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11:40 PM ET, September 23, 2021

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Select Committee to Investigate …:
SELECT COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS INDIVIDUALS TIED TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT IN THE DAYS SURROUNDING JANUARY 6TH  —  Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that he has issued a round of subpoenas for documents and testimony to four individuals with close ties to the former President …
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas 4 from Trump's inner circle  —  The select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is issuing subpoenas to four current and former top aides to President Donald Trump, including his most recent chief of staff Mark Meadows.  —  The committee issued its first subpoenas …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump's election challenges distracted from covid response, White House adviser told colleagues  —  Emails obtained by House panel detail priorities as virus surged last year  —  White House officials prioritized former president Donald Trump's attempt to challenge the election …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown  —  The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite …
Washington Post:
House Jan. 6 committee issues subpoenas for Trump aides and advisers, including Meadows and Scavino
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Arizona Republic:
Hand count in audit affirms Biden beat Trump, as Maricopa County said in November  —  Jen Fifield Robert AnglenArizona Republic  —  A monthslong hand recount of Maricopa County's 2020 vote confirmed that President Joe Biden won and the election was not “stolen” from former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ben Giles / KJZZ:
Arizona Election Audit Confirms Biden's Win In Maricopa County, But Also Casts Doubts  —  A widely criticized, GOP-led review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County concluded that Joe Biden received more votes for president than Donald Trump.  —  According to a draft copy of the findings obtained by KJZZ …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Texas secretary of state's office announces audit of 2020 election results after Trump calls for one  —  The Texas secretary of state's office announced late Thursday it would audit the results of the 2020 election in the state's four largest counties, hours after former president Donald Trump called …
Melissa Blasius / KNXV:   First look at draft of election audit report ahead of Friday release
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Our constitutional crisis is already here  —  “Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.”  —  The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It's Too Early to Consign Joe Biden to the Ash Heap of History  —  But not too early for Democrats to start panicking.  —  Is Joe Biden's Presidency actually “dead,” “failed,” and all but “over,” as you have surely heard by now?  The Republicans and their conservative allies in the commentariat …
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward: I'm the guy who will bring normal back to Washington.  Where President Trump was unorthodox and chaotic, Biden would be conventional and organized.  Trump ran the White House like a reality show …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval  —  More support than opposition for infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses, high-income households  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
Philip Klein / National Review:
Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll
Discussion: HotAir
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
J.D. Vance Defends Texas Abortion Ban, Calls Rape ‘Inconvenient’  —  J.D. Vance, who is trailing several GOP candidates in the Senate primary, told Spectrum News 1 that “in Texas they're trying to make it easier for babies to be born.”  —  In a local news interview published Wednesday …
Discussion: Spectrum News 1 Ohio and The Hill
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Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
Abortion providers ask Supreme Court for quick review of Texas abortion ban
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
House passes $768B defense bill, super-sizing Biden's Pentagon plans  —  The House on Thursday easily passed a $768 billion defense policy bill that endorses a major budget boost, dealing the biggest blow yet to President Joe Biden's Pentagon spending plans.
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden's Approach To Immigration Is Causing A Huge Internal Rift And Leading To A Lot Of Confusion  —  Unlike his predecessor, President Joe Biden doesn't obsess publicly over the southern border and the immigrants seeking to cross it.  But on rare occasions, he is blunt about what he wants to happen there.
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Ancient Footprints Suggest Humans Arrived In Americas During Ice Age  —  Human footprints found in New Mexico are about 23,000 years old, a study reported, suggesting that people may have arrived long before the Ice Age's glaciers melted.  —  Ancient human footprints preserved in the ground across …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Adam Kinzinger: Republicans Are ‘Frigging Crazy’  —  In each edition of my newsletter, I'll bring readers inside The Atlantic, and discuss the issues that concern us the most.  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to get future issues of Notes from the Editor in Chief.
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Raw Story
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions …
Washington Post:
CIA station chief in Vienna recalled amid criticisms of management and handling of ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases  —  The CIA has removed its top officer in Vienna following criticism of his management, including what some considered an insufficient response to a growing number of mysterious health incidents …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill, Althouse and NBC News
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
El Farolito can't open taqueria in North Beach under chain ban, city says  —  But if the owners make “sufficient changes” on the concept, they could potentially still move ahead  —  El Farolito, the iconic San Francisco-born string of taquerias, cannot open a new location in North Beach under …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Ron Klain hasn't retweeted Jennifer Rubin since Politico reported on lovefest between Biden WH, WaPo columnist  —  Before last week, the WH chief of staff retweeted Rubin ‘more than three dozen times since mid-May’  —  Biden's media coverage under scrutiny amid crises
Fiona Kelliher / Mercury News:
COVID-19: California considering school vaccine mandate for children over 12, top health official says  —  California is exploring the possibility of a statewide mandate requiring children ages 12 and older get vaccinated in order to attend schools, the state's top public health official said Wednesday.
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:
Leaked Documents Show Coast Guard's Plan To Grill Service Members Over Religious Vaccine Exemption  — Guidance reportedly crafted by military attorneys urged Coast Guard chaplains to grill service members on their religious beliefs and practices, draft documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show.
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman  —  Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, Somerset County, Pennsylvania's top cop, is now facing a slew of charges for the alleged attack.  —  A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor …
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics  —  On paper, the deputies are scattered around the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in various assignments.  One is supposed to be working patrol in Lancaster, another in West Hollywood.  A third is assigned to a gang crime unit.
Craig Spencer / The Atlantic:
No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People  —  For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should've been a glorious summer.  Those who had cast their masks aside months ago were asked to dust them off.  Many are still taking no chances.
Discussion: HotAir
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  —  No one seems to care that Democrats are walking us into a fiscal catastrophe.  —  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week: Why, in the ever-loving hell, are you not out in the streets …
Discussion: WCAX-TV
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Jan. 6 Video Suggests ‘Russia Insider’ Entered Capitol  —  Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman breached the walls of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to research conducted by a Europe-based open-source intelligence (OSINT) group into video captured during the insurrection.
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
January 6 rioter who took beer from Pelosi's office pleads guilty  —  (CNN)An Oklahoma man who took a beer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the January 6 insurrection pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor offense.  —  Andrew Ericson, 24, pleaded guilty to one count …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Media Matters for America:
Charlie Kirk: “Deputize a citizen force, put them on the border” in order to protect “white demographics in America”  —  Steve Bannon and his panel push for Arizona-style “audit” in Georgia  —  Steve Bannon touts QAnon-linked Arizona election announcement: “The decertification process starts tomorrow”
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Returns to Iraq Rare Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh  —  The United States has returned to the Republic of Iraq a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem considered one of the world's oldest works of literature.
Discussion: CBS News, Forbes and WINK NEWS
 
 
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Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
The Cultural Left Puts a Ceiling on Democratic Support
John Sexton / HotAir:
Why isn't the media more upset about Antifa's attacks on journalists?
Sangmi Cha / Reuters:
North Korea says call to declare end of Korean War is premature
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Press Watch mission statement: Political journalism needs a reset
NBC News:
Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
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Rebecca McCray / Curbed:
What Its Like at Rikers, According to People Who Just Got Out “They're not feeding people, there's no water, no showers, no phone calls.”
Discussion: Reason
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill
Discussion: opb, Roll Call and Political Wire
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty: Unsolved Murders, Insurance Fraud and Missing Millions
David Karpf:
An Open Letter to the American Political Science Association regarding John Eastman and the Claremont Institute
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump's Plans for a Coup Are Now Public