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5:20 PM ET, September 16, 2021

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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 …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump expresses solidarity with rioters arrested in Jan. 6 attack ahead of planned rally  —  Former president Donald Trump voiced solidarity Thursday with people being prosecuted in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection, issuing a statement ahead of a rally planned Saturday in Washington to protest their treatment.
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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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Democratic Lawyer Michael Sussmann Indicted, Accused Of Lying To FBI In Russia Probe  —  A grand jury indicted Michael Sussmann for allegedly lying to the FBI general counsel about who he was working for when he relayed information about Trump.  —  A federal grand jury has returned an indictment …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Special prosecutor John Durham charges ex-attorney for Clinton campaign with lying to FBI
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal
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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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
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 …
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
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
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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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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
Court Orders End to U.S. Policy of Turning Back Families Crossing Mexican Border Illegally  —  Biden administration has 14 days to appeal ruling on Title 42, under which more than 100,000 people traveling in families have been denied entry to U.S.  —  A federal judge in Washington has ordered …
Discussion: Associated Press, Insider and USA Today
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ACLU:
Federal Court Blocks Title 42 Expulsions of Families
Discussion: CNBC
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
WGRZ-TV:
Mayor Brown loses court decision in attempt to get on November ballot  —  The decision by the New Your State's Fourth Department was one of two that prompted the Erie County Board of Elections to wait to print ballots in the race.  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown suffered …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Repeatedly Tried to Get Ads Back on Fox.  They Keep Rejecting Him.  —  After angrily yanking MyPillow ads from Fox in July, the pillow mogul has tried at least three times to advertise on Fox, but no matter what changes he's made, they keep saying no.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
Republican Governors Association was hacked earlier this year  —  Washington (CNN)Hackers breached the Republican Governors Association in February, potentially exposing the personal data of nearly 500 people affiliated with the organization, the RGA said in a September 15 public filing.
 
 
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Shabana Basij-Rasikh / Washington Post:
My father refused to be a refugee. I turned him into one. I'm remembering his garden.
Discussion: CBC News
Samantha Fox / The Annenberg Public Policy Center …:
Americans' Civics Knowledge Increases During a Stress-Filled Year
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rich Noyes / Newsbusters:
Biden's Border Crisis Rages On; TV News Airtime Down 94%
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nicki Minaj Causes the Establishment to Go DEFCON One
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Powell orders ethics review after Fed presidents disclosed multimillion-dollar investments
CNN:
Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
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.
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Is a Wake-Up Call for Sexism in Tech
Discussion: Gawker