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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 …
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.
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
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Two new polls should really light a fire under Democrats
Wajahat Ali / Yahoo News:   The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message
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: 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
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 …
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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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 …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Judge holds D.C. corrections officials in contempt over treatment of Jan. 6 defendant
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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 …
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
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, NPR and UPI
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New York Times:
People who received a J. & J. vaccine may be better off with a Moderna or Pfizer booster, a study finds.
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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CNN:
TSA says 40% of employees are unvaccinated as deadline looms
Eric Stirgus / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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
Frances D'emilio / Associated Press:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
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Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
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