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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Red Covid  —  Covid's partisan pattern is growing more extreme.  —  During the early months of Covid-19 vaccinations, several major demographic groups lagged in receiving shots, including Black Americans, Latino Americans and Republican voters.  —  More recently, the racial gaps — while still existing — have narrowed.
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CNN:
Why we're willing to put our votes on the line for the Build Back Better Act  —  Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, is the US Representative for Washington's 7th Congressional District; Katie Porter, a Democrat, is the US Representative for California's 45th Congressional District; and Ilhan Omar …
Discussion: Live Action News
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Poll: Good news for Biden's agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Pelosi punts infrastructure bill as progressives claim 60 votes against it
Troy Closson / New York Times:
R. Kelly Found Guilty in Decades-Long Sexual Abuse Scheme  —  The six-week trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., included graphic and disturbing testimony about sexual abuse by one of America's best-known musicians.  —  Key Updates:  —  Jonah Bromwichcovers the courts in New York
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NBC News:
R. Kelly found guilty on all counts in sex-trafficking trial
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How an Anti-Trump Plotter in 2016 Became His Champion Against Liz Cheney  —  Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican, is the former president's choice to take on his leading G.O.P. critic.  But five years ago, she tried to overturn his victory in the party's primary race.
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Lying for Power: A Wyoming Parable in Two Parts
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Anti-Vaccine Cartoonist Ben Garrison Says He's Got Covid-19, Won't Go to Hospital  —  The pro-Trump cartoonist says he's lost about 15 pounds and is taking ivermectin.  —  Alerts  —  Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering drawings …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default  —  The expected vote Monday sets up a last-minute scramble ahead of two critical fiscal deadlines  —  Senate Republicans on Monday prepared to block a bill that would fund the government …
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
John Hinckley, Who Shot President Reagan, Wins Unconditional Release  —  A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded late President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. judge will grant unconditional release of would-be Reagan assassin John W. Hinckley Jr.
Discussion: UPI, CBS News and CNN
Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Texas GOP tries to protect US House seats under new maps  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans proposed redrawn congressional maps Monday that would shore up their slipping dominance and bolster their nearly two dozen U.S. House members, while adding new districts in booming Austin and Houston.
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
New Oregon congressional map imminent after GOP walkout ends
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Republicans learned to stop worrying and embrace ‘replacement theory’ — by name  —  The story of the Republican Party in the Trump era is, by and large, one of a boiled frog.  —  Trump constantly pushed the envelope in ways that made his allies uncomfortable.
Discussion: The Root
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Department of Homeland Security:
DHS to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on DACA  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  DHS will open a 60-day public comment period …
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Biden administration unveils new plan for young immigrants
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Stable Governor's Race  —  McAuliffe maintains issue advantage  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains a small lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin according to the latest Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the Virginia governor's race.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID's Age Discrimination  —  In mid-September, King County, Washington, in which Seattle is located, released an eye-popping slide about vaccine efficacy and breakthrough prevalence: Vaccines had reduced the risk of infection from COVID sevenfold …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
As Sinema resists the budget bill, she is set to raise money from business groups that oppose it.  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the inscrutable Democrat who may hold the key to passing her party's ambitious social policy and climate bill, is scheduled to have a fund-raiser …
Discussion: The Hill and New Republic
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
Introducing the Real Will Smith  —  For decades, he worked tirelessly to make himself the biggest movie star on the planet.  Then he hit his “fuck-it 50s” and everything changed.  Now, as he prepares a raw new memoir and a pair of films tackling racial themes, Will Smith is ready to speak his truth.
Gallup:
U.S. Adults' Estimates of COVID-19 Hospitalization Risk  —  The American public's understanding of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines may have been put to the test in recent weeks as national public health leaders openly debated whether a booster shot is needed for the general population.
Pratiti Raychoudhury / About Facebook:
What Our Research Really Says About Teen Well-Being and Instagram  — Contrary to The Wall Street Journal's characterization, Instagram's research shows that on 11 of 12 well-being issues, teenage girls who said they struggled with those difficult issues also said that Instagram made them better rather than worse.
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghan Terror Threat  —  Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart about Putin's comments at the request of the White House  —  The Pentagon's top military officer discussed with his Russian counterpart an apparent offer …
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
What Do We Do With All This Rage?  —  It has to go somewhere … Things feel just incredibly bleak and bad right now.  They've felt this way for a long time, so what I'm really talking about are a few extra degrees of bleakness and badness.  Throughout the pandemic, I feel as if I'm constantly adding new layers of emotion.
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans' Medical Records  —  A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica's reporting found Trump's “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan to monetize veterans' medical data.
Discussion: CNBC
Yahoo News:
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks  —  In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
What Matt Gaetz's Legal Lineup Tells Us About His Troubles  —  There have hardly been any developments in the alleged case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).  But the lawyers he's hired indicate that he's not out of the woods.  —  While the federal sex crimes investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Queerty, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Largest Autocracy on Earth  —  In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb.  His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.
Christina Zdanowicz / CNN:
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls for unvaccinated players to be removed from teams  —  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on CNN's “Don Lemon Tonight” at 10 p.m. ET.  —  (CNN)If NBA players are not vaccinated, they shouldn't be on the team, basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told Rolling Stone.
 
 
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James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 past marijuana convictions
Discussion: KTLA
Tess Owen / VICE:
A White Supremacist Is Organizing Fight Clubs Across the US
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Daniel Drezner / Washington Post:
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David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security
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