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7:35 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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Newsom's Anti-Trump Recall Strategy Offers Republicans a Warning for 2022
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
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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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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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 …
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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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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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Twitter Blocked Hunter Laptop Story After Intelligence Officials Shared Hack ‘Rumors’  —  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, an executive with the social media company told the Federal Election Commission.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Signal
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.
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
 
 
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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
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
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
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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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court reinstates Nunes suit over reporter's tweet
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
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Discussion: CNN and The American Independent