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12:35 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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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.”
Donald J. Trump:
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America  —  If the story of “Dumbass” General Mark Milley, the same failed leader who engineered the worst withdrawal from a country, Afghanistan, in U.S. history, leaving behind many dead and wounded soldiers …
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider and Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Trump Calls Allies to Demand Gen. Mark Milley Be ‘Arrested’ for ‘Treason’
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It
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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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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's no upside for the GOP from the California recall
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
California Recall Election Results
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Frustrated California Voters May Have Lost The Recall, But The War On Newsom Isn't Over
Discussion: National Review
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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Justin Haskins / The Hill:
Biden's wildly unconstitutional vaccine mandate
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Governor stops short of measures to address COVID-19′s rampant spread
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Lawmakers, staff asked to avoid the Capitol during pro-Trump protest
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: Bloomberg and Political Wire
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Sinema wants Democrats to spend less on Biden's economic agenda
Discussion: New Republic and Jezebel
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
What If We Had a Class War and Nobody Noticed?
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
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  —  My reader who is trying to get his company's former employees out of Afghanistan offers another update, and another illustration of the Kafkaesque process for getting an Afghan ally authorization to leave the country.
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Politico and Becker News
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.
 
 
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Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
The Guardian proclaims Anthony Fauci as ‘sexiest man alive’
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Ghani's escape derailed last-ditch deal with Taliban, US envoy says
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
How Clemente Got the Players' Union Behind Curt Flood
Fox News:
Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues
Discussion: National Review
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Josh Hawley, Clownish Menace
Discussion: CNN and The American Independent
American Greatness:
The ‘Foul Spirit’ of George W. Bush and America's Ruling Class
Julia Rock / American Prospect:
Whip Count: The Democrats Who Support the Progressive Reconciliation Strategy
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FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar
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