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CNN:
Woodward/Costa book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took secret action to protect nuclear weapons  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser …
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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says  —  ‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says  —  In a sign of his concerns, the nation's highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman …
Discussion: Washington Post and Rolling Stone
CNN:
New Woodward/Costa book: Trump secret memo ordering withdrawal from Afghanistan blindsided national security team  —  The story below contains explicit language.  —  Washington (CNN)Just eight days after the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump was so determined to end the war …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and HotAir
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Pelosi told top general Trump should have been ‘arrested on the spot’ for inciting Capitol insurrection, new book says
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Evans / Deadline:
Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61  —  Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live's most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public  —  About a year ago, teenager Anastasia Vlasova started seeing a therapist.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats cut deal with Manchin to get party behind long-shot voting overhaul bill  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are proposing new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all 50 of their members behind a single bill, allowing their caucus to speak with one voice …
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Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:   My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Cruz set to filibuster any Democratic attempt to raise debt limit
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP could be left red-faced after California recall  —  It's recall day in California, and by just about all accounts — including their own — Republicans are headed for defeat.  —  Top GOP contender Larry Elder's campaign is already bogusly blaming his loss (which hasn't actually happened yet) on voter fraud.
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Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Larry Elder Preemptively Concedes Defeat, Launches Voter-Fraud Site
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race. Then Larry Elder came along.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Did the Staff at the Met Wear Masks, While the Celebrities Went Without?  —  The photographs from last night's event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City show a host of celebrities — including New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney …
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Daily Mail:
America's No.1 champagne socialist AOC defends going to $35k-a-ticket Met Gala with boyfriend because her Tax the Rich dress 'sent searches about our f-ed …
Discussion: New York Magazine, RedState and spiked
New York Times:
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat.  The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  —  A new bipartisan commission is drawing up district lines, but New York Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork to take over the redistricting process.  —  Seven years ago, New Yorkers voted decisively to empower …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
White House abruptly cuts feed of Biden mid-sentence as he asks question at wildfires briefing  —  The White House has a history of preventing the public from hearing POTUS at various public events  —  Biden blames Idaho wildfires on global warming, warns 'it's not going to get any better'
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Biden Underwater On Job Approval And Handling Of Key Issues, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Than 6 In 10 Americans Believe U.S. Troops Will Return To Afghanistan  — mail_outline  —  Americans' views have dimmed on the way President Joe Biden is handling his job as president …
Charlie Smart / New York Times:
Covid Hospitalization Crisis Reaches Fever Pitch in Southern I.C.U.s  —  Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital  —  Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.  —  Wash.  —  Maine  —  Mont.  —  N.D.  —  Ore.  —  Vt.  —  Minn.  —  N.H.  —  Idaho  —  Wis.  —  S.D.
Financial Times:
Joe Biden's suggestion of summit with Xi Jinping falls on deaf ears  —  US president proposed face-to-face meeting in call last week but Chinese leader did not respond  —  Joe Biden suggested he hold a face-to-face summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping during a 90-minute call last week …
David Moye / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Admits He Sometimes Lies On His Show  —  “I mean, I lie if I'm really cornered or something,” Carlson told conservative talk show host Dave Rubin.  —  Tucker Carlson is apparently telling the truth when he says he sometimes lies on his show.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Words matter.  So these journalists refuse to call GOP election meddling an ‘audit.’  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” when referring to an effort by the state GOP to investigate the 2020 election:  —  Words matter.
Nikita Biryukov / New Jersey Monitor:
N.J. top cop notes 22 COVID-related deaths among police in a week as unions continue anti-mandate push  —  There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police officers last week as law enforcement unions in some corners of the state fight to head off vaccine mandates …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Memo shows how Homeland Security restricted flow of ‘election-related’ intelligence ahead of 1/6  —  Ex-FBI official warns of potential for more violence at right-wing rally  —  (CNN)A few months before rioters stormed the US Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security restricted the flow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall  —  In October 2003, I was working at the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield running the assignment desk and helping produce our political coverage.  It was an exciting time to be in both news and politics.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What The Right Needs Now Is The Courage To Fight Even If It Costs Us  —  All of a sudden, the conservative project is not a conservative one, so much as a counter-revolutionary one.  —  This is the text of the Bradley Prize acceptance speech the author gave on Sept. 13.
James Landale / BBC:
China's ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament  —  China's ambassador to the UK has been told he cannot come to Parliament while sanctions remain in place against a number of MPs and peers.  —  Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a Commons reception on Wednesday, hosted by the all-party group on China.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and UPI
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
House Dems Propose $1 Billion in Subsidies For Local Newspapers  —  House Democrats are offering more than $1 billion in subsidies to local newspapers as part of a massive spending proposal released this week, even as polls show record levels of distrust in the media.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
DeSantis embraces anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) became a right-wing celebrity by defiantly ignoring public health guidance on large indoor gatherings and masking to slow the spread of COVID.  But, for much of 2021, DeSantis maintained a scintilla …
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Arizona sues Biden administration over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
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Michael Hauser Tov / Haaretz:
Larry Ellison, Netanyahu Trial Witness, Offers ex-PM Seat on Oracle's Board
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Wall Street Journal:
Labor Shortages Give Low-Pay Workers a Raise. Inflation Eats It Up.
Los Angeles Times:
California coronavirus cases dropping, CDC says
Nathan Bernard / The Intercept:
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What if Republicans had a party and Trump wasn't there?
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Proud Boys-Linked ‘Afghan Refugee Hunting Permit’ Found at Michigan Campus
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Raw Story