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Washington Post:
Biden tells Democrats that package of up to $1.9 trillion should be new target of talks  —  The president met with key party members as they race to secure a pact.  —  President Biden told Democrats during a private meeting Tuesday that he believed they could secure a deal on a new tax …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Breaking down Biden's latest Build Back Better plan  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ROUGH NUMBERS — As inflation continues to raise prices of everyday household items, Americans are laying the blame at President JOE BIDEN's feet.  In a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll …
Discussion: CNN and The Right Scoop
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
White House has weighed tapping National Guard to address mounting supply chain backlog
Discussion: Breitbart and Commentary Magazine
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Biden in Wonderland  —  No matter how strenuously it insists that down is up and up is down …
Discussion: ABC News
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump  —  American judge and 86th United States Attorney General  —  In unusually pointed comments about a member of President Biden's Cabinet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says he …
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Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Set to Recommend Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Obama DOJ official outlines three ‘fundamental problems’ with Trump's Capitol riot lawsuit
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special  —  ‘I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting,’ Ted Sarandos says in interview  —  Netflix Inc. Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said he “screwed up” in his efforts to communicate …
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) …
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
In-N-Out blasts S.F. over vaccine mandate shutdown: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’  —  Beloved California burger chain In-N-Out is firing back against San Francisco's vaccine mandate.  The company blasted the city after the Department of Public Health temporarily shut …
New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at US-Mexico Border  —  Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.
Page Six:
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.
Politico:
Why Biden's not doing interviews  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  President JOE BIDEN is not doing one-on-one interviews.  —  In the first nine months of his presidency, he has participated in just 10, none since Labor Day.
Tablet Magazine:
Lectures From Limousine Liberals  —  The same people who sat at home praising essential workers as heroes now repay them with exclusion and sneering condescension
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Kevin Duggan / AM New York:
SEE IT: Video shows maskless cops in Manhattan shove rider out of subway platform for asking them to cover faces  —  Two police shove a rider out the emergency exit at the 8th Street Station in Manhattan.  —  Instead of “serve” and “protect,” these cops shove and eject!
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: RedState
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto tests positive for Covid-19  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has tested positive for Covid-19.  —  Cavuto, who has been public about his health challenges over the years, including a nearly 25-year journey with multiple sclerosis …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS  —  White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.
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 …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Turns to Legally Dubious Tactics To Boost McAuliffe for Virginia Gov  —  VP Harris, press sec Psaki face criticism over questionable electioneering actions  —  As President Joe Biden looks to avoid a high-profile loss in Virginia, the White House has turned to legally dubious tactics aimed …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and RedState
Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry  —  A federal grand jury indictment charged U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on Tuesday with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators looking into illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign.
Daily Mail:
REVEALED: Accused rapist who ‘attacked’ woman on SEPTA train in Philadelphia as passengers ‘filmed it’ is an illegal Congolese immigrant with prior convictions for sex abuse and drugs who should have been deported in 2015  — Alleged rapist Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been present in the US illegally since 2015
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Soldier with ‘Hitler mustache’ thrown out of military after Capitol riot charges  —  An Army reservist charged in the Justice Department's sweeping investigation of the U.S. Capitol riot was quietly demoted and discharged earlier this year, becoming the first known service member to be forced …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: WTOP, Insider and Washington Examiner
Financial Times:
Evergrande share trading halt pushes HKEX suspensions to record $61bn  —  Hong Kong's reputation has been hit by indebted developer's lack of updates  —  The prolonged suspension of Evergrande's shares has helped push the value of frozen stocks in Hong Kong to a record US$61bn …
Axios:
First look: Trump Republican comes to Rahm's defense  —  One of Donald Trump's staunchest allies, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), will speak out publicly Wednesday in support of one of President Biden's targeted ambassadorial nominees — former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Discussion: Washington Post
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Are Passing Rigged Maps and Democrats Are Running Out of Time to Stop It  —  It took Texas Republicans less than 30 days to pass redistricting maps for Congress and the state legislature that will help them retake the US House in 2022 and entrench control of state politics for the next decade.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
SEC: GameStop Frenzy ‘Tested the Capacity and Resiliency’ of Stock Market  —  The agency's report dismissed many of the key theories and narratives surrounding how and why GameStop's stock rallied.  —  EO  —  On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally released its report …
Washington Post:
D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School will be renamed.  Which name is hotly debated.  —  The D.C. Council has introduced a measure that would rename Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington to Jackson Reed High — an unusual objection to the Bowser administration, which proposed renaming the school after playwright August Wilson.
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
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 …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Trump ‘Red Dogs,’ Democrats' Litmus Tests Are Not About You  —  For a while now I've had a guilty-pleasure reading habit, other than the immense time I spend following college football (go Dawgs!).  It's the Bulwark, that semi-official outlet of Never Trumpers who view themselves …
 
 
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Defense One:
30 State Department Nominees, Including NATO Ambassador, Advance To Full Senate
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Hill
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers
Discussion: Florida Politics and Kevin Drum
JONATHAN TURLEY:
“What Should We Be Doing Differently?”: CNN Conducts Bizarre Interview with Former Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias
John Sexton / HotAir:
The author of The Handmaid's Tale tweeted a column defending the word ‘woman’ and the woke are outraged
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin, Sanders to seek deal on Biden agenda
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN's John King discloses he is immunocompromised
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Meghan McCain Tells All: 'The View's' ‘Toxic Work Environment,’ Why She Really Left and Her Feud With Joy Behar