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2:00 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’
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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Stephanie Sierra / ABC7:
CA recall price tag ‘could be’ more than $300M, secretary of state says, as experts call for reform … Cost of CA recall ‘could be’ more than $300M, secretary of state says  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) — California's 2021 recall election is on track to be one of the most expensive to date …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
It's Time to Recall the Recalls in California
New York Times:
What Time Do Polls Open and Close in the California Recall Election?
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
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
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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, Slate and Vox
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.
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
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
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
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.
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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