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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 …
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.
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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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts  —  A group of Democratic senators — including key centrist Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — is set to introduce a pared-down voting rights, campaign finance and government ethics bill Tuesday …
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill  —  When it comes to voting rights, being asked to compromise is typically a warning sign.  There is no middle ground between the arsonist and the firefighter.  Just as we don't ask the media to compromise their right to publish news stories …
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Cruz set to filibuster any Democratic attempt to raise debt limit
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.
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.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Why weren't the elite wearing masks at the Met Gala?  —  A follow-up to Ed's post earlier about the orgy of elite vanity at last night's Met Gala, featuring a cameo from woman-of-the-people Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  “If you spent your whole life trying,” tweeted Batya Ungar-Sargon about AOC's outfit …
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Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Bob Enyart, conservative firebrand and pastor, dies of COVID-19  —  Conservative firebrand Bob Enyart, the pastor of the Denver Bible Church and indelible talk show host, has died from COVID-19, his radio co-host announced Monday on Facebook.  —  “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest …
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Melissa Reeves / KUSA-TV:
Radio host, self-proclaimed ‘right-wing religious fanatic’ Bob Enyart dies of COVID-19
Discussion: The Guardian
Friendly Atheist:
Bob Enyart, Who Mocked AIDS Victims and Spread COVID Lies, Has Died of COVID
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop  —  Alan Ruck, one of the stars of the HBO show “Succession,” was a volunteer driver in President Biden's motorcade on Monday night in California, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Biden judicial picks win Senate backing at pace not seen since Nixon
Discussion: Conservative Brief
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep  —  The Saturday rally defending some rioters arrested during the Capitol insurrection is reminding the GOP of an uncomfortable reality: Part of its base believes the Jan. 6 attack was justified.  —  Saturday's rally comes as some conservative …
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Raw Story
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Cruz grills Biden judicial nominee over statement calling Kavanaugh ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’  —  ‘You signed your name to that proposition, do you still believe it?’  Cruz asked Ninth Circuit nominee  —  Justice Stephen Breyer on maintaining credibility of the Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Post and Townhall
Nathan Bernard / The Intercept:
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds … Hours before conceding to Republican incumbent Susan Collins on Election Day 2020, Sara Gideon's U.S. Senate campaign blasted out multiple urgent fundraising pleas to its email list.
 
 
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Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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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
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
US suspends military support to Guinea after Special Forces-trained troops launch coup on their day off
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
The Treason Party  —  A problem the nation is so far reluctant to face.
Washington Post:
Biden wants 70 percent of the world to get vaccinated. It's not even close.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Joe Biden Became Irish
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