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2:10 PM 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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Calls Allies to Demand Gen. Mark Milley Be ‘Arrested’ for ‘Treason’
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Mark Milley committed treason, and others were implicated
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, Balloon Juice and CNN
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's no upside for the GOP from the California recall  —  Asked if they wanted to boot Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from office more than a year before he's up for reelection, California voters on Tuesday had a flat, uncomplicated response: Nope.  —  It's generally the case that losing …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Frustrated California Voters May Have Lost The Recall, But The War On Newsom Isn't Over
Discussion: Rolling Stone
New York Times:
California Recall Election Results
CNN:
5 takeaways after Gov. Gavin Newsom prevails in California recall
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: Political Wire and Vox
Zoe Richards / The Daily Beast:
Simone Biles Breaks Down at FBI's Nassar Failures: ‘I Blame an Entire System’  —  “To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles told a Senate hearing.  —  Celebrated Olympic gymnast Simone Biles delivered emotional testimony …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
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
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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Governor stops short of measures to address COVID-19′s rampant spread
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans feel democracy is under attack in the US  —  (CNN)Most Americans feel democracy is under attack in this country (56%), according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS, as 51% say it is likely that elected officials in the US will successfully overturn the results …
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Once again, the GOP's answer is ‘no.’ Democrats should take it and run.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a statement on Tuesday announced a compromise voting reform bill supported by Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine (Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) …
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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
This pastor will sign a religious exemption for vaccines if you donate to his church  —  A pastor is encouraging people to donate to his Tulsa church so they can become an online member and get his signature on a religious exemption from coronavirus vaccine mandates.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Maverick Dem senators meeting with Biden on spending plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden planned meetings Wednesday with a pair of moderate Democratic senators whose objections to the size of a proposed, huge package of social and environment initiatives have thrown serious obstacles in its path.
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
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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.
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.
Discussion: Politico, Gizmodo and Becker News
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story, Mediaite and Political Wire
Associated Press:
Kim Jong Un's sister warns of ‘destruction’ of S.Korean ties  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday criticized South Korea's president and threatened a “complete destruction” of bilateral relations after both of the countries tested ballistic missiles hours apart.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Third Republican drops out of race to replace Cheney after Trump endorses challenger  —  Former President Trump's endorsement of Wyoming attorney Harriet Hageman in the GOP primary to take out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has pushed out a third candidate in under a week, further clearing what was a crowded field.
 
 
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Joel Burgess / The Asheville Citizen Times:
Democrat Jay Carey says Rep. Madison Cawthorn brought weapon to school board meeting
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court reinstates Nunes suit over reporter's tweet
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
20 years after 9/11, political journalists decry extreme polarization but blame no one, certainly not themselves
Discussion: New York Times
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Pfizer analysis makes case for COVID vaccine booster
Discussion: Politico, NPR and WBBH-TV
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
U.S. State Department: For a Visa to Leave Afghanistan, Please Go to a U.S. Embassy in a Neighboring Country
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Ghani's escape derailed last-ditch deal with Taliban, US envoy says
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