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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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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.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Most People Don't Need a Covid Vaccine Booster, New Review Says  —  None of the data on coronavirus vaccines so far provides credible evidence in support of boosters for the general population, according to a review published on Monday by an international group of scientists …
Discussion: STAT
CNN:
More than half of Americans support vaccine mandates for workplaces, classrooms and sporting events
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.
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:   Temporary fencing to surround Capitol ahead of September 18 right-wing rally
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
White supremacist arrested outside DNC headquarters with a bayonet and machete
Discussion: The Western Journal
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Capitol fence to return in advance of Sept. 18 ‘J6’ rally
Discussion: Twitchy
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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Dennis Aftergut / The Hill:
What states can do to protect abortion rights from a conservative Supreme Court  —  Admirably, on Sept. 9, just nine days after the Supreme Court's conservative majority's summary decision in Whole Woman's Health allowed Texas's new anti-choice statute to go into effect, Merrick Garland's Justice Department filed suit against Texas.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Feels Partisan Push to Retire
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump takes aim at George W. Bush, saying he shouldn't ‘lecture’ about threat of domestic terrorism  —  Former president Donald Trump lashed out Monday at former president George W. Bush, saying his fellow Republican had “a failed and uninspiring presidency” and shouldn't be “lecturing” …
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Politico:
Homeland Security chief of staff abruptly resigns  —  Karen Olick, chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced on Monday that she will be leaving for a new, undisclosed opportunity.  —  Jennifer Higgins, the current associate director of Refugee …
Discussion: CNN
Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
GOP ‘Moderate’ Blasted Capitol Riots — and Cozied Up to a Jan. 6 Bus Trip Organizer  —  Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick called Jan. 6th a “coup attempt,” but that didn't stop him from attending a fundraiser at the home of a man who helped bus hundreds of people to Washington for a “Million MAGA March”
Discussion: Raw Story
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Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Americans back Biden's vaccine mandates
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
California couple die of covid, leaving five kids behind.  Their newborn is 3 weeks old.  —  Davy Macias, 37, was intubated and dying of complications from covid-19 when doctors helped her give birth to her daughter.  She would never see her baby.  —  Her husband, Daniel Macias, 39 …
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
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.
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and TheBlaze
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 …
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Melania Trump says she was ‘disappointed and disheartened’ watching Capitol riots
Discussion: IJR
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?
Discussion: Fox News
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Lauren Boebert Says Government Should Be Run by ‘Righteous Men and Women of God’  —  Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado spoke Saturday at a conference held by the Truth & Liberty Coalition, a religious-right political organization founded by right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack.
Discussion: Raw Story
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,” …
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
The Man Behind Critical Race Theory  —  As an attorney, Derrick Bell worked on many civil-rights cases, but his doubts about their impact launched a groundbreaking school of thought. … The town of Harmony, Mississippi, which owes its origins to a small number of formerly enslaved Black people …
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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The F.E.C. dismisses claims that Twitter illegally blocked a Hunter Biden article.  —  The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Republican accusations that Twitter violated election laws in October by blocking people from posting links to an unsubstantiated New York Post article …
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 …
Ways and Means Committee:
Chairman Neal Announces Additional Days of Markup of the Build Back Better Act  —  SPRINGFIELD, MA—Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) announced that the Committee will continue consideration of legislative proposals under the budget reconciliation instructions on Tuesday …
 
 
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Sam Stein / Politico:
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Discussion: Insider
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Hannah Norman / NBC News:
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Discussion: HotAir
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's coronavirus mandate isn't as ‘divisive’ as its critics claim
Discussion: Conservative Brief
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