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Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas doctor who violated state's abortion ban is sued, launching test of constitutionality  —  A lawsuit that could test the constitutionality of the nation's most restrictive abortion ban was filed in Texas on Monday against a doctor who admitted to performing an abortion considered illegal under the new law.
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.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What one photo from the border tells us about the evolving migrant crisis  —  This article has been updated.  —  Photographer Paul Ratje was standing in the Rio Grande when he captured a remarkable image: a Border Patrol agent mounted on horseback, grabbing the shirt of a migrant unlucky enough to be within reach.
Washington Post:
Deportees land in Port-au-Prince: ‘Nobody told us we were going back to Haiti’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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.
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 …
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Kyrsten Sinema Threatens to Kill Her Own Infrastructure Bill Democrats in Congress are melting down.
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
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 …
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New York Times:
U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on Vaccinated Visitors
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 expressed frustration on Monday after a federal judge set a March 2022 trial date to resolve his case.
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.
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
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
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
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
Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
At Colorado's tight-lipped air pollution agency, a ‘culture of fear’ prevails  —  During the Front Range's smoggiest summer in over a decade, its embattled air-quality watchdog has gone quiet.  Ex-employees say they're not surprised.  —  Smog and wildfire smoke obscure the Rocky Mountains west of Denver on July 29, 2021.
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 …
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
“Build Back Better” Is an Awful Catchphrase  —  Late last week Joe Biden went before TV cameras to deliver a passionate appeal for tax fairness.  “This is our moment to prove to the American people that their government works for them—and not just for big corporations and those at the top.”
Discussion: Politico
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
Xi Jinping Aims to Rein In Chinese Capitalism, Hew to Mao's Socialist Vision  —  Going beyond curbing tech giants, he wants the Communist Party to steer flows of money and set tighter limits on profit-making  —  Xi Jinping's campaign against private enterprise, it is increasingly clear, is far more ambitious than meets the eye.
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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