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CNN:
Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser …
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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” …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says  —  ‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.
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 …
CNN:
Woodward/Costa book details GOP infighting over how to handle Trump after election loss  —  Excerpts from new book detail Trump's final days in office  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)In their new book “Peril,” Bob Woodward and Robert Costa document …
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump calls Milley story ‘fake news’
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Mark Milley committed treason, and others were implicated
Discussion: NBC News and Just The News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Exit polls in California Gov. Newsom recall election show support for Covid restrictions  —  Ahead of polls closing in California's recall election, where voters are deciding whether to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, NBC News exit polls found support for the Covid mitigation measures he instituted in the state.
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / CNN:
California Democrats voted along broader political lines to save Newsom, CNN exit poll shows  —  (CNN)California's recall election played out along established partisan lines, according to a California exit poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research …
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 …
Washington Post:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeats the recall effort to remove him from office
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, Yahoo News and CNN
David Dayen / American Prospect:
It's Time to Recall the Recalls in California
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.
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 …
Julie Weil / Washington Post:
D.C. prepares for far-right protesters during day of festivals, gatherings  —  D.C. officials think a demonstration planned for Saturday by far-right groups supporting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 will prove to be a small gathering, attracting no more than a few hundred people.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
McAuliffe seen on Amtrak without mask, skirting federal mask mandates; passenger calls it a ‘double standard’  —  Amtrak passenger who saw McAuliffe July 29 called violation of the rules an ‘absolutely double standard’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 14
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
New Hampshire state representative leaves GOP over opposition to vaccine mandate
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and Decider
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
California now the only state to exit CDC's ‘high’ COVID transmission category  —  California no longer has “high” community levels of coronavirus transmission, according to data published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an achievement a top state health official credited …
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.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
FBI director faces new scrutiny over investigation of Brett Kavanaugh  —  Claim that FBI lacked authority to conduct further investigation into Kavanaugh may be inaccurate  —  Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington DC  —  FBI director Chris Wray is facing new scrutiny of the bureau's handling …
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 …
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Republicans are set to subpoena documents and hire a contractor for their 2020 election review  —  Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday to subpoena Gov. Tom Wolf's administration for voter records, communication between state and county elections officials …
David K. Li / NBC News:
Philadelphia to pay $2M to Black woman beaten by officers, separated from toddler during unrest … The city of Philadelphia will pay $2 million to a Black woman who was pulled from a car, beaten by officers and had her toddler used for social media fodder by the police union, officials said.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Fauci: Please, I beg you, pay no attention to Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's balls  —  Sorry, doctor, no can do.  Tens of millions of impressionable morons have been solemnly informed by a hip-hop star that getting vaxxed can lead to scrotal enlargement.  —  Those balls can't be ignored now.
Discussion: Poynter, NBC Chicago and Vox
New York Times:
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat.  The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  —  A new bipartisan commission is drawing up district lines, but New York Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork to take over the redistricting process.  —  Seven years ago, New Yorkers voted decisively to empower …
Josh Hammer / The American Mind:
The Subjugation of the Deplorables  —  They know it's illegal.  They just don't care.  —  On June 27, 2019, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Department of Commerce v. New York, a case pertaining to the Trump-era Census Bureau's decision to ask census recipients if they were U.S. citizens.
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Biden Underwater On Job Approval And Handling Of Key Issues, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Than 6 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Troops Will Return To Afghanistan  — mail_outline  —  Americans' views have dimmed on the way President Joe Biden is handling his job as president …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Asks Judge to Block Texas From Enforcing Restrictive Abortion Law  —  The department sued Texas last week over its recently enacted law, which prohibits nearly all abortions in the state.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department asked a federal judge late Tuesday to issue …
 
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson confirms it: ‘I lie’
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
A Fox-Style News Network Rides a Wave of Discontent in France
World Anti-Doping Agency:
WADA Executive Committee endorses recommendations of non-compliance of eight Anti-Doping Organizations
Discussion: The Hill and Townhall
New York Times:
With Rikers in Crisis, Critics Wonder: Where Is Bill de Blasio?
Alex Kane / Jewish Currents:
SCOOP: House Progressives Renew Effort to Block Bomb Deliveries to Israel
Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Theranos Gave Investors Rosy Picture of Revenue, Witness Says
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Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
“It's Good to Be Wealthy”: Joe Lonsdale, Silicon Valley Apostate
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Propose $1 Billion in Subsidies For Local Newspapers
Nikita Biryukov / New Jersey Monitor:
N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push
Discussion: Raw Story
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What The Right Needs Now Is The Courage To Fight Even If It Costs Us
Discussion: americandigest.org
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall
 

 
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