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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: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
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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BBC:
Afghanistan: Stay home, female Kabul government workers told
Discussion: Slate
Associated Press:
Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
‘The pay is absolute crap’: Child-care workers are quitting rapidly, a red flag for the economy  —  Child care employment is still down more than 126,000 positions as workers leave for higher-paying positions as bank tellers, administrative assistants and retail clerks.
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:   Why A Transformation Of Caregiving Could Be Biden's B.F.D.
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves attacks vaccine mandates, downplays state's high death toll  —  WASHINGTON — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic in his state on Sunday, while challenging the legitimacy of vaccine mandates rolled out by the Biden administration.
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Sam Kestenbaum / New York Times:
The Trump Prophets Regroup  —  When you are in the business of prophecy, what do you do when prophecy fails?  —  This spring, the media mogul Stephen E. Strang made an unusual apology to readers in the pages of his glossy magazine.  —  Mr. Strang presides over a multimillion-dollar …
David French / The Dispatch:
Did Donald Trump Make the Church Great Again?  —  How unchurched Evangelicals are helping create a God-and-country lifestyle brand.  —  From the very beginning of the white Evangelical embrace of Donald Trump, there have been a series of raging debates about how that embrace would affect the church.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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: Washington Post and The Guardian
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why the US should offer to buy France's submarines for Vietnam  —  The U.S. would achieve three objectives by purchasing a number of Shortfin Barracuda submarines from France and then giving them to Vietnam.  —  First, the Biden administration would repair relations with America's oldest ally.
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Brandon Judd / Fox News:
Biden's Del Rio border crisis - admin cedes control of US security to cartels  —  For every 1,000 people the Border Patrol was able to process, another 5,000 entered  —  Officials plead with Biden for more resources as southern border worsens  —  On June 17, 2021, the Department …
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Border Patrol hiring civilians as “processing coordinators” while Biden border crisis escalates
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 …
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
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Kellyanne Conway told Trump that he didn't have ‘swagger’ in 2020 and said his campaign resembled Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid: book  — Kellyanne Conway was brutally honest with Trump about his 2020 campaign missteps, per a new book.  — “What you didn't have this time was the hunger and the swagger,” she said of Trump's 2020 run.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Covid-stricken Alabama had more deaths than births last year, a first in its recorded history.  —  For the first time in Alabama's known history, the state had more deaths than births in 2020 — a grim milestone that underscores the pandemic's calamitous toll.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.”
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Syrian detention camp rocked by dozens of killings blamed on Islamic State women … AL-HOL CAMP, Syria — The killings have taken on a creeping sense of inevitability, guards say.  No one admits to hearing them, let alone knowing who is responsible.  —  On a recent morning …
 
 
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Joanna Chiu / Toronto Star:
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
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Delta perceptions lock Biden's economy in perpetual purgatory
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David Cohen / Politico:
Former Joint Chiefs chair: Nothing unusual about Milley's contacts with China
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Sunday morning talking heads
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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
The ‘JusticeForJ6’ Rally Wasn't a Joke — It Was A Warning
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Roll Call
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Waning Influence’ Shown in ‘Very Small Crowd Size’ at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally: Ted Lieu
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big union bailout
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Texas Doctor Says He Performed an Abortion in Defiance of New State Law