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9:40 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.
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 …
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
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
Rod Mcguirk / Associated Press:
Australian PM rejects Chinese criticism of nuclear sub deal  —  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday rejected Chinese criticism of Australia's new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and said he doesn't mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name.
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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
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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Washington Post:
Biden faces new border emergency in Texas, where thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck under bridge in squalid conditions
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.
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
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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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
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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Politico:
Special prosecutor John Durham charges ex-attorney for Clinton campaign with lying to FBI
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Human Events
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 …
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 …
Washington Examiner:
‘Tax the rich?’  Sorry, AOC, but we already do  —  When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a photo of her unmasked self wearing a white dress marked with “TAX THE RICH” in blood-red letters, she at least made sure to praise the help — her dressmaker, who of course was there with her in the photo, wearing a mask.
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.
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.
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Rep. Susie Lee, a Democrat from Nevada, failed to properly disclose stock trades worth as much as $3.3 million  — Lee was late disclosing more than 200 stock trades since the beginning of 2020.  — Many trades were a few days late, while some were tardy by weeks.
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 …
 
 
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Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Tim James ponders another run for governor of Alabama
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Justice Department reviewing policies on transgender inmates
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Boak / Associated Press:
White House warns that debt limit showdown could hurt states
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Occupy Ten Years On: An Interview With Winnie Wong
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Jacobin and New Republic
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.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
NBC's Kelly O'Donnell to Psaki: What's Up With President Biden's Cough?
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Vargas Headlines Anti-LGBTQ Event in Ukraine
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
In Exclusive Interview, Trump Calls Sept. 18 Rally A ‘Setup,’ Says GOP Senate Should Fire ‘Disaster’ McConnell