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NBC News:
FBI agents swarm D.C. home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  FBI agents swarmed the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington D.C. Tuesday, an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.  —  The reason for their presence wasn't immediately clear.
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New York Times:
F.B.I. Raids Homes Linked to Russian Oligarch  —  Agents investigating whether Oleg Deripaska violated U.S. sanctions searched homes he has used in New York and Washington, D.C.  —  F.B.I. agents on Tuesday morning searched homes linked to the Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska …
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Kanye West dons bizarre mask for second Michael Cohen meeting  —  Who was that masked man?  —  Kanye West was spotted meeting again with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen for coffee on the Upper East Side on Tuesday — but this time, West was wearing the same strange prosthetic mask he'd been seen wearing at JFK Airport a day earlier.
Quinnipiac University Poll:
78% Of Republicans Want To See Trump Run For President In 2024, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Now Split On Border Wall As Opposition Softens  — mail_outline  —  Nearly one year after the 2020 presidential election, a majority of Americans (58 - 35 percent) …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) told supporters on Tuesday he expects to be indicted on allegations he lied to federal investigators.  —  Driving the news: In a video uploaded to YouTube, the congressman sat with his wife and dog in a vintage pickup truck …
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Politico:
Biden bets his agenda on the inside game  —  Before Joe Biden can fully pitch the public on his solutions to a lingering pandemic and economic rockiness, he's got to finish the sale to his own party's lawmakers.  —  As Democrats on Capitol Hill brace in anticipation of a brutal midterm …
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Reuters:
White House does not rule out carbon tax despite Manchin comment
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What is Tommy Tuberville doing here? … Tommy Tuberville had a decision to make.  So did the other Republican senators huddling with him in the storage closet.  —  It was Jan. 6, right-wing rioters were ransacking the U.S. Capitol, but these lawmakers were already in a secured part …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ludicrous new effort to cover up Jan. 6 should spark new fears about 2024
Insider:
Trump says his son Donald Jr. 'couldn't be beaten' if he ran for office in ‘certain places’: book  — Former President Trump says he'd support his son Donald Trump Jr. if he runs for office someday.  — “There are certain places where he couldn't be beaten,” Trump told journalist David Drucker.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Joe.My.God.
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Geneva Sands / CNN:
Homeland Security secretary tests positive for Covid-19  —  (CNN)Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who is vaccinated, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, according to department spokesperson Marsha Espinosa.  —  “Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning …
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
DHS Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19, days after event with Biden
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“Right Now, All I Want Is a Healthy Baby”: Former Congresswoman Katie Hill Is Ready for Her Next Chapter  —  Hill has been laying low since her congressional career blew up in scandal—now she's expecting her first child, and is plotting for the years ahead.
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks  —  Travis Tritt has canceled shows at venues requiring masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test.  —  The country singer and songwriter announced the move Monday …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at Border  —  Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Reuters:
FDA proposes over-the-counter hearing aids for Americans  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday proposed creation of a new category of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids to be sold directly to the millions of Americans in need of the devices, without expert assistance.
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US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Issues Landmark Proposal to Improve Access to Hearing Aid Technology for Millions of Americans
Discussion: NPR, The Hill and CBS News
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Bolsonaro Should Face Homicide Charges Over Pandemic, Brazil Lawmakers Say  —  A long-awaited report from Brazil's Senate concludes that Jair Bolsonaro purposely let the coronavirus kill Brazilians in a failed bid for herd immunity.  —  BRASÍLIA, Brazil — A Brazilian congressional panel …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN's John King discloses he is immunocompromised  —  New York (CNN Business)"CNN anchor and Chief National Correspondent John King told viewers on Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis and is immunocompromised."  —  “I'm going to share a secret I've never shared before,” King said.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin, Sanders to seek deal on Biden agenda  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key figure in the Democratic negotiations over a major human infrastructure spending package, told Democratic colleagues at lunch Tuesday that he will work with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: New York Post
Politico:
Democrats pare back proposed IRS bank reporting requirements  —  The Treasury Department officially announced Tuesday that Democrats were narrowing the scope of a controversial proposal that would force banks and credit unions to give more account information to the IRS to help boost tax compliance.
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Bianca Fortis / ProPublica:
The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find  —  The Food to Families program, touted by Ivanka Trump, gave tens of millions of dollars to unqualified firms and was also used to promote then-President Trump.
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Ratings at Record Low as Trump Exited, Rally Under Biden  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six months into Joe Biden's presidency, approval ratings of U.S. leadership around the world had largely rebounded from the record-low ratings observed during the Trump administration.
John Sexton / HotAir:
The author of The Handmaid's Tale tweeted a column defending the word ‘woman’ and the woke are outraged  —  Margaret Atwood is the Canadian author whose most famous creation is the dystopian novel “The Handmaid's Tale” about a future American theocracy in which women have no rights.
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December  — Southwest scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after the Dec. 8 deadline.  — Both American and Southwest require their new-hire employees to show proof …
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Celebrities are America's new politicians  —  Launching gubernatorial bids, making presidential endorsements, founding schools: Celebrities are getting increasingly involved in U.S. public and political life.  —  Why it matters: As we've reported, politics is no longer just the purview …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Colin Powell and the Crisis of the Boomer Elite  —  You need to understand that in a society where religion has gone out of fashion, the elite has to canonize secular saints as examples for the people it proposes to rule.  The elite needs a quasi-religious justification to feel superior …
Siena College Research Institute:
Democrats Give Hochul Early Double-Digit Lead  — In a Fall Preview of June's Primary, Democrats Give Hochul Early Double-Digit Lead in 3 Potential Candidate Scenarios  — New Gov Has Positive Favorability Rating - Comparable to AG James - But Her Job Performance Rating is Tilting Negative; Under Water on Several Issues
Micheline Maynard / Washington Post:
Don't rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes.  Try to lower expectations.  —  For more than a century, business experts have been trying to dial up the United States' efficiency.  Ever since Frederick Taylor published “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911 …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Democratic Party chair reports lynching threat after writing op-ed critical of Donald Trump  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of former President Donald Trump, he told the Des Moines Register.
Associated Press:
US high court won't block vaccines for Maine health workers  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates.  —  It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate.
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Insider and WTOP
Meghan McCain / Variety:
Meghan McCain Reveals Why She Quit ‘The View’ (EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT) … On July 1, 2021, I announced live on air that I was leaving “The View” after four years.  My co-hosts learned about my decision that morning, and the shock registered on their faces.  I'd been talking to ABC's higher-ups for weeks about wanting to leave.
American Greatness:
The Stupid Money on the Right Rides the Grift Train  —  We either change course as a movement—in our funding, in our priorities, and in our actions—or we will lose.  —  Recently on the America Moment podcast, Michael Anton named names regarding Conservatism, Inc. The wide-ranging interview goes …
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
‘The limitation of Donald Trump’: Election audit bill fails to pass in Texas Legislature  —  Despite unusually heavy lobbying from former President Donald Trump, two elections bills that he pushed Gov. Greg Abbott to enact this fall are all but dead.  —  One would have eased up the process …
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
It's not Biden's fault that covid is still such a big problem. Blame his GOP critics.
Discussion: Twitchy
Joseph G. Allen / Washington Post:
Schools should do away with mask mandates by the end of the year
Discussion: The Hill
Soumya Karlamangla / New York Times:
California Accounts for 12% of U.S. Students, but Only 1% of Covid School Closures
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: James and Kathryn Murdoch's next media investment
Third Way:
Moderates and Progressives Must Reach a Deal to Mutually Assure Success
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis's critics fall silent as Florida's COVID-19 cases drop
Discussion: Breitbart
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Alex Murdaugh Denied Bail in South Carolina
 Earlier Items: 
Samya Kullab / Associated Press:
Taliban promise cash, land, to families of suicide bombers
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Wire
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump criticizes media for treating Powell ‘beautifully’ in death
The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open
The HighWire:
San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Defying City's Vaccine Rule
Discussion: TheBlaze
New York Post:
Midnight runs: Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night