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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Reminder: HBO's “Succession” returns tonight for its third season.  —  A SIGN O' THE TIMES — Superman has long been known for championing “truth, justice and the American way.”  Now, DC Comics is changing that motto by cutting out the whole “American way” thing.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings  —  MIAMI — A panicked question gripped Florida Democratic insiders this summer as Joe Biden's approval numbers began to fade and eyes turned toward the midterm election horizon: Where's Val Demings?  —  For months, the Florida congresswoman challenging …
Discussion: Insider
Maya King / Politico:
‘This is the future’: Black Senate candidates crush fundraising expectations
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over COVID-19 vaccine mandate, says “I am so morally and ethically not aligned with this.” … Disney, ESPN's parent company, is one of many large corporations requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which has led to more than 722,000 deaths in the United States.
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Kana Ruhalter / The Daily Beast:
ESPN Reporter Quits Her Job Instead of Getting Vaccinated  —  PARTING WAYS  —  ESPN reporter Allison Williams said on Instagram that she would be quitting the network after they introduced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.  The sports network's parent company, Disney …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Ben Smith / New York Times:
At Axel Springer, Politico's New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment  —  A high-flying German media giant is ahead on digital media but seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-making.  —  A high-level editor at the powerful German tabloid Bild …
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Haaretz:
New Politico Owner Says Will Enforce pro-Israel Policy  —  Axel Springer's CEO makes clear that tenets such as support for Israel's right to exist ‘apply to every employee of our company,’ even if they won't have to pledge this in writing  —  Politico's new owner, Germany's Axel Springer …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory  —  WARRENTON, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign for Virginia governor last year at a public school to tout his education plan.  —  But in the final days of an unexpectedly tight race …
Discussion: The Hill
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Carrie Sheffield / Washington Examiner:   Terry McAuliffe doesn't care that public school closures hurt students of color
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Terry McAuliffe is misreading what matters to Virginia voters
Discussion: Insider
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm So Stupid': MAGA Fan Who Attacked Officer Mike Fanone Called Himself A ‘Piece Of S**t’  —  Danny “D.J.” Rodriguez, who was arrested after he was identified in a HuffPost story, called himself a “f**king piece of s**t” during his interview with the FBI.  —  “I'm not smart.”  —  “I'm so stupid.”
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize.  It turned out that ‘she’ was actually three men.  —  The work of one woman was, it turned out, the equivalent of the labors of three men.  —  That was at least the case for Spain's top writer of crime thrillers, a professor and mother …
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Is Trump running in 2024?  The Claremont Institute hopes so  —  A recent piece in The Atlantic described the influential conservative think tank Claremont Institute as “the intellectual home of America's Trumpist right.”  —  That is, of course, one way of putting it.
Discussion: Morning Shots
Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
Former NYT opinion editor Bari Weiss hits out at CNN's Brian Stelter after he suggested a controversial column by a Republican senator she published ‘endangered lives’  — Bari Weiss appeared on Brian Stelter's podcast on Thursday to discuss media  — Weiss resigned from The New York Times in July 2020 in protest at their stance
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A Jan. 6 ‘blood flag’ and a Bond villain in the Senate — it's no time to go back to brunch  —  Say what you will about our modern obsession with James Bond movies, but their timing often seems impeccable.  This fall's release of No Time to Die, the 25th official film in the series …
Glenn Greenwald:
Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled by Exploiting “Insurrection” Fears.  Congress's 1/6 Committee May Be the Worst Abuse Yet.  —  Following the 9/11 script, objections to government overreach in the name of 1/6 are demonized as sympathy for terrorists.  But government abuses pose the greater threat.
Discussion: Althouse
Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Why the ‘Big Short’ Guys Think Bitcoin Is a Bubble  —  During the past year of COVID-induced market mania, cryptocurrencies have gone up so much — bitcoin is up about fivefold, while many other crypto projects are up far, far more — that even reluctant Wall Street institutions have begun to tiptoe into the arena.
New York Times:
90 Seconds of Rage  —  The American flag became a blunt instrument in the bearded man's hands.  Wielding the flagpole like an ax, he swung once, twice, three times, to beat a police officer being dragged down the steps of a United States Capitol under siege.
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Buttigieg warns Manchin of resistance to Biden's climate plan: ‘It will cost lives’  —  White House has said clean energy provisions likely to be dropped from bill to secure support of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema  —  The transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg delivered a blunt warning …
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
In allied capitals, a nuanced, cautious view of Biden  —  In the wake of a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and a diplomatic rift with France, America's bond with many of its strongest allies sometimes seems to be unraveling.  —  During less than a year in office, a narrative …
Haven Daley / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital  —  ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Fox News
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Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and USA Today
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?  —  As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 2000s, I once received a call from a couple of Republican campaign operatives who said they had something to show me.  We met at their office in Washington, D.C., a few days later.
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
These Republicans torpedoed vaccine edicts — then slipped in the polls  —  Republican governors crusading against vaccine mandates are facing significantly lower approval ratings on their handling of the coronavirus pandemic than their counterparts.  But they're not worried.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘More immediate, more visceral’ and a lot tougher on Eric Clapton: A plan for reviving Rolling Stone  —  Last Monday in Manhattan, outside the Fifth Avenue offices of Rolling Stone, dozens of young fans of the South Korean boy band P1Harmony swarmed the building, hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols.
Danielle DuClos / ABC News:
J&J recipients should ‘feel good’ about booster recommendation: Fauci  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  Recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should not be concerned about the shot's lower efficacy now that boosters have been recommended …
Josh Jacobs / The Guardian:
Has Interpol become the long arm of oppressive regimes?  —  Once used in the hunt for fugitive criminals, the global police agency's most-wanted ‘red notice’ list now includes political refugees and dissidents  —  licking through the news one day in early 2015, Alexey Kharis …
 
 
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg's money
Discussion: The Guardian and NOQ Report
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now
Discussion: New York Post
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Policies at southern border pushing migrants to take greater risks, advocates say
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir
Orion Rummler / The 19th:
‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Cheney, Murkowski and other Trump targets outraise their Republican rivals
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Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
Discussion: CNN
Washington Examiner:
Merrick Garland should really resign, but the least he can do is recuse himself