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12:05 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.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There's no upside for the GOP from the California recall
CNN:
5 takeaways after Gov. Gavin Newsom prevails in California recall
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
Discussion: CNN
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.
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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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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.
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 …
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
The Guardian proclaims Anthony Fauci as ‘sexiest man alive’  —  MORE ON:  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci was dubbed the “sexiest man alive” by The Guardian newspaper, prompting some on social media to question whether the British daily had shifted to satire.  —  Fauci, 80, was given the unofficial title …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The UAE's Machiavellian journey from ‘Little Sparta’ to ‘Little Singapore’  —  Though it's easy to miss amid the turmoil in Afghanistan, there's a new trend of de-escalation in global foreign policy — symbolized by the country that once was seen as “Little Sparta,” the United Arab Emirates.
Discussion: Reuters and The Times of Israel
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New York Times:
Ex-U.S. Intelligence Officers Admit to Hacking Crimes in Work for Emiratis
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Fox News:
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American Greatness:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson confirms it: ‘I lie’
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FBI director faces new scrutiny over investigation of Brett Kavanaugh
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