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7:15 PM ET, September 20, 2021

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CNN:
Memo shows Trump lawyer's six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election  —  Washington (CNN)A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ominous new details about Trump's coup attempt require Democrats to act  —  In case you need more evidence of how much damage keeping the filibuster might end up doing, add this to the list: It could make a future stolen presidential election more likely.  —  This is thrust upon us …
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee personally vetted Trump's fraud claims, new book says.  They were unpersuaded.  —  “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals the lengths the two Republicans went to in examining the president's baseless claims.  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham agreed to hear Rudolph W. Giuliani out.
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Emily Green / VICE:
US Border Agents Are Removing Haitian Migrants Using Horses and Whips  —  “This is why your country's shit,” one Border Patrol agent on horseback yelled at a group of Haitian migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.  —  EG  —  Border Patrol officers on horseback swinging whips in the faces of Haitians.
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Washington Post:
Deportees land in Port-au-Prince: ‘Nobody told us we were going back to Haiti’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Martha Pskowski / El Paso Times:
Haitian migrants face tough choices in Del Rio amid crackdown at Texas-Mexico border
CNN:
Indicted Trump Org. ex-CFO Weisselberg expects more indictments, his lawyer says  —  (CNN)Allen Weisselberg — the former Trump Organization CFO who has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors for an alleged tax evasion scheme — is expecting that more indictments will be filed in the case, his lawyer said in court Monday.
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Org Prosecutors Find New Evidence—in a Basement  —  A lawyer for Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg revealed in open court that prosecutors have found more evidence and that more indictments are expected.  —  Prosecutors have discovered a tranche of evidence …
Max Chafkin / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Origin Story His ideology dominates Silicon Valley.  It began to form when he was an angry young man.  —  Sometime around the spring of 1988, several members of the Stanford University chess team traveled to a tournament in Monterey, California, in an old Volkswagen Rabbit.
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Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:
Peter Thiel Claimed Zuckerberg Agreed to Push ‘State-Sanctioned Conservatism’ Under Trump Deal, Book Says
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dan Margolies / KCUR 89.3:
St. Louis Couple Who Waved Guns At BLM Protesters Face Suspension Of Their Law Licenses  —  Mark and Patricia McCloskey made national headlines in June 2020 when they confronted a group of mostly Black protesters who entered their gated community en route to demonstrate in front of the nearby home of a former St. Louis mayor.
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
On the Special Counsel's Weird Prosecution of Michael Sussmann  —  Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, lo these increasingly-many years ago, to investigate a supposed scandal inside the FBI: There had been an attempted coup, President Trump alleged, and Barr himself hinted …
Discussion: The Reactionary
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Sussman indictment: “Bizarre coda,” or harbinger of deep-state exposure?
Discussion: Instapundit
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Democratic leaders need to worry about more than just Manchin, Sinema on spending plan: Reporter's Notebook  —  Lots of other lawmakers who need to be on board if congressional Democrats are going to pull this off  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for September 20  —  Let's call them “the others.”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Political Operatives Indicted for Alleged Scheme Involving Illegal Campaign Contribution to 2016 Presidential Campaign  —  An indictment was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Kentucky man and a Florida man both with conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution …
Associated Press:
Federal officer arrested at Capitol rally won't be charged  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday's rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January's insurrection but will not be prosecuted.
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New York Times:
U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on Vaccinated Visitors
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Children Tell CNN They Blame Tucker Carlson For Their Father's Covid Death  —  Katie and Evan Lane recently lost their 45-year-old father to Covid, and have made a public plea for others to get vaccinated.  Their efforts took them to CNN New Day Monday morning, an appearance …
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Member of CIA chief's team reported Havana syndrome symptoms on recent trip to India  —  Washington (CNN)When CIA Director Bill Burns traveled to India earlier this month a member of his team reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome and had to receive medical attention, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Everybody Hates the Jews  —  A disturbing new study confirms what many Jewish Americans are feeling.  —  Everybody hates the Jews.  That's the refrain from the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer in “National Brotherhood Week,” a song that I had memorized by the time I was ten …
Emmanuel Camarillo / Chicago Sun-Times:
Professor yelled racial slurs, spit on Black woman and her 7-year-old daughter outside Oak Park Jewel-Osco, prosecutors say  —  Alberto Friedmann also sped toward the woman in his Jaguar and almost hit her, according to prosecutors.  —  A health sciences professor has been charged …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
One lawyer's rise shows how vaccine misinformation can fuel fundraising and far-right celebrity  —  Thomas Renz, once a little-known attorney in Ohio with limited litigation experience, boosted his profile with lawsuits challenging coronavirus vaccines  —  In one of dozens of recent media appearances …
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Going Maskless Is Different, Says San Francisco Mayor, Because ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’  —  The Mayor of San Francisco says that she shouldn't be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn't thinking about a mask.”  CBS reports:
Kim Zetter / Zero Day:
Former NSA Hacker Describes Being Recruited for UAE Spy Program  —  David Evenden was hired in 2014 to work in Abu Dhabi on a defensive cybersecurity project, only to discover it was actually an offensive spy operation for a United Arab Emirates intelligence service.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How Trump mobilized women — including me  —  This essay was adapted from the book “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump” by Jennifer Rubin.  Copyright 2021 by Jennifer Rubin.  William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers.  —  Donald Trump's victory in 2016 came as a shock …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Glitch Reveals Ballot Choices of N.Y.C. Voters, Including Mayor's Son  —  The Board of Elections inadvertently allowed the mayoral primary votes of 378 New Yorkers to become public, a report found.  —  When a well-known 20-something New Yorker cast his Democratic primary ballot in June …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Emails, text messages undercut claim Florida's election overhaul wasn't political  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans this spring insisted a contentious new election law curtailing access to ballot boxes was needed to prevent electoral fraud.  It was not, they said, an attempt to gain a partisan advantage.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Florida Politics
Politico:
‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder's Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors  —  A New Mexico county official charged with two misdemeanors for breaching Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 lashed out Monday after a federal judge set a March 2022 trial date to resolve his case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill McKibben / The Crucial Years:
We're Finally Catching a Break in the Climate Fight  —  As a new Oxford paper shows, the incredibly rapid fall in the cost of renewables offers hope—but only if movements can push banks and politicians hard enough  —  So far in the global warming era, we've caught precious few breaks.
Politico:
Inside Thompson and Cheney's Jan. 6 probe alliance — both genuine and strategic  —  Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney had never interacted one-on-one before a deadly insurrection thrust them onto the same political path.  —  But these days, the progressive raised in the segregated South …
Discussion: The Hill
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says  —  Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said.  The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.  —  The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine …
 
 
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David Wasserman / The Atlantic:
Is It Time to Rethink Hyper-Minority Districts?
Discussion: Florida Politics
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Could Gavin Newsom be president? Not with Kamala Harris next in line
Discussion: New York Magazine
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
“Build Back Better” Is an Awful Catchphrase
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
At Colorado's tight-lipped air pollution agency, a ‘culture of fear’ prevails
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Robert Elder / The Bulwark:
No, John C. Calhoun Didn't Invent the Filibuster
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces the addition of 41 editing roles, including 2 masthead positions
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Both sides should support Marjorie Taylor Greene's primary challenger
Discussion: Raw Story