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New York Times:
No More Apologies: Inside Facebook's Push to Defend Its Image  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are both-siding a “crisis” caused entirely by the GOP  —  Republican congressional leaders are flagrantly ginning up a major political and financial crisis — safe in the knowledge that the Washington press corps will blame both sides.  —  At issue is a formality …
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Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling  —  Biden Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is ringing alarm bells, trying to shame Republicans into voting to raise the federal debt ceiling.  In a Wall Street journal op-ed, she argues: “The U.S. has always paid …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.” … Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece …
Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney's Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush  —  George W. Bush to hold fundraiser for Wyoming congresswoman who has sparred with Donald Trump  —  WASHINGTON—The race for Wyoming's single U.S. House district has pitted two of the biggest names in Republican politics against one another …
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US  —  DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Knew Lawyers' Voting Machine Claims Were Baseless, Memo Shows  —  Days before lawyers allied with Donald Trump gave a news conference promoting election conspiracy theories, his campaign had determined that many of those claims were false, court filings reveal.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Politico: Biden's domestic agenda near collapse — and Dems know it  —  A trillion here, a trillion there, and sooner or later people start noticing the math doesn't add up.  Enough people have noticed this about Joe Biden's expansive and expensive domestic agenda to put the entire enterprise on the verge of collapse.
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Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Dems nix $1 billion for Iron Dome from budget bill after progressive pressure
Gabriella Borter / Reuters:
‘Critical race theory’ roils a Tennessee school district  —  Robin Steenman, an Air Force veteran and white mother of three, is fed up with the way public schools in her community of Franklin, Tennessee are teaching kids about race.  —  She believes that the reading materials and teachers' manuals …
Miami Herald:
New FL surgeon general opposes mask, vaccine mandates  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new surgeon general for Florida on Tuesday, a Harvard-trained doctor who advocated for an approach to the coronavirus pandemic that emphasizes protecting individual rights over community-based precautions.
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Ana Ceballos / Miami Herald:   Federal judge blocks Florida law banning sanctuary cities
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has told colleagues that former President Trump has conceded in recent private conversations that Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) “helped” him during his four years in office, even as the former president rails against the Republican leader in public.
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Karen Heller / Washington Post:
Al Franken has a new comedy tour. His targets? Former Senate colleagues.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Lauren Farrell / Urban Institute:
Equitable Research Requires Questioning the Status Quo  —  Research is a powerful tool to determine fact from fiction.  Policies, programs, and solutions are grounded in these facts, making researchers agents for shaping how the world works.  —  However, long-standing values and practices rooted in racism …
Ryan P. Williams / The American Mind:
The Great and Good Angelo Codevilla  —  In memoriam  —  All of us in the Claremont Institute extended family were gutted this morning by the news of Angelo Codevilla's death.  He was on his way home yesterday to his beloved vineyard in Plymouth, California, when some kind of car accident occurred.
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Angelo Codevilla, R.I.P.
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who's behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites  —  Researchers say it will allow them to gain important new insights into how extremists operate online  —  Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right …
Discussion: Insider, CNN and Raw Story
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why I'm a Single-Issue Voter  —  I'll vote against the party threatening the republic—simple as that.  —  In a few weeks, Virginia will hold an election and I will have to make a decision.  Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates for governor could be described as moderates.
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak  —  Leaked documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018  —  Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations …
Discussion: Human Events
Nick Ehli / Missoulian:
Postcard from an overrun ICU: ‘The problem is we are running out of hallways’  —  BILLINGS — Nurses fill the hospital room to turn a patient from his stomach to his back.  The ventilator forcing air into him is most effective when he's on his stomach, so he is in that position most hours of the day, sedated and paralyzed by drugs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admits he has six children  —  Prime minister, previously coy about his complex family life, answers interviewer during US visit  —  Boris Johnson has admitted for the first time that he has six children, claiming in an interview on US television that he “changes a lot of nappies”.
Discussion: CNN, YouTube and Metro.co.uk
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Why Sane Republicans Are Purging Themselves  —  Anthony Gonzalez leaves no doubt about what he thinks about Donald Trump and his impact on the GOP.  The former president, he says, is like a “cancer,” and he has turned his party into a toxic and hostile environment.
Washington Post:
Russian hackers target Iowa grain co-op in $5.9 million ransomware attack  —  Cybercrime cell BlackMatter threatened to release New Cooperative's proprietary business data unless it paid up  —  Russian hackers leveled a ransomware attack on an Iowa farming co-op and demanded $5.9 million …
Sylvie Kauffmann / New York Times:
Why France Is Angry About the U.S.'s Submarine Deal  —  Ms. Kauffmann, the editorial director of Le Monde, writes extensively about European and international politics.  —  PARIS — Make no mistake.  This is a crisis, not a spat.  —  The new partnership announced last week between the United States …
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri resigns after election-related recording released  —  Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri announced he will resign after a recording of him talking about the 2020 election and his county colleagues surfaced.  —  In the leaked recording …
BBC:
New Zealand Covid: Men caught smuggling KFC into lockdown-hit Auckland  —  NZ police have made a bizarre arrest after a pair of alleged gang associates were caught trying to enter Auckland with a boot full of KFC chicken and tens of thousands of dollars.  —  The men were charged with breaching the country's tough Covid-19 rules.
Peter M. Shane / Washington Monthly:
No, General Milley Did Not Subvert the President  —  He protected our country—and faithfully executed the law.  —  Revelations of actions taken in the waning months of the Trump administration by General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have triggered what the political scientist …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Michael Pettis / Carnegie Endowment …:
What Does Evergrande Meltdown Mean for China? … Policymakers in Beijing are in a tough position on what to do about Evergrande, the Chinese property developer whose slow collapse has transfixed the markets.  Evergrande is the most-indebted property developer in the world.
City Journal:
Break Up Big Tech?  —  A conversation about the future of the industry  —  Luigi Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a contributing editor of City Journal, joined Allison Schrager …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court Approval Drops as New Term Brings Divisive Issues  — Polls finds public approval at 49%, down from 66% last year  — Court to hear abortion, gun cases in term that starts Oct. 4  —  As the U.S. Supreme Court nears the start of a term that will pose fresh challenges …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Joel Gehrke / Yahoo News:
Turkey signals support for Taliban-led Afghanistan
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Andrius Sytas / Reuters:
Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Bob Gibbs introduces articles of impeachment against Biden
Discussion: Washington Times
Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
‘The Wire’ creator David Simon refuses to film in Texas, citing new abortion law
Discussion: Deadline and Washington Examiner
The Intercept:
Afghan Resistance Leaders, Long Backed By CIA, Have Fled Following Taliban Takeover
 Earlier Items: 
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: A socialist beat the mayor of Buffalo in a primary. He's still running.
Foreign Policy:
State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Americans Have No Idea What the Supply Chain Really Is
Nathan Bernard / Beacon:
Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden Before the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Chuck Grassley leads Abby Finkenauer in test of possible U.S. Senate matchup
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Sarah Kliff / New York Times:
Their Baby Died in the Hospital. Then Came the $257,000 Bill.