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Melissa Reeves / KUSA-TV:
Radio host, self-proclaimed ‘right-wing religious fanatic’ Bob Enyart dies of COVID-19  —  A former director of Colorado Right to Life, he used his cable television show to mock AIDS victims.  —  WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Self-proclaimed “right-wing religious fanatic” radio host Bob Enyart of Colorado …
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, Florida Politics 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
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race. Then Larry Elder came along.
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
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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Claudia Grisales / NPR:
Senate Democrats Offer A New Voting Bill, But A GOP Filibuster Likely Blocks The Way
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: Roll Call and Washington Examiner
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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EXCLUSIVE U.S., EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane -documents
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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
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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
David Frum / The Atlantic:
What the Never Trumpers Want Now  —  Many of the conservatives and Republicans appalled …
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
George W. Bush just threw a whole lot of shade at Donald Trump