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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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down  —  Congress is fast approaching its deadline to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on the nation's debt, and, as of now, there's no serious plan to stave off what many members are calling the worst-case scenario.  —  Why it matters: The U.S. has never defaulted on its debt.
Discussion: Slow Boring
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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.
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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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Republicans, Wary of Political Fallout, Steer Clear of Rally for Riot Suspects  —  The “Justice for J6” rally planned for Saturday on Capitol Hill has presented a dilemma for Republicans, who are toiling to avoid dredging up memories of the Jan. 6 riot.  —  WASHINGTON — Ever since …
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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
Washington Post:
In ‘decisive blow,’ French strike kills West Africa Islamic State leader behind deaths of 4 U.S. soldiers  —  A French drone strike killed a top Islamic State militant believed to be the mastermind of attacks in Niger that claimed the lives of four U.S. soldiers in 2017 and six French aid workers last year.
Discussion: Associated Press, Al Jazeera 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Data Is In — Trigger Warnings Don't Work  —  A decade ago, there was little research on their effectiveness.  Now we know.  —  THE REVIEW  —  The original proponents of trigger warnings on campus argued that they would empower students suffering from trauma to delve into difficult material.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Spike in GOP Small-Dollar Donations Draws Federal Scrutiny  —  Republicans have increasingly been raising money using anonymous, small-dollar donations—and that has the FEC concerned.  —  The campaign for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says it received $3.5 million this year …
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 …
 
 
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Christian Spencer / The Hill:
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Nancy Pelosi / TIME:
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Common Dreams and Eschaton
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Democrats' House targets vanish as GOP redraws new maps
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
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