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New York Times:
Calling Sinema an Obstacle to Progress, 5 Veterans Quit Her Advisory Council  —  The furious members accused the Arizona Democrat of “answering to big donors rather than your own people,” in the latest sign of the political pressure she faces.  —  WASHINGTON — Five veterans tapped …
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CNN:
Liberal backlash against Sinema grows on Capitol Hill as potential Arizona challenger emerges  —  (CNN)Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is at the zenith of her influence in Washington, with the ability to dramatically reshape — or derail — President Joe Biden's domestic agenda simply by threatening to point her thumb down.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Have Two Long-Shot Plans to Deal With Kyrsten Sinema Hail Mary time.  —  Kyrsten Sinema has derailed President Biden's domestic agenda by opposing the major revenue-increasing provisions that finance it.  Democrats are working on two strategies to deal with her objections.
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Voters Want Biden's Big Spending Deal—and They're Getting Impatient  —  Party lawmakers are still negotiating the scale of President Biden's ambitious social-policy and climate package, while time and voter tolerance run short  —  Democrats in Washington remain divided over the scope …
Discussion: CNN, Salon, HotAir, National Review and Jacobin
Steve Clemons / The Hill:
Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in an exclusive interview with The Hill on Thursday said he has no plan to leave the Democratic Party and has not threatened to do so.  —  “What he reported is simply untrue.”
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Kyrsten Sinema's Own Advisers Just Dumped Her
Discussion: New York Times
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Five military veterans advising Sen. Sinema resign, calling her one of the ‘principal obstacles to progress’
Discussion: Mercury News
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Sinema advisers resign, calling her an obstacle to progress
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pranksters have already defaced Trump's new social network  —  Truth Social has some unusual rules for a Trump-run site: It reserves the right to ban users and safeguard itself from lawsuits with Section 230 protections.  It also prohibits ‘excessive use of capital letters.’
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump's New Social Media Site Plans to Raise Money With Shell Company Scheme  —  The new company is supposedly “valued” at $1.7 billion, according to Trump.  —  Alerts  —  Former President Donald Trump, a white supremacist who barely knows how to use a computer, announced late Wednesday …
CNBC:
Shares of Trump-linked SPAC surge 400% following news of social media deal
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has paid his first voter fraud bounty.  It went to an unexpected recipient  —  Patrick, a Republican, promised to pay $25,000 to any tipster who came forward with evidence of real voter fraud.  He cut his first check this week.  —  AUSTIN — Nearly a year …
David Brock / New York Times:
I Was Wrong About Donald Trump  —  Mr. Brock led one of the largest Democratic super PACs dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 election.  Before he became a Democrat, he worked for The Washington Times and the Heritage Foundation.  —  Like most Democrats, I initially underestimated Donald Trump.
Discussion: CNN
Insider:
At informal ‘bitching’ dinners, Pete Buttigieg donors are chattering about prodding him to run against Kamala Harris in 2024 if Biden backs out  — Democrats publicly insist that Joe Biden will run again in 2024.  — But privately, some Democratic donors are preparing for a post-Biden campaign.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Washington Post:
China wipes Boston Celtics from NBA broadcasts after Enes Kanter slams Tibet abuses  —  The Boston Celtics are facing blowback in China after center Enes Kanter posted a video voicing his support for Tibetan independence.  —  The reaction was swift.  Chinese video-streaming giant Tencent cut …
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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Celtics Games Are Pulled in China After Enes Kanter's Pro-Tibet Posts
Washington Post:
Bannon only one of 19 not cooperating with Jan. 6 panel  —  Rise and shine, Early Birds!  T-minus 12 hours until “Dune” lands on a screen near you.  Tips, comments, dad jokes?  We're all ears (no spoilers!): earlytips@washpost.com.  —  On the Hill  —  All the committee's subpoenas …
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden's support is fading as concerns over the economy and Covid grow, CNBC survey finds  — Just 41% of the public approve of President Joe Biden's job performance, compared with 52% who disapprove, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.  — Fifty percent now approve …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Joint Statement from the United States, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Regarding a Compromise on a Transitional Approach to Existing Unilateral Measures During the Interim Period Before Pillar 1 is in Effect  — On October 8, 2021, the United States, Austria, France …
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Superman will no longer champion ‘the American way.’ It's sad, but our nation deserves it.  —  If you were a country aspiring to democracy or an effective COVID response, would you emulate America?  We are not living our best national life.  —  The Superman family is making a lot of news lately.
Discussion: Fox News
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
DeSantis calls for special Florida legislative session to fight Biden's vaccine mandate  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday called for a special legislative session to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates, taking the most aggressive action yet in his ongoing fight with the White House over Covid restrictions.
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
as Sharks Hunt Again  —  Nina Lanctot sprinted toward a calamity she had long ago foretold.  It was mid-September 2018.  Moments earlier, Lanctot, an ocean lifeguard and former collegiate swimmer, was eating lunch in the parking lot at Newcomb Hollow, a beach in the town of Wellfleet on Outer Cape Cod.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Capitol Rioters in Jail's ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base  —  Experts worry that a lack of de-radicalization efforts in jail could mean inmates falling further into the narrative that led to the January 6 violence in the first place.  —  TO
Caroline Downey / National Review:
NIH Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research in Wuhan, Says EcoHealth Violated Reporting Requirements  —  A top NIH official admitted in a Wednesday letter that U.S. taxpayers funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan and revealed that EcoHealth Alliance …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats brace for cuts to paid leave program as they whittle down Biden economic package  —  Lawmakers may end up authorizing only four weeks of benefits, far less than the 12 weeks that many initially sought.  —  When President Biden unveiled his political blueprint to aid workers …
David Schraub / The Debate Link:
Sunrise, Sunset  —  The American Federation of Teachers has several hundred thousand dollars invested in Israel bonds.  —  It has publicly endorsed a two-state solution promising self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians alike, and rejected BDS.  It has promoted its work in Israel …
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Knew About Letter That Compared Parents to Domestic Terrorists  —  The country's largest school board association collaborated with the Biden White House before sending a controversial letter calling on the FBI to investigate parents as potential domestic terrorists, according to previously unreported emails.
Natalie Shure / New Republic:
With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell's Worst Mistake  —  The passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell has provided the occasion for reflection on the man's most consequential act, which also happened to be his most shameful one: his February 2003 speech at the United Nations …
Discussion: Defector, Puck and Washington Post
Spencer Klavan / The American Mind:
Jen Psaki Hates You  —  The White House press secretary is a perfect representative of our spiteful ruling class.  —  Let us now praise Jennifer Rene Psaki—English major, sorority girl, mother of two.  Let us praise her seemingly endless supply of monochrome crew-neck blouses and pencil skirts …
Discussion: Instapundit and MacIver Institute
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Fundraising Craters as He Finally Shuns Spotlight  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has finally started to keep his mouth shut.  Turns out, that strategy has consequences.  —  As Rep. Matt Gaetz gears up for potential charges to drop, the Florida Republican has gotten much quieter …
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
Troy Closson / New York Times:
Unmasked NYPD Officers Remove Subway Rider After He Confronts Them  —  Andrew Gilbert said he repeatedly asked two officers to wear masks in accordance with M.T.A. and Police Department policy.  He was eventually pushed out of the station.  —  A New York City police officer grabs a male commuter …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning climate change threatens global security  —  As the United States and nations around the world struggle to blunt the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, sweeping assessments released Thursday by the White House …
NBC News:
New documents detail conflicts of interest DeJoy faced as post office head  —  New documents detail more than a dozen conflicts of interest Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced because of his and his family's investments in a number of companies closely tied to the U.S. Postal Service.
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Political Wire
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms  —  Republicans hope that concerns about critical race theory can help them in the midterm elections.  The issue has torn apart one Wisconsin suburb.  —  Little more than a year ago, Scarlett Johnson was a stay-at-home mother …
 
 
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Kathleen Ronayne / Associated Press:
California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods
New York Times:
New York City Helicopter Noise Complaints Tripled During Last Year
Politico:
Facebook lobbying surges to $5M amid whistleblower uproar
Washington Post:
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Smearing Popularism Does Not Help Black Voters
Discussion: The Federalist and Newsweek
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
‘You Are WEAK!’ Don Lemon ERUPTS on Biden, Democrats: 'It's Not Our Job to Sell Your Agenda for You!'
Discussion: TheGrio
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Lieberman / The Hill:
Beware the tea party of the left
Discussion: The Daily Poster
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
Using new law, L.A. City Council bans homeless encampments at 54 spots
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Todd Bensman / CIS.org:
In Historic United States First, National Guard Soldiers Start Arresting Illegal Migrants on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Discussion: The Federalist and Page Array
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Virginia GOP Candidate Glenn Youngkin Financed a PAC That Supports 2020 Deniers and 1/6 Apologists
Discussion: VA Scope and Real Clear Politics
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei paid Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby the White House
AFT Voices:
Student stories of pandemic trauma
Discussion: Twitchy
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden Has Lost Support Across All Groups Of Americans — But Especially Independents And Hispanics