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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 …
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Jake Sullivan pushed Alfa Bank claim at center of Durham's possible indictment  —  Jake Sullivan, already in the hot seat as President Joe Biden's national security adviser amid the Afghanistan fallout , could find himself under further scrutiny for his 2016 role in promoting …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Durham is said to be seeking indictment of lawyer whose firm represented Hillary Clinton's campaign
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.
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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Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal
New York Times:
Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia
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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Ben Christopher / CalMatters:
And the winner in the California recall is? None of the above
Discussion: Palo Alto Online
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Insider:
Trump said he tapped Giuliani to lead his election lawsuits because ‘none of the sane lawyers’ could represent him, book says  — Trump told Lindsey Graham that Giuliani was his lawyer because no “sane lawyers” would represent him, a new book says.  — “None of the sane lawyers can represent …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
NBC News:
Pence's Trump enabling was worse than we thought. Woodward and Costa's book proves it.
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
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.
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PRRI:
Dramatic Partisan Differences On Blame for January 6 Riots
Politico:
Dems call in big gun as they face huge Hill tests  —  The next few months will push President Joe Biden to wield every drop of his influence over Congress.  —  Democrats are plunging into messy internal debates over social programs from child care to drug pricing as they try to beat …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:   A broken America should build a monument to Joe Manchin's massive ego
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: Digby's Hullabaloo and HuffPost
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 …
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: Breitbart and Townhall
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Trending Politics
Daniel Dale / CNN:
‘Incredibly dangerous’: Trump is trying to get Big Lie promoters chosen to run the 2024 election  —  Reality Check: GOP using Trump's playbook in California recall  —  Washington (CNN)Swing state by swing state, former President Donald Trump is trying to get people who tried to overturn …
Discussion: The Root and Chicago Sun-Times
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 …
Lauren Elkies Schram / New York Post:
Newsmax doubles Manhattan presence as viewership surges  —  This just in: Newsmax is expanding, doubling its Manhattan office space.  —  The Florida-based conservative news service has leased a roughly 24,000-square-foot full floor at 805 Third Ave., between 49th and 50th streets.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the No. 3 House Republican, is pushing the notion in Facebooks ads that President Biden and fellow Democrats are seeking a …
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 …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line
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