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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.
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest effort by moderates to upend Biden's agenda is already backfiring  —  With Democrats stumbling headlong into the final negotiations over President Biden's agenda, and progressives vowing to exercise maximal leverage in a way that has centrists in a fury, a question has arisen …
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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
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 …
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
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: CBS News, UPI and CNN
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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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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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs, Ozy Media and a $40 Million Conference Call Gone Wrong  —  The digital media company has raised eyebrows for its claims about its audience size for years.  Then came the strange voice on the phone.  —  This past winter, Goldman Sachs was closing in on a $40 million investment in Ozy …
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: New Republic
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
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.
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security  —  ‘LESS SAFE NOW’ … The process of filling critical positions has been deteriorating, and consequently putting the country at risk, for decades—and it's getting worse.  —  If an enemy of the United States wanted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Arizona 2020 Vote Audit Finds Potentially Election-Shifting Numbers Of Illegal Ballots  —  While the reports made several significant findings supporting former President Trump's complaints about the 2020 election, the corporate media ignored those aspects of the audit.
Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Bipartisanship In The Senate Is Dying  —  Congress is in full-on chaos mode right now, with the future of infrastructure, government funding, the debt limit and voting rights all uncertain.  But at the heart of the chaos is a core disagreement over a basic tenet of governing: Is bipartisanship still possible?
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.
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Post
Washington Post:
FBI: Killings soared nearly 30 percent in 2020, with more slayings caused by guns  —  Killings in the United States jumped nearly 30 percent last year, according to FBI data released Monday that indicate a growing number of gun-related slayings amid the pandemic.
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.
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
How Clinton's ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Taught Germany a Lesson  —  In the final days of Germany's election campaign, the center-left Social Democrats appeared to focus their final message to voters on one idea: respect.  The message was plastered across the country on vibrant red posters …
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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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden still holds 10% stake in Chinese firm despite pledge to divest
Tess Owen / VICE:
A White Supremacist Is Organizing Fight Clubs Across the US
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans' Medical Records
Discussion: CNBC
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Discussion: The Daily Signal and The Atlantic
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
Doctors Are Being Forced Off Clubhouse by Anti-Vax Harassment
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Dentists' Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare