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David Zweig / The Atlantic:
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning  —  At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases.  But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number …
Washington Post:
GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election are already laying the groundwork to argue the election was stolen — even before a single ballot is reported or a victor declared …
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Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election  —  The “Big Lie,” a falsehood peddled by Donald Trump that the 2020 election was “stolen,” is now being peddled by conservative figures amid other down-ballot elections, most notably, the California recall election.
Discussion: VICE
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Gov. Gavin Newsom faces potential ousting in California recall election  —  This is the fourth time in the U.S. there's been a gubernatorial recall election  —  Voters who haven't already cast their ballots by mail head to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on whether they would like to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Los Angeles Times:
In final campaign push with Newsom, Biden says ‘eyes of the nation’ are on California recall
BuzzFeed News:
She's One Of Congress's Leading Progressives — Just Not In Her Own Office, Staffers Say  —  WASHINGTON — Last May, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act, aimed at curbing layoffs during the pandemic by having the federal government pay people's salaries.
Discussion: Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public  —  About a year ago, teenager Anastasia Vlasova started seeing a therapist.
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is negotiating the size and scope of President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget plan armed with her own spreadsheets about the costs and tax hikes needed for each program, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
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Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma  —  Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the reins on President Joe Biden's jobs and families plan, and their fellow Democrats are struggling with how to handle it.  —  Led by Manchin's media tour on Sunday shows and in the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Will Manchin stymie Dems' massive climate plan?
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Politico:
Biden's winning the Afghan messaging  —  With help from Bryan Bender, Connor O'Brien, Paul McLeary and Lee Hudson  —  Welcome to National Security Daily, your guide to the global events roiling Washington and keeping the administration up at night.  —  FIRST IN NATSEC DAILY …
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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw  —  Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.  —  Apple on Monday issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats cut deal with Manchin to get party behind long-shot voting overhaul bill  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are proposing new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all 50 of their members behind a single bill, allowing their caucus to speak with one voice …
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit
Discussion: Insider
Washington Post:
Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster
Discussion: NPR, Roll Call and Washington Examiner
Paula Aceves / New York Magazine:
The Fake Vaxx Card Next to You In the city, counterfeit proof is easy to buy as weed.  —  One steamy night in early August, 20-year-old Henry and his friends prepared to hit the Greenwich Village bar scene, armed with fake IDs that said they were of legal drinking age.
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Shannon Vavra / The Daily Beast:
Biden Mandate Sparks Price-Gouging for Fake Vax Cards
Discussion: Raw Story
Bennett Madison / Gawker:
Help!  I Couldn't Stop Writing Fake Dear Prudence Letters That Got Published  —  Sometime at the tail end of 2018, shortly after abandoning yet another draft of what was supposed to be my fifth Young Adult novel, I took up a different form of fiction: I started writing fake letters to Dear Prudence, Slate's long-running advice column.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Touts Nicki Minaj's Vaccine Comments, Reads Aloud Her Swollen Testicle Tweet  —  Tucker Carlson took a moment during his Monday night show to tout Nicki Minaj's comments about the covid-19 vaccines.  —  Minaj said earlier Monday that she isn't vaccinated yet …
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Fauci says he supports a vaccine mandate for air travel.  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, said in an interview with the theSkimm that he would support a vaccine mandate for air travelers.  —  “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Memo shows how Homeland Security restricted flow of ‘election-related’ intelligence ahead of 1/6  —  Ex-FBI official warns of potential for more violence at right-wing rally  —  (CNN)A few months before rioters stormed the US Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security restricted the flow …
Sarah Spellings / Vogue:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance  —  For her first appearance at the Met Gala, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to make a political statement.  It was only right.  And since she was at fashion's glitziest night, surrounded …
New York Times:
Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency  —  New rulings by the Federal Election Commission protect the flexibility of major social media companies to control political content shared on their platforms.  —  When Twitter decided briefly last fall to block users …
Washington Post:
Let's stop pretending Biden's proposed tax increases on the rich are radical  —  Many of the spending items in the reconciliation bill Democrats are negotiating could be described as transformative.  If we had universal pre-K, free community college, paid family leave and enhanced Medicare benefits …
Discussion: New York Post
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Josh Dzieza / Curbed:
They obey the bespoke instructions that pop up on their screens: Don't wait outside Benny's Burritos, don't ask to use the restroom, be “super nice!” to Dig Inn because it is a “VIP client” — or have your account suspended.  —  The apps failed and bought each other, and now three giants remain …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep  —  The Saturday rally defending some rioters arrested during the Capitol insurrection is reminding the GOP of an uncomfortable reality: Part of its base believes the Jan. 6 attack was justified.  —  Saturday's rally comes as some conservative …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Hawley backs Vance in Ohio's crowded Republican Senate primary  —  Trump ally takes sides in one of most competitive Republican Senate primaries in country  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 13  —  EXCLUSIVE - Conservative Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is supporting venture capitalist …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Joe Biden Became Irish  —  While it is cliche for political figures to portray themselves as being “as American as apple pie,” President Joe Biden has long advertised another selling point: He's also as Irish as a pint of Guinness (despite being, like his predecessor, a teetotaler).
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
China uses anti-fraud app to track access to overseas financial news sites  —  Police identify and question people on back of software meant to prevent online scams  —  Chinese police are using a new anti-fraud app installed on more than 200m mobile phones to identify and question people …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
White House lays out new global targets in coronavirus pandemic fight  —  Biden plans to ask for worldwide commitments at virtual summit next week  —  President Biden plans to call on global leaders to make new commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including fully vaccinating 70 percent …
Jack Herrera / Texas Monthly:
Why Democrats Are Losing Texas Latinos  —  The party assumes people of color will turn the state blue.  But most Tejanos consider themselves white.  And more are voting Republican.  —  In an interview with Javier Villalobos in early June, Fox Business host Stuart Varney presented his guest with a riddle.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
What the Never Trumpers Want Now  —  Many of the conservatives and Republicans appalled by Donald Trump's presidency clutched a hope through the bewildering years: Someday this would all be over and politics would return to normal.  —  But normal has not returned.
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
 
 
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Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S., EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane -documents
Discussion: Politico
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Trumpy Madison Cawthorn Tries to Tweet Past His GOP Challengers
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans cannot duck responsibility for Trump
New York Times:
Iran Nears an Atomic Milestone
Discussion: Israpundit
Chris Talgo / Washington Examiner:
Inflation alarm bells keep ringing
Discussion: RedState
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Major Trump Backer Is Hosting a Huge QAnon Conference in Las Vegas
Discussion: Raw Story
Hannah Giorgis / The Atlantic:
Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America
NBC News:
Schools facing critical race theory battles are diversifying rapidly, analysis finds
Discussion: New Yorker
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
George W. Bush just threw a whole lot of shade at Donald Trump