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Washington Post:
Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, but a new book details his insecurities  —  Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago.
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Stephanie Grisham's Book Details Trump's ‘Terrifying’ Temper  —  The former press secretary is reflective in her tell-all: “I should have spoken up more.”  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham, the former Trump White House press secretary perhaps best known for never holding a televised briefing …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Loses Case to Enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman's N.D.A.  —  Donald Trump had filed the case against Ms. Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and “Apprentice” star, after she wrote a tell-all book about serving in his administration.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump has lost …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Press Sec: He Called Me to Insist His Penis Wasn't Toadstool-Shaped  —  The harrowing detail appears to be one of many from the upcoming book written by Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.  —  Three years ago, adult-film star Stormy Daniels scarred us all forever …
Discussion: Raw Story, Queerty, Insider and Mediaite
David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Trump loses case meant to silence former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman
Discussion: Bloomberg, UPI and Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Dems prepare to go it alone
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
131 Federal Judges Broke the Law by Hearing Cases Where They Had a Financial Interest  —  The judges failed to recuse themselves from 685 lawsuits from 2010 to 2018 involving firms in which they or their family held shares, a Wall Street Journal investigation found
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Wall Street Journal:
How the Journal Found Judges' Violations of Law on Conflicts
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Top generals contradict Biden, say they urged him not to withdraw from Afghanistan  —  Top generals told lawmakers under oath on Tuesday that they advised President Joe Biden early this year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan — directly contradicting the president's comments …
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
‘Speed equals safety’: Inside the Pentagon's controversial decision to leave Bagram early  —  On a rainy day in early May, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, senior leaders from across the government gathered in the basement of the Pentagon …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Top generals contradict Biden, say they advised leaving 2,500 troops in Afghanistan
New York Times:
Deadline Looming, Thousands of Health Care Workers in New York Get Vaccinated  —  Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.  —  When New York State officials issued a sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate …
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
N.C. hospital system fires about 175 workers in one of the largest-ever mass terminations due to a vaccine mandate  —  A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that roughly 175 unvaccinated employees were fired for failing to comply with the organization's mandatory coronavirus …
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Youngkin caught saying he ‘can remove’ Virginia vaccine requirement ‘on Day One’  —  In an exclusive video, Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin said he could eliminate the state's COVID-19 safety measures for state employees if elected.  —  The Republican candidate …
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Politico:
‘People are going to get skittish:’ White House sweats over McAuliffe  —  President Joe Biden can't afford Terry McAuliffe to lose the governor's race in Virginia — and the White House knows it.  —  It's a scenario the president and his aides and close allies increasingly view as a real possibility …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Milley admits to speaking with authors of best-selling Trump books  —  Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley admitted at a Senate hearing Tuesday that he spoke with Bob Woodward and other journalists for their recent books about the Trump presidency.
Discussion: Puck and Political Wire
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Milley: Beijing's fears of U.S. attack prompted call to Chinese general
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Pelosi Tries to Bulldoze Progressives on the Infrastructure Bill  —  But she claims it must pass to avoid an expiration of highway funding.  That's just not true.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks about the infrastructure and budget legislation during her weekly press conference, September 23, 2021, on Capitol Hill.
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Politico:
Progressives threaten rebellion as Pelosi pushes forward on infrastructure
CBS San Francisco:
Woman Accused of Starting Fawn Fire Was Attempting To Boil Bear Urine to Drink  —  SHASTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — According to court documents, the Bay Area woman accused of starting the Fawn Fire in Shasta County last week was attempting to boil bear urine so she could drink it when she allegedly set off the destructive blaze.
Discussion: RedState and Daily Mail
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
NY Times' cluelessness is wrecking journalism  —  I know, I know, you're probably sick of “anniversary journalism,” but it must be noted that this week marked the 32nd anniversary of Billy Joel's last big hit, the unforgettable “We Didn't Start the Fire.”  I'm thinking there's plenty of material …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell is laughing in your faces, Democrats.  Do something about this.  —  There's an old maxim in politics that declares: “If you're explaining, you're losing.”  Well, you're also losing if you are sputtering with ineffectual outrage even as your opponent's primary response is to laugh derisively in your face.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Schumer to try to get deal to bypass filibuster on debt hike
Politico:
‘No major incidents of illegal activity’: DHS told Pentagon as pro-Trump mob breached Capitol  —  On Jan. 6, more than 30 minutes after the first attackers breached barricades erected to protect the Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security sent an incongruous update to the Pentagon.
Discussion: Raw Story
Quinnipiac University Poll:
51% Of Texas Voters Say Abbott Doesn't Deserve To Be Reelected, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; President Biden's Approval Numbers Head South  — mail_outline  —  As Governor Greg Abbott faces reelection in 2022, a slight majority of voters say 51 - 42 percent that he does not deserve …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show  —  It has investigated how to engage young users in response to competition from Snapchat, TikTok; ‘Exploring playdates as a growth lever’  —  Facebook Inc. has come under increasing fire in recent days …
Pete Wells / New York Times:
Restaurant Review: Eleven Madison Park's Vegan Menu  —  Now vegan, Daniel Humm's acclaimed restaurant does strange things to vegetables.  —  8 PhotosView Slide Show  —  ›  —  Daniel Krieger for The New York Times … When you make a reservation at an independently reviewed restaurant through …
Discussion: NBC New York
San Francisco Chronicle:
Dianne Feinstein to return to D.C. following husband's hospitalization  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein was absent from the Senate for a week due to her husband's hospitalization, but the California Democrat is returning to Washington in the midst of a tumultuous legislative session.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The Democratic cave begins  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  THE DEMOCRATIC CAVE BEGINS.  Remember when President Joe Biden stunned the political world by threatening …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Age of Progressive Misinformation  —  The vicious lie that mounted border agents whipped Haitians is only the latest entry in progressives' vast trove of propaganda.  —  How does a stupid and ridiculous lie come to be embraced and promulgated by top officials of the United States government?
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Kyrie Irving wants to leave a legacy.  With his stance on vaccination, he just might.  —  Kyrie Irving is too smart for you.  He's so smart, he can outwit germs and governments.  He's so smart, you can't understand a word he's saying.  That's how smart he is.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
We've reached the ‘Red Covid’ phase of the pandemic  —  (CNN)In his victory speech after the 2020 election, Joe Biden said this: “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify.  Who doesn't see red and blue states, but a United States.”  —  Roughly nine months into his presidency …
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump's spiteful support for Abrams over Kemp sparks midterms fear from Georgia Republicans  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is escalating his fight against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, and state Republicans fear it will give Democrats a stronger foothold in the key swing state as next year's midterm elections loom.
Sabrina Imbler / New York Times:
For Transgender Youth, Stigma Is Just One Barrier to Health Care  —  Discrimination, delays and systemic hurdles prevent young trans people from reaching the care they need, a new study finds.  —  Piper, a 17-year-old transgender girl, says she knows she is fortunate.
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
MacArthur will give 25 new fellows $625,000 each to pursue ‘high-risk, high-reward’ work  —  Reginald Dwayne Betts was at home in New Haven, Conn. when his phone rang with a number he didn't recognize.  The stranger on the other end of the line asked if he was alone.  Betts replied that his two sons were downstairs.
Sarah Posner / Vox:
How the Christian right embraced voter suppression  —  Abortion isn't the only victory conservative evangelicals have won in 2021. … For decades, the Christian-right foot soldiers who form the backbone of the Republican Party have regularly and enthusiastically showed up for legislative battles …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
 
 
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Bad Apple  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby  —  Apple does not want the public …
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Havana Syndrome Attacks Widen With CIA Officer's Evacuation From Serbia
TMZ.com:
Rep. Danny Davis Says R. Kelly Deserves Second Chance, Shot at Redemption
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
New Hampshire prioritizing non-White individuals for COVID-19 vaccines: federal complaint
Discussion: The Federalist and National Review
National Review:
Another Defeat for Election Truthers
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Forensic News
Alex Blasdel / The Guardian:
Pinker's progress: the celebrity scientist at the centre of the culture wars
Melissa Jeltsen / Vanity Fair:
She Was Walking Home: How Sarah Everard's Murder Revealed Feminism's Fault Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Memo to Centrists: The Planet is Melting
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
Still on the lam: Five zebras escaped in Maryland almost a month ago
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
As Trump hints at 2024 comeback, democracy advocates fear a ‘worst-case scenario’ for the country
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and BizPac Review
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Biden trust takes a blow as COVID lingers
John Feehery / The Hill:
The ‘comfort the comfortable’ coalition
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig