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10:05 AM ET, September 19, 2021

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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 and Reason
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 …
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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)
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.”
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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
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 …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Joe Biden's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day  —  will go down in the books as one of the worst days of Joe Biden's presidency.  (At least so far, anyway.)  How bad was it?  Bad enough that even Jonathan Lemire  —  and Zeke Miller of the Associated Press felt compelled to tally up the damage for all of us.
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and Instapundit
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Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
Discussion: CNN
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
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
The ‘JusticeForJ6’ Rally Wasn't a Joke — It Was A Warning
Discussion: Raw Story
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Afghan family ravaged by U.S. drone strike mistake wants headstones for the dead — and possible new life in America
Discussion: Insider
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Kris Maher / Wall Street Journal:
West Virginia Was a Covid-19 Vaccine Success Story, but Now Cases Are Surging
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Insider
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Outlines Strategy to Address Increase in Migrants in Del Rio
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
CNN:
CIA warned children were possibly present seconds before US missile killed 10
Discussion: BizPac Review and New York Post
Andrew Tangel / Wall Street Journal:
Tequila Bottles Found On New Boeing Air Force One Jet
Discussion: Forbes