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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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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.
Edward J. McCaffery / CNN:
How to tax Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos
Discussion: Insider, Common Dreams and TaxVox
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 …
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Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’  —  It felt like 2009 all over again.  A smug, sanctimonious former President Barack Obama lectured Virginians this week on what ought to matter to them.  —  “We don't have time to be wasting on these phony, trumped-up culture wars …
Discussion: The Federalist
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.
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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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:   How to Read Biden's Plummeting Polls
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
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
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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
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.
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse can be called ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules
Discussion: UPI
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 …
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 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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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).
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  There has been a remarkable erosion in public tolerance of “offensive expression about race, gender and religion …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?  —  For months, conspiracies about the 2020 election being stolen from Donald Trump have fueled Republican efforts nationwide to rewrite election laws.  But now, some GOP operatives and Trump World luminaries are worried …
 
 
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American Greatness:
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CNN:
Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks suggest
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Mark Scott / Politico:
The Facebook Papers reveal the limits of regulation. It's time to think bigger.
Discussion: Crooked Media
Rep. David N. Cicilline / The Hill:
To ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period