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10:55 PM ET, September 14, 2021

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CNN:
Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says  —  ‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It  —  The former commander in chief has been his own authentic self consistently all his life.  —  General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so consumed with fear that former President Donald Trump might launch “rogue” …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says  —  In a sign of his concerns, the nation's highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero  —  Ever since Mike Pence announced on Jan. 6 that he lacked power to help Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election in Congress, it's been widely suggested that the Vice President was one of the few heroes in this ugly tale.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and The Daily Caller
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump calls Milley story ‘fake news’
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Pelosi told top general Trump should have been ‘arrested on the spot’ for inciting Capitol insurrection, new book says
Jonathan Lemire  / Washington Post:
Book: Top US officer feared Trump could order China strike
New York Times:
Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis  —  They were among a trend of Americans working for foreign governments trying to build their cyberoperation abilities.  —  WASHINGTON — Three former American intelligence officers hired by the United Arab Emirates …
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Reuters:
Ex-U.S. intelligence operatives in UAE hacking case to cooperate with FBI  —  Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who worked as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, agreed to pay fines of $1.685 million and cooperate with federal prosecutors to avoid trial, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Three former U.S. intelligence operatives admit to working as ‘hackers-for-hire’ for UAE  —  Three former U.S. intelligence operatives have admitted to working illegally as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates in operations that included developing sophisticated spyware capable …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Greg Evans / Deadline:
Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61  —  Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live's most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer.
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Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:   SCOOP: House Progressives Renew Effort to Block Bomb Deliveries to Israel
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.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
FBI director faces new scrutiny over investigation of Brett Kavanaugh  —  Claim that FBI lacked authority to conduct further investigation into Kavanaugh may be inaccurate  —  Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington DC  —  FBI director Chris Wray is facing new scrutiny of the bureau's handling …
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop
Soumya Karlamangla / New York Times:
High Turnout in Contest to Decide Gavin Newsom's Future  —  America's most populous state is deciding whether to oust its governor from office or let him finish his term.  Californians have a long list of possible replacements to consider, too.  Polls close at 8 p.m. Pacific.
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
It's Time to Recall the Recalls in California
New York Times:
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat.  The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  —  A new bipartisan commission is drawing up district lines, but New York Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork to take over the redistricting process.  —  Seven years ago, New Yorkers voted decisively to empower …
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category  —  California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited …
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Los Angeles Times:   California coronavirus cases dropping, CDC says
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Biden Underwater On Job Approval And Handling Of Key Issues, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Than 6 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Troops Will Return To Afghanistan  — mail_outline  —  Americans' views have dimmed on the way President Joe Biden is handling his job as president …
Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis reaches a new low of cynicism and recklessness  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, has descended to a jaw-dropping level of cynicism.  At a news conference on Monday, he announced that if local governments in Florida impose vaccine mandates on their employees, he would fine them $5,000 for every worker.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Fauci: Please, I beg you, pay no attention to Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's balls  —  Sorry, doctor, no can do.  Tens of millions of impressionable morons have been solemnly informed by a hip-hop star that getting vaxxed can lead to scrotal enlargement.  —  Those balls can't be ignored now.
Discussion: NBC Chicago, Vox and Slate
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McAuliffe seen on Amtrak without mask, skirting federal mask mandates; passenger calls it a ‘double standard’  —  Amtrak passenger who saw McAuliffe July 29 called violation of the rules an ‘absolutely double standard’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 14
Josh Hammer / The American Mind:
The Subjugation of the Deplorables  —  They know it's illegal.  They just don't care.  —  On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, a case pertaining to the Trump-era Census Bureau's decision to ask census recipients if they were U.S. citizens.
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall  —  In October 2003, I was working at the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield running the assignment desk and helping produce our political coverage.  It was an exciting time to be in both news and politics.
Nikita Biryukov / New Jersey Monitor:
N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push  —  There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police officers last week as law enforcement unions in some corners of the state fight to head off vaccine mandates …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What The Right Needs Now Is The Courage To Fight Even If It Costs Us  —  All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.  —  This is the text of the Bradley Prize acceptance speech the author gave on Sept. 13.
Discussion: americandigest.org
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
New Hampshire state representative leaves GOP over opposition to vaccine mandate  —  A New Hampshire state representative said Tuesday he had formally left the Republican Party in protest of what he said was an emerging strain of anti-vaccination rhetoric coming from state House leaders.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Weil / Washington Post:
D.C. prepares for far-right protesters during day of festivals, gatherings  —  D.C. officials think a demonstration planned for Saturday by far-right groups supporting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will prove to be a small gathering, attracting no more than a few hundred people.
Discussion: Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Words matter.  So these journalists refuse to call GOP election meddling an ‘audit.’  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” when referring to an effort by the state GOP to investigate the 2020 election:  —  Words matter.
 
 
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
California voters say Covid-19 biggest issue for state, CNN exit poll shows
Discussion: NBC News, Bloomberg and CBS News
New York Times:
With Rikers in Crisis, Critics Wonder: Where Is Bill de Blasio?
Wall Street Journal:
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Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The U.S. Army tells troops to get vaccinated soon or face discipline up to possible dismissal.
 Earlier Items: 
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
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Financial Times:
Joe Biden's suggestion of summit with Xi Jinping falls on deaf ears
Discussion: New York Post
Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Larry Ellison, Netanyahu Trial Witness, Offers ex-PM Seat on Oracle's Board
Discussion: New York Post
David Moye / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Admits He Sometimes Lies On His Show
James Landale / BBC:
China's ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament
Discussion: UPI and Washington Free Beacon
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill