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12:50 PM ET, September 19, 2021

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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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Beto plans Texas comeback in governor's race  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year, Texas political operatives tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: O'Rourke's entry would give Democrats a high-profile candidate …
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.”
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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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Morning Shots
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday …
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Associated Press:
Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban
Discussion: HotAir
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.
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 …
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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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: CNN, Vox and The Mahablog
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 …
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
Delta perceptions lock Biden's economy in perpetual purgatory  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration arrived in Washington in January with a wind at its back.  After months of struggles with Covid-19, a new vaccine seemed poised to tamp down the virus and unleash a period of economic growth.
Associated Press:
Boxer-senator Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president  —  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections.  —  Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why A Transformation Of Caregiving Could Be Biden's B.F.D.  —  It would cost a lot of money.  But there's a reason for that.  —  Democrats in Congress are feverishly putting together what could be the most ambitious piece of domestic legislation in several decades.
Travis Waldron / HuffPost:
Georgia Is How American Democracy Falls Apart  —  Through a bevy of bills and rule changes, Georgia Republicans are trying to codify the essential goal of the Jan. 6 riots: a rigged system in which Democrats can't win elections.  —  ATLANTA ― David Dreyer just needed a nap.
Discussion: Salon
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 and Roll Call
 
 
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Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
The days of full covid coverage are over. Insurers are restoring deductibles and co-pays, leaving patients with big bills.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Rep. Lee Zeldin Confirms Leukemia Diagnosis
David Cohen / Politico:
Former Joint Chiefs chair: Nothing unusual about Milley's contacts with China
Discussion: ABC News
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sunday morning talking heads
Discussion: New York Times and ABC News
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big union bailout
 Earlier Items: 
David Oshinsky / Wall Street Journal:
The Long History of Vaccine Mandates in America
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)
Discussion: The Western Journal
WXIA-TV:
VERIFY: Gov. Kemp claimed mandating a non-existent AIDS vaccine didn't work
Discussion: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
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