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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” …
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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The architect of Trump's plot to steal the 2020 election explains himself — absurdly  —  The man who provided a road map for subverting democracy to a president intent upon doing just that, which the president then attempted to follow, would like to let you know that he is in fact the hero of this story.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Chris Lindahl / IndieWire:
Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin Contained Live Bullet, Says IATSE Local 44 — UPDATE  —  The incident took place October 21 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County.  It is under investigation.  —  Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin film …
Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin discharged prop gun that killed crew member, wounded director  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” Thursday on a movie set south of Santa Fe, killing the director of photography for the film he was working on and wounding its director, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas found guilty of orchestrating Russia-tied campaign finance scheme  —  Ex-Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was found guilty by a Manhattan jury Friday of violating campaign finance laws during a bumbling bid to launch a weed business and curry favor with President Donald Trump and other Republican bigshots.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Lauren del Valle / CNN:
Lev Parnas found guilty on campaign finance charges  —  New York (CNN)Rudy Giuliani's former associate Lev Parnas was convicted on six counts related to “influence buying” campaign finance schemes.  —  A jury of eight men and four women found Parnas guilty of scheming with co-conspirators …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Democrats within striking distance of deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that Democrats are within striking distance of winning a long-sought agreement on President Biden's sweeping domestic agenda.  —  Returning to the Capitol from a White House breakfast with the president …
Discussion: Politico, NBC News and Associated Press
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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:   Measuring-up the Democrats for defeat
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Are Turning Their Big Spending Bill Into Absolute Trash  —  It feels like Democrats are losing the plot.  —  As the party began trying to piece together its big social spending and climate package, a split emerged between lawmakers who wanted to pass fewer programs (but do them well) …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden named White House 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.
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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Associated Press:
China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden comments
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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law but grants expedited review for Nov. 1  —  The Supreme Court on Friday said it will consider legal arguments over the Texas abortion law that is the nation's most restrictive on Nov. 1, and that the law will remain in effect.
Luke Gentile / Washington Examiner:
Former ESPN reporter labels Biden's vaccine remarks dictatorial  —  A former ESPN reporter said President Joe Biden's remarks on vaccine mandates are evocative of a dictator's.  —  Allison Williams, who left ESPN over its vaccine mandate, said Biden's comment about “patience running thin” over vaccine mandates was unsettling.
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and The Federalist
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
House Ethics Office: ‘Substantial Reason To Believe’ Four Congressmen Violated Laws  —  The House Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial reason to believe” four congressmen—Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) and Alex Mooney (R-W.V.) …
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
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Report Finds No Wrongdoing in Hiring of Trump Loyalist as N.S.A.'s Top Lawyer
Discussion: emptywheel
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company  —  A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges …
Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Make the Midterms About Republicans?  —  Everyone knows the saying, which has been attributed to Otto von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.”  This year, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have led a grisly, excruciatingly long tour …
Discussion: Defense One
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz 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.
Associated Press:
Where are the workers?  Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans.  Many people, they argued …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
CNN:
House investigators target the money trail behind January 6 rally  —  ‘Peril’ details Trump's plans before Jan. 6  —  (CNN)The House select committee is setting its sights on the financing behind events and people associated with January 6, CNN has learned, including money that funded pro-Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Duluth News Tribune
Washington Post:
Democrats move to finalize new ‘billionaire’ tax plan, targeting 700 wealthiest Americans as key source of revenue for spending plan  —  Senior Democrats are preparing a sweeping new tax plan that would aim to raise hundreds of billions of dollars from the fortunes of America's roughly 700 billionaires …
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Surviving Nearly All Court Challenges  —  With limited exceptions, judges uphold requirements that government workers, public-university students and contractors get shots  —  A range of people—from nurses to firefighters to students—have filed lawsuits objecting …
Washington Post:
Youngkin accused of antisemitism after claiming allies of Jewish donor George Soros ‘inserted’ operatives into Virginia school boards  —  GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin is facing allegations of antisemitism after accusing allies of Jewish philanthropist George Soros of a shadowy campaign …
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Why does a democratic republic founded in opposition to monarchy tolerate billionaires?  —  They are never self-made.  —  In Thursday's post, I imagined a world in which conservatives placed equality at the center of their sensibilities.  It was fun, though hardly realistic.
Maureen Breslin / The Hill:
Black, female DC police officers say they were given ultimatum: Have an abortion or be fired  —  D.C.'s assistant police chief this week claimed that as an 18-year-old cadet she was told to get an abortion or she would be fired, according to reports from NBC News.
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 a bathroom.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House  —  For governments to function amid deep disagreements among their major players, they sometimes evolve shared understandings.  Their premise is that in some conflicts, preserving the integrity of the system …
Ken Kurson / California Globe:
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Target Store on Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave  —  This story has been updated to add comment from a Target spokesman.  —  Last week, after Walgreens announced that five additional outlets in San Francisco would be closing on top of the 17 that already …
Michael Brendan Dougherty / American Compass:
The Snowflakes Aren't Melting … Commentators and culture warriors have popularized the term “snowflake” in recent years to describe the people, mostly younger Americans, who demand “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect them from the harm of “microaggressions” and “cultural appropriation.”
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Liz Cheney and Jamie Raskin as tensions rise during contempt vote  —  (CNN)Drama on the House floor developed when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Reps. Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney as the House was voting on the criminal contempt resolution against Steve Bannon.
 
 
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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Earnings Requirement Would Undermine Child Tax Credit's Poverty-Reducing Impact While Doing Virtually Nothing to Boost Parents' Employment
getrevue.co:
The U.S. President in the Court of Public Opinion
Discussion: Honest Graft
Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Do Bad Cops Stay in Power? Just Look at Miami.
Discussion: CBS Miami
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit hits $2.77 trillion in 2021, 2nd highest
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Pundits Have a Terrible Track Record of Predicting Midterms a Year in Advance
Samuel Goldman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
What We Lose When We Lose Thomas Jefferson
Discussion: Persuasion and spiked
Financial Times:
Russian mercenaries leave trail of destruction in the Central African Republic
Madeleine May / VICE:
Death Threats Are Creating a Mass Exodus of Election Officials
Discussion: Slate, Alternet.org, YouTube and Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Bradley Hope / Whale Hunting:
Jared Kushner's Middle East Cash Grab
CNN:
Texas abortion ban is an early glimpse of what post-Roe America would look like for women
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
The Left and Right each have a Jan. 6 myth
Samantha Lock / The Guardian:
Rightwing pundit Candace Owens suggests US invade Australia to ‘free an oppressed people’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Root
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  In 1959 the British novelist C.P. Snow delivered a lecture …