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10:10 AM ET, September 15, 2021

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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
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The January 6 attack never ended
Discussion: HuffPost, Mediaite and The Daily Beast
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” …
Donald J. Trump:   Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
The Daily Beast:
Trump Calls Allies to Demand Gen. Mark Milley Be ‘Arrested’ for ‘Treason’
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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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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.”
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Joe Biden's Betrayal of American Values Must be Our Call to Action
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Politico:
Democrats grapple with faltering filibuster push
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson confirms it: ‘I lie’
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Republicans are set to subpoena documents and hire a contractor for their 2020 election review
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Fauci: Please, I beg you, pay no attention to Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's balls
Discussion: Twitchy, Poynter 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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