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10:35 AM ET, September 13, 2021

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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 …
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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
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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.
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.
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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, Forbes and Raw Story
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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Afghan crisis puts Blinken in a rare position: The hot seat  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken has in many respects lived a charmed life, leading to the kind of bio that features words like “Harvard,” “France” and “wealthy.”  —  The last several weeks, though, have not been great.
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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 …
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
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Melania Trump says she was ‘disappointed and disheartened’ watching Capitol riots
Discussion: The Guardian and IJR
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” …
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Washington Post:
House Democrats circulate new tax plan as party tries to unify behind huge economic package
George Lenker / Union-News:
Former US Sen. Al Franken talks political downfall, return to comedy before Northampton show  —  The past few years have been unsettling for many — and Al Franken is no exception.  —  After a successful career in comedy, including a lengthy stint on NBC's “Saturday Night Live,” …
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.
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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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 …
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.
Brad Heath / Reuters:
USA-POLICING/MINNEAPOLIS  —  After the brutal killing of a Black man went viral and triggered national protests, Minneapolis police underwent an abrupt shift: Officers began making fewer traffic stops, drug and gun checks, Reuters found.  With the city engulfed in violence, citizens ask: Where are the police?
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
 
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CNN:
In the wake of Trump's attack on democracy, election officials fear for the future of American elections
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Ben Schreckinger / New York Post:
New book reveals how Biden's family used his position for profit
Heath Brown / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
PNAS:
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Jeremy Shapiro / Persuasion:
There's No Unified Front Against China
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Washington Post:
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
Union Veteran Takes Over at Emily's List as Abortion Fights Loom
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Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
High school cancels 9/11 tribute, says it could offend some students
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Without drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022
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.
Discussion: Financial Times
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