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12:05 AM ET, September 17, 2021

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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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
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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Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Attorney who advised Clinton campaign indicted in U.S. Trump-Russia probe
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Lawyer charged in probe of Trump-Russia investigation
Discussion: The Guardian
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Democratic Lawyer Michael Sussmann Indicted, Accused Of Lying To FBI In Russia Probe
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  — McConnell's final remark to Trump was, “You lost the election,” according to a new book.  — Trump has railed against McConnell for not embracing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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John L. Dorman / Insider:
Trump pushed back when Lindsey Graham asked him to ‘repair the damage’ with Pence after January 6 riot: book
Discussion: Raw Story
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship
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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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 and Politico
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
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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 …
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John Wright / Raw Story:   Florida GOP official who wanted to ‘end Faucism’ dies from COVID-19
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Troll farms reached 140 million Americans a month on Facebook before 2020 election, internal report shows  —  In the run up to the 2020 election, the most highly contested in US history, Facebook's most popular pages for Christian and Black American content were being run by Eastern European troll farms.
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 …
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:
Idaho expands Crisis Standards of Care statewide due to surge in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization  —  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has activated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in accordance with IDAPA 16.02.09 - Crisis Standards of Care For Healthcare Entities.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Houston Keene / Fox News:
DeSantis hammers Biden admin for limiting Florida's use of monoclonal antibodies: ‘Very, very problematic’  —  Therapy was introduced at the same time as the vaccine, but flew under the radar until recently  —  DeSantis vows to fight Biden, stand up for freedom and the Constitution
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Forbes
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Ben Christopher / CalMatters:
And the winner in the California recall is?  None of the above  —  While Larry Elder clearly led all replacement candidates in the California recall election, he finished far behind none of the above.  Millions left that question blank —exactly what Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats wanted.
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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.
CNN:
Biden is priming the pump for Trump Part Deux  —  Arick Wierson is a six-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and former senior media adviser to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  He advises corporate and political clients on communications strategies in the US, Africa and Latin America.
Discussion: Washington Post
American Greatness:
‘Science,’ They Said  —  Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning.  And we all will soon become poorer, angrier and more divided. … Content created by the Center for American Greatness, Inc. is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a significant audience.
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 …
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: What's Up With President Biden's Cough?  —  NBC White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell asked about President Biden appearing to have a mild cough or cold during his Thursday speech on his tax plan.  —  ""I don't think it's an issue of concern," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Discussion: Washington Times
 
 
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Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
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Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
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Frank Stoltze / LAist:
Effort To Recall LA DA Gascón Fails; Backers Vow To Try Again
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
McAuliffe Appointed Prominent Anti-Vaxxers To State Boards
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Vargas Headlines Anti-LGBTQ Event in Ukraine
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Lauren Elkies Schram / New York Post:
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The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Repeatedly Tried to Get Ads Back on Fox. They Keep Rejecting Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Shabana Basij-Rasikh / Washington Post:
My father refused to be a refugee. I turned him into one. I'm remembering his garden.
Washington Post:
Biden faces new border emergency in Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck under bridge in squalid conditions
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
How Tucker Carlson Lost It
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and HuffPost