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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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: Salon, Washington Post and Vanity Fair
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Josh Boak / Associated Press:
White House: LA port going 24/7 to ease shipping backlog  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it has helped broker an agreement for the Port of Los Angeles to become a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation, part of an effort to relieve supply chain bottlenecks …
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New York Times:
Biden to Announce Expansion of Port of Los Angeles's Hours  —  The expansion of the Port of Los Angeles's hours comes as the administration has struggled to untangle kinks in global supply chains and curb the resulting inflation.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden will announce on Wednesday …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
White House: Cancel Christmas?
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
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
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
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 …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
So, where's The Post's Pulitzer for Hunter Biden exposé?
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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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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
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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Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
Accelerating Inflation Spreads Through the Economy
Discussion: CNBC, Human Events and The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy and National Review
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
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.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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New York Times:
The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers.
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.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The Unlikely Issue Shaping the Virginia Governor's Race: Schools  —  Virginia Republicans in a tight governor's race have been staging “Parents Matter” rallies and tapping into conservative anger over mandates and critical race theory.  —  WINCHESTER, Va. — As a lifelong Republican …
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: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Val Demings pulls in $8.4M in ‘historic’ third quarter fundraising haul … Jacob Ogles  —  Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg.
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 …
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.
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
The Undignified Demise of Centrism  —  Centrist Democrats may force changes to the Build Back Better Act, but their rationale as a political orientation has disintegrated.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in Dirksen Building …
Reuters:
Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands, documents show  —  A trove of internal Amazon documents reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in India - practices it has denied engaging in.
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
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Auditor Demands Brett Favre Return $828,000 in ‘Illegally Spent Welfare Funds’  —  NFL star Brett Favre must return $828,000 he received from welfare funds that should have gone to needy families, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said in a statement today.
Discussion: The Hill and Mississippi Today
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 and The Hill
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
How an Online Pharmacy Sold Millions Worth Of Dubious COVID-19 Drugs — While Patients Paid the Price  —  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the network of pharmacies run by businessmen Alpesh and Manish Patel was struggling.  —  At least 15 of its 82 pharmacies had been shuttered or sold amid mounting debts and mismanagement.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
NYC Cops Log Millions of Overtime Hours. New Yorkers Don't Feel Safer.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Amateur hour: Pete Buttigieg's inexperience exposed as supply chain breaks down
Discussion: CNSNews and Townhall
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
The climate colonizer mentality
Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
Record numbers of Americans are quitting their jobs. There's no one reason.
Discussion: USA Today, Discourse Blog and HotAir
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Can't Just Give the People What They Want
noyb.eu:
Irish DPC greenlights Facebook's “GDPR bypass”.
Discussion: Politico
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Evidence of Armed Trump Extremists Continues to Emerge in January 6 Cases
Discussion: Raw Story
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Western Media Aren't Telling You the Truth About Iran
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Republican Jon Dunwell wins special Iowa House election in Newton
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Washington Post:
NFL won't release more from WFT investigation despite anger over offensive emails
A.P. Dillon / The North State Journal:
Orange County Public Schools board chair ejects parents, speakers from meeting
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Group close to McConnell to spend $10 million attacking vulnerable Democratic senators on domestic spending
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Washington Examiner:
Gas prices hit a seven-year high, and Biden remains as clueless as ever
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Twitchy
Paul Begala / CNN:
Democrats are playing a dangerous game: ‘Deal or End American Democracy’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill