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11:20 AM ET, September 19, 2021

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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
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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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 …
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden pitching partnership after tough stretch with allies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses.
Discussion: Washington Times and Balloon Juice
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Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Joe Biden's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and Twitchy
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Mahablog
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 …
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 …
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. …
Discussion: The Western Journal
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big union bailout
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
WXIA-TV:
VERIFY: Gov. Kemp claimed mandating a non-existent AIDS vaccine didn't work
Discussion: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
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Nanette Asimov / San Francisco Chronicle:
Here's why California has the lowest COVID rate in the nation
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Kinzinger says Trump ‘winning’ because many Republicans ‘have remained silent’
Discussion: The Week and Michigan Advance
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