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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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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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Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry expects to be indicted for lying to FBI but says charge is false
Nolan Dorn / KLKN-TV:
Rep. Fortenberry to be indicted for being accused of lying to FBI
Discussion: The Daily Beast and KOLN
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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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Dems' dawning realization: Manchin's serious
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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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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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Insider:
Trump said he didn't go all-out to push Republicans to vote in the Georgia Senate runoffs because he was ‘angry’ over losing the election, book says
Discussion: Elections Daily and Raw Story
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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Allahpundit / HotAir:
McAuliffe sweats: My comments about parents not telling schools what to teach are being taken “out of context”  —  There have been no new public polls of Virginia since Trafalgar's last week but I think the Twitter consensus about this new ad has to be right.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe.My.God.
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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, CBS News and The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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
The HighWire:
San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Defying City's Vaccine Rule … In-N-Out Burger's Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger, is set to release a statement after the San Francisco Department of Health closed one of the Top California Burger Restaurant's locations.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
DeSantis's critics fall silent as Florida's COVID-19 cases drop  —  Florida's COVID-19 response has been described as reckless , dangerous , and anti-science .  —  Its Republican governor weathered months of scorn for loosening pandemic restrictions ahead of other state leaders.
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Passengers held up phones during Philadelphia train rape, police say  —  The passengers who did nothing while a homeless man raped a woman on a commuter train outside Philadelphia may have also recorded the vile attack on their cellphones instead of calling for help, authorities said.
Discussion: HotAir, BBC, The Daily Wire and Metro.co.uk
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 …
New York Post:
Midnight runs: Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night  —  Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden's administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.
Joseph G. Allen / Washington Post:
Schools should do away with mask mandates by the end of the year  —  Joseph G. Allen is an associate professor and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He co-wrote “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.”
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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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
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: The Daily Wire
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump criticizes media for treating Powell ‘beautifully’ in death
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Trump won big in Utah in 2020. Activists want an Arizona-style audit anyway.
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner Cos. Goes Outside the Family to Replace Jared as CEO
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Mate / RealClearInvestigations:
Coming Into Focus: Hillary's Secretive, Russiagate-Flogging Pair of Super-Lawyers
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Insider:
Rep. Mo Brooks is one of Congress' most vocal opponents of COVID-19 vaccine mandates — and he just violated a federal conflict-of-interest law on a Pfizer stock sale
The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open
 

 
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