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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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CNN:
Biden tells House Democrats tuition-free community college is out of economic package  —  Manchin has a message for Sanders: Don't blame me  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden informed House progressives Tuesday afternoon that the final bill to expand the social safety net is expected …
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) …
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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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 …
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Charged with Scheme to Deceive Federal Investigators Probing Illegal Campaign Contributions in 2016  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury today charged U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District …
Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Discussion: CNN
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.
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New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at Border
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump criticizes media for treating Powell ‘beautifully’ in death
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
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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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Iowa Democratic Chair Says He Received Lynching Threat After Criticizing Trump
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
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Meghan McCain Tells All: 'The View's' ‘Toxic Work Environment,’ Why She Really Left and Her Feud With Joy Behar  —  In the 25-year history of “The View,” Meghan McCain is one of the only co-hosts to leave on her own — without being fired.  —  McCain's decision to quit the most-watched show …
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 …
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
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: TheBlaze and RedState
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
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.
NBC News:
Oklahoma's anti-critical race theory law violates free speech rights, ACLU suit says  —  Teachers fear for their jobs after Oklahoma Gov. bans teaching systemic racism in schools  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of civil rights groups sued the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday over a law limiting instruction …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Zookeeping isn't common in the Black community.  This Black zookeeper wants to change that.  —  Craig Saffoe was at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's big-cats exhibit when he saw the man.  —  “Out bounds this Black guy, in a zoo uniform,” Saffoe said.  “He had this walk, like the coolest walk you've ever seen.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Defense One:
30 State Department Nominees, Including NATO Ambassador, Advance To Full Senate
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Elijah McClain's Family Reaches Settlement With City of Aurora, Colo.
Discussion: The Hill
James Kynge / Financial Times:
Xinjiang officials overseeing detention camps studied at Harvard
Discussion: The Daily Caller
JONATHAN TURLEY:
“What Should We Be Doing Differently?”: CNN Conducts Bizarre Interview with Former Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias
Max Boot / Washington Post:
It's not Biden's fault that covid is still such a big problem. Blame his GOP critics.
Discussion: Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: James and Kathryn Murdoch's next media investment
Siena College Research Institute:
Democrats Give Hochul Early Double-Digit Lead
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
‘The limitation of Donald Trump’: Election audit bill fails to pass in Texas Legislature
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
Insider:
Trump says his son Donald Jr. 'couldn't be beaten' if he ran for office in ‘certain places’: book
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Joe.My.God.
The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open