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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.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Key senators eye the exits ahead of 2022 midterms: 'It's a six-year commitment'  —  Washington (CNN)John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican, is struggling with a crucial decision: Whether to ask South Dakota voters for six more years in office.  —  Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Senate Republican …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell  —  Senator Mitch McConnell says Republicans will not support raising the federal borrowing limit.  Weeks before a potential default, Democrats do not appear to have a strategy for doing so.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump expresses solidarity with rioters arrested in Jan. 6 attack ahead of planned rally
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down
John Wright / Raw Story:
Florida GOP official who wanted to ‘end Faucism’ dies from COVID-19  —  An official from Florida's Hillsborough County Republican Party — which has been busy mobilizing members to protest coronavirus restrictions such as school mask mandates — has died from COVID-19.
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Death of Hillsborough GOP member from COVID-19 causes financial problems for party  —  The local Republican Party told federal election regulators it can no longer access its campaign finance software  —  The Hillsborough County Republican Party alerted federal election regulators Tuesday …
Zach Everson / Forbes:
GOP Group That Fights Against Vaccine Mandates And For Election Integrity Might Miss Campaign Filing Deadline After Bookkeeper Dies From Covid
Discussion: Florida Bulldog
New York Times:
Expressing fury over the Australia submarine deal, France cancels a gala celebrating relations with the U.S.  —  Furious over President Biden's announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines, French officials in Washington on Thursday angrily canceled a gala …
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New York Times:
Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia  —  Less than three years ago, Australia's leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China.  A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — When Scott Morrison became …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
How Tucker Carlson Lost It  —  In February 2009, when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Tucker Carlson was in the midst of an identity crisis.  Five years earlier, he had been a victim of what was arguably the first viral takedown of the internet era.
Discussion: HuffPost
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A broken America should build a monument to Joe Manchin's massive ego  —  As the summer of 2021 comes to an ignominious end this week, millions of Americans will remember these blazing hot months as a time of dashed hopes on ending our life-altering pandemic and growing alarm about the floods and fires fueled by climate change.
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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Federal judge blocks Biden administration from expelling migrant families under public health order  —  (CNN)A federal judge blocked the Biden administration from expelling migrant families apprehended at the US-Mexico border under a public health order, according to a Thursday ruling, marking a major defeat for the administration.
Discussion: National Review
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The right-wing media is helping Trump destroy democracy.  A new poll shows how.  —  When future historians seek to explain the United States' perilous slide toward authoritarianism in the 21st century, they will grapple with the role played in all these events by Fox News and the right-wing media.
Discussion: Raw Story
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PRRI:
Dramatic Partisan Differences On Blame for January 6 Riots
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Politico:
Judge raises concerns about speed of Oath Keepers trial related to Capitol riot  —  The judge overseeing the sprawling case of the Oath Keepers who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 raised acute concerns Thursday about the pace of the government's effort to bring the matter to trial, particularly as three of the defendants sit in D.C. jail.
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Capitol Riot: Portraits of the Lasting Trauma
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers.  The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show.  —  Employees raised alarms about how the site is used in developing countries, where its user base is already huge and expanding  —  In January, a former cop turned Facebook Inc. investigator posted …
New York Times:
Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a 2016 meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Durham is said to be seeking indictment of lawyer whose firm represented Hillary Clinton's campaign
Discussion: Washington Times
Los Angeles Times:
After recall flop, struggling California Republicans once again fighting over future  —  California Republicans thought they found a unifying rallying cry in the recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom.  Instead, the campaign exposed — and even worsened — some of the long-standing clashes between …
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Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
California GOP licks wounds after another lopsided loss
Yasmin Tayag / The Atlantic:
Stop Calling It a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’  —  “Your refusal has cost all of us,” President Joe Biden said to unvaccinated people last week, as he announced a new COVID-vaccine mandate for all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees.  The vaccinated, he said …
Washington Post:
Biden faces new border emergency in Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck under bridge in squalid conditions  —  SAN ANTONIO — The Biden administration is facing a new humanitarian emergency along the border in South Texas, where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants waiting …
Jack Beresford / Newsweek:
Billboard Comparing Donald Trump to Jesus Christ Removed  —  A billboard hailing former President Donald Trump as the second coming of Jesus Christ has been taken down.  —  The advertisement was spotted near the city of Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia earlier this week by Washington Post political …
Shabana Basij-Rasikh / Washington Post:
My father refused to be a refugee.  I turned him into one.  I'm remembering his garden.  —  I'm thinking about my father's garden today.  —  My father is a military man, the first person in his family to receive formal education.  He was a general in Afghanistan's national army in 1996 …
Discussion: CBC News
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Mapped: Afghan refugees headed to 46 states  —  The Biden administration notified governors and mayors on Wednesday of the number of Afghan evacuees their state is expected to receive in the coming weeks, two senior administration officials told Axios.  —  Why it matters: Although …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Divided Opinion on Handling of Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  Public split on Biden job performance  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans agree with the U.S. leaving Afghanistan, even if many think the actual withdrawal was seriously mishandled.  Still, few believe that postponing the pullout …
Discussion: Townhall
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Is a Wake-Up Call for Sexism in Tech  —  Ms. Pao is a tech investor and chief executive of Project Include, a diversity, equity and inclusion nonprofit.  She is the author of “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” about her lawsuit against a venture capital firm …
Discussion: Gawker
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
World Bank Cancels Flagship ‘Doing Business’ Report After Investigation  —  Probe faults leaders including Kristalina Georgieva, now IMF managing director, who disagrees with findings  —  The World Bank canceled a prominent report rating the business environment of the world's countries …
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Amazon's New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class  —  Plentiful new jobs at higher wages in places with cheaper housing sounds like a solution to inequality.  —  The campaign against economic inequality has put a bullseye on cities.  Local governments are encouraged to raise minimum wages …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Former Trump aides to spearhead $10 million campaign against Biden economic plan  —  Senior Trump officials Larry Kudlow, Linda McMahon, Brooke Rollins push ‘Save America Coalition’ opposing Democratic proposal  —  A new conservative coalition led by former Trump administration advisers plans …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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Exclusive: Facebook targets harmful real networks, using playbook against fakes
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
United Airlines CEO says employees exempt from vaccine 'won't be in front of customers'
Discussion: HotAir
Samantha Fox / The Annenberg Public Policy Center …:
Americans' Civics Knowledge Increases During a Stress-Filled Year
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CNN:
Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN Goes Directly From Not Asking Andrew McCabe ONE Question About FBI Gymnast Abuse Scandal — To Gymnast Testimony
Discussion: New Republic, Daily Kos and NBC News
Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
 Earlier Items: 
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Pence seeks $18 million war chest
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and The Hill
Foreign Affairs:
How China Exports Authoritarianism
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Women Are Nearly Half of New Gun Buyers, Study Finds
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Hill and NSSF
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Legal Journalism Is Broken
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
New York City Has Once Again Defied the Doomsayers. Here's Why.
Gregory A. Smith / Pew Research Center:
More White Americans adopted than shed evangelical label during Trump presidency, especially his supporters
Discussion: Raw Story