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Washington Post:
Ahead of Jan. 6, Willard hotel in downtown D.C. was a Trump team ‘command center’ for effort to deny Biden the presidency  —  They called it the “command center,” a set of rooms and suites in the posh Willard hotel a block from the White House where some of President Donald Trump's …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Services Are Used to Spread Religious Hatred in India, Internal Documents Show  —  Company researchers say anti-Muslim material is rife and calls to violence coincided with deadly riots last year.  Facebook says it's working to improve enforcement.
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New York Times:
In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech  —  Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company's biggest market.  —  On Feb. 4, 2019, a Facebook researcher created a new user account …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Obama gives fiery speech for McAuliffe: 'Don't sit this one out'  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Former President Obama delivered a fiery address campaigning for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Saturday, urging Democrats to flock to the polls and taking a number of swings …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Virginia's gubernatorial race tests the fear-of-Trump factor as a political motivator
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
National School Boards Association disavows letter that led to FBI parent crackdown  —  The National School Boards Association board of directors repudiated a letter its two top officials sent to President Biden that precipitated Attorney General Merrick Garland's order the FBI to investigate complaints …
Discussion: The College Fix and Breitbart
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Peter King / The Hill:
The battle over school boards is a disaster for Democrats
Daniel Boguslaw / The Intercept:
As Sen. Joe Manchin's Star Rose in West Virginia, the FBI and IRS Probed His Closest Allies … In June 2010, the body of Sen. Robert Byrd lay in repose on the floor of the U.S. Senate, offering his colleagues a final opportunity to pay their respects.  For years, Byrd had lorded …
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden postpones release of JFK assassination files, citing pandemic-related delays  —  President Biden has further postponed the release of secret government files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, citing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jesse O'Neill / New York Post:
Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic
Discussion: HotAir
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Travis Tritt, who is against vaccine mandates, to sing national anthem before Game 6 of NLCS  —  ATLANTA — If Game 6 of the National League Championship Series were held at Dodger Stadium, country star Travis Tritt likely would not be willing to perform the national anthem.
Reuters:
Fact Check-Biden talked about corporations not paying ‘a cent’ in town hall hand gesture moment  —  A hand gesture U.S. president Joe Biden made during a CNN town hall in Baltimore on Oct. 21 was in reference to corporations not paying taxes.  Some social media users are isolating a screenshot …
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
Bipartisan legislators demand answers from Fauci on ‘cruel’ puppy experiments  —  “Our investigators show that Fauci's NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive,” White Coat Waste said.
Washington Post:
Biden's critics hurl increasingly vulgar taunts  —  BOISE — On a quiet street south of downtown Boise, Michael Dick has festooned his front yard with homemade signs, including a large yellow placard that facetiously thanks President Biden for a growing list of grievances — $4-a-gallon gas, inflation, Afghanistan, covid-19.
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy and Althouse
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Surgeon General asked to leave Tina Polsky's office after refusing to wear mask  —  Polsky will begin radiation therapy treatment for cancer next week.  —  Florida's top public health official was asked to leave a state Senator's office this week after refusing to don a mask in her office.
The Hill:
Biden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling  —  President Biden's public remarks Thursday that the United States would come to Taiwan's defense if it were attacked by China left White House officials scrambling to explain it did not represent a shift in U.S. policy.
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Jonathan Shelley / WPTA21:
Rep. Banks: ‘Twitter has suspended my official account’ … FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Rep. Jim Banks says his official congressional account has been suspended by Twitter.  —  In a tweet from his personal account — which the Republican from Columbia City also uses frequently …
New York Times:
What Kind of Mayor Might Eric Adams Be?  No One Seems to Know.  —  The vegan, meditating ex-police officer is on the cusp of becoming New York's new mayor.  Which version of him would show up at City Hall?  —  Eric Adams could not resist the story.  —  In a 2019 commencement address …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Pessimistic Electorate Behind Biden's Approval Ratings  —  In the era of modern polling, only Donald J. Trump has had a lower approval rating than President Biden's at this early stage of his term.  —  What's dragging down President Biden's approval rating?  —  Everyone.  —  And everything.
Discussion: Insider and Washington Examiner
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Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan  —  “I totally resent the lie you are now propagating.”  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to be channeling the frustration of millions of Americans when he spoke those words during an invective-laden, made-for-Twitter Senate hearing on July 20.
Discussion: TheBlaze and National Review
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Emily Kopp / CQ.com:   NIH grantee in Wuhan faces questions, deadline for more information
Washington Post:
Sinema's silence on spending bill vexes many Democrats while she digs in on talks out of public view  —  Senate Democrats left their weekly lunch on Tuesday proclaiming that every person in the room — from Vermont's Bernie Sanders to West Virginia's Joe Manchin III — was unified on the urgency …
Discussion: HotAir, PolitiFact and AM New York
Bill McCarthy / PolitiFact:
Newsmax, Fox News air outdated, out-of-context photos of empty shelves in segments bashing Biden  — ECONOMY - FOOD - PUNDITS - TRADE - FACEBOOK FACT-CHECKS - PUNDITFACT - CORONAVIRUS  —  In recent segments, both Newsmax and Fox News displayed old, out-of-context photos in a misleading …
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall  —  The field's future lies in reclaiming parts of its past that it willingly abandoned.  —  There was a time, at the start of the 20th century, when the field of public health was stronger and more ambitious.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
‘My god what an idiot’: J.D. Vance gets whacked for past Trump comments  —  Two super PACs have launched a nearly $1 million coordinated ad buy attacking “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance in Ohio, aiming to tear him down for his previous opposition to Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Sam Baker / Axios:
Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true  —  This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.
Gregory Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
The Unlikely Outsiders Who Won the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine  —  Uğur Şahin and Stéphane Bancel were long underestimated by investors and scientists.  But when Covid-19 threatened the globe, these two unknowns had a solution.  —  It was early October 2019 and Uğ …
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
‘New Democrats’ Break With Their Anti-Welfare Past And Back Biden's Agenda  —  Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state is the centrist Democrat at the center of everything.  —  WASHINGTON ― When a small group of Democrats held up a procedural vote on President Joe Biden's policy agenda in August …
Discussion: Bloomberg
 
 
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CNN:
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
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Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
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