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Washington Post:
Two GOP operatives indicted for allegedly routing money from Russian national to support Trump campaign  —  A political strategist who was pardoned by the former president after being convicted in a 2012 campaign finance scheme is facing new charges related to an alleged 2016 plot …
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
DHS chief pushes back on claim whips used against Haitian migrants  —  Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied Monday that Border Patrol agents used whips to prevent Haitian migrants from crossing the Rio Grande to reach an encampment set up under a Texas bridge where thousands of other migrants have gathered.
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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.
Washington Post:
Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1
Politico:
Dems fear Biden's domestic agenda could implode  —  “If any member of Congress is not concerned that this could fall apart, they need treatment,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders walks to a Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Slate
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Fortune Appoints Insider's Alyson Shontell as Top Editor  —  Digital-media veteran plans to focus on increasing business magazine's online readership and subscriptions  —  Fortune hired digital-media veteran Alyson Shontell as its next top editor, in a bid to expand the business magazine's online readership …
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.
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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 …
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Where does John Durham go from here?  —  A review of the Special Counsel's next targets  —  Michael Sussmann has been indicted for lying to the FBI general counsel James Baker during a September 2016 meeting where he provided to Baker materials and information purported to link the Trump Organization with Russian entity Alfa Bank.
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Sussman indictment: “Bizarre coda,” or harbinger of deep-state exposure?
Discussion: Instapundit
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of ‘Black national anthem’  —  “I saw last night on the football game, Alicia Keys sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ which now I hear is called the ‘Black national anthem.’ Now, maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have one national anthem.
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.
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
J&J Says Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Two Months After First Shot Increases Protection  —  Trial participants in the U.S. who received a second dose eight weeks after the first had 94% protection against the illness  —  Johnson & Johnson said a booster dose of its Covid-19 vaccine administered …
Discussion: abc7NY and Forbes
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
After the Capitol riot, ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander was scrambling to hide his digital footprint  —  The ‘Stop the Steal’ founder's data was swept up in the breach of web hosting company Epik.  —  Just days after supporters of former President Donald Trump violently stormed …
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Politico:
‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder's Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Democrats Begin Effort to Curb Post-Trump Presidential Powers  —  But to appeal to Republicans, a bill being introduced in the House to impose checks on executive authority may be broken into pieces in the Senate.  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats are planning to introduce a package of proposed …
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Amanda Connolly / globalnews.ca:
Liberals projected to form minority government  —  Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is now projected to hold onto his role as prime minister — but Canadians appear to have voted in the federal election on Monday to keep requiring him to work with the other parties in order to govern in a second minority government.
Financial Times:
Top EU official warns ‘something broken’ in transatlantic relations  —  Thierry Breton's intervention comes as Franco-American tensions threaten broader diplomatic efforts  —  Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for internal markets, has warned that “something is broken” in transatlantic relations …
Discussion: War on the Rocks
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Kyrsten Sinema's Final Senate Term  —  Like many people I spent a lot of time trying to figure out Kyrsten Sinema's motivations this year.  I've discussed my conclusions in other posts.  But what I've focused on more recently is that as near as I can see, unless she shifts her stance pretty dramatically …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Democratic leaders need to worry about more than just Manchin, Sinema on spending plan: Reporter's Notebook
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Middle-Aged Sadness Behind the Cancel Culture Panic  —  “The Chair,” a Netflix comic drama about academia starring Sandra Oh, turns on a particularly absurd and unfair cancellation.  In the first episode Bill, a onetime superstar English professor who's falling apart after the death of his wife …
Discussion: Liberal Currents
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Donald Trump's lawyer says he's not worried prosecutors named Trump personally in the tax fraud indictment against his namesake company  — A tax fraud indictment against the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg personally named Donald Trump.  — Still, his lawyer Ronald …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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CNN:
Indicted Trump Org. ex-CFO Weisselberg expects more indictments, his lawyer says
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
EU backs France in submarine dispute, asking: Is America back?  —  European Union foreign ministers expressed support and solidarity with France on Monday during a meeting in New York to discuss Australia's scrapping of a $40 billion submarine order with Paris in favor of a U.S. and British deal.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Key House Republicans Balk At Saving $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill From Progressive Boycott  —  As House progressives threaten to withhold dozens of votes to pass a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill if it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks, several Republican members …
Eli Clifton / Responsible Statecraft:
Groups urge Congress to strengthen rules on defense lobbying  —  The greased revolving door from the Pentagon to the weapons industry gives former officials easy access for influence peddling. … Fourteen Pentagon contractors hired 1,718 former Department of Defense senior civilian …
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 …
 
 
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