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11:05 AM ET, September 19, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: ‘The amount of money we spent to win World War II’
Discussion: New York Post and BizPac Review
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.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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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: HotAir, The Gateway Pundit and Reason
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Looks for Challenger to Depose Mitch McConnell as Split Widens  —  GOP's most influential figure and its top elected official are divided on policy, politics and who should lead the party in the future  —  WASHINGTON— Mitch McConnell's record-long reign as Senate Republican leader …
Dallas Morning News:
Abbott's right turn deflates GOP rivals but opens door for O'Rourke, McConaughey: News/UT-Tyler poll  —  Survey shows sharp drop for Texas governor among independents after summer of pushing to ban abortion and mandates on masks and vaccines.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott …
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Waning Influence’ Shown in ‘Very Small Crowd Size’ at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally: Ted Lieu  —  As a sparse crowd gathered in Washington D.C., to support the January 6 Capitol rioters on Saturday, Representative Ted Lieu said the “Justice for J6” rally's poor attendance shows …
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. …
New York Times:
How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government  —  Lawyers from top accounting firms do brief stints in the Treasury Department, with the expectation of big raises when they return.  —  For six years, Audrey Ellis and Adam Feuerstein worked together at PwC …
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majorities favor mask and vaccine mandates as pandemic worries increase  —  Three-quarters of registered voters are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ concerned about the pandemic  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 19  —  Majorities support mask and vaccine mandates advocated …
David Cohen / Politico:
Former Joint Chiefs chair: Nothing unusual about Milley's contacts with China  —  Michael Mullen, former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Sunday said there was nothing abnormal about the reported conversations between Gen. Mark Milley and his counterparts in China.
Discussion: ABC News
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Gen. Milley's stress test
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 …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Elizabeth Holmes, A.O.C., and the Art of Owning It
Discussion: unz.com
Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
The ‘JusticeForJ6’ Rally Wasn't a Joke — It Was A Warning  —  Support for the Capitol insurrectionists has taken root firmly inside the GOP  —  After the nation's capital spent weeks girding for a repeat of the insurrection, the small crowd who came to the national mall in the shadow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Darrell Owens / Darrell's Newsletter:
The Look of Gentrification  —  If you think of gentrification as coffee shops and bike lanes then you don't understand gentrification at all.  It's about what's inside, not outside.  —  My grandparents' house was located in a nice neighborhood in Berkeley, California filled with bungalows, Victorians and a few dingbat apartments.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads  —  It's booster week in the USA and no one's sure what's going on thanks to Joe Biden and his scientific brain trust having made a hash of the policy.  The Sunday shows will try to make sense of it with America's top two public-health bureaucrats, Anthony Fauci and his boss at NIH, Francis Collins.
Discussion: ABC News
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:
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 …
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New York Times:
Biden Administration to Deport Haitians in South Texas  —  The U.S. will begin flying migrants back to Haiti and other countries on Sunday as President Biden struggles to manage an immigration system already buckling under record migration.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced …
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Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Outlines Strategy to Address Increase in Migrants in Del Rio
 
 
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden's Entire Presidential Agenda Rests on Expansive Spending Bill
Discussion: Althouse
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 and HillReporter.com
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Joe Biden's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and Twitchy
Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Here's why California has the lowest COVID rate in the nation
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Mahablog
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Kinzinger says Trump ‘winning’ because many Republicans ‘have remained silent’
Discussion: The Week and Michigan Advance
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Proposed Tax Changes Focus on the Wealthy
Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times:
In red California, anger over recall blowout. ‘The Democratic Party is the New York Yankees’
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Tequila Bottles Found On New Boeing Air Force One Jet
Discussion: Forbes