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12:40 PM ET, September 18, 2021


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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
For one Capitol reporter, Jan. 6 was the final straw — but he had watched a crisis brew for years  —  Andrew Taylor began his journalism career in the late 1980s, clipping newspaper articles for the politics reporters at Congressional Quarterly.  —  This spring, more than 30 years later …
Alia Shoaib / Yahoo News:
Donald Trump wrote to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to ‘decertify’ the 2020 election  — Donald Trump wrote to Georgia Secretary of State asking him to “decertify” the results of the election.  — In the letter, Trump repeated unproven claims of widespread election fraud.
Discussion: Insider and Daily Kos
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says party leaders pushed restrictive election laws ‘because they got scared’: book  — In a new book, Geoff Duncan said that GOP leaders pushing restrictive voting laws are “scared.”  — “Many held to the theory that if more people vote, Republicans will lose,” he wrote.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and Trending Politics
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
France recalls its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia to protest Biden's submarine deal.
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
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance
Discussion: Defense One and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Matt Braynard, one-time Trump aide, finds spotlight with Jan. 6 crusade  —  The last time Matt Braynard held a rally in D.C. to defend those arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, about 100 people showed up.  But now Braynard is taking his protest outside the site of the insurrection …
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Trump allies are still spreading a dangerous Jan. 6 myth  —  On Saturday, supporters of former president Donald Trump are holding a rally in Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 6 attackers currently detained for their role in that act of domestic terrorism.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow a debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling for plan to avert economic crisis  —  Early last year, one of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's longest rivals offered a lesson about why the Kentucky Republican is unfazed by his critics whenever he digs in on a political strategy.
Discussion: CNN
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment  —  Championed by doctors and conservative radio hosts alike, monoclonal antibodies for Covid are in high demand — even from those who don't want a vaccine.  —  Lanson Jones did not think that the coronavirus would come for him.
POLITICO Playbook: What the Pentagon knew about that drone attack  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: EX-MEMBERS TELL BIDEN “FINISH THE JOB” — In a letter obtained by Playbook this morning, 21 former House Democrats who lost their seats in 2010 amid GOP attacks over their support …
Discussion: New York Times
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti, aiming to deter mass migration into Texas  —  The Biden administration is preparing to send planeloads of migrants back to Haiti starting as soon as Sunday in a deportation blitz aimed at discouraging more border-crossers from streaming …
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
New York Times:
The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killing Machine  —  Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran's top nuclear scientist for years.  Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.  —  Iran's top nuclear scientist woke up an hour before dawn, as he did most days …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
W.Va. Gov. frustrated over vaccination rate: ‘We just are going to keep lining the body bags up’  —  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) expressed frustration with his state's vaccination rate, warning constituents that people are either going to get inoculated against COVID-19, or “we're going to keep lining the body bags.”
Discussion: WV MetroNews and YouTube
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans  —  California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans.  Back in August, they had high hopes of taking over the governor's mansion and pinned sitting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom against the ropes.  Then they failed to land the knockout punch.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Three Sunday shows ignored NYT report on botched drone strike Pentagon now admits killed 10 Afghan civilians  —  ABC, NBC, CNN skipped the Times investigation that previewed the Pentagon's admission  —  Pentagon: US drone strike killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan
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.
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Catholic group using geo-data to target parishes in Virginia governor's race
Discussion: Townhall
Max Fisher / New York Times:
As Populists Decline, the Center-Left Sees Hints of a Comeback  —  A long-struggling political faction has seen surprising gains this year, in part because of changes wrought by the pandemic.  Can it hold on to them?  —  A style of politics long considered in decline is experiencing something …
Tom Steele / Dallas Morning News:
First Baptist's Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’  —  The downtown Dallas megachurch's senior pastor is among faith leaders across the country who aren't endorsing vaccine exemptions for their congregants.  —  As Americans increasingly seek …
John McWhorter / New York Times:
Fredric March's Misguided Antiracist ‘Reckoning’ at the University of Wisconsin  —  What is it about the University of Wisconsin and race?  The administration's recent decision to move a rock from view because a journalist referred to it with the N-word almost 100 years ago was goofy enough.
Discussion: Althouse
Tandra Smith /
Alabama Pickers, couple known for reselling and vaccine opposition, both dead of COVID  —  A married Alabama couple known for their reselling videos on YouTube under the name “Alabama Pickers” have both died of COVID.  —  Dusty and Tristan Graham lived in Huntsville, where they would often post videos …
Washington Post:
We're not calling out Nicki Minaj.  We're calling her in.  —  Oni Blackstock is a primary care and HIV physician and founder and executive director of Health Justice.  Uché Blackstock is an emergency physician and founder and chief executive of Advancing Health Equity.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Insider and RedState
New York Post:
Chris Christie's nephew's bar mitzvah leads to COVID-19 outbreak, NJ school closure  —  A New Jersey middle school was forced to hold virtual classes on Friday after several students contracted COVID-19 while celebrating the bar mitzvah of former Gov. Chris Christie's nephew, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
No, You Don't Have to Be a Criminal to Want to Limit Government  —  At the Bulwark, Jim Swift writes: … After dismissing a cherry-picked set of criticisms — and ignoring that, thus far at least, even Democrats in the House have rejected this proposal — Swift concludes that: … Ah, yes.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Bulwark and Salon
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Meghan Roos / Newsweek:
‘Pro-Life’ Group Endorses Youngkin After He Says Abortion Ban in Virginia Is ‘Appropriate’
Lee Brown / New York Post:
General Milley told Trump the George Floyd protests were no big deal
Discussion: Breitbart, HotAir and Fox News
Andrew Egger / The Dispatch:
Biden's Vaccine Mandate Shouldn't Extend to the Naturally Immune
Discussion: New York Post and NOQ Report
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A scary court victory for Devin Nunes
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
 Earlier Items: 
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley's surveillance machine. People are listening.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
How not to lobby Brett Kavanaugh
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Mask Florida Official Dies of COVID—and Takes GOP Software Secrets With Him
Discussion: Daily Mail and YouTube