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2:30 PM 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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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
Ross Dellenger / TIME:
I Didn't Want to Push My Aunt to Get the Vaccine. Now I Live With Regrets
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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 …
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 …
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
Sam Stein / Politico:
Biden starts clemency process for inmates released due to Covid conditions  —  The Biden administration has begun asking former inmates confined at home because of the pandemic to formally submit commutation applications, criminal justice reform advocates and one inmate herself tell POLITICO.
Discussion: Insider
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,” …
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?
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Washington Post expands 202 newsletter franchise  —  The Washington Post is relaunching its 202 newsletter suite with a new email around climate, new authors and an expanded product suite.  —  Why it matters: The redesigned products are meant to be more digestible and personality-driven …
Spencer Silva / Media Matters for America:
Right-wing media are already crying foul on the California recall  —  RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ERIC KLEEFELD & KELLIE LEVINE  —  With California's gubernatorial recall election happening on Tuesday, the state's voters have been flooded with conspiracy theories aimed at undermining their faith in its outcome.
BBC:
British American Tobacco negotiated bribe for Mugabe, new evidence suggests  —  A BBC Panorama investigation has found evidence that suggests one of Britain's biggest companies paid a bribe to the former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.  —  Documents show British American Tobacco (BAT) …
 
 
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American Greatness:
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
First look: Harris veterans launch firm to protect CEOs from being canceled
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gawker
Kaitlyn Schallhorn / The Missouri Times:
Schmitt leads GOP field in Senate race in latest poll
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden's covid order for big employers isn't unconstitutional. It's ordinary.
Scott Rasmussen:
Democrats See Trump Supporters and the Unvaccinated As Biggest Threat to Nation
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Hannah Norman / NBC News:
Why do Covid rapid tests cost so much even after Biden's push for lower prices?
Discussion: HotAir
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's coronavirus mandate isn't as ‘divisive’ as its critics claim
Discussion: Conservative Brief and HotAir
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
In key states, corporate donations go overwhelmingly to legislators that oppose abortion rights
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Manchin: “Hard no” to $3.5T bill — and maybe to any reconciliation spending
Ben Schreckinger / New York Post:
New book reveals how Biden's family used his position for profit
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Gavin Newsom and the Revenge of California's ‘Anger’ Lobby
Discussion: Townhall and Washington Post