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8:50 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. …
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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.
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:   Trump's ‘Waning Influence’ Shown in ‘Very Small Crowd Size’ at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally: Ted Lieu
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
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Elizabeth Holmes, A.O.C., and the Art of Owning It
Discussion: unz.com
Joshua Spivak / The Hill:
Republicans caught in California's recall trap  —  Even after California Gov. Gavin Newsom's blowout victory in the Tuesday's recall vote, Democrats are re-considering the Golden State's 110-year history with the direct democracy device.  Democrats have good reason for their concern …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Think all politics are local? The California recall says most politics are now national.
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
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight  —  Democrats and Republicans are locked in a high-stakes battle over the federal debt ceiling, with the U.S on track to default as soon as next month.  —  GOP senators say they won't take any action to keep the U.S. solvent, insisting that Democrats must do so on their own.
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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
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.
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big union bailout  —  A generation ago, labor unions actually tried to represent the financial interests of workers.  For all their other faults, they at least focused on higher wages, better working conditions, and tight labor markets for their members.  —  That era is long gone.
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 …
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: ‘The amount of money we spent to win World War II’  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday railed against Democrats' recent spending packages, arguing that the $1 trillion Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion …
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 …
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
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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
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.
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Lt. Gen / New York Post:   I respected Mark Milley ⁠— but he has damaged our democracy
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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
WXIA-TV:
VERIFY: Gov. Kemp claimed mandating a non-existent AIDS vaccine didn't work
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Kinzinger says Trump ‘winning’ because many Republicans ‘have remained silent’
Discussion: The Week
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Proposed Tax Changes Focus on the Wealthy
CNN:
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
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