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9:30 AM ET, September 15, 2021

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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 …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Newsom's Anti-Trump Recall Strategy Offers Republicans a Warning for 2022  —  California Democrats were able to nationalize the vote — thanks to an avalanche of money, party discipline and, above all, an easily demonized opponent.  —  SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — California basks in its clairvoyance.
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.
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Exit polls in California Gov. Newsom recall election show support for Covid restrictions  —  Ahead of polls closing in California's recall election, where voters are deciding whether to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, NBC News exit polls found support for the Covid mitigation measures he instituted in the state.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The January 6 attack never ended
Discussion: Sacramento Bee, HuffPost and Mediaite
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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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Mark Milley committed treason, and others were implicated
Discussion: NBC News and Just The News
CNN:
Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump calls Milley story ‘fake news’
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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
BBC:
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into East Sea, South says  —  North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles across its east coast, South Korea's military says, its first ballistic missile test in six months.  —  The tests, a breach of UN resolutions, came as South Korea …
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.
Sabrina Siddiqui / Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Meet With Top Executives on Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate  —  Microsoft, Walgreens and others are expected to give their input after president announced plan to contain pandemic  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden is expected to meet Wednesday with executives from companies including Walt Disney Co. …
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 …
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson confirms it: ‘I lie’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson is fashioning something of a professional defense: Sure, he lies, but not the way those guys at CNN lie.  —  In a 2018 podcast appearance, he ripped into CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.  “He's just such a pompous little guy. ...
Discussion: The Hill, Progress Pond and Insider
 
 
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Stuart Winer / The Times of Israel:
Health Ministry chief says coronavirus spread reaching record heights
Discussion: NOQ Report
Josh Kraushaar / Associated Press:
Biden's vaccine mandates are politically risky for Democrats
Discussion: HuffPost, Vanity Fair and Salon
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Block Texas From Enforcing Restrictive Abortion Law
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
A Fox-Style News Network Rides a Wave of Discontent in France
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Republicans are set to subpoena documents and hire a contractor for their 2020 election review
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Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
FBI director faces new scrutiny over investigation of Brett Kavanaugh
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Fauci: Please, I beg you, pay no attention to Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's balls
Discussion: Poynter, Twitchy and NBC Chicago
Josh Hammer / The American Mind:
The Subjugation of the Deplorables
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McAuliffe seen on Amtrak without mask, skirting federal mask mandates; passenger calls it a ‘double standard’
 

 
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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

 
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