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New York Times:
Durham Is Said to Seek Indictment of Lawyer at Firm With Democratic Ties  —  The lawyer, Michael Sussmann, is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a 2016 meeting about Trump and Russia.  He denies wrongdoing.  —  WASHINGTON — John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Durham is said to be seeking indictment of lawyer whose firm represented Hillary Clinton's campaign
Discussion: Washington Times
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Death of Hillsborough GOP member from COVID-19 causes financial problems for party  —  The local Republican Party told federal election regulators it can no longer access its campaign finance software  —  The Hillsborough County Republican Party alerted federal election regulators Tuesday …
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
GOP Group That Fights Against Vaccine Mandates And For Election Integrity Might Miss Campaign Filing Deadline After Bookkeeper Dies From Covid  —  On Tuesday, a Florida county Republican committee that had opposed measures to prevent Covid-19 informed the Federal Election Commission that the group …
Discussion: Florida Bulldog
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
How Tucker Carlson Lost It  —  In February 2009, when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Tucker Carlson was in the midst of an identity crisis.  Five years earlier, he had been a victim of what was arguably the first viral takedown of the internet era.
Discussion: HuffPost
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As G.O.P. Digs In on Debt Ceiling, Democrats Try Shaming McConnell  —  Senator Mitch McConnell says Republicans will not support raising the federal borrowing limit.  Weeks before a potential default, Democrats do not appear to have a strategy for doing so.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
The debt ceiling stare down
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Mapped: Afghan refugees headed to 46 states  —  The Biden administration notified governors and mayors on Wednesday of the number of Afghan evacuees their state is expected to receive in the coming weeks, two senior administration officials told Axios.  —  Why it matters: Although …
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Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Afghan Refugees on U.S. Military Bases Wait to Begin Their New Lives in America
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia  —  Less than three years ago, Australia's leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China.  A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.  —  SYDNEY, Australia — When Scott Morrison became …
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Foreign Affairs:   How China Exports Authoritarianism
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The right-wing media is helping Trump destroy democracy.  A new poll shows how.  —  When future historians seek to explain the United States' perilous slide toward authoritarianism in the 21st century, they will grapple with the role played in all these events by Fox News and the right-wing media.
Ellen Pao / New York Times:
The Sexism That Led to the Elizabeth Holmes Trial  —  Ms. Pao is a tech investor and chief executive of Project Include, a diversity, equity and inclusion nonprofit.  She is the author of “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” about her lawsuit against a venture capital firm …
Discussion: Gawker
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Demand Article 15-6 Investigation Into Mark Milley  —  A group of House Republicans sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding a formal AR 15-6 investigation into Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
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Yasmin Tayag / The Atlantic:
Stop Calling It a ‘Pandemic of the Unvaccinated’  —  “Your refusal has cost all of us,” President Joe Biden said to unvaccinated people last week, as he announced a new COVID-vaccine mandate for all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees.  The vaccinated, he said …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democrats worry voters don't know about Biden's achievements  —  Stephen Webber remembers when he started to get worried about next year's midterm elections.  In March, he met a woman who tearfully explained how she had just paid for long-overdue car repairs after receiving an unexpected government payment.
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Washington Post:
Emboldened by recall win, Democrats brush aside talk of unity and escalate attacks on Republicans
Reuters:
France says Biden acted like Trump to sink Australia defence deal  —  France accused U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday of stabbing it in the back and acting like his predecessor Donald Trump after Paris was pushed aside from a lucrative defence deal that it had signed with Australia for submarines.
Conor Sen / Bloomberg:
Amazon's New ‘Factory Towns’ Will Lift the Working Class  —  Plentiful new jobs at higher wages in places with cheaper housing sounds like a solution to inequality.  —  The campaign against economic inequality has put a bullseye on cities.  Local governments are encouraged to raise minimum wages …
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
World Bank Cancels Flagship ‘Doing Business’ Report After Investigation  —  Probe faults leaders including Kristalina Georgieva, now IMF managing director, who disagrees with findings  —  The World Bank canceled a prominent report rating the business environment of the world's countries …
New York Times:
'It's Always Going to Haunt Me': How the Capitol Riot Changed Lives  —  “After I reflected on things, I was angry.  I was really angry.”  —  “That story will always be with us.” “I still close my eyes and see that day again.”  —  WASHINGTON — Three months after supporters …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Jay Willis / Balls and Strikes:
Legal Journalism Is Broken  —  The conservative takeover of the Court is putting traditional legal media to the test.  The results are not encouraging.  —  The end of the most recent Supreme Court term kicked off what has quickly become a cherished tradition for America's legal journalists …
Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor  —  An endorsement from the Washington Post Editorial Board  —  Democrat Terry McAuliffe makes a persuasive case as he campaigns to reclaim his former job as governor of Virginia, which does not allow consecutive terms in office.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pence seeks $18 million war chest  —  Mike Pence is positioning himself for a 2024 presidential run by aiming to raise a whopping $18 million this year, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: While polls show Donald Trump as an early Republican favorite, his former vice president also has been making moves to be a candidate.
Discussion: The Hill
Gregory A. Smith / Pew Research Center:
More White Americans adopted than shed evangelical label during Trump presidency, especially his supporters  —  Since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 due in part to strong support from White evangelical Protestants, many observers have wondered what impact this political alliance might …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Beresford / Newsweek:
Billboard Comparing Donald Trump to Jesus Christ Removed  —  A billboard hailing former President Donald Trump as the second coming of Jesus Christ has been taken down.  —  The advertisement was spotted near the city of Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia earlier this week by Washington Post political …
Washington Post:
The abortion rights protest at Justice Kavanaugh's home crossed the line  —  More than 50 people marched Monday night to the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.  They carried signs with messages such as “safe abortion is a human right” and “hey Kavanaugh resign now.”
Discussion: Slate
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Powell orders ethics review after Fed presidents disclosed multimillion-dollar investments  — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last week directed staff to review the central bank's ethics rules after several Fed presidents disclosed large investments and stock trades.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
New York City Has Once Again Defied the Doomsayers.  Here's Why.  —  By far the most densely populated metropolis in the country, Gotham offers a kind of urban living no other U.S. city has been able to replicate.  —  New York City is emerging as one of the world's most resilient big cities in the wake of the pandemic.
Alan Cole / Full Stack Economics:
How a key Biden tax idea got crushed  —  President Joe Biden came into office planning to tax intergenerational wealth more heavily.  He had several policy ideas to do this, and the most intellectually defensible of these was to change a capital gains tax provision called “step-up basis.”
CNN:
Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme  —  (CNN)Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were killed in June, turned himself in Thursday on charges related to an insurance fraud scheme.  —  A beige SUV containing Murdaugh pulled …
Associated Press:
Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in US aid group  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan man who was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month was an enthusiastic and beloved longtime employee at an American humanitarian organization, his colleagues say, painting a stark contrast …
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Arizona AG Admits Suit Over Biden Vaccine Rule a ‘Long Shot’  — Mark Brnovich filed first GOP legal challenge to planned rules  — Suit almost certain to be dismissed because rules aren't ready  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich acknowledged that his suit challenging …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Stefanik claims in ads that Democrats seek a ‘permanent election insurrection’ by providing pathways to citizenship  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the No. 3 House Republican, is pushing the notion in Facebooks ads that President Biden and fellow Democrats are seeking a …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Biden's ‘incomprehensible’ travel ban on European visitors widens transatlantic rift  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest free, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Political Folly of Siding with Pharma  —  A new poll shows that the three House Dems blocking lower Rx prices are making a historic political error  —  With the narrowest of majorities, a complex set of policy issues, and huge differences between moderates and progressives …
 
 
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Joyu Wang / Wall Street Journal:
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
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Austin Facer / KTVX-TV:
‘Extremely significant’: Death penalty expert believes Utah may be on path to eliminate capital punishment
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN Goes Directly From Not Asking Andrew McCabe ONE Question About FBI Gymnast Abuse Scandal — To Gymnast Testimony
Discussion: New Republic, Daily Kos and NBC News
Zusha Elinson / Wall Street Journal:
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Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
MSNBC's Joy Reid slammed for bizarre rant on Republican ‘love’ for the coronavirus: ‘COVID-loving death cult’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Feds Have Lots of Questions About These GOP Donations
Discussion: Raw Story
Chronicle of Higher Education:
The Data Is In — Trigger Warnings Don't Work
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Avalon Zoppo / LAW.com:
Appeals Court Cites Reporter's Tweet in Reviving Devin Nunes's Defamation Lawsuit