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8:50 AM ET, September 16, 2021

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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 …
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: The Hill, HuffPost and Raw Story
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Matthew Walther / New York Post:
Gen. Milley must go for subverting of civilian control of the military  —  In a climactic episode of the sitcom “Arrested Development,” Jeffrey Tambor's character confesses to his son that he “may have committed some light treason.”  If what was recently reported about Mark Milley is true …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump Acting Defense Sec. Miller says he ‘did not’ authorize Milley China calls, says he should resign
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Gen Milley thought Trump wanted 6 January riot to happen, book claims
Discussion: Washington Times
Politico:
Claims that Milley made ‘secret’ calls to Chinese leaders exaggerated, sources say
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Politico:
DHS: Extremists used TikTok to promote Jan. 6 violence  —  Federal officials warned law enforcement agencies this spring that domestic extremists had used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, including by promoting bringing guns to Washington that day …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell  —  Senator Mitch McConnell says Republicans will not support raising the federal borrowing limit.  Weeks before a potential default, Democrats do not appear to have a strategy for doing so.
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Reuters:
Biden's child tax credit pays big in Republican states, popular with voters  —  A one-year expansion of the U.S. child tax credit, a policy championed by President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats over Republican opposition, has disproportionately benefited states that voted …
Discussion: Salon and Politico
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Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal  —  France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines in new pushback on China
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
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Biden's amnesty will only make border crisis worse  —  More than 200,000 migrants were detained for illegal entry in August, roughly the same number as in July.  Of those 200,000, just 44% were returned to Mexico under Title 42's contagion containment authority.
Avalon Zoppo / LAW.com:
Appeals Court Cites Reporter's Tweet in Reviving Devin Nunes's Defamation Lawsuit  —  Congressman Devin Nunes' lawsuit against Hearst Magazine Media and one of its journalists can move forward, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Wednesday, pointing to a tweet the journalist …
Washington Post:
Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers approve wide-ranging subpoenas for personal information of 2020 voters  —  Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday approved subpoenas for a wide range of data and personal information on voters, advancing a probe of the 2020 election in a key battleground …
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
Norm Macdonald, R.I.P.  —  He finally did something that wasn't funny  —  Norm Macdonald died yesterday at 61 years young.  Turns out he was diagnosed with deadly cancer nine years ago, one of those cancer doctors told him that, but he kept it to himself.  Which is so Norm.
Alan Cole / Full Stack Economics:
How a key Biden tax idea got crushed  —  The president was forced to retreat on the key issue of step-up basis  —  President Joe Biden came into office planning to tax intergenerational wealth more heavily.  He had several policy ideas to do this, and the most intellectually defensible …
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.
New York Times:
The Endless Catastrophe of Rikers Island  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  Countless words have been written over the years, many by this board …
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
Hannah Critchfield / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida leads nation in nursing home resident and staff COVID-19 deaths  —  The state accounts for over 20 percent of new nursing home resident deaths.  —  More nursing home residents and staff died of COVID-19 in Florida during a four-week period ending Aug. 22 than in any other state in the country …
Discussion: CBS Miami
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Spike in GOP Small-Dollar Donations Draws Federal Scrutiny
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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Chronicle of Higher Education:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
Tucker Carlson defends Nicki Minaj's controversial vaccine tweets
Nancy Pelosi / TIME:
The 100 Most Influential People of 2021  —  When Kamala Harris became Vice President …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Infrastructure Summer: The Sophie's Choice of the Reconciliation Bill
Discussion: Common Dreams and Eschaton
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democrats' House targets vanish as GOP redraws new maps
Discussion: Breitbart and THE CITY
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Refugees in the U.S.: How They're Vetted, Where They're Going and How to Help
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Wenxin Fan / Wall Street Journal:
China's Biggest Movie Star Was Erased From the Internet, and the Mystery Is Why
Politico:
DeSantis flirts with the anti-vaccine crowd
John Nichols / The Nation:
Blinken Derangement Syndrome
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Former Client Charged With Shooting Alex Murdaugh in ‘Assisted Suicide’ Attempt
Nikhel Sus / CREW:
Unredacted Pompeo whistleblower complaint reveals new allegations
Discussion: Bipartisan Report