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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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Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
Message to Progressives: Dragging Manchin and Sinema Isn't Working  —  If Bernie Sanders and the left want to move the needle, they'll need more carrots than sticks.  —  Gary Gulman has a fantastic yarn called “Meltdown at Trader Joe's.”  The comedian describes his confrontation …
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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:
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 …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
McConnell signals it's time to move past Trump ‘rehash’ of 2020 election  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is hoping Republicans will steer clear of relitigating the bitter 2020 election and will instead focus on the flawed Biden administration in a bid to win in the 2022 midterm elections.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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New York Times:   Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at Border
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.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
DHS Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19, days after event with Biden  —  Mayorkas is isolating and working from home, DHS said  —  Mayorkas is watching the border be overrun and he's proud of it: Former ICE official  —  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive …
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Geneva Sands / CNN:
Homeland Security secretary tests positive for Covid-19
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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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!
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
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
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: Insider, Washington Examiner and WTOP
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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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
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ludicrous new effort to cover up Jan. 6 should spark new fears about 2024
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Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump criticizes media for treating Powell ‘beautifully’ in death
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
‘The limitation of Donald Trump’: Election audit bill fails to pass in Texas Legislature
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
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