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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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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 …
Washington Post:
GOP condemnation of Biden coronavirus mandate fuels concern other vaccine requirements could be targeted
Discussion: Forbes, Florida Politics and The Hill
Mike Baker / New York Times:   ‘Their Crisis’ Is ‘Our Problem’: Washington Grapples With Idaho Covid Cases
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 …
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Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
Gov. Gavin Newsom faces potential ousting in California recall election  —  This is the fourth time in the U.S. there's been a gubernatorial recall election  —  Voters who haven't already cast their ballots by mail head to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on whether they would like to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Raw Story, UPI, Fox News and The Hill
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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
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.
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Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma  —  Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema hold the reins on President Joe Biden's jobs and families plan, and their fellow Democrats are struggling with how to handle it.  —  Led by Manchin's media tour on Sunday shows and in the Wall Street Journal op-ed pages …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Will Manchin stymie Dems' massive climate plan?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  JUDGMENT DAY IN CALIFORNIA — After a campaign that saw his poll numbers trace the rough arc of a bow tie — a thick margin at the beginning and a tight squeeze in the middle before another dramatic divergence …
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 …
Bennett Madison / Gawker:
Help!  I Couldn't Stop Writing Fake Dear Prudence Letters That Got Published  —  Sometime at the tail end of 2018, shortly after abandoning yet another draft of what was supposed to be my fifth Young Adult novel, I took up a different form of fiction: I started writing fake letters to Dear Prudence, Slate's long-running advice column.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
White House lays out new global targets in coronavirus pandemic fight  —  Biden plans to ask for worldwide commitments at virtual summit next week  —  President Biden plans to call on global leaders to make new commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including fully vaccinating 70 percent …
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Touts Nicki Minaj's Vaccine Comments, Reads Aloud Her Swollen Testicle Tweet  —  Tucker Carlson took a moment during his Monday night show to tout Nicki Minaj's comments about the covid-19 vaccines.  —  Minaj said earlier Monday that she isn't vaccinated yet …
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 …
Washington Post:
Let's stop pretending Biden's proposed tax increases on the rich are radical  —  Many of the spending items in the reconciliation bill Democrats are negotiating could be described as transformative.  If we had universal pre-K, free community college, paid family leave and enhanced Medicare benefits …
Discussion: New York Post
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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).
Josh Dzieza / Curbed:
They obey the bespoke instructions that pop up on their screens: Don't wait outside Benny's Burritos, don't ask to use the restroom, be “super nice!” to Dig Inn because it is a “VIP client” — or have your account suspended.  —  The apps failed and bought each other, and now three giants remain …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Key takeaways from Blinken's Capitol Hill testimony on Afghanistan withdrawal  —  He faces more questions from from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday  —  In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken faced …
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
China uses anti-fraud app to track access to overseas financial news sites  —  Police identify and question people on back of software meant to prevent online scams  —  Chinese police are using a new anti-fraud app installed on more than 200m mobile phones to identify and question people …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep  —  So far, top Republicans are staying quiet about the Sept. 18 protest on the Hill in defense of some Capitol riot defendants.  —  Capitol security officials are preparing for a possible threat to the building amid widespread criticism …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Jack Herrera / Texas Monthly:
Why Democrats Are Losing Texas Latinos  —  The party assumes people of color will turn the state blue.  But most Tejanos consider themselves white.  And more are voting Republican.  —  In an interview with Javier Villalobos in early June, Fox Business host Stuart Varney presented his guest with a riddle.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
What the Never Trumpers Want Now  —  Many of the conservatives and Republicans appalled by Donald Trump's presidency clutched a hope through the bewildering years: Someday this would all be over and politics would return to normal.  —  But normal has not returned.
Discussion: RedState and Vanity Fair
Shannon Vavra / The Daily Beast:
Biden Mandate Sparks Price-Gouging for Fake Vax Cards  —  “It's clear to us they're using current events to galvanize the market,” researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point found, said spokesperson Ekram Ahmed.  —  It just got more expensive to be an anti-vaxxer.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Veronica Wolski, Woman Who QAnoners Demanded Hospital Treat COVID With Ivermectin, Dies  —  A woman who became the center of a harassment campaign against a Chicago hospital as QAnon supporters demanded they treat her COVID-19 diagnosis with ivermectin has died, according to reports.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Trumpy Madison Cawthorn Tries to Tweet Past His GOP Challengers  —  MAGA Rep. Madison Cawthorn is testing whether a congressman can win re-election by doing more tweeting than governing.  —  In August, as Tropical Storm Fred unleashed record flooding across his western North Carolina district …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
DeSantis and the Agony of the Anti-Anti-Anti-Vaxx Republican The GOP-elite darling tries to walk a careful line, and falls off.  —  The right-wing backlash against the coronavirus vaccines has forced Republican politicians to make an agonizing choice.  On the one hand, public health …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
George W. Bush just threw a whole lot of shade at Donald Trump  —  (CNN)The man who was president during the attacks of September 11, 2001, used a speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of that terrible day to call out the “malign force” coursing through the country thanks to the presidency …
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Iran Nears an Atomic Milestone
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Chris Talgo / Washington Examiner:
Inflation alarm bells keep ringing
Discussion: RedState
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Fox Acquires Celebrity News Specialist TMZ From AT&T's WarnerMedia
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The Forever Trial at Guantánamo  —  President Biden moved to end the war in Afghanistan …
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Joe Manchin Thinks Parents Should Have To Work For Child Tax Credit
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
David Gilbert / VICE:
Major Trump Backer Is Hosting a Huge QAnon Conference in Las Vegas
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Timms / New Republic:
George Packer's Center Cannot Hold
Washington Post:
Seven reasons to think Senate Democrats will actually change the filibuster
Discussion: Roll Call and Washington Examiner
Hannah Giorgis / The Atlantic:
Most Hollywood Writers' Rooms Look Nothing Like America
NBC News:
Schools facing critical race theory battles are diversifying rapidly, analysis finds
Discussion: New Yorker
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ron DeSantis is winning the Republican primary already playing out at Fox News