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7:40 AM ET, September 18, 2021

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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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Secret Talks and a Hidden Agenda: Behind the U.S. Defense Deal that France Called a ‘Betrayal’  —  In meeting after meeting with their French counterparts, U.S. officials gave no heads-up about their plans to upend France's largest defense contract.  —  The United States and Australia went …
Discussion: Japan Times
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance  —  The new U.S. alliance with Australia and Britain against China has put Europe closer to a question it has tried to avoid: Which side are you on?  —  BRUSSELS — Until this week, the so-called “pivot to Asia” …
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Why the French are so furious at the Biden administration over a derailed submarine deal
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and RedState
BBC:
Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row
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 and Political Wire
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Catholic group using geo-data to target parishes in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Townhall
The Guardian:
Overturning Roe v Wade will promote abstinence, says architect of Texas abortion ban
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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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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
House Republican Leader:
The Southern Border is a National Security Crisis; President Biden Must Deploy National Guard and VP Harris Must Brief the Republican Conference  —  Washington, D.C. - Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the national security crisis at the southern border:
Discussion: Breitbart
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Haitian Migrants Huddle Under Texas Bridge, Creating Humanitarian Crisis
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Biden admin to step up deportation of Haitians to address migrant surge, documents say
Discussion: Breitbart and NBC Los Angeles
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Republican leaders remain silent as Trump casts perpetrators of Jan. 6 attack as political prisoners  —  The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and the falsehoods that inspired it continue to shape the Republican Party, with former president Donald Trump ramping up his defense of the rioters …
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 …
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
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Doctor Who Said Masks Cause Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Has License Revoked  —  A doctor in Oregon has had his license revoked for continually refusing to follow COVID-19 guidelines when dealing with patients and spreading misinformation about face masks.  —  The Oregon Medical Board issued …
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 …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
‘Death panels’ arrive — in COVID-stricken Republican Idaho  —  It may be recalled that one of the chief GOP arguments against the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was that it would institute bureaucratic “death panels” to determine, in the words of former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, whether someone was “worthy of healthcare.”
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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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 …
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
MyPillow's Mike Lindell to run ‘tests’ on Alabama voter list after meeting Merrill, Ivey  —  MyPillow founder and Donald Trump adviser Mike Lindell plans to conduct “tests” on Alabama's voter rolls after purchasing the list, said Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who along with Gov. Kay Ivey met with Lindell on Friday.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
 
 
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Data For Progress:
The Build Back Better Plan Remains Popular
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and POLITICUSUSA
Emily Pyrek / La Crosse Tribune:
State COVID death rate over 10 times higher for the unvaccinated
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley's surveillance machine. People are listening.
Rasmussen Reports:
Afghanistan: Leaving Americans Behind Is ‘Humiliation,’ Voters Agree
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
BuzzFeed News:
Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America's Guardianship Industry
Noah Garfinkel / Axios:
Jan. 6 panel hires former Bush administration official as top legal adviser
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Mariecar Mendoza / Datebook:
Maskless S.F. Mayor London Breed got down with legendary Bay Area musicians at indoor jazz club
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A Texas Republican's vile rant shows ‘great replacement’ is becoming GOP dogma
Discussion: alicublog and Mother Jones
Hassan Kanu / Reuters:
Florida governor conflated ‘black joy’ with protest, judge says
Discussion: TheGrio, Reason and POLITICUSUSA