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11:25 AM ET, September 17, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg's Bid to Get America Vaccinated  —  Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO's ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site and using Facebook's own tools to sow doubt about the Covid-19 vaccine
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Milley: Calls to China were ‘perfectly’ within scope of job  —  ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump's presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job.
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Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Trump Put Milley in an Impossible Position  —  Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution?  The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no.  —  In a new book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that Milley contacted his opposite number …
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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New York Times:
Thousands of Migrants Huddle in Squalid Conditions Under Texas Bridge  —  The temporary camp in Del Rio has grown with staggering speed in recent days during a massive surge in migration that has overwhelmed the authorities.  —  DEL RIO, Texas — Thousands of migrants were crowded under …
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Randy Clark / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Border Patrol to Shut Down All Sector Checkpoints as Migrant Border Bridge Detention Camp Swells to 10K
Discussion: The Federalist
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A renewed, intensified crisis at the border
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.”
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CBS News:   Clarence Thomas warns Supreme Court should not wade into politics
Sonam Sheth / Yahoo News:
Trump's lawyers had a ‘law school 101 discussion’ about explaining to him how the Supreme Court works, book says
Discussion: Insider
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Anti-Trump Lincoln Project tackles Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with college football ad buy  —  National television ad titled “Abbott's wall” will run during the University of Texas Longhorns/Rice University Owls football clash.  —  Members of the Lincoln Project, a group of current …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:   Pandemic politics fuel long-shot Republican challenges to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Maggie Glynn / KXAN-TV:
Gov. Abbott reverses call for shutdown of 6 border entry points, blames Biden administration
Discussion: Fox News
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, National Review and Politico
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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: HuffPost and 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
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Tough Biden calls on Trump executive privilege headed for Jan. 6 probe  —  Joe Biden's White House is about to face the tricky choice of how much material from the Donald Trump White House — if any — it gives to the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  The National Archives and Records Administration …
New York Times:
Google and Apple Remove App Aimed at Spurring Protest Voting in Russia  —  The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.  —  MOSCOW — An app designed by Russian activists …
CNN:
Georgia criminal probe into Trump's attempts to overturn 2020 election quietly moves forward  —  Trump singled out election official.  Hear the horrific voicemails he received  —  (CNN)As Donald Trump returns to Georgia later this month, criminal investigators in the state …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Target Crypto Ransomware Payments With Sanctions  —  Biden administration hopes to disrupt digital finance infrastructure that facilitates ransomware cyber attacks, a national security threat traced to Russia  —  The Biden administration is preparing an array of actions …
Grace Emily Stark / The Federalist:
MY HUSBAND'S A VACCINATED DOCTOR.  HERE'S WHY I'M NOT GETTING A COVID SHOT  —  It's quite clear major health institutions might not have my unborn daughter's best interests at heart, and may give advice accordingly.
CNN:
White House warns states of potentially dire effects if government defaults  —  (CNN)The White House is warning states that a default caused by failing to raise the federal debt limit could result in drastic cutbacks to disaster relief, Medicaid, school funding and other programs.
Discussion: Forbes and Associated Press
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Josh Boak / Associated Press:
White House warns that debt limit showdown could hurt states
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and Bloomberg
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.
Politico:
Trump endorsements jolt GOP races  —  Staten Island borough president.  Michigan state Senate.  Arizona secretary of state.  —  Donald Trump is endorsing candidates in party primary elections all the way down the ballot, a level of involvement that's virtually unheard of among recent former presidents.
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
The Filibuster's Fate Is Already Decided.  Just Look To The 2022 Democratic Senate Candidates.  —  Democratic candidates trying to take Senate seats support changing the filibuster in some way.  —  The Senate's filibuster rules requiring 60 votes to start or end debate on most legislation …
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.
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bice: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes filed no income tax returns and was on BadgerCare during the 2018 campaign  —  Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said this week that he is running for U.S. Senate in hopes of making certain that “wealthy people and corporations are paying their fair share” in taxes.
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Washington Examiner:   ‘Tax the rich?’ Sorry, AOC, but we already do
Washington Post:
Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials.  It cost taxpayers $1.7 million.  —  In June, former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin visited Israel to scout investments for his new company, then flew to Qatar for a conference.  At the time, Mnuchin had been out of office for five months.
Discussion: Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
Even Republicans Don't Believe Their Arguments Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate  —  Republicans have declared war on President Joe Biden's plan to mandate vaccinations against the coronavirus.  They say Biden's plan—which covers federal workers, health care workers, government contractors …
Rob Tornoe / Editor and Publisher:
Holding the line  —  A new policy works for politics reporters in an era of lies and hate speech  —  Chris Quinn knew he had a problem when Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance repeatedly used the phrase “dirty” while talking about immigrants.  —  Back in March, Quinn …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Budget Would Hand Out Cash to Students at Tuition-Free Colleges
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Rep. Susie Lee, a Democrat from Nevada, failed to properly disclose stock trades worth as much as $3.3 million
Discussion: NRCC
Associated Press:
Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates
Discussion: The Hill
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Occupy Ten Years On: An Interview With Winnie Wong
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Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
This Police Department Is So Bad, a Cop Reported It to Black Lives Matter
Discussion: Raw Story
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American Greatness:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump-Era Special Counsel Secures Indictment of Lawyer for Firm With Democratic Ties