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6:50 PM ET, September 15, 2021

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Mark Milley's crisis  —  When Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley goes before Congress on Sept. 28, he may face some of the most hostile questioning of any modern four-star general.  —  Driving the news: Newly released excerpts from “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump Acting Defense Sec. Miller says he ‘did not’ authorize Milley China calls, says he should resign  —  In a statement to Fox News, Miller said that the United States Armed Forces, from its inception, has “operated under the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military.”
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Does the GOP Really Want to Do This Again?  —  Blowout in California  —  In the end, it wasn't even remotely close.  California voters rejected a GOP-led recall of Governor Gavin Newsom by a landslide margin of 64-36 — a 28-point shellacking.  —  Yes, this is what we should have expected …
Politico:
Claims that Milley made ‘secret’ calls to Chinese leaders exaggerated, sources say  —  Claims in an upcoming book that a frantic Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart are greatly exaggerated, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
National Review:
Investigate General Milley Now  —  General Mark Milley should face an investigation, without delay, concerning the allegations contained in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.  And if the claims turn out to be true, Milley should be removed from his post as chairman of the Joint Chiefs …
Washington Post:
Biden says he has ‘great confidence’ in Milley after book reveals top general, fearing Trump, conferred with China to avert war
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Frustrated California Voters May Have Lost The Recall, But The War On Newsom Isn't Over  —  Some California residents were stunned, but others said they are determined to use the power they amassed to create the recall to keep fighting to hold the governor accountable for his tyranny.
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CNN:
California Recall Exit Polls  —  Exit polls are surveys of a random sample of voters taken as they leave their polling place on election day.  Absentee and early voters are represented by either telephone polls or in-person exit polls at early voting locations.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Newsom's Anti-Trump Recall Strategy Offers Republicans a Warning for 2022
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's no upside for the GOP from the California recall
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
NBC News:
Paranoia and accusations cloud efforts to launch ‘Justice for January 6’ rally  —  The extremist forums that cheered on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have soured on the planned Saturday rally in Washington, insisting without evidence that the event is a secret government plot to arrest more people involved in the riot.
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
How Kathleen Rice Is Threatening the Biden Agenda  —  Rice and two other House Democrats oppose aggressive drug price reform, which provides the budget savings available to fuel spending in the Build Back Better Act.  —  Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) speaking at a press conference in June
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party
Discussion: Common Dreams
New York Times:
Pope Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion  —  “What must the pastor do?”  Francis said when a reporter asked him about the subject.  “Be a pastor, don't go condemning.”  —  ROME — Pope Francis weighed in on Wednesday on a debate roiling the Roman Catholic Church …
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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place.  It Got Angrier Instead.  —  Internal memos show how a big 2018 change rewarded outrage and that CEO Mark Zuckerberg resisted proposed fixes  —  In the fall of 2018, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of online publisher BuzzFeed …
Washington Post:
The pandemic marks another grim milestone: 1 in 500 Americans have died of covid-19  —  At a certain point, it was no longer a matter of if the United States would reach the gruesome milestone of 1 in 500 people dying of covid-19, but a matter of when.  A year?  Maybe 15 months?  The answer: 19 months.
Discussion: Washingtonian and Vox
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Nearly 7 In 10 Say Recent Rise In COVID-19 Deaths Was Preventable, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Job Approval For Supreme Court Drops To All-Time Low  — mail_outline  —  With the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States now topping 650,000, an overwhelmingly majority …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Federal judge denies Trump's request to stop E. Jean Carroll lawsuit from moving forward  —  (CNN)A federal judge overseeing columnist E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump has denied Trump's request to stop the case from moving forward as they await an appeals court decision.
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:   Federal Judge Denies Trump's Request to Further Delay E. Jean Carroll's Lawsuit Pending Appeal
Nikhel Sus / CREW:
Unredacted Pompeo whistleblower complaint reveals new allegations … A State Department whistleblower accused former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his staff of a litany of misconduct in 2019, according to newly unredacted records obtained by CREW.  The alleged misconduct included false …
Discussion: Bipartisan Report
Barry Jenkins / TIME:
The 100 Most Influential People of 2021  —  Nikole Hannah-Jones is larger than life.  She must be, for how else can one describe a journalist who catalyzes the debate over how a nation teaches its history?  —  This may be the sum effect of Nikole's greatest work—The 1619 Project …
Mary Stringini / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
LA County to require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, nightclubs, breweries  —  LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County is planning on issuing a new health officer order later this week that will require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mercer family played bigger role in 2020 election than thought, giving nearly $20 million to dark money GOP fund  — The wealthy family led by Robert and Rebekah Mercer invested nearly $20 million last year into a dark money fund that allows donors to keep secret the ultimate destination of their contributions.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
This pastor will sign a religious exemption for vaccines if you donate to his church  —  A pastor is encouraging people to donate to his Tulsa church so they can become an online member and get his signature on a religious exemption from coronavirus vaccine mandates.
Washington Post:
U.S. will share nuclear submarine technology with Australia as part of new alliance, a direct challenge to China  —  President Biden is set to announce Wednesday the United States will share highly sensitive nuclear submarine technology with Australia, a major departure from past policy …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans feel democracy is under attack in the US  —  (CNN)Most Americans feel democracy is under attack in this country (56%), according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, as 51% say it is likely that elected officials in the US will successfully overturn the results …
Jenny Deam / ProPublica:
A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER.  He Waited for Hours.  Then His Appendix Burst.  —  Non-COVID patients are paying a price as the delta variant and low-vaccination rates overwhelm hospitals across the country.  “Wait times can now be measured in days,” said an expert.  —  Coronavirus
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Politico:
DeSantis flirts with the anti-vaccine crowd  —  MIAMI — Ron DeSantis isn't anti-vaccine.  But he has started standing shoulder-to-shoulder those who are.  —  The Florida governor's clear and unadulterated public messaging about the need for vaccines has become more diluted in recent months …
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Twitter Blocked Hunter Laptop Story After Intelligence Officials Shared Hack ‘Rumors’  —  Twitter exec who testified to FEC called the Trump team ‘Nazis’  —  Twitter blocked a story about Hunter Biden's laptop after U.S. intelligence officials shared “rumors” that Biden would be the target of a hack …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Signal
Pew Research Center:
Majority in U.S. Says Public Health Benefits of COVID-19 Restrictions Worth the Costs, Even as Large Shares Also See Downsides  —  73% say they are vaccinated, but at least half express confusion, concern over vaccine information and health impacts  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study …
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Former Client Charged With Shooting Alex Murdaugh in ‘Assisted Suicide’ Attempt  —  The former client was arrested after Mr. Murdaugh survived being shot in the head on a rural South Carolina road.  Mr. Murdaugh's wife and son had been fatally shot in June.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Once again, the GOP's answer is ‘no.’ Democrats should take it and run.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a statement on Tuesday announced a compromise voting reform bill supported by Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine (Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) …
Khudai Noor Nasar / BBC:
Afghanistan: Taliban leaders in bust-up at presidential palace, sources say  —  A major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials told the BBC.  —  Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled …
Mohamed Soltan / Washington Post:
The Biden administration just tiptoed away from its warnings on 'Trump's favorite dictator'  —  Mohamed Soltan is a human rights advocate and president of the Freedom Initiative.  —  This week, the Biden administration released $170 million and delayed $130 million of taxpayer dollars …
John Nichols / The Nation:
Blinken Derangement Syndrome  —  The party that brought us the Benghazi hearings has a new obsession.  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken is, like other cabinet secretaries, paid a handsome salary of $221,400.  He is the first cabinet member in the presidential line of succession.
 
 
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Sonam Sheth / Insider:
Paul Ryan spoke to a doctor and extensively researched how to deal with someone with narcissistic personality disorder after Trump won: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
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Abraham Gutman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A Yom Kippur lesson in worker solidarity from my Jewish ancestors
Nate Hochman / National Review:
Who Is Kristi Noem, Really?  —  The first-term governor has positioned herself …
Tess Owen / VICE:
Unvaccinated TikTokers Are Calling Themselves ‘Purebloods’
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
Gymnasts testify as Congress investigates FBI's handling of Larry Nassar sexual abuse case
 Earlier Items: 
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Third Republican drops out of race to replace Cheney after Trump endorses challenger
Joel Burgess / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Democrat Jay Carey says Rep. Madison Cawthorn brought weapon to school board meeting
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court reinstates Nunes suit over reporter's tweet
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Josh Hawley, Clownish Menace
Discussion: CNN and The American Independent
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19