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9:35 PM ET, September 18, 2021


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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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Capitol Area on Edge Over Right-Wing Protest of Jan. 6 Arrests  —  Organizers insist the “Justice for J6” gathering on Saturday will be peaceful, but law enforcement, National Guard troops and residents around the Capitol are preparing for turmoil.  —  WASHINGTON — Law enforcement and residents …
Erin Doherty / Axios:
“Justice for J6” rally underway with large police presence  —  A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the “Justice for J6” rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.  —  The latest: U.S. Capitol Police officers …
Discussion: Slate, NPR, BuzzFeed News, The Hill and Twitchy
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Trump allies are still spreading a dangerous Jan. 6 myth
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.
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Think all politics are local? The California recall says most politics are now national.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and CNN
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
California Democrats see Harris and Newsom colliding on road to the White House
Discussion: Townhall
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
The Sharp U.S. Pivot to Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance
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
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.
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
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 …
Lt. Gen / New York Post:
I respected Mark Milley ⁠— but he has damaged our democracy  —  Commenting on the recent events by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not easy for me.  For much of his career, Mark Milley served with distinction and honor.  I worked hand-in-hand with him during my four years …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gen. Milley's stress test
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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 and The Times of Israel
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Tequila Bottles Found On New Boeing Air Force One Jet  —  Company has faced problems of factory debris found in commercial, military aircraft in recent years  —  Two empty liquor bottles were found this month on one of Boeing Co. 's new Air Force One planes under development in San Antonio, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Forbes
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?
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
CIA warned children were possibly present seconds before US missile killed 10  —  (CNN)Just after the US military launched a Hellfire missile to stop a white Toyota Corolla it believed to be an imminent threat to US troops leading the evacuation at the Kabul airport, the CIA issued an urgent warning …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Three Sunday shows ignored NYT report on botched drone strike Pentagon now admits killed 10 Afghan civilians
Discussion: Conservative Brief
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 …
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Tomi Lahren's vanishing voter-fraud claim
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Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Here's why California has the lowest COVID rate in the nation
Discussion: Washington Post
Department of Homeland Security:
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Tom Steele / Dallas Morning News:
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Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
New York Post:
Chris Christie's nephew's bar mitzvah leads to COVID-19 outbreak, NJ school closure
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
John McWhorter / New York Times:
Fredric March's Misguided Antiracist ‘Reckoning’ at the University of Wisconsin
Discussion: Althouse
Max Fisher / New York Times:
As Populists Decline, the Center-Left Sees Hints of a Comeback