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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.
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Gen Milley thought Trump wanted 6 January riot to happen, book claims
Discussion: Washington Times
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
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
House Democrats Opposed To Biden Agenda Actually Hail From Safe Seats
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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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Newsom's Anti-Trump Recall Strategy Offers Republicans a Warning for 2022
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Forbes, CBS News and NBC News
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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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's no upside for the GOP from the California recall
Discussion: Associated Press and CNN
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 …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a 2016 meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin gets all the attention.  But Kyrsten Sinema could be an even bigger obstacle for Democrats' spending plans.  —  Senate Democrats were riding high on the afternoon of July 28: A long-delayed bipartisan infrastructure package had finally come together, with many senators eager …
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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
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 …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Federal Judge Denies Trump's Request to Further Delay E. Jean Carroll's Lawsuit Pending Appeal  —  Some months after Attorney General Merrick Garland's Department of Justice signaled it would back former President Donald Trump in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll, a federal judge refused …
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines in new pushback on China
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 …
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Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:   Majority Back Vaccine, Mask Mandates
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
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
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  — Paul Ryan studied up on how to deal with someone with narcissistic personality disorder after Trump won the 2016 election.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa police called for hundreds to be evicted.  Entire families lost their homes.  —  Officers sent notices to landlords detailing arrests and encounters with their tenants that put families at risk of eviction even when charges were later dropped.  —  Published Earlier today
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.
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.
 
 
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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