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Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, may target former Trump DOJ official this week  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is planning to ramp up its efforts to force Trump administration officials to comply with its subpoenas …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How close were we to an actual stolen election — stolen by Trump?
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Rosen, former acting AG under Trump, appears before Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker cancels fundraiser with supporter who had swastika in her Twitter profile  —  Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser with a conservative film producer who until Wednesday used a rendering of a swastika as her Twitter profile picture.
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Couric covered up RBG's contempt for taking the knee: Anchor says she edited 2016 interview to ‘protect’ the elderly justice after she said people who kneel for the anthem were ‘dumb and disrespectful’  — Katie Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg's controversial comments …
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Coming soon: Biden's full-blown recession  —  Joe Biden has had a rough few months.  Polling has his approval falling below 40 percent and Friday's jobs report won't do anything to prop it up.  The Afghanistan catastrophe, COVID-19 deaths surpassing those during Donald Trump's tenure …
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New York Times:
Biden to Announce Expansion of Port of Los Angeles's Hours
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix Staff Raised Concerns About Chappelle Special Before Its Release  —  The company is dealing with an internal outcry unprecedented in its history.  —  Netflix Inc. employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle's new comedy special “The Closer” days before its release …
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Dave Chappelle's Rorschach Test
Discussion: Going Medieval, Jacobin and WBUR
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling Him To Account.  —  Administrators at Yale Law School spent weeks pressuring a student to apologize for a “triggering” email in which he referred to his apartment as a “trap house …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Wire
Tara Copp / Defense One:
An Afghanistan Evac Flight Was Almost Hijacked, Air Force Reveals  —  While the chaos at HKIA is over, the effort to evacuate Afghans is not.  Here's how the U.S. is still getting people out.  —  The State Department estimates that “a couple thousand” additional evacuees have been able …
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U.S. Air Force:   Air Force rescue personnel support NEO weeks before the fall of Kabul
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
America Is Not Ready for Trump's Second Term  —  The United States was unprepared for the scope of President Donald Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election.  By Election Day, Trump had spent months calling the election “rigged,” and historians and democracy experts warned …
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and CNN
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Manchin-Sinema split vexes the White House  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  So what's the state of negotiations between the White House and JOE MANCHIN and KYRSTEN SINEMA?  —  The talks have been shrouded in mystery, but we have some fresh details we can share this morning.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Pelosi floats a debt ceiling plan B
Discussion: Breitbart and Off the Kuff
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Jon Gruden Just Put It in Writing  —  Jon Gruden's resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders is just the beginning of a long-overdue reckoning for the NFL, and it underscores the basic problem: The NFL is full of Jon Grudens.  —  Gruden made racist, homophobic …
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia ballot inspection case dismissed after no fraud found  —  A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday by Donald Trump supporters who sought to inspect absentee ballots from last year's presidential election, a decision that came a day after Georgia investigators told the court they were unable …
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Toxic texts: Matt Gaetz's friends assume the FBI is reading their messages to the embattled congressman  — Matt Gaetz is facing a sex trafficking investigation.  — The Florida Republican's friends assume that feds are reading the congressman's texts.
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Southwest and American Airlines Tell Texas Governor Who's Boss  —  Federal requirements for vaccine mandates supersede state orders against mandates.  Besides, the airlines care about health and safety.  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott wouldn't want you to mistake his push to forbid private companies …
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Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
Robot Dogs Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs  —  Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting “robot dog.”  Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs.
Discussion: Input, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Karl W. Smith / Bloomberg:
America Needs Higher, Longer-Lasting Inflation  —  The benefits of moderately rising prices and wages outweigh the costs.  —  The administration of President Joe Biden has repeatedly assured Americans that the sharp uptick in inflation they are experiencing is temporary — in the language of economists, transitory.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
Is Fed's Inflation View Built on Sand? A Staffer Suggests So, Stirring Debate About Economics
Discussion: Breitbart
wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter admits to two new felonies while representing himself in bond hearing  —  Brandon Fellows sought to have his bond status revoked, only to make the legal case against him stronger.  —  WASHINGTON — Before his bond hearing began Tuesday, a federal judge warned Brandon Fellows …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Social Security benefits to rise 5.9 percent for roughly 70 million people in 2022  —  Inflation pushes the cost-of-living increase to the highest one-year bump in almost four decades.  —  The Social Security Administration announced Wednesday that its beneficiaries will see a 5.9 percent increase …
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
How the GOP Will Try To Subvert Our Elections  —  We are one, maybe two, elections away from a constitutional crisis.  More than a year ago — before Election Day — Donald Trump made clear that he would not accept the results of free and fair elections if he did not win.
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Jonah Goldberg's Narcissism of Small Differences  —  In a world of trouble, why snipe at allies?  —  Back in 2016, when formerly distinguished conservatives were suddenly lining up to issue glassy-eyed endorsements of a half-mad reality-TV figure, Jonah Goldberg wrote a brilliant column comparing …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Peter Thiel lines up against Liz Cheney  —  Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney's primary challenger landed former President Donald Trump's endorsement before she even officially launched her campaign.  Now, she's cashing big checks from Trump's biggest donors — including tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
NBC News:
‘Seized by some invisible hand’: What it feels like to have Havana Syndrome  —  In March of 2017, Tina Onufer, a career foreign service officer stationed in Havana, was standing at her kitchen window, washing dishes, when it hit her.  —  “I felt like I was being struck with something,” she said.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms  —  Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Hunter Biden isn't Trump, but what's he's up to is bad and deserves your attention — even if you hate Fox News … In February 2015, George Kent approached the White House with a concern.  Hunter Biden, the vice president's son, had taken a lucrative seat on the board of Burisma Holdings …
Merrill Matthews / The Hill:
Democrats explained: Mandaters gonna mandate  —  One of the distinguishing characteristics of today's Democratic Party is its growing affection for mandates, which is understandable.  If Democratic-led governments want people to do things many of them, for whatever reason, may not want to do …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
FDA to J&J: No sale on boosters?  —  Suuuuure looks like us Johnson & Johnson recipients will have to wait longer for a blessing from the FDA for boosters we're all but certain to need at some point.  The New York Times reports that the preliminary review of J&J's application …
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and NPR
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Amateur hour: Pete Buttigieg's inexperience exposed as supply chain breaks down  —  Three years ago, the only people who'd ever heard of Pete Buttigieg were likely to be residents of South Bend, Ind., the town of 103,000 people where he served as mayor.  —  South Bend is home to Notre Dame University.
Discussion: CNSNews and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
How Baylor Steered Lower-Income Parents to Debt They Couldn't Afford  —  The Texas university and some other wealthy colleges guided families into no-limit Parent Plus loans, leaving them with onerous payments; ‘I will never get it all paid off’  —  WACO, Texas—Some of the wealthiest U.S. colleges …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wajahat Ali / Yahoo News:
The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message  —  United States Senator from West Virginia  —  If you aren't telling your story, your story is going to be told for you.  I mention this in nearly every speech to highlight the importance of being proactive in crafting and sharing …
Discussion: Washington Post
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge calls for Justice Dept. civil rights probe into D.C. jail's treatment of Jan. 6 detainees  —  A federal judge found the warden of the D.C. jail and director of the D.C. Department of Corrections in contempt of court Wednesday and called on the Justice Department to investigate whether …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Fox News and UPI
Frances D'emilio / Associated Press:
Neo-fascists exploit ‘no-vax’ rage, posing dilemma for Italy  —  ROME (AP) — An extreme-right party's violent exploitation of anger over Italy's coronavirus restrictions is forcing authorities to wrestle with the country's fascist legacy and fueling fears there could be a replay …
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
NRA Finished 2020 in the Black Due to Massive Spending Cuts After Revenue Falls, Legal Costs Skyrocket  —  The NRA's finances stayed above water in 2020.  But only because it continued to make significant spending cuts.  —  The gun-rights group ran a surplus of just over $40.5 million last year …
 
 
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Jeff Flake seeds new voting nonprofit
Discussion: The Hill
Bloomberg:
Top Biden Aides Met on Fast-Rising Fuel, Natural Gas Prices
Discussion: The Hill and New Republic
Mitch Ryals / Washington City Paper:
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White Is Running for Mayor
Discussion: DCist
Jarrett Renshaw / Reuters:
White House asks U.S. oil-and-gas companies to help lower fuel costs -sources
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker:
COVID-19 continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S. in September 2021
Discussion: Forbes and KFF
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
How an Online Pharmacy Sold Millions Worth Of Dubious COVID-19 Drugs — While Patients Paid the Price
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
The climate colonizer mentality
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Democrats favor a bigger bill on social safety net and climate
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Can't Just Give the People What They Want
Washington Examiner:
Gas prices hit a seven-year high, and Biden remains as clueless as ever
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Twitchy