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10:30 PM ET, September 20, 2021

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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 …
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Politico:
Longtime GOP operatives charged with funneling Russian national's money to Trump, RNC  —  Two veteran Republican campaign operatives — including one who got a pardon from then-President Donald Trump one month before he left office — are charged in a new federal indictment with funneling $25,000 …
Lachlan Markay / Yahoo News:   GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump
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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Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Pans Texas Abortion Law  —  Most say leave Roe v. Wade as is  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Key aspects of the new Texas law restricting access to abortions receive a thumbs down from a broad majority of Americans, especially the so-called “bounty” payment provision.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Lawsuits are filed against a Texas doctor who said he performed an abortion.
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 …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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.
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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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.
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: Washington Examiner
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   Mark Zuckerberg agreed not to fact check political posts as part of deal with Trump: New book
Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:
Peter Thiel Claimed Zuckerberg Agreed to Push ‘State-Sanctioned Conservatism’ Under Trump Deal, Book Says
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Sussman indictment: “Bizarre coda,” or harbinger of deep-state exposure?
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
Is the Coronavirus Stronger Than White Guilt?  —  We're about to find out  —  An odd little news story got stuck in my brain over the weekend, so I tried to figure out why.  Last week, three Texas women attacked a hostess at a restaurant in New York City because the hostess asked them for proof that they're vaccinated:
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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 …
Kayla Williams / VAntage Point:
Tenth anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell … Today marks the tenth anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a policy put into place on Feb. 28, 1994, to prevent lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) service members from serving in the military openly.
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
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 …
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.
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Whitmer's job approval falls, splitting Michigan voters, poll finds  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's job approval has fallen to a point where Michigan voters are nearly split about how she is doing, according to a new poll released Monday, marking a large decline from prior surveys.
 
 
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Kim Zetter / Zero Day:
Former NSA Hacker Describes Being Recruited for UAE Spy Program
David Wasserman / The Atlantic:
Is It Time to Rethink Hyper-Minority Districts?
Discussion: Florida Politics
Politico:
Inside Thompson and Cheney's Jan. 6 probe alliance — both genuine and strategic
Discussion: The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC recommends waiting period for Afghan flights to U.S. after measles cases
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Emails, text messages undercut claim Florida's election overhaul wasn't political
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Florida Politics
Robert Elder / The Bulwark:
No, John C. Calhoun Didn't Invent the Filibuster
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How Trump mobilized women — including me
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
One lawyer's rise shows how vaccine misinformation can fuel fundraising and far-right celebrity
Discussion: Raw Story
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
Xi Jinping Aims to Rein In Chinese Capitalism, Hew to Mao's Socialist Vision
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Going Maskless Is Different, Says San Francisco Mayor, Because ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’