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11:05 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 …
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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 …
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 …
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?  —  More than 7 million ballots in the Gavin Newsom recall election have already been received by California elections officials ahead of the Sept. 14 election date.  —  Every registered voter was mailed a ballot …
Discussion: The Dispatch
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 …
Friendly Atheist:
Bob Enyart, Who Mocked AIDS Victims and Spread COVID Lies, Has Died of COVID
Discussion: The Wrap
Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
Discussion: VICE
NBC News:
Baseless GOP claims about election fraud remain dangerous for a democracy
Discussion: CNN, ABC30, Mediaite and New York Times
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Colorado pastor who mocked AIDS deaths and spread vaccine conspiracy theories dies from COVID-19
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Gov. Gavin Newsom faces potential ousting in California recall election
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
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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.
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 …
Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Will Manchin stymie Dems' massive climate plan?
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
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Dems bite their tongues on Manchin and Sinema
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Politico:
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 …
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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.
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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 …
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
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: 60% of voters back Biden vaccine mandates  —  A majority of Americans — including suburban voters — support vaccine mandates for federal workers as well as private companies, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Joe Biden Became Irish  —  While it is cliche for political figures to portray themselves as being “as American as apple pie,” President Joe Biden has long advertised another selling point: He's also as Irish as a pint of Guinness (despite being, like his predecessor, a teetotaler).
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
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 …
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
American Greatness:
Should Vaccinated People Be Forced to Contract COVID?  —  If the minimum standard of safety is natural immunity plus the vaccine—as Biden is insisting it is for COVID survivors—now everyone who has only had the vaccine is out of compliance.  —  Natural immunity following recovery …
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: The Hill
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Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Guards Physically Harassed Female U.N. Nuclear Inspectors, Diplomats Say
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Fox News and Reuters
Sam Mellins / New York Focus:
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Trumpy Madison Cawthorn Tries to Tweet Past His GOP Challengers
Discussion: Raw Story
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
China uses anti-fraud app to track access to overseas financial news sites
Jack Herrera / Texas Monthly:
Why Democrats Are Losing Texas Latinos
Discussion: Bloomberg