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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 …
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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.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
GOP Group That Fights Against Vaccine Mandates And For Election Integrity Might Miss Campaign Filing Deadline After Bookkeeper Dies From Covid  —  On Tuesday, a Florida county Republican committee that had opposed measures to prevent Covid-19 informed the Federal Election Commission that the group …
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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Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal  —  France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
New York Times:
Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia
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
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.
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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
Discussion: Politico, RedState and CBS News
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down
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
New York Times:
Capitol Riot: Portraits of the Lasting Trauma  —  “After I reflected on things, I was angry.  I was really angry.”  —  “That story will always be with us.” “I still close my eyes and see that day again.”  —  WASHINGTON — Three months after supporters of President Donald J. Trump violently stormed …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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Politico:
Judge raises concerns about speed of Oath Keepers trial related to Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Claire Goforth / The Daily Dot:   How an Oath Keeper brought QAnon to the masses
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 …
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 …
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Sexism That Led to the Elizabeth Holmes Trial  —  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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Political Folly of Siding with Pharma  —  A new poll shows that the three House Dems blocking lower Rx prices are making a historic political error  —  With the narrowest of majorities, a complex set of policy issues, and huge differences between moderates and progressives …
Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line  —  More than 50 people marched Monday night to the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.  They carried signs with messages such as “safe abortion is a human right” and “hey Kavanaugh resign now.”
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Demand Article 15-6 Investigation Into Mark Milley  —  A group of House Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding a formal AR 15-6 investigation into Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
New York City Has Once Again Defied the Doomsayers.  Here's Why.  —  By far the most densely populated metropolis in the country, Gotham offers a kind of urban living no other U.S. city has been able to replicate.  —  New York City is emerging as one of the world's most resilient big cities in the wake of the pandemic.
Gregory A. Smith / Pew Research Center:
More White Americans adopted than shed evangelical label during Trump presidency, especially his supporters  —  Since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 due in part to strong support from White evangelical Protestants, many observers have wondered what impact this political alliance might …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme  —  (CNN)Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were killed in June, turned himself in Thursday on charges related to an insurance fraud scheme.  —  A beige SUV containing Murdaugh pulled …
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Legal Journalism Is Broken  —  The conservative takeover of the Court is putting traditional legal media to the test.  The results are not encouraging.  —  The end of the most recent Supreme Court term kicked off what has quickly become a cherished tradition for America's legal journalists …
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
Biden's Border Crisis Rages On; TV News Airtime Down 94%  —  Text to Speech Font Size  —  The crisis along the U.S. southern border is still terrible, and the liberal news media still don't care.  According to the latest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security …
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
Women Are Nearly Half of New Gun Buyers, Study Finds  —  As gun sales reach a high during Covid-19 pandemic, groups form to teach women how to handle their new firearms  —  SAN DIEGO—Close to half of all new U.S. gun buyers since the beginning of 2019 have been women …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pence seeks $18 million war chest  —  Mike Pence is positioning himself for a 2024 presidential run by aiming to raise a whopping $18 million this year, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: While polls show Donald Trump as an early Republican favorite, his former vice president also has been making moves to be a candidate.
Discussion: The Hill and Digby's Hullabaloo
 
 
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Joyu Wang / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan Plans to Bulk Up Military Budget to Contend With Chinese Pressure
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Powell orders ethics review after Fed presidents disclosed multimillion-dollar investments
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship
Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor
Austin Facer / KTVX-TV:
‘Extremely significant’: Death penalty expert believes Utah may be on path to eliminate capital punishment
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
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid slammed for bizarre rant on Republican ‘love’ for the coronavirus: ‘COVID-loving death cult’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Biden's ‘incomprehensible’ travel ban on European visitors widens transatlantic rift
Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Data Is In — Trigger Warnings Don't Work
Discussion: Washington Examiner