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10:00 AM ET, September 13, 2021

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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
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says Dems ‘disparaged’ COVID-19 vaccine while he was president: ‘Now they wonder why’ some are hesitant  —  Trump criticizes Biden's new COVID-19 vaccine mandates for employers  —  Joe Biden's Massive Vaccine Mandates  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former President Donald Trump blamed Democrats …
Politico:
Tensions mount between CDC and Biden health team over boosters  —  Top Biden Covid-19 officials are increasingly clashing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the administration pushes to begin distributing booster shots widely by Sept. 20.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Washington Examiner:   Biden's vaccine mandate theater
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Fauci says he would support vaccine requirements for air travel
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Ross Dellenger / TIME:   I Didn't Want to Push My Aunt to Get the Vaccine. Now I Live With Regrets
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.
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: Insider, The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Gavin Newsom and the Revenge of California's ‘Anger’ Lobby  —  The political universe has been transfixed by what could happen to California's governor on Tuesday: A special election may throw Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom — who won his last election with a decisive 62 percent of the vote …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
House, Senate Spar Over Reducing Drug Prices  —  There's overwhelming support among Democrats for finally allowing Medicare to negotiate with drug companies.  But the details matter.  —  Differences have emerged between the House's conception of drug price reform and a more modest Senate proposal.
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.
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Washington Post:
House Democrats circulate new tax plan as party tries to unify behind huge economic package
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 …
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
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
Ben Schreckinger / New York Post:
New book reveals how Biden's family used his position for profit  —  “Jim's job,” one of his former business partners told author Ben Schreckinger of President Biden's younger brother Jim, “is to ensure the lifestyle is good for the family.”  Son Hunter Biden later joined that pursuit …
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
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
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Banished reality hit ‘Cops’ will return on Fox News Media's streaming service  —  “Cops,” the reality TV series depicting law enforcement in action, was pulled off the air last year after 32 seasons amid the nationwide protests over policing sparked by the murder of George Floyd.
Ben Taub / New Yorker:
How a Syrian War Criminal and Double Agent Disappeared in Europe  —  In the bloody civil war, Khaled al-Halabi switched sides.  But what country does he really serve? … On a September day in 1961, a thin man with a small mustache walked into a post office in Damascus to pick up a parcel addressed to Georg Fischer.
NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights:
The consequences of extreme partisan animosity  —  In the U.S., where divisiveness has reached new extremes, the consequences of polarization include declining trust in fellow citizens and major institutions; erosion of democratic norms like respect for elections; loss of faith in the existence …
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
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
Seth Hanlon / Center for American Progress:
Congressional Republicans Must Not Play Political Games With the Debt Limit  —  This column contains a correction.  —  Ten years ago, the Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives risked an unthinkable economic catastrophe in a reckless attempt to gain leverage in budget negotiations.
Discussion: Reading Eagle, Roll Call, CNBC and The Hill
Heath Brown / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Hopes Homeschooling Moms Will Be His New Shock Troops  —  In 2021, as in 1974, the right is using schooling, especially homeschooling, as a cudgel in a larger political war over race, religion, and sex. … The conservative political movement has continually used schooling …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
20 years after 9/11, Biden faces uncertain path to closing Guantánamo Bay
CNN:
Democrats face divisions over pledge to scrap Trump's tax cuts
Discussion: Just The News
PNAS:
The global effectiveness of fact-checking: Evidence from simultaneous experiments in Argentina, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom
Jeremy Shapiro / Persuasion:
There's No Unified Front Against China
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Biden tries to build back cooler and a new and improved Power Up
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
High school cancels 9/11 tribute, says it could offend some students
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
Joe Concha / The Hill:
If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again?
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022
Charlotte Greenfield / Reuters:
As West ponders aid for Afghanistan, China and Pakistan quick to provide relief
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.
Discussion: Eunomia