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Washington Post:
New cases down nearly 60 percent since delta variant surge … New coronavirus infections in the United States have dropped nearly 60 percent since a September spike brought on by the more contagious delta variant, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.
Discussion: Humanizing The Vacuum
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Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
Why the Virginia Election Is Freaking Democrats Out  —  Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.  —  With just under a week to go, the governor's race in Virginia has gotten tighter than Spanx on a hippo, prompting much agita in Democratic circles.  When the Democrats won full control …
NBC News:
Democrats and Republicans each have one big advantage in close Virginia race  —  WASHINGTON — The latest poll in Virginia — from the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University — confirms what we already know about next week's race for governor: It's neck and neck.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg
Rémy Numa / Fox News:
McAuliffe buys ‘fake news’ ads in effort to sway voters, Fox News investigation finds  —  Ads link to ‘news’ websites that have been widely described as disinformation and ‘partisan propaganda’  —  McAuliffe, Youngkin in tight race for Virginia governor  —  Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe …
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’
Discussion: The Federalist
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Who's running, Joe? Biden says ‘Trump’ 24 times during Va. stump for McAuliffe
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Biden Warns At McAuliffe Rally: Extremism Can “Come In A Smile And A Fleece Vest”
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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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 …
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.
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:   How to Read Biden's Plummeting Polls
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
Discussion: HotAir
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
CNN:
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles and Raw Story
United States Department of State:
Issuance of the First U.S. Passport with an X Gender Marker  —  The Department of State continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all U.S. citizens, regardless of their gender identity.
Discussion: Associated Press
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Herschel Walker gets McConnell's blessing  —  Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker has won the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, cementing his support from the Republican Party establishment in a race that could determine which party controls the chamber.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
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Financial Times:
Gazprom offered Moldova new gas deal in exchange for weaker EU ties  —  Russian group accused of using energy crunch to punish former Soviet state's new pro-western government  —  Russian state gas company Gazprom has proposed that Moldova adjust its free trade deal with the EU …
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Steve Rosenberg / BBC:   Moldova: Russia threatens gas supply in Europe's poorest state
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 …
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John Otis / Washington Post:   Mort Sahl, whose political comedy set the bar for future humorists, dies at 94
Edward J. McCaffery / CNN:
How to tax Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos  —  Secretary Yellen: How new billionaire tax would work  —  Edward J. McCaffery is Robert C. Packard trustee chair in law and a professor of law, economics and political science at the University of Southern California.
Discussion: Insider, Common Dreams and TaxVox
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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 …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse can be called ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules  —  A Wisconsin judge ruled Monday that attorneys in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial could refer to the men the teen shot in Kenosha, Wis., last year as “rioters,” “looters” and “arsonists.”
Discussion: UPI and NPR
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Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Men shot by Rittenhouse can be described as ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules ahead of trial
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bidenomics Is Working  —  Consumer prices are high and rising, and so is disapproval of Joe Biden.  In recent days, the president's net-favorability rating has hit new lows in FiveThirtyEight's aggregation of polls.  Meanwhile, America's headlines are full of testaments to economic discontent.
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Final New York Mayoral Debate Descends Into Exchange of Personal Insults  —  The televised confrontation between Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa a week before Election Day seemed unlikely to change the dynamics of the race.  —  There was talk of schmoozing with murderous gang members …
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
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Manchin warns that Biden's agenda would create an ‘entitlement society.’ But his state leads the way.  —  In his skirmishes with the liberals of his party over the size and shape of their agenda, Sen. Joe Manchin III (D) has repeatedly warned that the left would lead the nation into a crippling dependency on government.
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
U.S. Gen. Mark Milley Likens China's Hypersonic Weapon Test to ‘Sputnik Moment’  — Top U.S. general says suspected test is ‘very concerning’  — Afghan war a failure as the ‘regime that we supported lost’  —  The U.S.'s top uniformed military officer called China's suspected test …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Political Speech for Human Dingleberries Has Never Been More Robust  —  There might be a “cancel culture” chilling effect out there, but it isn't chilling performers.  —  When considering the inescapable “free speech” debate there is an important maxim I want everyone to keep at the top of mind:
Discussion: Morning Shots
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” …
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
It Turns Out Paying People to Take the Covid-19 Vaccine Doesn't Really Work  —  Recent evidence suggests financial incentives, public-health messaging have done little to boost vaccination rates among those already vaccine-hesitant  —  Financial incentives, public-health messages …
Discussion: American Experiment
 
 
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Katelyn Jetelina / Your Local Epidemiologist:
Vaccines for 5-11 year olds: FDA meeting cliff notes
Discussion: Deseret News
Reuters:
Harvard's modern-day Darwin warns against humanity's downward slope
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?
Eyokley / Morning Consult:
GOP Voters With Low Election Trust Are More Pumped for the Midterms Than Other Republicans
American Greatness:
America Gone Mad
Discussion: Instapundit
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening
CNN:
Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks suggest
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Chris Marsh / Money: Inside and Out:
The greatest peacetime surge in household wealth
Mark Scott / Politico:
The Facebook Papers reveal the limits of regulation. It's time to think bigger.
Discussion: Crooked Media
Justin George / Washington Post:
Two Metro cars with known defects continued operating until safety inspectors alerted the agency, officials say
Rep. David N. Cicilline / The Hill:
To ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period