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10:20 AM ET, September 14, 2021


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Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Bob Enyart, conservative firebrand and pastor, dies of COVID-19  —  Conservative firebrand Bob Enyart, the pastor of the Denver Bible Church and indelible talk show host, has died from COVID-19, his radio co-host announced Monday on Facebook.  —  “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest …
David Zweig / The Atlantic:
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning  —  At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases.  But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number …
Melissa Reeves / KUSA-TV:
Radio host, self-proclaimed ‘right-wing religious fanatic’ Bob Enyart dies of COVID-19  —  A former director of Colorado Right to Life, he used his cable television show to mock AIDS victims.  —  WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Self-proclaimed “right-wing religious fanatic” radio host Bob Enyart of Colorado …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans in Tuesday's California gubernatorial recall election are already laying the groundwork to argue the election was stolen — even before a single ballot is reported or a victor declared …
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race.  Then Larry Elder came along.  —  A Republican could become governor of super blue California  —  (CNN)Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote …
NBC News:
Baseless GOP claims about election fraud remain dangerous for a democracy
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
Discussion: VICE
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Gov. Gavin Newsom faces potential ousting in California recall election
Eric Ting / SFGATE:   When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
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.
BuzzFeed News:
She's One Of Congress's Leading Progressives — Just Not In Her Own Office, Staffers Say  —  WASHINGTON — Last May, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act, aimed at curbing layoffs during the pandemic by having the federal government pay people's salaries.
Discussion: Fox News
Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Dems bite their tongues on Manchin and Sinema  —  With Nicholas Wu.  —  HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are linchpins for Democrats' ability to move their reconciliation spending package but aren't on board with the $3.5 trillion price tag …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Key takeaways from Blinken's Capitol Hill testimony on Afghanistan withdrawal
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats cut deal with Manchin to get party behind long-shot voting overhaul bill  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are proposing new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all 50 of their members behind a single bill, allowing their caucus to speak with one voice …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats to Propose Compromise Voting Rights Bill  —  The stripped-down measure is intended to demonstrate party unity in the face of Republican opposition to new federal voting standards.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday will propose a pared-down voting rights bill …
Claudia Grisales / NPR:
Senate Democrats Offer A New Voting Bill, But A GOP Filibuster Likely Blocks The Way
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is negotiating the size and scope of President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget plan armed with her own spreadsheets about the costs and tax hikes needed for each program, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts
Biden's winning the Afghan messaging  —  With help from Bryan Bender, Connor O'Brien, Paul McLeary and Lee Hudson  —  Welcome to National Security Daily, your guide to the global events roiling Washington and keeping the administration up at night.  —  FIRST IN NATSEC DAILY …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
GOP congressman erupts at Blinken during Afghanistan hearing: 'We don't need to hear lies'
Paula Aceves / New York Magazine:
The Fake Vaxx Card Next to You In the city, counterfeit proof is easy to buy as weed.  —  One steamy night in early August, 20-year-old Henry and his friends prepared to hit the Greenwich Village bar scene, armed with fake IDs that said they were of legal drinking age.
Shannon Vavra / The Daily Beast:
Biden Mandate Sparks Price-Gouging for Fake Vax Cards
Discussion: Raw Story
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw  —  Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.  —  Apple on Monday issued emergency software updates for a critical vulnerability …
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Memo shows how Homeland Security restricted flow of ‘election-related’ intelligence ahead of 1/6  —  Ex-FBI official warns of potential for more violence at right-wing rally  —  (CNN)A few months before rioters stormed the US Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security restricted the flow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Guards Physically Harassed Female U.N. Nuclear Inspectors, Diplomats Say  —  Allegations come amid rising tensions between Tehran and the U.N. atomic energy agency  —  Iranian security guards have physically harassed several female United Nations atomic agency inspectors …
Discussion: Israpundit
Washington Post:
Biden wants 70 percent of the world to get vaccinated.  It's not even close. … President Biden plans to call on global leaders to make new commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including fully vaccinating 70 percent of the world's population by next September, according to a list of targets obtained by The Washington Post.
Sarah Spellings / Vogue:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance  —  For her first appearance at the Met Gala, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to make a political statement.  It was only right.  And since she was at fashion's glitziest night, surrounded …
New York Times:
Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency  —  New rulings by the Federal Election Commission protect the flexibility of major social media companies to control political content shared on their platforms.  —  When Twitter decided briefly last fall to block users …
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
Senate #2 Joins Mounting Opposition to Hochul's Pick for Top Financial Regulator … Two months ago, Obama-era Treasury Department official Adrienne Harris joined the board of LendingClub, a scandal-plagued online lending company.  It was the latest of well over a dozen past and present positions Harris …
Charlie Smart / New York Times:
Covid Hospitalization Crisis Reaches Fever Pitch in Southern I.C.U.s  —  Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital  —  Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.  —  Wash.  —  Maine  —  Mont.  —  N.D.  —  Ore.  —  Vt.  —  Minn.  —  N.H.  —  Idaho  —  Wis.  —  S.D.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep  —  The Saturday rally defending some rioters arrested during the Capitol insurrection is reminding the GOP of an uncomfortable reality: Part of its base believes the Jan. 6 attack was justified.  —  Saturday's rally comes as some conservative …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Treason Party  —  A problem the nation is so far reluctant to face.  —  David Horowitz is the author of The Enemy Within: How A Totalitarian Movement Is Destroying America, and the forthcoming (October 5th) I Can't Breathe: How A Racial Hoax is Killing America.
Melania Trump ‘will be right there’ if Donald Trump runs again  —  As former President Donald Trump criss-crosses the country to push his MAGA brand, his wife Melania Trump has shown little sign that she harbors enthusiasm to dive back into politics.  But those close to the family say the former …
Washington Examiner:
Democrats say crime is down ... if you don't count the massive spike in homicides!  —  In 2020, the year police were turned into the bad guys, murder rose by 25% in the U.S., according to preliminary FBI data.  That is an astounding increase for a single year.  —  Correlation does not necessarily imply causation.
Discussion: Fox News and Reuters
Chris Murphy / Crooked Media:
Why Biden's Afghanistan Critics Are Dangerously Wrong  —  The Obama Administration's 2009 plan to temporarily surge troop levels in Afghanistan in order to stamp out the Taliban in western and southern Afghanistan was a great one.  The big idea was to use those new troops and U.S. aid programs …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
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Jack Herrera / Texas Monthly:
Why Democrats Are Losing Texas Latinos
Discussion: Bloomberg