion: CNN, Al Jazeera and Mercury News
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
The risks of running as Trump-lite
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Rose McGowan to join Larry Elder amid Harvey Weinstein-related allegation against Newsom's wife
Discussion: CNN, HotAir and Conservative Brief
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again?  —  As we look back to the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S., it's worth asking a question: If America were attacked again on the same scale, would we be able to unify nationally as well as we did two decades ago?
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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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.
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.
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 …
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Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Donald Trump spoke at a 9/11 ‘Moonies’ conference organized by the widow of Reverend 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
Axios:
Inside the preparations to grill Blinken on Afghanistan
Discussion: Washington Times
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
G.O.P. Seethes at Biden Mandate, Even in States Requiring Other Vaccines
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
CNN:
Most Republicans want Trump as the GOP's leader but are divided about whether he'd help them retake the White House
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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Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

 
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