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4:30 PM ET, September 17, 2021

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NBC News:
Carmine's hostess attacked after asking diners for proof of vaccination  —  Three people were arrested for allegedly assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess on Thursday after she asked a group of diners visiting from Texas to show proof they had been vaccinated before seating them.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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New York Times:
Thousands of Migrants Huddle in Squalid Conditions Under Texas Bridge
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
More than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Biden admin to step up deportation of Haitians to address migrant surge, documents say
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon acknowledged on Friday that a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan on Aug. 29 that officials said was necessary to prevent an attack on American troops …
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Precedents: Will Biden override Trump on executive-privilege claims on January 6 records?
Discussion: Conservative Brief
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 …
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
Tensions rise as FDA advisory panel weighs evidence on Pfizer booster  —  Experts addressing a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel Friday diverged on whether there is enough evidence to recommend widespread administration of Covid-19 booster shots.  —  The independent FDA vaccine panel …
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Washington Post:
Capitol Police chief dropped request for armed National Guard to be on standby for Saturday's rally after Pentagon discussions  —  The U.S. Capitol Police chief formally asked for 100 armed National Guard members to be on standby for a rally this Saturday at the Capitol in case it turns violent …
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Apple and Google join Putin's KGB
Discussion: National Review and kommersant.ru
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 …
Emily Zanotti / The Daily Wire:
Americans Still Trapped At Mazar-i-Sharif Airport In Afghanistan, Taliban Not Cooperating: Biden State Department  —  The Biden administration has said very little about the efforts to extract Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan, after President Joe Biden's self-imposed timeline caused …
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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
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
The Guardian:
Overturning Roe v Wade will promote abstinence, says architect of Texas abortion ban  —  Jonathan Mitchell writes in supreme court brief that ‘women can “control their reproductive lives” without access to abortion’  —  The legal architect of the Texas abortion ban has argued in a supreme court brief …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: TheGrio, Reason and POLITICUSUSA
William Booth / Washington Post:
As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by worrying 2.7 degrees Celsius  —  New Glasgow commitments, if implemented, would result in a 12 percent emissions cut by the decade's end, well short of what is needed to curb global warming  —  LONDON — The United Nations warned Friday …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
France recalls its ambassador to the U.S. in protest of Biden's submarine deal with Australia.  —  France announced on Friday that it is immediately recalling its ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne, in protest of President Biden's announcement of an agreement …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Hill
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: Mercury News and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Montana GOP congressman blasts Biden effort to resettle Afghan refugees in his state
Discussion: Political Wire
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Judges strike down North Carolina voter ID law, citing its ‘discriminatory purpose’ against African Americans
Discussion: CNBC and Associated Press
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
AOC: A closet capitalist
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Rebecca Panovka ▪ / Dissent:
Talking in Circles  —  Ten years on, Occupy's demands have shaken off their aura of eccentricity.
Mimi Lau / South China Morning Post:
Blinken deletes tweet saying US would ‘stand with people of Hong Kong’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gizmodo
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A doctor called coronavirus vaccines ‘fake.’ Now he sits on an Idaho regional health board.
Washington Post:
Alone in death … MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — Twenty miles outside Phoenix in a desolate cemetery …
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Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bice: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes filed no income tax returns and was on BadgerCare during the 2018 campaign
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Target Crypto Ransomware Payments With Sanctions
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
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William Saletan / Slate:
Even Republicans Don't Believe Their Arguments Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate
Politico:
Trump endorsements jolt GOP races
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Won't Run in 2022