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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.
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court sets Dec. 1 for arguments in challenge to Roe v. Wade  —  The Supreme Court on Monday set Dec. 1 arguments on Mississippi's ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy — a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.  —  Mississippi's ban has been blocked by lower courts …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court to hear Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban case Dec. 1
Discussion: CBS News, NBC News and Forbes
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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New York Times:
U.S. to Lift Travel Ban on Vaccinated Visitors  —  The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions starting in November on those from abroad who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, ending a travel ban implemented to limit the spread of disease and reopening the United States …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden administration to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated international travelers
Discussion: HotAir
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee personally vetted Trump's fraud claims, new book says.  They were unpersuaded.  —  “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals the lengths the two Republicans went to in examining the president's baseless claims.  —  Sen. Lindsey O. Graham agreed to hear Rudolph W. Giuliani out.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ominous new details about Trump's coup attempt require Democrats to act  —  In case you need more evidence of how much damage keeping the filibuster might end up doing, add this to the list: It could make a future stolen presidential election more likely.  —  This is thrust upon us …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Army Gen. Mark Milley was ‘not going rogue’ in secret calls to China, authors of new book claim
Discussion: Axios
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.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems' immigration push  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can't use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate's parliamentarian said late Sunday …
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Sinema tells White House she's opposed to current prescription drug plan
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Kathleen Rice's Questionable Rationale for Voting Down Drug Pricing Reform
Discussion: The Guardian
Rachel Roubein / Washington Post:
It's booster shot week
Discussion: NBC Chicago and Poynter
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says  —  Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said.  The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.  —  The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine …
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Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
COVID Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 To 11 Is Safe And Effective, Pfizer Says
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My Going Maskless Is Different, Says San Francisco Mayor, Because ‘I Was Feeling the Spirit’  —  The Mayor of San Francisco says that she shouldn't be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn't thinking about a mask.”  CBS reports:
Washington Post:
One lawyer's rise shows how vaccine misinformation can fuel fundraising and far-right celebrity  —  Thomas Renz, once a little-known attorney in Ohio with limited litigation experience, boosted his profile with lawsuits challenging coronavirus vaccines  —  In one of dozens of recent media appearances …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Deportees land in Port-au-Prince: ‘Nobody told us we were going back to Haiti’  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — He crossed the Mexican border into Texas only two weeks ago, joyous at the prospect of building anew in the United States.  Now part of the first wave of deportees rapidly ejected …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
This $100,000 Donation by Matt Gaetz Raises All the Eyebrows  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz' largest political donation ever went to a Chris Christie group for a very strange reason that's caught the attention of election law experts.  —  On the day Donald Trump's second impeachment trial began in the Senate …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
How Trump mobilized women — including me  —  This essay was adapted from the book “Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump” by Jennifer Rubin.  Copyright 2021 by Jennifer Rubin.  William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers.  —  Donald Trump's victory in 2016 came as a shock …
Discussion: 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
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Threats against members of Congress are skyrocketing.  It's changing the job  —  A few months ago Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) received an anonymous video of someone following her car.  The camera pans down to a 9mm handgun on the seat as a male voice says: “I see you.  I got something for you.”
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and Raw Story
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces the addition of 41 editing roles, including 2 masthead positions … Announcement from Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, Managing Editor Cameron Barr, Managing Editor Tracy Grant, Managing Editor Krissah Thompson, Managing Editor Kat Downs Mulder:  —  Dear Colleagues,
Nicole Nielsen / CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
Rowlett Restaurant Owner Explains No-Mask Policy After Asking Family To Leave  —  ROWLETT, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — It was last week when Natalie Wester and her husband went to Hang Time, a bar and restaurant in Rowlett, with a few friends.  —  Something they say they don't do often as new parents.
Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Both sides should support Marjorie Taylor Greene's primary challenger  —  Jennifer Strahan wants to do the country a favor.  —  The Georgia businesswoman recently announced that she plans to primary Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia's 14th Congressional District.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Insider
Adam Gurri / Liberal Currents:
The Case Not Made: A Response to Anne Applebaum's “The New Puritans”  —  All social relations create vulnerabilities and dependencies that are subject to abuse.  This is a fundamental fact about the social nature of humanity, a baseline from which all specific arrangements need to be judged.
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
Xi Jinping Aims to Rein In Chinese Capitalism, Hew to Mao's Socialist Vision  —  Going beyond curbing tech giants, he wants the Communist Party to steer flows of money and set tighter limits on profit-making  —  Xi Jinping's campaign against private enterprise, it is increasingly clear, is far more ambitious than meets the eye.
Samantha Ibrahim / New York Post:
Twitter lashes out over celebrities at 2021 Emmys going maskless  —  Mask on, mask off.  —  The 2021 Emmy Awards were full of colorful ensembles, moving speeches and coveted gold statuettes — but no masks in sight.  —  While 2020's coronavirus had awards shows very scaled down, the party only got bigger this year.
Discussion: HotAir and Townhall
 
 
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Associated Press:
The Latest: US army: Afghan evacuees in Germany get vaccines
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and Slate
Robert Elder / The Bulwark:
No, John C. Calhoun Didn't Invent the Filibuster
Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
26 governors demand Biden meeting over border crisis
Valeriya Safronova / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Joe Cunningham / RedState:
The Big Scary January 6 Solidarity Protest Was Entirely Media Concocted
Discussion: The Federalist
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Bill Barr's Still Making a Mockery of Justice. Merrick Garland's Letting Him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump won these counties big. His supporters question the results there, too.
Matthew Walther / New York Times:
Norm Macdonald's Comedy Was Quite Christian
Heath Druzin / The Daily Beast:
This Doc Stoked the COVID Crisis. These Women Are Paying the Price
Discussion: New York Post, Raw Story and Bloomberg
James Downie / Washington Post:
Tate Reeves and the high cost of covid incompetence