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Adam Harding / NBC New York:
Carmine's Hostess Attacked After Asking Tourists for Vaccination Proof to Dine Inside  —  The 22-year-old hostess asked the group to show proof of getting the COVID vaccine in order to dine inside, part of NYC's executive order that went into effect this week
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia to protest Biden's submarine deal.  —  France announced on Friday that it was immediately recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Australia in protest of President Biden's announcement of an agreement to provide nuclear-powered submarines …
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CNBC:
FDA panel recommends Pfizer's Covid booster doses for people 65 and older after rejecting third shots for general population  —  FDA panel votes not to recommend booster shots at this time  —  An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday rejected a proposal …
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
FDA panel votes against broad rollout of Pfizer booster shot, endorses narrower use  —  A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and older and for individuals at high risk for severe disease …
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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Washington Post:
U.S. military admits ‘horrible mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 Afghans  —  A U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children, was launched after numerous miscalculations led commanders to believe an aid worker was hauling explosives in a car …
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Pentagon acknowledges Aug. 29 drone strike in Afghanistan was a tragic mistake that killed 10 civilians.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
How not to lobby Brett Kavanaugh  —  The First Amendment protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.”  So the crowd of 50 or so abortion rights activists who marched on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's Chevy Chase home this week …
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The Guardian:
Overturning Roe v Wade will promote abstinence, says architect of Texas abortion ban
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Laura Loomer, Who Once Said ‘Bad Fajitas’ Were Worse Than COVID, Says She's Tested Positive  —  The far-right activist said in a Gettr post that she's experiencing severe coronavirus symptoms.  —  The far-right, anti-Muslim, anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer says she's tested positive …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A Texas Republican's vile rant shows ‘great replacement’ is becoming GOP dogma  —  It is becoming a trend: More and more Republicans have been signing on to “great replacement theory.”  Because this worldview posits various versions of a nefarious liberal scheme to replace Native Americans …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Judges strike down North Carolina voter ID law, citing its ‘discriminatory purpose’ against African Americans  —  A panel of North Carolina judges on Friday struck down the state's law requiring voters to present photo identification before casting ballots, saying that the measure …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Very much on the record: The weird Politico-Rubin feud  —  Is Politico an “obviously misogynistic” and anti-Semitic publication?  Or did the Washington Post's resident “conservative” blogger fail to understand basic journalistic practices?  After deciding to dig into how Jennifer Rubin became …
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Mariecar Mendoza / Datebook:
Maskless S.F. Mayor London Breed got down with legendary Bay Area musicians at indoor jazz club  —  Music fans at San Francisco's Black Cat nightclub in the Tenderloin, many of them maskless — including Mayor London Breed — were treated to a surprise reunion by one of the Bay Area's most popular R&B acts on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
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Kate Larsen / ABC7:
Maskless Mayor London Breed caught breaking SF health order at Tenderloin club
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
McAuliffe, Youngkin locked in tight race for Virginia governor, Post-Schar School poll finds  —  RICHMOND — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a tight race for Virginia governor, with McAuliffe standing at 50 percent to 47 percent for Youngkin among likely voters in a Washington Post-Schar School poll.
Discussion: Politico
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Mask Florida Official Dies of COVID—and Takes GOP Software Secrets With Him  —  Surviving colleagues had to tell the FEC that Tampa's GOP committee might be late with its filing, while others turned Gregg Prentice's sudden death into a “murder” conspiracy.
Discussion: Daily Mail and YouTube
Josh Partlow / Washington Post:
Bureau of Land Management headquarters to return to D.C., reversing Trump decision  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday announced the move and said current headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo., would become a “Western headquarters” for the agency  —  The Interior Department will summon …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Biden admin to step up deportation of Haitians to address migrant surge, documents say  —  WASHINGTON — As more than 10,000 mainly Haitian migrants shelter under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, as part of a new surge of migration to that stretch of the U.S. border, Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
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Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Dozens Charged With Healthcare Fraud Estimated at $1.4 Billion  —  Allegations from Justice Department involve claims related to opioids, telemedicine practices and Covid-19  —  The Justice Department has brought criminal charges against nearly 140 people, including medical professionals …
Discussion: UPI, CNBC and CBS News
Mimi Lau / South China Morning Post:
Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’  —  US secretary of state initially put the post up on September 16 but took it down and issued a more muted sentiment, drawing criticism and questions A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry's Hong Kong office …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The Indianapolis Star showed Simone Biles the ‘magnitude’ of gymnastics abuse.  How it got the story.  —  Local newspapers may be struggling, but they are still publishing journalism that makes a difference  —  As Simone Biles delivered stirring testimony before a Senate committee …
Hassan Kanu / Reuters:
Florida governor conflated ‘black joy’ with protest, judge says  —  A federal judge on Thursday blocked part of a sweeping anti-protest bill enacted by Florida Republicans and Governor Ron DeSantis, writing that officials' reaction to peaceful protests in the summer of 2020 is akin …
Discussion: Reason, TheGrio and POLITICUSUSA
Albany Times Union:
How low, Ms. Stefanik?  —  Back in 2017, white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Va., carrying torches and chanting, “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”  Decent Americans recoiled at the undeniable echo of Nazi Germany.  —  That rhetoric has been resonating ever since …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki's Turn at the Lectern  —  President Biden's press secretary has tamped down the vitriol that colored news briefings during the Trump administration.  She still may not answer your question, though.  —  WASHINGTON — Jen Psaki, President Biden's press secretary …
BuzzFeed News:
Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America's Guardianship Industry  —  For people under guardianship, the system can be dehumanizing, dangerous, and even deadly.  For the professionals — who can control hundreds of people at a time — it can be very profitable.
Rasmussen Reports:
Afghanistan: Leaving Americans Behind Is ‘Humiliation,’ Voters Agree  —  The revelation this week by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that thousands of U.S. green card holders have been left behind in Afghanistan has voters worried that these Americans will become Taliban hostages, and most agree it is a “national humiliation.”
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
 
 
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Noah Garfinkel / Axios:
Jan. 6 panel hires former Bush administration official as top legal adviser
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
CNN:
Montana GOP congressman blasts Biden effort to resettle Afghan refugees in his state
Discussion: KTVQ-TV
Emily Zanotti / The Daily Wire:
Americans Still Trapped At Mazar-i-Sharif Airport In Afghanistan, Taliban Not Cooperating: Biden State Department
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
AOC: A closet capitalist
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
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William Booth / Washington Post:
As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by worrying 2.7 degrees Celsius
Discussion: UPI and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
Alone in death … MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — Twenty miles outside Phoenix in a desolate cemetery …
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Anti-Trump Lincoln Project tackles Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with college football ad buy
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bice: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes filed no income tax returns and was on BadgerCare during the 2018 campaign
Grace Emily Stark / The Federalist:
MY HUSBAND'S A VACCINATED DOCTOR. HERE'S WHY I'M NOT GETTING A COVID SHOT
Discussion: Progress Pond
William Saletan / Slate:
Even Republicans Don't Believe Their Arguments Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate