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CNN:
Woodward book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took top-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.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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 The Hill
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts  —  A group of Democratic senators — including key centrist Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — is set to introduce a pared-down voting rights, campaign finance and government ethics bill Tuesday …
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill  —  When it comes to voting rights, being asked to compromise is typically a warning sign.  There is no middle ground between the arsonist and the firefighter.  Just as we don't ask the media to compromise their right to publish news stories …
Hans Nichols / Axios:   Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats to Propose Compromise Voting Rights Bill
Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP could be left red-faced after California recall  —  It's recall day in California, and by just about all accounts — including their own — Republicans are headed for defeat.  —  Top GOP contender Larry Elder's campaign is already bogusly blaming his loss (which hasn't actually happened yet) on voter fraud.
Discussion: New York Times, HuffPost and Townhall
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Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Larry Elder Preemptively Concedes Defeat, Launches Voter-Fraud Site
Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
Discussion: VICE
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race. Then Larry Elder came along.
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.
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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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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Friendly Atheist:
Bob Enyart, Who Mocked AIDS Victims and Spread COVID Lies, Has Died of COVID
Discussion: The Wrap
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.
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Dems bite their tongues on Manchin and Sinema
Discussion: New Republic and 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
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: Vox, NBC News and Outside the Beltway
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Al Qaeda could rebuild in Afghanistan in a year or two, U.S. officials say.  —  Al Qaeda could rebuild inside Afghanistan within one to two years, top intelligence officials said Tuesday, noting that some members of the terror group have already returned to the country.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
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 …
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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.
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.
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Democratic Senate chairman threatens to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for Afghanistan withdrawal testimony  —  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez threatened to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after he declined to appear in front of the committee during …
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
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.
Nicole Narea / Vox:
The fight to resettle Afghans in the US has just begun  —  Afghanistan presents Biden with a chance to reassert the US commitment to refugees.  —  America's evacuation of Afghanistan is over.  But that doesn't mean the US has fulfilled its obligation to vulnerable Afghans, some of whom are still trapped in their home country.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
New York Times stealth-edits report on Hunter Biden laptop story, scrubs ‘unsubstantiated’ following backlash  —  The FEC ruled that Twitter did not break election laws for suppressing the New York Post's reporting
Washington Post:
Poverty fell overall in 2020 due to massive stimulus checks and unemployment aid, U.S. Census says  —  The official poverty rate rose slightly to 11.4 percent in 2020, but Census says after accounting for pandemic relief aid, the poverty rate fell to 9.1 percent.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
 
 
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Blinken to host event marking Abraham Accords anniversary
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
US suspends military support to Guinea after Special Forces-trained troops launch coup on their day off
The Daily Beast:
Palace: Yes, the Queen Really Did Send Congrats Note to Kim Jong Un
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS and Attempting to Commit a Hate Crime
Chris Murphy / Crooked Media:
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