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7:15 AM ET, September 17, 2021

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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won't Run in 2022  —  Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, is the first of the group to retire rather than face a stiff primary challenge.
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
In Exclusive Interview, Trump Calls Sept. 18 Rally A ‘Setup,’ Says GOP Senate Should Fire ‘Disaster’ McConnell  —  In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with The Federalist on Thursday, former President Donald Trump also unloaded on Bush, McConnell, ‘radicalized’ left-wing Democrats, and a completely ‘corrupt’ American news media.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer for Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The defendant, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent cybersecurity lawyer was indicted on a charge …
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Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Attorney who advised Clinton campaign indicted in U.S. Trump-Russia probe  —  A cybersecurity attorney known for his work advising Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was indicted on Thursday for lying to the FBI, as part of U.S. Special Counsel John Durham's probe into the origins …
Discussion: WAMU and One America News Network
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Lawyer charged in probe of Trump-Russia investigation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The prosecutor tasked with examining the U.S. government's investigation into Russian election interference charged a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on Thursday with making a false statement to the FBI five years ago.
Discussion: New York Magazine, UPI and The Guardian
Politico:
Special prosecutor John Durham charges ex-attorney for Clinton campaign with lying to FBI
Discussion: Washington Examiner
John Haltiwanger / Insider:
McConnell's final remark to Trump was ‘you lost the election’ as the defeated president railed at him for not embracing the Big Lie: book  — McConnell's final remark to Trump was, “You lost the election,” according to a new book.  — Trump has railed against McConnell for not embracing …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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John L. Dorman / Insider:
Trump pushed back when Lindsey Graham asked him to ‘repair the damage’ with Pence after January 6 riot: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Sonam Sheth / Yahoo News:
Trump's lawyers had a ‘law school 101 discussion’ about explaining to him how the Supreme Court works, book says
Discussion: Insider
Grace Panetta / Insider:
Then-CIA Director Gina Haspel said Trump's post-election behavior was ‘insanity’ and he was ‘acting out like a 6-year-old with a tantrum,’ book says
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Most Important Statistic of the Biden Presidency  —  One in five hundred Americans has died in the pandemic, and Republicans are actively rooting for the country to fail.  —  President Biden is moving on.  His “summer of freedom” from covid didn't work out.
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Politico
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden bombs with Manchin  —  President Biden failed to persuade Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to agree to spending $3.5 trillion on the Democrats' budget reconciliation package during their Oval Office meeting on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Wall Street Journal:
California Limits Single-Family Home Zoning  —  Law intended to increase housing supply and lower prices will allow duplexes on properties where one home exists  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation allowing the construction of duplexes on most properties with one home …
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Ben Christopher / CalMatters:
And the winner in the California recall is? None of the above
Discussion: Palo Alto Online
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency - Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Public approval of U.S. President Joe Biden has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Divided Opinion on Handling of Afghanistan Withdrawal
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows  —  In the run up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian and Black American content were being run by Eastern European troll farms.
New York Times:
The United States says it gave France only a few hours' notice of defense deal that Paris called a ‘knife in the back.’  —  The United States acknowledged on Thursday that it only gave France a few hours' notice of its deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines …
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Washington Post:
Biden faces new border emergency in Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck under bridge in squalid conditions
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump endorsements stoke dissension in GOP ranks  —  Staten Island borough president.  Michigan state Senate.  Arizona secretary of state.  —  Donald Trump is endorsing candidates in party primary elections all the way down the ballot, a level of involvement that's virtually unheard of among recent former presidents.
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Politico:
The Jennifer Rubin WH symbiosis  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice  —  Before Washington Post columnist JENNIFER RUBIN became one of the most reliable defenders of the Biden administration …
Washington Post:
Justice Thomas defends the Supreme Court's independence and warns of ‘destroying our institutions’  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Justice Clarence Thomas defended the independence of the Supreme Court on Thursday and warned against “destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want, when we want it.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Idaho expands Crisis Standards of Care statewide due to surge in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization  —  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has activated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in accordance with IDAPA 16.02.09 - Crisis Standards of Care For Healthcare Entities.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
DeSantis hammers Biden admin for limiting Florida's use of monoclonal antibodies: ‘Very, very problematic’  —  Therapy was introduced at the same time as the vaccine, but flew under the radar until recently  —  DeSantis vows to fight Biden, stand up for freedom and the Constitution
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Forbes
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CNN:
Biden is priming the pump for Trump Part Deux  —  Arick Wierson is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and former senior media adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  He advises corporate and political clients on communications strategies in the US, Africa and Latin America.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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The White House:
Readout of the President's Conversation with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Dan Crenshaw is building a young activist army, one summit at a time
Discussion: Political Wire
American Greatness:
‘Science,’ They Said  —  Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning.
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Many in Rural Afghanistan Welcome an Unfamiliar Peace After Taliban Victory
Frank Stoltze / LAist:
Effort To Recall LA DA Gascón Fails; Backers Vow To Try Again
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
McAuliffe Appointed Prominent Anti-Vaxxers To State Boards
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: What's Up With President Biden's Cough?
Discussion: Washington Times
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Vargas Headlines Anti-LGBTQ Event in Ukraine
The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Repeatedly Tried to Get Ads Back on Fox. They Keep Rejecting Him.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Key senators eye the exits ahead of 2022 midterms: 'It's a six-year commitment'
Discussion: Breitbart
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Amazon's New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class