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1:10 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’
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
No, General Milley, President Trump Wasn't Losing It
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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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 and KTLA
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.
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: Washington Post
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.
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Sinema wants Democrats to spend less on Biden's economic agenda
Discussion: New Republic and Jezebel
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 …
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 …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI fires agent who failed to pursue tips about sex abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar  —  An FBI agent accused of failing to properly investigate former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar — and lying about it later — has been fired by the FBI, days before a high-stakes public hearing …
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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.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Republicans seek Pennsylvania voters' personal information as they try to review the 2020 results.  —  Pennsylvania Republicans moved on Wednesday to seek personal information on every voter in the state as part of a brewing partisan review of the 2020 election results, rubber-stamping …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, CBS Pittsburgh and 6abc
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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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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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
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
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
How Clemente Got the Players' Union Behind Curt Flood
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Josh Hawley, Clownish Menace
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American Greatness:
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Julia Rock / American Prospect:
Whip Count: The Democrats Who Support the Progressive Reconciliation Strategy
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Timothy Noah / New Republic:
Taxing Wealth Is a Fool's Errand