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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump cronies who defy subpoenas may be prosecuted.  Here's why that matters.  —  The right wing in this country, particularly under Donald Trump, has pulled off a spectacular trick.  It has persuaded many neutral observers that its chronic anti-democratic bad acting is a natural …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How close were we to an actual stolen election — stolen by Trump?  —  The picture of Donald Trump's scheme to get the Justice Department to help him overturn the 2020 election has been significantly filled out in recent weeks.  First came the disclosure that conservative lawyer John Eastman …
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Rosen, former acting AG under Trump, appears before Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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, Reason and The Daily Wire
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Listen to Yale Law School Administrators Tell a Student His Affiliation With the Federalist Society Is ‘Triggering’ for Classmates
Discussion: Instapundit
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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: Joe.My.God., Input and Mediaite
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
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.  —  WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
100 Capitol Rioters Have Pleaded Guilty.  Here's What They Did And What They're Facing.  —  Guilty pleas are stacking up.  Here's what rioters are admitting to, and what they and the government are getting out of these deals.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC  —  Copy
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
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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Democrats favor a bigger bill on social safety net and climate  —  (CNN)As congressional Democrats negotiate the size and scope of a budget bill that could significantly remake the social safety net in the United States, a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds 75% of the party's rank …
Discussion: Washington Post, HotAir and The Hill
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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Top conservative lawyers steer clear of Trump's latest legal fight  —  Washington (CNN)A number of high-powered lawyers who have represented Donald Trump in the past are sitting out his latest legal battle, as the former President prepares to assert executive privilege to block congressional investigators …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're going to make her life unpleasant': Activists aren't finished with Kyrsten Sinema  —  Grassroots activists and union groups are preparing to launch a flurry of protests later on Wednesday against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz) — who they worry could single-handedly sink President Biden's agenda.
Discussion: Boston.com
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Investigation into Conditions at Five Juvenile Facilities in Texas  —  The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in the five secure juvenile correctional facilities run by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
 
 
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Georgia Board of Regents approves changes to its post-tenure review guidelines
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slippery slope of the GOP's anti-vaccine-mandate push
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Justice News:
U.S. Attorney Damian Williams Announces The Selection Of Deputy U.S. Attorney And Chief Of The Criminal Division
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Biden employer vaccine mandate could be finalized as early as next week
Discussion: MSNBC and Fox News
Frances D'emilio / Associated Press:
Neo-fascists exploit ‘no-vax’ rage, posing dilemma for Italy
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Merrill Matthews / The Hill:
Democrats explained: Mandaters gonna mandate
 Earlier Items: 
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
Wajahat Ali / Yahoo News:
The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message
Discussion: Washington Post
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Can't Just Give the People What They Want