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Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn't involved in planning Jan. 6 rally before U.S. Capitol riot
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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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump is killing American democracy  —  A reminder — the one-year anniversary of the 2020 presidential election is days away.  —  Yes, it is quite the milestone because the losing candidate, Donald Trump, still refuses to concede that he lost.  —  Get this — Trump now declares …
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, The Hill and Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Democrats quietly scramble to include immigration provision in social spending bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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 …
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:
In advance of climate summit, tension among Biden aides on China policy  —  In the early summer, with less than five months to go before a critical United Nations climate conference in Scotland, John F. Kerry told President Biden that he wouldn't achieve his goal of tackling climate change …
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New York Times:
Yes, There Has Been Progress on Climate. No, It's Not Nearly Enough.
Discussion: HotAir
Dan Charles / NPR:
The COP26 summit to fight climate change is about to start. Here's what to expect
Discussion: Brookings and Morning Consult
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
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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.
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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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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Pence to deliver address on ‘educational freedom’ in Virginia
Discussion: Fox News and DCist
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The party of thugs  —  In 2020, Joe Biden repeatedly insisted that once Donald Trump departed office the Republican Party would become more reasonable.  Instead, it has become even more of a party of thugs, where basic norms of polite behavior are held in contempt.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Deficit shrinks in the first year of Joe Biden's presidency
Discussion: Washington Times and Insider
Sara Murray / CNN:
Trump endorsed Herschel Walker, Max Miller and Sean Parnell.  They're now facing scrutiny over their pasts  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is throwing his support behind a trio of candidates whose troubled pasts have come under scrutiny, as he continues to influence the standards of the GOP from his post-presidency perch.
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and HotAir
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Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
In case at center of political firestorm, judge finds teen committed sexual assault in Virginia school bathroom  —  In a case that has generated a political firestorm, a Virginia juvenile court judge found sufficient evidence during a trial Monday to sustain charges that a teen sexually assaulted …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
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
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: Page Array, RedState and Twitchy
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
New York Post:
‘We will not comply!’:  NYC workers protest vax mandate with march across Brooklyn Bridge  —  City workers took to the streets Monday to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio's vaccine mandate for the entire municipal workforce.  —  At least 20 people were arrested during the protest, a police source said.
Discussion: The Western Journal
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.
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.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
‘Swear to god, true story,’ Biden says as he tells ‘false’ Amtrak story for 5th time  —  President Biden on Monday repeated — for the fifth time this year — a made up story to illustrate his closeness to Amtrak and a former conductor named Angelo Negri.  —  Biden told the tale — declared …
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Longtime Voting Rights Attorney To Federal Court Seat
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Jon Ossoff open to change filibuster rules for voting rights
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Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Releases Updated 2020 Hate Crime Statistics
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Spencer Kimball / CNBC:
Business groups ask White House to delay Biden Covid vaccine mandate until after the holidays
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Here's the FBI's Internal Guide for Getting Data from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Discussion: Reason
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Taps School Board Association Honcho For Post In Wake Of Infamous Letter
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Goes All In on Vaccine Skepticism No more playing coy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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