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Wall Street Journal:
How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg's Bid to Get America Vaccinated  —  Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO's ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site and using Facebook's own tools to sow doubt about the Covid-19 vaccine
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job  —  ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job.
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Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Trump Put Milley in an Impossible Position  —  Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution?  The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no.  —  In a new book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that Milley contacted his opposite number …
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.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Precedents: Will Biden override Trump on executive-privilege claims on January 6 records?
Discussion: Conservative Brief
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Tough Biden calls on Trump executive privilege headed for Jan. 6 probe
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
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CBS News:   Clarence Thomas warns Supreme Court should not wade into politics
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Anti-Trump Lincoln Project tackles Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with college football ad buy  —  National television ad titled “Abbott's wall” will run during the University of Texas Longhorns/Rice University Owls football clash.  —  Members of the Lincoln Project, a group of current …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:   Pandemic politics fuel long-shot Republican challenges to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Maggie Glynn / KXAN-TV:
Gov. Abbott reverses call for shutdown of 6 border entry points, blames Biden administration
Discussion: Fox News
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New York Times:
Thousands of Migrants Huddle in Squalid Conditions Under Texas Bridge  —  The temporary camp in Del Rio has grown with staggering speed in recent days during a massive surge in migration that has overwhelmed the authorities.  —  DEL RIO, Texas — Thousands of migrants were crowded under …
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Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas
Grace Emily Stark / The Federalist:
MY HUSBAND'S A VACCINATED DOCTOR.  HERE'S WHY I'M NOT GETTING A COVID SHOT  —  It's quite clear major health institutions might not have my unborn daughter's best interests at heart, and may give advice accordingly.
NBC News:
Carmine's hostess attacked after asking diners for proof of vaccination  —  Three people were arrested for allegedly assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess on Thursday after she asked a group of diners visiting from Texas to show proof they had been vaccinated before seating them.
Albany Times Union:
How low, Ms. Stefanik?  —  Back in 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., carrying torches and chanting, “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”  Decent Americans recoiled at the undeniable echo of Nazi Germany.  —  That rhetoric has been resonating ever since …
Washington Post:
Alone in death … MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — Twenty miles outside Phoenix in a desolate cemetery, a funeral director opened the door of a black minivan, dusty from the desert dirt.  He lifted out the remains of Marjorie Anderson, her ashes inside a plastic urn transported in a cardboard Costco box.
William Booth / Washington Post:
As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by worrying 2.7 degrees Celsius  —  New Glasgow commitments, if implemented, would result in a 12 percent emissions cut by the decade's end, well short of what is needed to curb global warming  —  LONDON — The United Nations warned Friday …
Washington Post:
Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials.  It cost taxpayers $1.7 million.  —  In June, former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visited Israel to scout investments for his new company, then flew to Qatar for a conference.  At the time, Mnuchin had been out of office for five months.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Target Crypto Ransomware Payments With Sanctions  —  Biden administration hopes to disrupt digital finance infrastructure that facilitates ransomware cyber attacks, a national security threat traced to Russia  —  The Biden administration is preparing an array of actions …
CNN:
Georgia criminal probe into Trump's attempts to overturn 2020 election quietly moves forward  —  Trump singled out election official.  Hear the horrific voicemails he received  —  (CNN)As Donald Trump returns to Georgia later this month, criminal investigators in the state …
William Saletan / Slate:
Even Republicans Don't Believe Their Arguments Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate  —  Republicans have declared war on President Joe Biden's plan to mandate vaccinations against the coronavirus.  They say Biden's plan—which covers federal workers, health care workers, government contractors …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Taliban Are Hunting Down Any Afghan Tied to Western Organizations  —  On the menu today: The Taliban are methodically collecting as much information about the Afghan population as possible, looking for anyone who has, in their eyes, been tainted or corrupted by Western influences or values.
Discussion: HotAir
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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
Politico:
Trump endorsements jolt GOP races  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rod Mcguirk / Associated Press:
Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal  —  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn't mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name.
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
The Filibuster's Fate Is Already Decided.  Just Look To The 2022 Democratic Senate Candidates.  —  Democratic candidates trying to take Senate seats support changing the filibuster in some way.  —  The Senate's filibuster rules requiring 60 votes to start or end debate on most legislation …
New York Times:
Google and Apple Remove App Aimed at Spurring Protest Voting in Russia  —  The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.  —  MOSCOW — An app designed by Russian activists …
Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Pelosi says capitalism has not served the U.S. economy ‘as well as it should,’ needs to be improved  —  LONDON — For some, the economic philosophy of capitalism is synonymous with America.  —  But the concept is in urgent need of being improved and has not served the United States' economy …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A doctor called coronavirus vaccines ‘fake.’ Now he sits on an Idaho regional health board.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Hoyer affirms House will vote Sept. 27 on bipartisan infrastructure bill
The White House:
The Economic Benefits of Extending Permanent Legal Status to Unauthorized Immigrants
Rob Tornoe / Editor and Publisher:
Holding the line  —  A new policy works for politics reporters in an era of lies and hate speech
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bice: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes filed no income tax returns and was on BadgerCare during the 2018 campaign
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Trumpworld's Fingerprints Are All Over Arizona's Phony Audit
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Rep. Susie Lee, a Democrat from Nevada, failed to properly disclose stock trades worth as much as $3.3 million
Discussion: NRCC
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Occupy Ten Years On: An Interview With Winnie Wong
Discussion: Rolling Stone, New Republic and Jacobin
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
This Police Department Is So Bad, a Cop Reported It to Black Lives Matter
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
California Limits Single-Family Home Zoning
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows
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
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story