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Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Community, but Says He's 'Not Bending to Anybody's Demands' … Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new stand-up video, saying that he is willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees …
Washington Post:
The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook's CEO chose growth over safety … Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam's ruling Communist Party to censor anti-government dissidents or risk getting knocked offline in one of Facebook's most lucrative Asian markets.
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Robby Soave / Reason:
The Facebook Papers Are a Big Fat Nothingburger  —  More than a dozen mainstream media organizations published reports today on the so-called Facebook Papers, a trove of internal company documents obtained and released by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen.  The headlines promised dramatic revelations and damning indictments.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’  —  Before I tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day …
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory?  Look at Virginia's Schools—For More Than 75 Years  —  Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin was raised on official, state-taught racism.  I should know.  So was I.  —  Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has decided …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe should not fan the flames of voter suspicion  —  If there's one thing that former president Donald Trump has taught us, it's how toxic to the system it is to question the legitimacy of election results.  Mr. Trump continues to lie about his resounding loss in 2020 and insist that other Republicans accept the lie, too.
Discussion: Mediaite, National Review and IJR
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Pence to deliver address on ‘educational freedom’ in Virginia
Discussion: Fox News and DCist
NBC News:
Manchin puts paid family leave, Medicare vouchers on spending bill chopping block  —  Manchin not supportive of Medicare vouchers, paid family leave components of spending bill  —  WASHINGTON — Paid family leave, one of the hallmarks of President Joe Biden's social safety net agenda …
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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Biden and Democrats Push for Budget Deal This Week as Rifts Remain
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Times and CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn't involved in planning Jan. 6 rally before U.S. Capitol riot  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday he did not help plan a Jan. 6 rally that preceded an attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved the deaths of at least five people and injuries to hundreds more.
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Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration expected to name GOP official who challenged Trump's lies to key election security role  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to name Kim Wyman, a Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud …
Discussion: The Guardian and WPTA21
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Jon Ossoff open to change filibuster rules for voting rights  —  U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff made some news during an hour-long appearance at the Atlanta Press Club luncheon on Friday when he was pressed by one of your Insiders on his stance on a filibuster overhaul.In the past …
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:
First on CNN: Biden White House rejects more executive privilege claims by Trump  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden has once again refused to assert executive privilege over more documents that former President Donald Trump has sought to keep out of the hands of the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Discussion: CBS News, NBC News and The Hill
Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators privately question Bannon associate  —  Dustin Stockton, a conservative activist linked to Steve Bannon, is fielding questions Monday from congressional investigators scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the interview.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Deficit shrinks in the first year of Joe Biden's presidency  —  When it comes to the deficit, we've endured a consistent pattern for four decades.  As the deficit shrinks in the Biden era, the pattern remains intact.  —  American workers gain upper hand to demand better working conditions
Discussion: Washington Times
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Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
[Exclusive] [PIC] Ron DeSantis Accused of Attending Drinking Party With Students At High School Where He Taught  —  After college and before law school, Ron DeSantis spent a year teaching history at a high school in Georgia.  According to a source with close knowledge of the matter …
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy and Page Array
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
A Breathtakingly Dishonest Tax Rant in the New York Times  —  Columnist Binyamin Appelbaum butchers the facts to tar Republicans as a threat to ‘the American experiment in multicultural democracy.’  —  In a tour de force of reaction, dishonesty, and motivated historical illiteracy …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr. Is Hawking Shockingly Tacky ‘Alec Baldwin Kills People’ T-Shirts  —  The Trump son also posted a photoshopped pic of Baldwin wearing one of the Ts, three days after the accidental and fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.  —  It's only been three days since Alec Baldwin accidentally shot …
New York Times:
Yes, There Has Been Progress on Climate.  No, It's Not Nearly Enough.  —  Global greenhouse gas emissions in gigatonnes CO2-eq. per year, with projections of warming above pre-industrial levels by 2100  —  In 2014, before the Paris climate agreement, the world was on track to heat …
Discussion: HotAir
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Dan Charles / NPR:
The COP26 summit to fight climate change is about to start. Here's what to expect
Discussion: Brookings and Morning Consult
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Taps School Board Association Honcho For Post In Wake Of Infamous Letter  —  The Department of Education earlier this month tapped the president of the National School Board Association to serve on a federal board that tracks student progress, the latest indication …
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Is Being Investigated by the Manhattan D.A., Sources Say  —  Two former models have met with prosecutors following claims of rape and sexual assault against the former “best friend” of Jeffrey Epstein.  —  Last week the mandarins of high finance assembled at the Beverly Hilton …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Biden's latest tax-the-rich scheme would be an unworkable and possibly unconstitutional mess  —  The Biden administration's idea to tax billionaires' unrealized capital gains may sound good to the tax-the-rich crowd.  In practice, it would be an unworkable and arguably unconstitutional mess that could harm everyone.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Thanksgiving Food Prices Increase as Supply Chain Costs Rise  —  Nearly every ingredient, from the turkey to the after-dinner coffee, is expected to cost more, for a host of reasons.  —  Thanksgiving 2021 could be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.
Discussion: Twitchy and Gawker
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Montanans used to live and let live.  Today bitter confrontations dim Big Sky Country.  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — By the time the third teenager had died by suicide since the start of the school year, the Flathead Valley was desperate for unity.  The community had been jittery for months.
Discussion: Press Watch
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Longtime Voting Rights Attorney To Federal Court Seat  —  Myrna Pérez, 47, will now be a lifetime judge on a U.S. appeals court.  —  The Senate voted Monday to confirm Myrna Pérez, a longtime voting rights attorney and advocate, to a lifetime seat on a U.S. appeals court.
Discussion: NBC News
Jonathan M. Katz / The Racket:
Introducing ... The Racket … Back in 2019, when the world was young, I started an email newsletter.  My goals were simple: a place to connect with readers, play around with form and writing, and draw connections between history and current events.  —  Two and a half years and tens …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Friction between Senate and DeSantis grows  —  Presented by Florida Education Champions  —  Hello and welcome to Monday.  —  Here we go — So there's another front opening up in Florida's mask wars, and this time Senate President Wilton Simpson is defending his turf against the administration of GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Texas Republicans found another way to empower the white vote  —  Last week, the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved new maps redrawing congressional and state legislative districts that effectively carve out districts to hold on to conservative white power.
Wall Street Journal:
Does Taiwan's Military Stand a Chance Against China?  Few Think So.  —  Poor preparation and low morale are pressing concerns; sweeping leaves and pulling weeds in basic training  —  The concern that China might try to seize Taiwan is preoccupying American military planners and administration officials.
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Soros Bankrolls Far-Left Group at Heart of Anti-Semitism Scandal  —  Soros gives millions to Sunrise Movement which refuses to rally with Jewish organizations … Soros did not respond to a request for comment on his future funding of the organization.  —  Soros and his allies have raised …
 
 
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Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Releases Updated 2020 Hate Crime Statistics
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde fined by House Ethics Committee for breaking mask rules
Discussion: National Review
Allison Mollenkamp / Maryland Matters:
Prince George's County Police Resist Release of Misconduct Records, Despite Law Change
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Here's the FBI's Internal Guide for Getting Data from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Discussion: Reason
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of a Major Conservative Group
Discussion: The Guardian
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Goes All In on Vaccine Skepticism No more playing coy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
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American Greatness:
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Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment