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11:55 PM ET, September 13, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lara Jakes / New York Times:
F.E.C. Dismisses Claims That Twitter Illegally Blocked Hunter Biden Article
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The F.E.C. dismisses claims that Twitter illegally blocked a Hunter Biden article.
New York Times:
Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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.
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Washington Post:
New Pegasus hack found targeting Apple devices through iMessage, researchers say  —  Apple released a software update Monday to fix a security flaw exploited in hacking iPhones and other devices made by the company  —  Spyware researchers have captured what they say is a new exploit …
Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Bob Enyart, conservative firebrand and pastor, dies of COVID-19  —  Conservative firebrand Bob Enyart, the pastor of the Denver Bible Church and indelible talk show host, has died from COVID-19, his radio co-host announced Monday on Facebook.  —  “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest …
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.
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:
Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster  —  The party has to pass voting rights legislation.  Changing the rules is the only way to do it.  —  In the middle of a brazen nationwide assault on voting rights, of a kind we have not seen since Jim Crow …
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Hans Nichols / Axios:   Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets
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 …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
George W. Bush just threw a whole lot of shade at Donald Trump  —  (CNN)The man who was president during the attacks of September 11, 2001, used a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of that terrible day to call out the “malign force” coursing through the country thanks to the presidency …
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Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All.  Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.  —  A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse  —  Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said Facebook Inc. allows …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
DeSantis and the Agony of the Anti-Anti-Anti-Vaxx Republican The GOP-elite darling tries to walk a careful line, and falls off.  —  The right-wing backlash against the coronavirus vaccines has forced Republican politicians to make an agonizing choice.  On the one hand, public health …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is winning the Republican primary already playing out at Fox News
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says Dems ‘disparaged’ COVID-19 vaccine while he was president: ‘Now they wonder why’ some are hesitant
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: Vanity Fair and RedState
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CBS News and TheGrio
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Veronica Wolski, Woman Who QAnoners Demanded Hospital Treat COVID With Ivermectin, Dies  —  A woman who became the center of a harassment campaign against a Chicago hospital as QAnon supporters demanded they treat her COVID-19 diagnosis with ivermectin has died, according to reports.
Catherine Clifford / CNBC:
Lab-grown woolly mammoths could walk the Earth in six years if geneticist's new start-up succeeds  — Tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm is helping to fund a project by Harvard geneticist George Church to revive the woolly mammoth.  — The project, called Colossal, aims to create a calf in as little as six years, Church told CNBC.
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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.
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 …
Politico:
Homeland Security chief of staff abruptly resigns  —  Karen Olick, chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced Monday that she will be leaving for an undisclosed opportunity.  —  Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee …
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 …
United States Capitol Police:
USCP Officers Arrest California Man with Bayonet & Machete  —  This morning the United States Capitol Police arrested a California man who had multiple knives in his truck near the Democratic National Committee headquarters.  —  “This is good police work plain and simple,” said Chief Tom Manger.
Washington Post:
GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted  —  Republicans' sweeping denunciations of President Biden's plan to force more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are raising concerns among public health experts …
Virginia Aabram / Washington Examiner:
‘Smell my hair’: Hundreds of protesters greet Biden in Idaho  —  Hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest President Joe Biden's visit to Boise, Idaho, on Monday.  —  The president, who is visiting Boise as part of his two-day tour of western states, including California and Colorado …
NBC News:
Schools facing critical race theory battles are diversifying rapidly, analysis finds  —  Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, has been changing.  And the school district has tried to change with it.  —  In 1994, students of color made up just 5 percent of the enrollment in the Downingtown Area School District.
Hannah Giorgis / The Atlantic:
Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America  —  I. “You Can Hear a Pin Drop”  —  Carl Winslow, the protagonist of the '90s sitcom Family Matters, wore his badge with honor.  On the show, about a middle-class Black household in Chicago, Winslow (played by Reginald VelJohnson) …
New York Times:
A Million Afghan Children Could Die in ‘Most Perilous Hour,’ U.N. Warns  —  The international community pledged more than $1 billion in emergency aid as millions of Afghans risk running out of food just as winter sets in.  —  Millions of Afghans could run out of food before the arrival …
Discussion: Breitbart and Common Dreams
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit  —  “Don't you think, if we're going to help the children, that the people should make some effort?” the West Virginia senator said on CNN.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) suggested Sunday that he's fundamentally opposed …
Discussion: Insider
David Gilbert / VICE:
Major Trump Backer Is Hosting a Huge QAnon Conference in Las Vegas  —  A Nevada businessman who once cleared out his company's warehouse to host a Trump rally in violation of state lockdown laws, has become the new host for the country's biggest QAnon conference.
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden claims ‘first job offer’ from Idaho lumber company, but it's news to them  —  President Biden said at a wildfire-focused event in Idaho Monday that his “first job offer” came from the local lumber and wood-products business Boise Cascade, but the company says it has “no record” of that being true.
 
 
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