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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.”
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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 …
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 …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:   Gen Milley thought Trump wanted 6 January riot to happen, book claims
Politico:
Claims that Milley made ‘secret’ calls to Chinese leaders exaggerated, sources say
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 …
Lara Korte / Sacramento Bee:
Larry Elder's voter fraud messaging depressed Republican turnout, GOP consultant charges  —  Recall candidate Larry Elder - with an assist from former President Donald Trump - depressed GOP turnout in California's recall race by raising the prospect of voter fraud before the election, a Republican consultant said Wednesday.
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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.
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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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
House Democrats Opposed To Biden Agenda Actually Hail From Safe Seats
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party
Discussion: Common Dreams
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Infrastructure Summer: The Sophie's Choice of the Reconciliation Bill  —  Democrats may have to decide whether to do a few things well or a bunch of things not so well.  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters at the Capitol as work continues on the Democrats' Build Back Better Act, September 14, 2021.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Eschaton
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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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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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Study of Booster Shot Benefits Fans Debate Over Extra Doses  —  Independent experts, including government scientists, were skeptical of the research from Israel, which included limited data over a short period.  —  Wading into an acrimonious debate over booster doses, researchers …
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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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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.
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 …
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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.
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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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 …
Jane Musgrave / Palm Beach Post:
‘Tell all of our family to get vaccinated’: COVID kills 6 members of Glades family in 3 weeks  —  Fears about the coronavirus vaccine ran through the family.  Those fears are leading people to choose not to be inoculated, Palm Beach County officials say.  —  View Comments
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
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
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
Wenxin Fan / Wall Street Journal:
China's Biggest Movie Star Was Erased From the Internet, and the Mystery Is Why  —  Zhao Wei was the Reese Witherspoon of China, then she was censored by the Communist Party amid a clampdown of the country's entertainment industry  —  HONG KONG— Zhao Wei spent the past two decades …
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 …
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
 
 
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
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Nate Hochman / National Review:
Who Is Kristi Noem, Really?  —  The first-term governor has positioned herself …
Discussion: HotAir
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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