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11:35 PM ET, September 18, 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.
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.
New York Times:
Sparse Right-Wing Protest of Jan. 6 Arrests Draws Huge Police Response  —  Organizers said the police response had dampened turnout for the “Justice for J6” rally, which served as a platform for pro-Trump politicians seeking House seats next year.  —  WASHINGTON — Fewer than 100 right-wing demonstrators …
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. …
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Trump allies are still spreading a dangerous Jan. 6 myth
Discussion: and Oil City News
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.
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
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, Instapundit and Twitchy
New York Times:
Furious Over Sub Deal, France Recalls Ambassadors to U.S. and Australia
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tomi Lahren's vanishing voter-fraud claim  —  On Wednesday, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren tweeted about the results of the California recall election.  The snippets were very responsible, at least by the standards of some of her colleagues:  —  Something was missing in the messaging …
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
California Democrats see Harris and Newsom colliding on road to the White House
Discussion: Townhall
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
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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
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:
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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What if Covid Were 10 Times Deadlier?
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Discussion: Raw Story
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Here's why California has the lowest COVID rate in the nation
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Outlines Strategy to Address Increase in Migrants in Del Rio
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Steele / Dallas Morning News:
First Baptist's Robert Jeffress: ‘There is no credible religious argument against the vaccines’
POLITICO Playbook: What the Pentagon knew about that drone attack
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