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Variety:
Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Injured Director  —  Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.  —  The incident occurred on the set of …
John McCormack / National Review:
John Eastman vs. the Eastman Memo  —  In extensive conversations with NR, the Trump legal adviser behind a fiercely disputed memo advising Pence to reject Biden electors claims it doesn't reflect his own views.  —  n January 6, President Donald Trump took the stage at the “Save America Rally” …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden named staff secretary for President Biden  —  Neera Tanden was named the next White House staff secretary on Friday morning, putting her in the nerve center of the building charged with overseeing the paper flow for President Biden, according to a White House official briefed on the move.
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case  —  The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.  —  The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors …
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz Currently Blocked from Practicing Law  —  Matt Gaetz is facing an investigation for underage sex trafficking and has had fundraising slow down to a drip.  Now he's been deemed ineligible to practice law in Florida.  —  This is one bar tab Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may regret not paying.
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
Axios:
Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee  —  Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him.  —  Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader …
Discussion: CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Breitbart and Insider
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Tom LoBianco / Vanity Fair:
“He's Making Real Money for the First Time in His Life”: Mike Pence Is Already Cashing In on His Potential 2024 Run
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden showed candor in town hall but also made some damaging remarks  —  (CNN)Joe Biden, showing candor and good humor, on Thursday reminded America why it picked him as President in a dark hour of crisis.  But, at a CNN town hall in Baltimore, he also showed his tendency to send his own White House …
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney?  Consultants Forced to Choose  —  The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy …
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Amy Cheng / Washington Post:
Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin again attacked Western liberalism in a fiery address on Thursday, blasting so-called cancel culture and advances in gay and transgender rights.
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
The Left and Right each have a Jan. 6 myth  —  Jan. 6, 2021, was a defining moment in Donald Trump's presidency.  It was an ugly day in American history.  —  But what occurred on that day at the Capitol has been skewed by both Left and Right.  In order to advance tribalist narratives …
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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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sounds like Sinema's about to make a deal on reconciliation
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politico and CNN
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans  —  Recipients of the Moderna and the J.&J. vaccines may receive extra doses, although the shots continue to prevent illness and death.  —  In a sweeping victory for the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement  —  Podcaster Joe Rogan's three-hour interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta last week was an amicable affair, though it got a bit tense when the topic turned to the network's coverage of Rogan's recent bout with covid.  “It's a lie.
Washington Post:
Where President Biden's economic plan appears to stand right now: From taxes to climate policy to Medicare to immigration  —  Even as negotiations over President Biden's economic package continue, Democratic officials have started signaling which parts of the White House agenda could be cut …
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Email from Loudoun Co. superintendent alerted school board on day of bathroom assault  —  The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools sent a brief, confidential email to school board members on May 28 — the same day a female student at Stone Bridge High School said she was sexually assaulted in bathroom.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Another voice of reason retires  —  The disparate House Democratic caucus is broken into factions: left-wing progressives, mainstream moderates, old bulls, young turks.  Then there is David Price, a wise owl who comes as close as any to winning respect from all.
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:   Jackie Calmes proposes a baby step for political reporters
Washington Post:
U.S. communities want to share unused vaccines with Mexico, but the White House won't let them  —  MEXICO CITY — For months, health officials and hospital executives in Southern California watched as coronavirus vaccines neared their expiration dates unused while demand for doses waned.
Vincent Ni / The Guardian:
China warns against ‘wrong signals’ as Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan  —  Administration insists there is no change of policy after president says US has ‘a commitment’ to defend island  —  China has urged the US to “avoid sending any wrong signals” after President Joe Biden for a second …
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Financial Times:
Biden vows to defend Taiwan from Chinese military action
Discussion: Breitbart
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind.  A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’  —  Two days after arriving at a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital with covid-19 in September, Misty Mitchem was put on a ventilator.  Another two days later, she died.
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business.  Now Store Shelves Are Empty  —  Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
Katie Bo Lillis / CNN:
Watchdog finds Pentagon appropriately sidelined Trump appointee to key National Security Agency job after alleged security incidents  —  Washington (CNN)Michael Ellis, who was installed as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency during President Donald Trump's final days in office …
Discussion: GovExec.com
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden: I made all the vaccinations happen.  AP fact checker: No, you didn't  —  All it would take is one look at any of the recent presidential approval polls to let you know that not a lot is getting done in Washington these days, and the headlines from around the rest of the country don't look much better.
Discussion: Associated Press
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Taliban beheaded female volleyball player, posted photos online, coach says  —  An Afghan volleyball player on the girls' national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head then posted on social media, according to her coach.
New York Post:
Democrats aim to make anyone who disagrees with them an enemy of the state  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-The Moon) made the Democratic position clear Thursday: If you're not with us, you're terrorists.  —  During his opening statement for the Attorney General Merrick Garland hearing …
Discussion: Instapundit
Corey DeAngelis / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' teachable moment  —  President Joe Biden and Gov. Ralph Northam both decisively won Virginia in their last elections by about 10 percentage points.  Yet with Election Day approaching, polling shows former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin neck and neck in the race to succeed Northam.
Discussion: Politico, Crooks and Liars and CNN
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  Column: Who will speak for ordinary Americans?  —  In 1959 the British novelist C.P. Snow delivered a lecture at the University of Cambridge entitled “The Two Cultures.”  Snow's topic was the gradual separation of scientific knowledge from humanistic knowledge …
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Americans hate ‘big government’ until they experience the benefits  —  Progressives should build on the basic building blocks of policy to combat the existential dread of “big government.”  —  The Gallup Organization asks Americans annually whether they want government to do more to solve …
Samantha Lock / The Guardian:
Rightwing pundit Candace Owens suggests US invade Australia to ‘free an oppressed people’  —  The high-profile conservative commentator described Australia as a ‘tyrannical police state’ during an episode of her self-titled TV show  —  Outspoken conservative political commentator Candace Owens …
New York Times:
What Keeping American Democracy Alive Looks Like … Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’  —  In the wake of the “Stop the Steal” campaign, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the wave of voter suppression bills making their way through Republican legislatures across the country …
The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director  —  Walter Shaub shares some of the Trump admin's unsettling ethics violations—and goes off on Biden.  Plus, Esquire's Charles P. Pierce talks “the conservative media octopus.”
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Booted Off Jan. 6 Panel Is Running a Shadow Probe  —  Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was kicked off the Jan. 6 Committee, but that hasn't stopped him from asking agencies for whatever information they provide to the panel.  —  Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was one of the two Republicans that Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: Raw Story
Leighton Woodhouse / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Reality of ‘Anti-Racism’ Across America  —  How Midwestern farmers, New York students, Seattle cops, Oakland teachers, and art docents in Chicago are collateral damage in an ideological war.  —  The dogma of “anti-racism” began with an incontrovertible reality: For centuries …
 
 
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Olivia Gazis / CBS News:
Intelligence community says climate change effects will “exacerbate risks” to national security
Discussion: Raw Story
Devyani Chhetri / Greenville News:
General Electric, Lockheed Martin employees protest workplace vaccine mandates
Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
Dems' vaccine mandates for police are bound to backfire
New York Times:
Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers
David Webb / The Hill:
Pretzel logic  —  In two examples, how the left gets their way while American citizens pay the price.
 Earlier Items: 
National Review:
Canceling Thomas Jefferson
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Schumer endorses Walton for Buffalo mayor
Nature:
Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations
Discussion: UPI
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions
Jacob Fenston / DCist:
This Is What Climate Change Will Look Like In D.C.
Discussion: Twitchy