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3:19 AM ET, September 19, 2021


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Alan Braid / Washington Post:
Why I violated Texas's extreme abortion ban  —  Alan Braid is a physician who provides abortion care in San Antonio.  —  Newly graduated from the University of Texas medical school, I began my obstetrics and gynecology residency at a San Antonio hospital on July 1, 1972.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, HuffPost and Raw Story
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Texas Doctor Says He Performed an Abortion in Defiance of New State Law  —  In an opinion essay in The Washington Post titled “Why I violated Texas's extreme abortion ban,” Dr. Alan Braid wrote, “I am taking a personal risk, but it's something I believe in strongly.”
Discussion: Reason
NBC News:
Sparse crowd gathers near Capitol to protest treatment of those jailed in Jan. 6 riot  —  WASHINGTON — A small, peaceful crowd gathered Saturday in Washington to protest what the organizers say is the unfair treatment of people charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
CNN's Shimon Prokupecz Goes ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ With Justice for J6 Protester Who Didn't Believe Cops Were Assaulted on Jan. 6 (Even After He Was Shown The Video)  —  CNN's Shimon Prokupecz went “down the rabbit hole” with a protester at the “Justice for J6” rally in D.C. …
Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times:
In red California, anger over recall blowout.  ‘The Democratic Party is the New York Yankees’  —  On election day, Denise Pickens had a surprising feeling: Hope.  —  Surely, she figured, Gov. Gavin Newsom would be booted out of office.  Or at least get a good scare.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
What if Covid Were 10 Times Deadlier?  —  “I think I've come to believe that even if the Covid death toll was 10 times what it currently is,” the MSNBC host Chris Hayes wrote a few days ago on Twitter, “the politics of all of it wouldn't be appreciably different.”
New York Post:
AOC's ‘Tax the Rich’ dress designer Aurora James owes debt in multiple states  —  Designer Aurora James called her “Tax the Rich” dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “powerful message” — but it's not one she has taken to heart.  —  The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala …
Discussion: Mediaite and Breitbart
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall  —  The world's newest security partnership is a window into how the world works—and the unpredictable places it's heading.  —  On Sept. 15, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia unveiled a new security partnership, with the less-than-euphonious acronym AUKUS.
Discussion: The Federalist and The Guardian
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: UPI, Twitchy and The Times of Israel
Erin Doherty / Axios:
28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight  —  The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.  —  The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gen. Milley's stress test  —  The final months of Donald Trump's presidency were a stress test for Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He feared that Trump would use a violent crisis at home or abroad to draw the military into his machinations to retain power.
Lt. Gen / New York Post:   I respected Mark Milley ⁠— but he has damaged our democracy
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.
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
West Virginia Was a Covid-19 Vaccine Success Story, but Now Cases Are Surging  —  State's vaccination rate now lags behind others; 922 people with Covid-19 are hospitalized in West Virginia, up from 52 in early July  —  West Virginia has one of the fastest rates of new Covid-19 cases in the nation …
Discussion: Insider
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
W.Va. Gov. frustrated over vaccination rate: ‘We just are going to keep lining the body bags up’
Discussion: WV MetroNews and YouTube
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Elizabeth Holmes, A.O.C., and the Art of Owning It  —  What ever happened to the good old-fashioned art of Owning It?  —  Our culture is awash in people who get called out for their behavior and then retreat behind some victim-y excuse.  If you're going to go for it, go for it.
Discussion: Why Evolution Is True
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Joe Biden's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day  —  will go down in the books as one of the worst days of Joe Biden's presidency.  (At least so far, anyway.)  How bad was it?  Bad enough that even Jonathan Lemire  —  and Zeke Miller of the Associated Press felt compelled to tally up the damage for all of us.
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and Instapundit
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Proposed Tax Changes Focus on the Wealthy  —  How is that defined?  The tax plans in Congress essentially say a wealthy individual earns $400,000 a year.  But that figure, a financial psychologist says, is “arbitrary.”  —  So how do you define who's wealthy?
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Kinzinger says Trump ‘winning’ because so many Republicans ‘have remained silent’  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) says that former President Trump is “winning” because so many Republicans “have remained silent.”  —  In a video statement posted to Twitter, Kinzinger weighed in on the fate …
VERIFY: Gov. Kemp claimed mandating a non-existent AIDS vaccine didn't work  —  Gov. Kemp first referenced a failed AIDS vaccine mandate in September of 2020.  He has since made similar comments twice in the past month.  —  ATLANTA — In a podcast episode of the Erick Erickson Show uploaded this week …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Think all politics are local?  The California recall says most politics are now national.  —  It may be time to revisit the old axiom from Tip O'Neill, the former Democratic House speaker from Massachusetts, who famously said that all politics are local.  These days, as the California recall …
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
California Democrats see Harris and Newsom colliding on road to the White House
Discussion: Townhall
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David Oshinsky / Wall Street Journal:
The Long History of Vaccine Mandates in America
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tomi Lahren's vanishing voter-fraud claim
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Here's why California has the lowest COVID rate in the nation
New York Times:
Joe Manchin Got the Voting Bill He Wanted. Time to Pass It.
Discussion: Raw Story
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Outlines Strategy to Address Increase in Migrants in Del Rio
CIA warned children were possibly present seconds before US missile killed 10
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals ‘bag of tricks’
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Tequila Bottles Found On New Boeing Air Force One Jet
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Three Sunday shows ignored NYT report on botched drone strike Pentagon now admits killed 10 Afghan civilians
Tom Steele / Dallas Morning News:
First Baptist's Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Georgia GOP Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says party leaders pushed restrictive election laws ‘because they got scared’: book
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
Chris Christie's nephew's bar mitzvah leads to COVID-19 outbreak, NJ school closure
Discussion: Political Wire and Insider
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
John McWhorter / New York Times:
Fredric March's Misguided Antiracist ‘Reckoning’ at the University of Wisconsin
Discussion: Althouse
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
For one Capitol reporter, Jan. 6 was the final straw — but he had watched a crisis brew for years