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9:35 AM ET, September 13, 2021

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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
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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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.
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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Politico:
Tensions mount between CDC and Biden health team over boosters
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Roll Call, CNBC and NBC News
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.
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.
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
Washington Examiner:
Biden's vaccine mandate theater  —  If you want to understand President Joe Biden's motives, look no further than White House chief of staff Ron Klain's Twitter feed.  —  Less than an hour after Biden ordered his Labor Department to issue a nationwide vaccine mandate in the workplace …
CNN:
More than half of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, classrooms and sporting events  —  Biden to the unvaccinated: ‘Our patience is wearing thin’  —  (CNN)Americans have grown more supportive of coronavirus vaccine mandates for workers, students, and in everyday public life …
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Fauci says he would support vaccine requirements for air travel  —  Anthony Fauci said in a new interview that he would support vaccine requirements for air travel.  —  “I would support that, if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
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
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Union Veteran Takes Over at Emily's List as Abortion Fights Loom  —  Laphonza Butler, a labor leader turned strategist, will become the first woman of color — and the first mother — to lead the Democratic fund-raising powerhouse.  —  Emily's List, the fund-raising powerhouse …
Washington Post:
Biden tries to build back cooler and a new and improved Power Up  —  Good morning and welcome to The Early 202 newsletter — Power Up's glow up, so to speak.  —  If you loved Power Up, we think you'll love The Early 202 even more.  We'll continue to bring you the most important political stories …
CNN:
Democrats face divisions over pledge to scrap Trump's tax cuts  —  ‘Will not have my vote’: Manchin explains opposition to $3.5 trillion economic package  —  (CNN)Democrats have been waiting for years to reimagine the tax code so that, in their words, the wealthy are paying their “fair share” …
Discussion: Just The News
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
 
 
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Heath Brown / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Hopes Homeschooling Moms Will Be His New Shock Troops
Discussion: Raw Story
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
20 years after 9/11, Biden faces uncertain path to closing Guantánamo Bay
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
Adam Wren / Insider:
Meet Ron Klain, manager of the White House's summer from hell
Ross Dellenger / TIME:
I Didn't Want to Push My Aunt to Get the Vaccine. Now I Live With Regrets
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
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
High school cancels 9/11 tribute, says it could offend some students
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
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