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8:25 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
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  —  A cybersecurity attorney known for his work advising Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign was indicted on Thursday for lying to the FBI, as part of U.S. Special Counsel John Durham's probe into the origins …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Lawyer charged in probe of Trump-Russia investigation
Discussion: New York Magazine, UPI and The Guardian
Politico:
Special prosecutor John Durham charges ex-attorney for Clinton campaign with lying to FBI
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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
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 …
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Grace Panetta / Insider:
Then-CIA Director Gina Haspel said Trump's post-election behavior was ‘insanity’ and he was ‘acting out like a 6-year-old with a tantrum,’ book says
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Washington Post:
Biden faces new border emergency in Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck under bridge in squalid conditions
Politico:
Trump endorsements stoke dissension in GOP ranks  —  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.
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CNN:   Georgia criminal probe into Trump's attempts to overturn 2020 election quietly moves forward
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.
Wall Street Journal:
California Limits Single-Family Home Zoning  —  Law intended to increase housing supply and lower prices will allow duplexes on properties where one home exists  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation allowing the construction of duplexes on most properties with one home …
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Ben Christopher / CalMatters:
And the winner in the California recall is? None of the above
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Biden approval drops to lowest of presidency - Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Public approval of U.S. President Joe Biden has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Divided Opinion on Handling of Afghanistan Withdrawal
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
Tom McTague / The Atlantic:
Joe Biden's New World Order  —  A new world is beginning to take shape, even if it remains disguised in the clothes of the old.  —  The United States, Britain, and Australia have announced what is in effect a new “Anglo” military alliance.  The basics are these: In 2016 …
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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.’
Rym Momtaz / Politico:
Jilted France cancels events over lost submarine deal
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.
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: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Pandemic politics fuel long-shot Republican challenges to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott … Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has $55 million banked for his re-election campaign, a 73 percent approval rating among Republicans, and an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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: Breitbart, Politico and Forbes
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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
The White House:
Readout of the President's Conversation with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer
American Greatness:
‘Science,’ They Said  —  Science is dying; superstition disguised as morality is returning.
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Many in Rural Afghanistan Welcome an Unfamiliar Peace After Taliban Victory
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
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Biden is priming the pump for Trump Part Deux
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: What's Up With President Biden's Cough?
Discussion: Washington Times
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Vargas Headlines Anti-LGBTQ Event in Ukraine
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Key senators eye the exits ahead of 2022 midterms: 'It's a six-year commitment'
Discussion: Breitbart
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Amazon's New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class