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Politico:
Longtime GOP operatives charged with funneling Russian national's money to Trump, RNC  —  Two veteran Republican campaign operatives — including one who got a pardon from then-President Donald Trump one month before he left office — are charged in a new federal indictment with funneling $25,000 …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Political Operatives Indicted for Alleged Scheme Involving Illegal Campaign Contribution to 2016 Presidential Campaign  —  An indictment was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Kentucky man and a Florida man both with conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution …
Lachlan Markay / Yahoo News:
GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump  —  A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul was indicted this month for allegedly funneling $25,000 from a wealthy, unnamed Russian to former President Trump's reelection efforts.  —  The big picture: The
Washington Post:   Two GOP operatives indicted for allegedly routing money from Russian national to support Trump campaign
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas doctor who violated state's abortion ban is sued, launching test of constitutionality  —  A lawsuit that could test the constitutionality of the nation's most restrictive abortion ban was filed in Texas on Monday against a doctor who admitted to performing an abortion considered illegal under the new law.
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Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Pans Texas Abortion Law  —  Most say leave Roe v. Wade as is  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Key aspects of the new Texas law restricting access to abortions receive a thumbs down from a broad majority of Americans, especially the so-called “bounty” payment provision.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Lawsuits are filed against a Texas doctor who said he performed an abortion.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court sets Dec. 1 for arguments in challenge to Roe v. Wade
CNN:
Indicted Trump Org. ex-CFO Weisselberg expects more indictments, his lawyer says  —  (CNN)Allen Weisselberg — the former Trump Organization CFO who has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors for an alleged tax evasion scheme — is expecting that more indictments will be filed in the case, his lawyer said in court Monday.
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump Org Prosecutors Find New Evidence—in a Basement  —  A lawyer for Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg revealed in open court that prosecutors have found more evidence and that more indictments are expected.  —  Prosecutors have discovered a tranche of evidence …
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Donald Trump's lawyer says he's not worried prosecutors named Trump personally in the tax fraud indictment against his namesake company
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Memo shows Trump lawyer's six-step plan for Pence to overturn the election  —  Washington (CNN)A conservative lawyer working with then-President Donald Trump's legal team tried to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence that he could overturn the election results on January 6 when Congress counted …
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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
On the Special Counsel's Weird Prosecution of Michael Sussmann  —  Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham, lo these increasingly-many years ago, to investigate a supposed scandal inside the FBI: There had been an attempted coup, President Trump alleged, and Barr himself hinted …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
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Techno Fog / The Reactionary:   Where does John Durham go from here?
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Sussman indictment: “Bizarre coda,” or harbinger of deep-state exposure?
Discussion: Instapundit
Emily Green / VICE:
US Border Agents Are Removing Haitian Migrants Using Horses and Whips  —  “This is why your country's shit,” one Border Patrol agent on horseback yelled at a group of Haitian migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.  —  EG  —  Border Patrol officers on horseback swinging whips in the faces of Haitians.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Kyrsten Sinema's Final Senate Term  —  Like many people I spent a lot of time trying to figure out Kyrsten Sinema's motivations this year.  I've discussed my conclusions in other posts.  But what I've focused on more recently is that as near as I can see, unless she shifts her stance pretty dramatically …
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Democratic leaders need to worry about more than just Manchin, Sinema on spending plan: Reporter's Notebook
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Member of CIA chief's team reported Havana syndrome symptoms on recent trip to India  —  Washington (CNN)When CIA Director Bill Burns traveled to India earlier this month a member of his team reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome and had to receive medical attention, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Dan Margolies / KCUR 89.3:
St. Louis Couple Who Waved Guns At BLM Protesters Face Suspension Of Their Law Licenses  —  Mark and Patricia McCloskey made national headlines in June 2020 when they confronted a group of mostly Black protesters who entered their gated community en route to demonstrate in front of the nearby home of a former St. Louis mayor.
Max Chafkin / New York Magazine:
Peter Thiel's Origin Story His ideology dominates Silicon Valley.  It began to form when he was an angry young man.  —  Sometime around the spring of 1988, several members of the Stanford University chess team traveled to a tournament in Monterey, California, in an old Volkswagen Rabbit.
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Mark Zuckerberg agreed not to fact check political posts as part of deal with Trump: New book
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amanda Connolly / globalnews.ca:
Liberals projected to form minority government  —  Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is now projected to hold onto his role as prime minister — but Canadians appear to have voted in the federal election on Monday to keep requiring him to work with the other parties in order to govern in a second minority government.
Associated Press:
Federal officer arrested at Capitol rally won't be charged  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement officer was arrested carrying a gun at Saturday's rally at the U.S. Capitol billed to support the suspects charged in January's insurrection but will not be prosecuted.
THE CITY:
Barry The Owl Was Poisoned Before Central Park Truck Hit Her  —  Barry, the beloved barred owl who died last month in Central Park in a collision with a truck, carried a potentially lethal level of rat poison that could have impaired her flying, a necropsy shows.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of ‘Black national anthem’  —  “I saw last night on the football game, Alicia Keys sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ which now I hear is called the ‘Black national anthem.’ Now, maybe we should get rid of our national anthem, but I think we should have one national anthem.
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
Is the Coronavirus Stronger Than White Guilt?  —  We're about to find out  —  An odd little news story got stuck in my brain over the weekend, so I tried to figure out why.  Last week, three Texas women attacked a hostess at a restaurant in New York City because the hostess asked them for proof that they're vaccinated:
Discussion: Instapundit
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
U.S. Senate confirms Biden judicial pick Rossman to 10th Circuit  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm Veronica Rossman to a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, elevating the public defender to a judgeship amid a push by President Joe Biden to bring more professional diversity to the federal bench.
Discussion: LAW.com
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Glitch Reveals Ballot Choices of N.Y.C. Voters, Including Mayor's Son  —  The Board of Elections inadvertently allowed the mayoral primary votes of 378 New Yorkers to become public, a report found.  —  When a well-known 20-something New Yorker cast his Democratic primary ballot in June …
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Everybody Hates the Jews  —  A disturbing new study confirms what many Jewish Americans are feeling.  —  Everybody hates the Jews.  That's the refrain from the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer in “National Brotherhood Week,” a song that I had memorized by the time I was ten …
Politico:
‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder's Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors  —  A New Mexico county official charged with two misdemeanors for breaching Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 expressed frustration on Monday after a federal judge set a March 2022 trial date to resolve his case.
Discussion: Raw Story
Emmanuel Camarillo / Chicago Sun-Times:
Professor yelled racial slurs, spit on Black woman and her 7-year-old daughter outside Oak Park Jewel-Osco, prosecutors say  —  Alberto Friedmann also sped toward the woman in his Jaguar and almost hit her, according to prosecutors.  —  A health sciences professor has been charged …
Discussion: NBC Chicago and Raw Story
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
WATCH: Children Tell CNN They Blame Tucker Carlson For Their Father's Covid Death  —  Katie and Evan Lane recently lost their 45-year-old father to Covid, and have made a public plea for others to get vaccinated.  Their efforts took them to CNN New Day Monday morning, an appearance …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, TheBlaze and The Wrap
 
 
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Kim Zetter / Zero Day:
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Chase Woodruff / Colorado Newsline:
At Colorado's tight-lipped air pollution agency, a ‘culture of fear’ prevails
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC recommends waiting period for Afghan flights to U.S. after measles cases
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Emails, text messages undercut claim Florida's election overhaul wasn't political
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Florida Politics
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How Trump mobilized women — including me
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
One lawyer's rise shows how vaccine misinformation can fuel fundraising and far-right celebrity
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Going Maskless Is Different, Says San Francisco Mayor, Because ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’