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Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, targets former Trump DOJ official  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is planning to ramp up its efforts to force Trump administration officials to cooperate with its inquiry and on Wednesday it issued …
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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 …
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Subpoenas Former Justice Department Official Jeffrey Clark  —  Bolton, MS—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that the Select Committee has issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice official reportedly involved in efforts to overturn …
Discussion: UPI and POLITICUSUSA
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  —  Jeff Rosen, the acting attorney general during the final days of the Trump administration, sat for an interview with the Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
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 …
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: Slate, Reason, HotAir 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
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Two new polls should really light a fire under Democrats  —  A big problem Democrats face right now is that congressional sausage making is so repellent and ugly that it risks alienating voters precisely when Democrats need them to be open to the details of their proposals.
Discussion: Yahoo News and PRESS RUN
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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U.S. Air Force:
Air Force rescue personnel support NEO weeks before the fall of Kabul
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Critical race theory is a potent issue in the Virginia governor's race  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin doesn't get the most applause during his rallies when he talks about lowering taxes or assails President Biden.  The loudest cheers come when Youngkin promises …
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 …
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 …
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, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
Sandy Nurse Meets the Moment  —  The emerging leftist leader's journey from Zuccotti Park to City Hall - and everywhere in between … After launching an upstart bid for city council that galvanized New York City's ascendant progressive left, Sandy Nurse and her campaign were left to pick …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge holds D.C. corrections officials in contempt over treatment of Jan. 6 defendant  —  A federal judge on Wednesday found D.C. corrections officials in contempt over the treatment of a Jan. 6 defendant and referred the matter to the Department of Justice for a civil rights investigation …
Discussion: RedState
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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 …
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
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Facebook clamps down on its internal message boards.  —  Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it was making some of its internal online discussion groups private, in an effort to minimize leaks.  —  Many Facebook employees join online discussion groups on Workplace …
Matt Stoller / BIG:
A Big Announcement About BIG  —  Containing commercial power in a democracy is fundamental to our liberty.  That's why I write about it.  That's why this newsletter resonates so widely.  Here's how you can help us take the next step.  —  I've been writing BIG for a little over two years.
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: HotAir and Boston.com
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
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
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 …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump's Pick for Arizona Governor Just Had Dinner With QAnon's Ron Watkins  —  Ron Watkins is a very busy man.  Since resigning as the administrator of the message board 8chan, where he facilitated the rise of QAnon, he's become an election integrity expert, started his own website about aliens, and launched a career as an NFT artist.
Discussion: Raw Story and Arizona Republic
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.
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 …
CNN:
TSA says 40% of employees are unvaccinated as deadline looms  —  (CNN)The Transportation Security Administration says 4-in-10 members of its workforce, including screeners, remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 as its deadline looms.  —  The deadline for civilian federal government workers …
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.
CNN:
NRCC-supported candidate praised Proud Boys at September rally for Capitol rioters  —  (CNN)The House GOP's campaign arm announced Tuesday that an Arizona Republican candidate who praised the Proud Boys in a September speech has advanced to the next level of its campaign support process.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Minneapolis Police Caught on Video ‘Hunting’ Activists  —  Local civil rights leaders demand firings, denounce “terrorism at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department”  —  “You see a fucking group” in the street, a Minneapolis police sergeant in a riot helmet told his fellow officers: “Fuck 'em up, gas 'em, fuck 'em up.”
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Judge blocks Baltimore from banning Catholic group's rally  —  Baltimore city officials can't ban a conservative Roman Catholic media outlet from holding a prayer rally at a city-owned pavilion during a U.S. bishops' meeting next month, a federal judge has ruled, saying the First Amendment right …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Most GOP Voters Want Trump to Run Again, but Among Those Who Don't, Pence and DeSantis Are the Leaders  —  67% of GOP voters say Trump should run for president in 2024 while 29% say he shouldn't  —  Two-thirds of Republican voters say they want former President Donald Trump to run for president in 2024 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Mark Squilla Staffer Charged in South Philly Voter Fraud Conspiracy  —  Prosecutors say Marie Beren, who is no longer with Squilla's office, used her role as a de facto judge of elections in three South Philly voting divisions to cast fraudulent votes for candidates at all levels of government.
 
 
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Eric Stirgus / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia Board of Regents approves changes to its post-tenure review guidelines
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slippery slope of the GOP's anti-vaccine-mandate push
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Frances D'emilio / Associated Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
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Bloomberg:
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
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wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter admits to two new felonies while representing himself in bond hearing