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Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle  —  (CNN)Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century …
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Colin Powell's Blood Cancer Made Him Vulnerable to Covid-19  —  Colin L. Powell, whose immune system was weakened by treatment for multiple myeloma, died of complications of Covid-19 despite being “fully vaccinated,” his family said in a statement.  —  Peggy Cifrino, Mr. Powell's longtime aide …
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of General Colin Powell
Discussion: Insider, Mediaite and WAVY-TV
Eric Reichbaum / ABC News:
Colin Powell, former secretary of state, dies of COVID-19 complications
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One  —  Donald Trump is the Republicans' greatest asset in mobilizing voters.  But some fret that his obsession with false claims about the 2020 election could cost the G.O.P. in 2022.  —  Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking Congress next year.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator smacks Trump  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told “Axios on HBO” he's not sure former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination if he ran in 2024 — a rare voice of criticism from within the party.  — When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected …
Matt Cannon / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Asks Supporters for $45 Each to Help ‘Solve the Election Fraud’
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin's red lines  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60,000 range, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: While Manchin's demands would dramatically weaken …
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Robert Frank / CNBC:
The wealthiest 10% of Americans own a record 89% of all U.S. stocks  — The wealthiest 10% of Americans now own 89% of all U.S. stocks, a record high that highlights the stock market's role in increasing wealth inequality.  — The top 1% gained over $6.5 trillion in corporate equities …
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
In book, former Sen. Joe Lieberman describes how Karl Rove and Republicans helped him beat Ned Lamont in 2006  —  HARTFORD — For the past 15 years, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has never spoken publicly about the secret help that he received from Republicans Karl Rove and Elizabeth Dole …
Max Read / Read Max:
Why You Should Read “Read Max” by Max Read  —  Read Max Read on Reading Read Max  —  You're reading a newsletter called Read Max.  My name is Max Read, and this, my newsletter, is the first opportunity I've had in my professional life to use my name as a pun.
WRAL-TV:
Longtime Congressman David Price to retire  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Congressman David Price, who has represented much of the Triangle in the U.S. House for more than 30 years, said Monday that he will retire at the end of his term in December 2022.  —  Price has represented …
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump faces a pile of civil lawsuits as depositions begin  —  Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit Monday, and his attorneys could set a date for a deposition in another case, as well.  —  The lawsuits, involving allegations …
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump faces questions under oath at deposition in case brought by protesters
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Is Becoming Even More Antisemitic  —  The organizer of a major QAnon conference in Las Vegas later this week, where at least four sitting GOP lawmakers speak on stage, shared a neo-Nazi film with his 70,000 followers on Sunday evening.  —  John Sabal, who's known online as QAnon John …
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
Out of the Shadows: Christopher Steele defiant on dossier, says Trump still ‘potential’ threat  —  The British former spy says the Russians still may hold “kompromat” on Trump.  —  Retired British spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called “Steele dossier” …
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an “Axios on HBO” interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.  —  Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age.  But science also shows that we lose something.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and IJR
Washington Post:
As Japan's yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime  —  KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Noodle chef Takashi Nakamoto moves so deftly as he boils, strains and arranges his signature plates of udon that it's easy to overlook the brutal reminder of his former life: his missing left pinkie.
Reuters:
Amazon may have lied to Congress, five U.S. lawmakers say  —  Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Amazon.com Inc's chief executive Sunday, and accused the company's top executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, of either misleading Congress or possibly lying to it about Amazon's business practices.
Washington Post:
Wheels on Metro rail cars involved in derailment had failed repeatedly, NTSB says  —  An NTSB investigation found that an axle of the car that derailed was out of compliance with specifications.  —  The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board said wheel assemblies on Metro rail cars …
Marianna Spring / BBC:
I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?  —  Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren't the police, the government and social media companies doing more to stop it?  —  Warning: Story contains strong language  —  I'm the BBC's first specialist disinformation reporter …
Discussion: The Guardian
Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws?  They're no better than Texas or Georgia  —  A Democratic governor signed an election integrity bill into law — with Republican support.  —  In the hyperbolic, hyper-partisan political landscape we're facing, this type of situation would be normally unthinkable.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6  —  It didn't occur to them, not at first, that in the human mass pushing past police barricades around the Capitol, they might see the bald head of a Pennsylvania state senator gliding through the crowd …
Politico:
2 longtime House Democrats will retire  —  It's a sign of the party's diminishing hopes of keeping the House majority after next year's midterm elections.  —  Rep. Mike Doyle will not seek reelection.  Two longtime House Democratic incumbents will call it quits this week.
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Inside the N.Y.C. Neighborhood With the Fastest Growing Asian Population  —  In a corner of Queens, a fivefold increase in Asian residents since 2010 is transforming the area's restaurants, housing and politics.  —  Yumpling, a Taiwanese eatery, opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in August 2020 …
New York Times:
Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall  —  Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.  —  For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue …
Discussion: Power Line, New York Post and Reason
Business Wire:
Sinclair Broadcast Group Provides Information On Cybersecurity Incident  —  BALTIMORE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) today provided information on a recent cybersecurity incident.  —  On October 16, 2021, the Company identified and began to investigate …
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
CNBC Reporter Smeared as Anti-Putin ‘Special Ops’ Temptress  —  The Kremlin media claims Hadley Gamble was part of an American Special Ops mission to pay Putin back for sending a beautiful translator to bamboozle Trump.  —  Russian State media pundits and personalities are claiming …
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
U.K. Covid Surge Sparks Call for Probe Into Delta Plus Mutation  —  Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb called for “urgent research” into a mutation of the delta variant — known as delta plus — following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the U.K.
Oma Seddiq / Insider:
Australian politician rips into Sen. Ted Cruz for mocking COVID-19 vaccine requirements: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate'  — An Australian politician slammed Sen. Ted Cruz after he mocked his government's vaccine mandate.  — “Individual liberty matters.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
Give no-show Buttigieg full-time paternity leave — abolish his department  —  Here's a question for you: What if a Cabinet secretary took a couple months off from work and nobody noticed?  —  What if his extended vacation took place right amid a crisis in which one would expect his agency …
 
 
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
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