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Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Minimum Tax Resurfaces as Democrats Hunt for Money  —  Senators offer updated plan to impose minimum levies on profitable corporations; key moderate lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema endorses proposal  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats announced a 15% minimum tax on large companies' income on Tuesday …
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin waffles on billionaire tax  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is telling colleagues he has deep concerns about a proposed “billionaire tax” but is waiting for more details before making a final decision, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Forbes and Political Wire
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes sexual assault by US senator  —  Revelation of incident ‘buried’ by Abedin contained in new memoir Both/And, to be published next week  —  Huma Abedin, a longtime close aide to Hillary Clinton, has written in a new book that she was sexually assaulted …
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BBC:   Huma Abedin: Clinton aide details sex assault by US senator
Sarah Donaldson / ABC News:
Manchin speaks out about his tough bargaining with Biden, fellow Democrats  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” the West Virginia Democrat said.  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday when when asked …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal
Discussion: New York Times
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate
Discussion: The Hill
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee expected to subpoena lawyer who advised Trump, Pence on how to overturn election  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to subpoena John Eastman, the pro-Trump legal scholar who outlined scenarios for denying Joe Biden the presidency, according to the panel's chairman.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators postpone push for some Trump records  —  The National Archives concluded the documents were relevant to the panel's investigation, but lawmakers chose to “defer” the request after talks with the Biden White House.  —  It's unclear whether the committee delayed its pursuit …
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
McConnell joins Trump, backs Herschel Walker in Georgia's 2022 GOP Senate primary  —  The retired football star is running for a U.S. Senate seat in a crucial Georgia race that could determine if Republicans win back a majority in D.C.  —  Herschel Walker on the push to flip Georgia red
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Herschel Walker gets McConnell's blessing  —  The Senate minority leader is endorsing Trump's favored candidate in Georgia, closing the book on initial establishment doubt over Walker.  —  Herschel Walker, who received an endorsement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, could lock down the GOP primary in Georgia.
Mark Scott / Politico:
The Facebook Papers reveal the limits of regulation.  It's time to think bigger.  —  Mark Scott is chief technology correspondent at POLITICO.  —  If the revelations from the so-called Facebook Papers showed us anything, it's that new rules for policing what's posted online are needed.  And fast.
Discussion: Crooked Media
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Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
As the anti-Facebook frenzy accelerates, remember: The problem isn't just a single platform
Steve Rosenberg / BBC:
Moldova: Russia threatens gas supply in Europe's poorest state  —  His country is immersed in a gas crisis.  But Nicu Popescu is trying to remain positive.  —  “On Monday our country made history,” Moldova's foreign minister tells me.  “For the first time Moldova bought gas from a source that was not Russia's Gazprom.”
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Financial Times:   Gazprom offered Moldova new gas deal in exchange for weaker EU ties
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Trade Commission Scrutinizing Facebook Disclosures  —  Lawmakers want agency to determine if Facebook engaged in deceptive conduct; company says internal research is mischaracterized  —  WASHINGTON—Federal Trade Commission staffers have begun looking into disclosures …
Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Men shot by Rittenhouse can be described as ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules ahead of trial  —  Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyers can refer to the men he shot as “rioters” and “looters,” but prosecutors still may not call them “victims” at any time during the teen's upcoming murder trial, a judge ruled Monday.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Except for every sticking point, Dems are close to a deal  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: SCOTT VS. SCHUMER IN TV AD WARS — A local TV station in Nevada took down a pro-CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO ad Tuesday after the NRSC complained it included “flagrantly false” …
Justin George / Washington Post:
Two Metro cars with known defects continued operating until safety inspectors alerted the agency, officials say  —  The details raise questions about the urgency, awareness and response of Metro toward wheel assembly failures  —  Days after a train derailment triggered a federal investigation …
CNN:
'It's absolutely getting worse': Secretaries of state targeted by Trump election lies live in fear for their safety and are desperate for protection  —  (CNN)"I am a hunter — and I think you should be hunted," a woman can be heard saying in a voicemail left for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in September.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Chris Marsh / Money: Inside and Out:
The greatest peacetime surge in household wealth  —  Household net worth in the United States has increased USD25 trillion since end-2019, or nearly 115% of GDP … The exceptional policy response during the pandemic has facilitated the largest ever peacetime expansion in household wealth in the United States (US).
Emily Alford / Jezebel:
Dave Chappelle Says Hannah Gadsby Is ‘Not Funny.’ The Laughter At Her Show Taping Suggests Otherwise  —  “Not only did I laugh, but I laughed so hard I might have peed a little,” one audience member told Jezebel.  —  Alerts  —  As Dave Chappelle moves into his third week of defending his Netflix special …
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Changes to Iowa voting laws have caught some off guard, with the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2 election already passing a week ago.
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas House committee to investigate school districts' books on race and sexuality  —  Rep. Matt Krause, a candidate for state attorney general, asks school superintendents to confirm whether any books on a list of 850 titles are in their libraries and classrooms.  —  Copy link
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Washington Free Beacon:
Top News Organizations Run Huawei-Sponsored Puff Pieces  —  Politico, Reuters partner with China-backed telecom giant  —  Some of the country's most prominent news organizations have partnership deals with telecom giant Huawei, which the U.S. government considers a national security risk because of links to the Chinese government.
Discussion: Instapundit
Caroline Lowbridge / BBC:
'We're being pressured into sex by some trans women'  —  Is a lesbian transphobic if she does not want to have sex with trans women?  Some lesbians say they are increasingly being pressured and coerced into accepting trans women as partners - then shunned and even threatened for speaking out.
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94  —  A self-appointed warrior against hypocrisy, he revolutionized comedy in the 1950s by addressing political and social issues.  —  Mort Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues …
Rep. David N. Cicilline / The Hill:
To ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster  —  On Nov. 3, 2020, Americans went to the polls in record numbers and voted to give Democrats control of the House, Senate, and the White House based on the promise that we would finally deliver on the most pressing issues facing our country …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped  —  A law firm that employed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has made a cottage industry out of aggressively fighting victims of alleged sexual abuse in schools, being paid huge sums …
Reed Galen:
Virginia on the Brink  —  I grew up in Northern Virginia; right along border between McLean and Falls Church.  My springs were spent at McLean Little League.  I spent the fall rooting for a football team whose name no longer exists.  —  My Saturday mornings were spent at Temple Rodef Shalom, struggling through Hebrew school.
CNN:
Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks suggest  —  New York (CNN Business)In public, Facebook has touted the resources it has dedicated to tackling Covid-19 and vaccine misinformation, even scolding US President Joe Biden for his harsh criticism …
Reuters:
Islamic State in Afghanistan could be able to attack U.S. in 6 months-Pentagon official  —  The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Islamic State in Afghanistan could have the capability to attack the United States in as little as six months, and has the intention to do so, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Tuesday.
 
 
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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Republican legislator charged with poaching and firearms violations
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
Republicans Are Manufacturing Fake Fraud
Discussion: Raw Story
Laura Field / New Republic:
Pro-Trump Professors Are Plotting an Authoritarian Comeback
Discussion: Raw Story and WEB OF EVIL
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Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
‘Reasonable questions’ over financing of Donald Trump's Scottish resorts, court hears
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA