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Politico:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72  —  Richard Trumka, president of the powerful AFL-CIO labor organization, has died unexpectedly, the federation announced Thursday.  —  Trumka, 72, had served as president of the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12.5 million workers …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dem fundraising platform ActBlue boots Cuomo  —  The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue has removed a donation page that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign committee used to solicit contributions, the company confirmed to Axios.  —  Driving the news: ActBlue is the lifeblood of grassroots Democratic fundraising.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN's Cuomo Conundrum: A Star Anchor With a Brother in Trouble
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:   How Andrew Cuomo Holds on to Power
New York Times:
The Abandonment of Andrew Cuomo: Unions, Party Leaders and Deep Allies
Molly Ball / TIME:
What Mike Fanone Can't Forget  —  It wasn't a cop bar; that was the point.  They weren't there to meet other cops.  They were there to meet girls.  The three police officers took seats at the wine bar in D.C.'s trendy Navy Yard neighborhood—exposed concrete walls, leather banquettes …
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
A critical ocean system may be heading for collapse due to climate change, study finds  —  ‘The consequences of a collapse would likely be far-reaching.’  —  Human-caused warming has led to an “almost complete loss of stability” in the system that drives Atlantic Ocean currents …
Discussion: The Guardian, Forbes and UPI
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Alarmed Louisiana Residents Turn to Vaccines in ‘Darkest Days’ of Pandemic  —  Louisiana is leading the nation in an explosion of new cases.  Hospitals are overflowing and admitting more young people than before.  But the crisis is also driving some to get vaccinated.
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Covid has shown up western democracy's childish tendencies  —  Governments are too easily sidetracked by instant gratification to see where real interests lie  —  Democracy's ultimate boast is that societies do best when people take responsibility for their lives.  Covid-19 has been putting that theory to the test.
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Exclusive: Going Down The ‘Big Lie’ Rabbit Hole With Former President Trump  —  The Uprising obtained the former president's purported evidence of election fraud.  Trump's statement reveals the origins of his conspiracy theories and how key conservative allies fuel them.
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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Trump Is Planning a Much More Respectable Coup Next Time  —  In recent weeks, we've gotten an even greater glimpse into Donald Trump's efforts to discredit and overturn the results of the 2020 election.  From the clownish ongoing audit in Arizona to the revelation of Jeffrey Clark's insane …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside a Kamala Harris crisis dinner  —  A group of the Democratic Party's most influential women met for dinner at a home in the nation's capital last month to game out how to defend Vice President Kamala Harris and her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, against a torrent of bad press.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: GOP latches on to Cori Bush's private security spending
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
Ruy Teixeira / The Liberal Patriot:
The Fox News Fallacy  —  It's Blinding the Democrats to Real Problems  —  The Fox News Fallacy is having a dire effect on many Democrats.  This is the idea that if Fox News (substitute here the conservative bête noire of your choice if you prefer) criticizes the Democrats for X …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:   This Mad Dad Fighting Critical Race Theory Is Also an Ex-Jeff Sessions Aide
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Another not-proud moment for Rudy Giuliani  —  By now, it's hardly a secret that Rudolph W. Giuliani's latest political act is essentially one of a glorified hype man and bare-knuckle provocateur — someone who just says a bunch of stuff and promotes baseless conspiracy theories (about Ukraine …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden told White House chief to seek Harvard legal scholar's guidance, leading to reversal on evictions  —  Ron Klain consulted with Laurence Tribe about the legality of a new eviction moratorium, helping to bring about a dramatic White House pivot  —  After White House legal advisers found …
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Office of the Texas Governor:
Governor Abbott Announces Second Special Session Date & Agenda
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Education Secretary Cardona criticizes Republican governors for banning mask mandates: ‘Our kids have suffered enough’  —  Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Thursday criticized two Republican governors for banning mask mandates in their states, arguing that their actions are preventing children from safely returning to school.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As Florida hospitals fill, DeSantis tries changing the subject
CNN:
GOP fears grow over Herschel Walker as party leaders seek other candidates in Georgia Senate race  —  (CNN)Republicans from Georgia to Washington, DC, are searching for a viable candidate to mount a Senate bid in the Peach State next year, fearing that former President Donald Trump's choice …
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Graham says he's told Trump to ‘speak up’ on COVID vaccines  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine …
Discussion: The Hill, WBMA-TV, Insider, Joe.My.God. and IJR
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Mark Meadows Timeline: The Chief of Staff and Schemes to Overturn 2020 Election  —  Former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was directly involved at major intersections of President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.  What follows is a detailed timeline of all the publicly available information.
Discussion: Insider, Daily Kos and Politico
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Why it matters that Tucker Carlson is broadcasting from Hungary this week  —  The country has become a model for a rising kind of authoritarianism.  So, of course, the American right's most popular cable host is embracing it.  —  This week, America's most watched cable news host is broadcasting …
Allan Massie / Baltimore Sun:
I went to a party with 14 other vaccinated people; 11 of us got COVID  —  I was sitting on an examination table at an urgent care clinic in Timonium, giving my history to a physician's assistant.  An hour later, she would call me to confirm that I was positive for COVID-19.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Steps to Drive American Leadership Forward on Clean Cars and Trucks  —  President Biden Outlines Target of 50% Electric Vehicle Sales Share in 2030 to Unleash Full Economic Benefits of Build Back Better Agenda and Advance Smart Fuel Efficiency and Emission Standards
CBO Publications:
Senate Amendment 2137 to H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  —  The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the 2021-2031 period, enacting Senate Amendment 2137 to H.R. 3684 would decrease direct spending by $110 billion, increase revenues by $50 billion, and increase discretionary spending by $415 billion.
Discussion: National Review and FactCheck.org
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Capitol Rioters Attacked Police.  Why Isn't the FOP Outraged?  —  On Tuesday, the National Fraternal Order of Police decided to “clear up confusion” about its position on the January 6 assault on the Capitol by enraged Donald Trump supporters.  “Those who participated in the assaults …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Top Republicans move to protect Trump from Capitol attack fallout  —  Some party leaders blamed the former president in the charged moments after the insurrection - but are now embarking on a campaign of revisionism  —  op Republicans in Congress are embarking on a new campaign …
Christian Schneider / USA Today:
A toxic legacy: Masculinity in the Republican Party requires subservience to Donald Trump  —  An old adage says that youth is wasted on the young.  Given Republican men's inability to grow up, it appears we are now wasting it on the old, too.  —  In 2015, Republican Party voters turned …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lindsay Chervinsky / Governing:
The Long History of Mandated Vaccines in the United States  —  Vaccines against smallpox during the Revolutionary War may have saved the Continental Army from defeat.  It's one example of how mandates have protected the health of Americans for more than two centuries.
Discussion: Mediaite
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
McConnell vows no GOP help with debt limit hike  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promised Thursday that Republicans will not support a debt ceiling hike, just as Democrats have signaled they plan to take a path that would require Republican support.
 
 
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Bring Back the Tea Party
Discussion: HotAir and Shot in the Dark
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Institutionalism Can't Save Us Now
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Steve Kornacki / MSNBC:
The rise of America's nationalized political culture
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
The FBI Is Investigating Giuliani's Attempt to Make a Movie About the Bidens and Ukraine
Wall Street Journal:
Eradication of Covid Is a Dangerous and Expensive Fantasy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
The IRS has seized $1.2 billion worth of cryptocurrency this fiscal year - here's what happens to it
Discussion: Breitbart and Ace of Spades HQ
Betsy Klein / CNN:
White House touts more than 864,000 vaccinations in last 24 hours, highest rate since early July
Discussion: Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
GOP group tests midterm messaging on inflation, race theory
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
T-Squared: Sewell Chan is The Texas Tribune's next editor-in-chief
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade Spar Over Vaccines and TV Anchors ‘Recommending Medical Advice’
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Ambushed’ Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Mike Richards in Advanced Negotiations to Become Permanent Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ (EXCLUSIVE)