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7:55 AM ET, September 19, 2021


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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
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. …
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.
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
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.
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.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden's Entire Presidential Agenda Rests on Expansive Spending Bill  —  A plan for the economy, education, immigration, climate and more binds disparate Democratic lawmakers, but the proposal risks sinking under its own weight.  —  WASHINGTON — No president has ever packed as much of his agenda …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
New York Times:
Joe Manchin Got the Voting Bill He Wanted.  Time to Pass It.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  Far too many Republicans are players …
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and 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
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
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
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
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals ‘bag of tricks’  —  The 26-page indictment of former cybersecurity attorney and Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann by special counsel John Durham is as detailed as it is damning on the alleged effort to push a false Russia collusion claim before the 2016 presidential campaign.
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and CBS San Francisco
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
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Discussion: CNN and The Federalist
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Outlines Strategy to Address Increase in Migrants in Del Rio
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Kinzinger says Trump ‘winning’ because many Republicans ‘have remained silent’
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Proposed Tax Changes Focus on the Wealthy
 Earlier Items: 
CIA warned children were possibly present seconds before US missile killed 10
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Tequila Bottles Found On New Boeing Air Force One Jet
Discussion: Forbes
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans say they will vote to allow a debt default, leaving Democrats scrambling for plan to avert economic crisis
Discussion: Insider and Outside the Beltway