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3:30 AM ET, September 15, 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
Discussion: The Western Journal and The Hill
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump calls Milley story ‘fake news’
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Raw Story
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Pelosi told top general Trump should have been ‘arrested on the spot’ for inciting Capitol insurrection, new book says
Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
California Democrats voted along broader political lines to save Newsom, CNN exit poll shows  —  (CNN)California's recall election played out along established partisan lines, according to a California exit poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research …
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
It's Time to Recall the Recalls in California
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
New Hampshire state representative leaves GOP over opposition to vaccine mandate
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The U.S. Army tells troops to get vaccinated soon or face discipline up to possible dismissal.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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
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 …
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar  —  An FBI agent accused of failing to properly investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar — and lying about it later — has been fired by the FBI, days before a high-stakes public hearing …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Republicans are set to subpoena documents and hire a contractor for their 2020 election review  —  Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday to subpoena Gov. Tom Wolf's administration for voter records, communication between state and county elections officials …
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
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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Taliban ‘Cut Off the Heads of Two Boys Who Were Nine and Ten’  —  A veteran desperately trying to get Afghan allies out of the country shares hellacious accounts.  —  n normal times, Jean Marie Thrower would be running Supplier Development Systems, her Birmingham, Ala.-based automotive consulting firm.
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.
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.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times, Raw Story and WKMG
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Joseph Clark / Washington Times:
Josh Hawley to block Biden's nominees until Cabinet members resign over Afghanistan  —  Sen. Josh Hawley pledged on Tuesday to hold up confirmation votes for all Pentagon or State Department nominees until key members of President Biden's Cabinet resign over the Afghanistan pullout.
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden
 
 
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World Anti-Doping Agency:
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Discussion: The Hill and Townhall
New York Times:
With Rikers in Crisis, Critics Wonder: Where Is Bill de Blasio?
Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:
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Wall Street Journal:
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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: Washington Free Beacon and UPI
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What The Right Needs Now Is The Courage To Fight Even If It Costs Us
Discussion: americandigest.org
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall