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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.
Discussion: HotAir
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Kyrsten Sinema's Own Advisers Just Dumped Her
Discussion: Washington Post and 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 …
Axios:
Scoop: “How about zero?”  Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors  —  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.
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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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy
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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 …
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate for CA Sec. of State Claims She Inspired Witch's Murder  —  Rachel Hamm, a candidate for Secretary of State in California, has the backing of major figures in Trumpworld.  She also had a Satanist sacrifice a raven on her lawn.  —  In her bid to be California's Secretary of State …
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: First Draft and 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
Kim Ghattas / The Atlantic:
What the Loss of Freedom Feels Like  —  From my home in Beirut, I think of Hong Kong all the time.  Even though I've never been and have no real ties to it, I feel as though I have a stake in its future.  I stare at news headlines that read, “Hong Kong Families, Fearing a Reign of Terror …
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.
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
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 …
Rudy Chinchilla / NBC10 Philadelphia:
No Proof Anyone ‘Callously’ Took Video of Rape on SEPTA Train, DA Says  —  “That is simply not true.  It did not happen.  We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said
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
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.
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 …
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, National Review and HotAir
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 …
Discussion: NBC News
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
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
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
 
 
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Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Texas says Supreme Court should leave in place controversial abortion law
Washington Post:
FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE  —  Where civilization emerged between the Tigris and Euphrates …
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: New Republic and TheGrio
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms
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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: Townhall, 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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei paid Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby the White House
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Natalie Shure / New Republic:
With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell's Worst Mistake
Discussion: Defector, Puck and Washington Post
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden Has Lost Support Across All Groups Of Americans — But Especially Independents And Hispanics
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden's support is fading as concerns over the economy and Covid grow, CNBC survey finds
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Fundraising Craters as He Finally Shuns Spotlight
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report