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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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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
Mary Ramsey / Courier-Journal:   Jesse Benton, former campaign manager for Rand Paul and McConnell, facing federal charges
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   Two Longtime GOP Operatives Charged With Illegally Contributing to Trump Campaign By Funneling Cash From a Russian National
Washington Post:   Two GOP operatives indicted for allegedly routing money from Russian national to support Trump campaign
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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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
DHS chief pushes back on claim whips used against Haitian migrants
Discussion: USA Today, Axios and NBC News
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
What one photo from the border tells us about the evolving migrant crisis
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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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
Techno Fog / The Reactionary:
Where does John Durham go from here?  —  A review of the Special Counsel's next targets  —  Michael Sussmann has been indicted for lying to the FBI general counsel James Baker during a September 2016 meeting where he provided to Baker materials and information purported to link the Trump Organization with Russian entity Alfa Bank.
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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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Sussman indictment: “Bizarre coda,” or harbinger of deep-state exposure?
Discussion: Instapundit
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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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.
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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.
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
After the Capitol riot, ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer Ali Alexander was scrambling to hide his digital footprint  —  The ‘Stop the Steal’ founder's data was swept up in the breach of web hosting company Epik.  —  Just days after supporters of former President Donald Trump violently stormed …
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Politico:
‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder's Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Financial Times:
Top EU official warns ‘something broken’ in transatlantic relations  —  Thierry Breton's intervention comes as Franco-American tensions threaten broader diplomatic efforts  —  Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for internal markets, has warned that “something is broken” in transatlantic relations …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Key House Republicans Balk At Saving $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill From Progressive Boycott  —  As House progressives threaten to withhold dozens of votes to pass a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill if it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks, several Republican members …
 
 
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Inside Thompson and Cheney's Jan. 6 probe alliance — both genuine and strategic
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Washington Post:
Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000 in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1
Bill McKibben / The Crucial Years:
We're Finally Catching a Break in the Climate Fight
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
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