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10:25 AM 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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Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Mark Milley must go  —  Former President Donald Trump's actions after losing the 2020 election defied any sense of presidential decorum or decency.  They cost the GOP control of the Senate and encouraged a violent mob to storm the Capitol and “stop the steal.”
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It  —  The former commander in chief has been his own authentic self consistently all his life.  —  General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so consumed with fear that former President Donald Trump might launch “rogue” …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Calls Allies to Demand Gen. Mark Milley Be ‘Arrested’ for ‘Treason’
Donald J. Trump:   Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump calls Milley story ‘fake news’
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
Newsom's winning recall strategy offers a playbook for Democrats in 2022  —  The Democratic establishment played its cards exactly right in California — much to my surprise.  —  I watched the developments in Golden State politics this year with a mix of worry and annoyance.
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Stephanie Sierra / ABC7:
CA recall price tag ‘could be’ more than $300M, secretary of state says, as experts call for reform … Cost of CA recall ‘could be’ more than $300M, secretary of state says  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) — California's 2021 recall election is on track to be one of the most expensive to date …
Los Angeles Times:
French Laundry.  Pandemic.  Trump.  Chaos.  All played big as voters cast recall ballots  —  To hear many at the polls on Tuesday, the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom was just another political end run by Trump supporters to bypass the normal election process when they didn't have majority support.
Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
California Democrats voted along broader political lines to save Newsom, CNN exit poll shows
Bryan Lowry / Miami Herald:
Capitol Police officers face discipline for photos with rioters  —  A Capitol Police officer facing disciplinary action told investigators that he posed for a photo with a suspect during the Jan. 6 riot in order to identify him later.  —  But the officer never shared that plan with his supervisor …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Lawmakers, staff asked to avoid the Capitol during pro-Trump protest
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and BizPac Review
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 …
Khudai Noor Nasar / BBC:
Afghanistan: Taliban leaders in bust-up at presidential palace, sources say  —  A major row broke out between leaders of the Taliban just days after they set up a new government in Afghanistan, senior Taliban officials told the BBC.  —  Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Ministers granted border exemptions to attend urgent meeting in Canberra  —  Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size  —  Several federal cabinet ministers were called to a top-secret meeting in Canberra on Wednesday ahead of a major international development expected out of the United States on Thursday morning.
New York Times:
Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis  —  They were among a trend of Americans working for foreign governments trying to build their cyberoperation abilities.  —  WASHINGTON — Three former American intelligence officers hired by the United Arab Emirates …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The UAE's Machiavellian journey from ‘Little Sparta’ to ‘Little Singapore’
Discussion: The Times of Israel and Reuters
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
This is how a Republican lie is born  —  This is what happens when an entire political party takes leave of reality.  —  On Tuesday morning, one of the most senior and important Republican senators used one of the most prominent settings in official Washington to level one of the most serious …
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Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:   Impeach Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Greg Evans / Deadline:
Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61  —  Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live's most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
ABC News Staffer Claims Network Retaliated After She Filed Sexual-Assault Complaint  —  The claim from a producer on ‘Good Morning America’ comes in an amended version of her lawsuit against the network and her former boss  —  An ABC News staffer claimed the network retaliated …
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Taxing Wealth Is a Fool's Errand  —  “TAX THE RICH,” blared the red lettering on the back of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's white evening gown at last night's Met Gala, the word “RICH” lettered impudently across her rump.  Yes, but how?  The lead story in Tuesday's New York Times …
Phil Keren / Akron Beacon Journal:
Hudson mayor: School board should resign over material suggesting kids write about sex, drinking  —  The Hudson mayor is asking all five school board members to resign or face possible criminal charges over high school course material that he said a judge called “child pornography.”
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
1 in 500 US residents has died of Covid-19  —  'It's bad to the bone': Unvaccinated man describes Covid-19 fight  —  (CNN)The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation's first reported infection.
Discussion: WISC-TV, Breitbart and iHeartRadio
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar  —  An FBI agent accused of failing to properly investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar — and lying about it later — has been fired by the FBI, days before a high-stakes public hearing …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Grisham texts cast doubt on book claim  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NOT A SHOCKER: Calif. Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM crushed the recall attempt by a nearly 2-to 1 margin.  The coverage: David Siders and Carla Marinucci with how he did it. ...  AP's Nick Riccardi with 5 takeaways …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
David K. Li / NBC News:
Philadelphia to pay $2M to Black woman beaten by officers, separated from toddler during unrest … The city of Philadelphia will pay $2 million to a Black woman who was pulled from a car, beaten by officers and had her toddler used for social media fodder by the police union, officials said.
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Sinema wants Democrats to spend less on Biden's economic agenda  —  A new report from Axios that dropped late Monday revealed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has spreadsheets.  And she's preparing to use those spreadsheets to demand that Democrats spend less on Democratic economic policies during …
Discussion: New Republic, Jezebel and Politico
Justin Haskins / The Hill:
Biden's wildly unconstitutional vaccine mandate  —  In what may go down as one of the most significant attempts to expand the power of the presidency in modern history, President Biden announced on Sept. 9 a series of sweeping new vaccine mandates, which, together, could affect as many 100 million people.
Alexander Ward / Politico:
Biden to announce joint deal with U.K. and Australia on advanced defense-tech sharing  —  One source said there is a nuclear-defense infrastructure to the three-way pact known as AUUKUS.  —  The Australian flag flies.  Darrian Traynor/Getty Images  —  President Joe Biden will announce …
Julia Rock / American Prospect:
Whip Count: The Democrats Who Support the Progressive Reconciliation Strategy  —  A running tally of the lawmakers who have—and have not—committed to withhold their votes on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in favor of robust budget reconciliation  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi …
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category  —  California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited …
 
 
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
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