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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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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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal  —  © Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key negotiator in Democratic talks on President Biden's social spending bill, on Tuesday predicted “I think we'll get a framework” but warned “the devil is in the details.”
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin waffles on billionaire tax
Discussion: Bloomberg 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 …
Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media … In November 2018, the staff of Facebook's fledgling Civic Integrity department got a look at some eye-opening internal research — presented under an image of two goats locking horns.
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Mark Scott / Politico:
The Facebook Papers reveal the limits of regulation. It's time to think bigger
Discussion: Crooked Media
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
As the anti-Facebook frenzy accelerates, remember: The problem isn't just a single platform
Discussion: The Wrap and CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Gizmodo:
Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?
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 …
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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  —  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 …
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: Mediaite
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This is how the anti-democratic right wins
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate  —  The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is “mostly settled” and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Data Has Revealed A Coordinated Campaign Of Hate Against Meghan Markle  —  Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have long cited social media toxicity as a factor in their decision to step back from royal life.  And now, an analysis of more than 114,000 tweets about the couple …
Discussion: TheGrio
cnas.org:
The Poison Frog Strategy  —  Preventing a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwanese Islands … Introduction  —  How could Taiwan and the United States respond if China seized one of Taiwan's outlying islands, such as Pratas/Dongsha (hereafter Dongsha) in the South China Sea?
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 …
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
The pandemic has been a political non-event  —  Joe Biden is among those who have overestimated the clamour for change  —  That history is “one damn thing after another” is such a good line, it's almost a shame it isn't true.  For the most part, history is the sum of all that does not happen.
Nicole Friedman / Wall Street Journal:
3-D Printed Houses Are Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows  —  Project would be biggest 3-D printed housing development in U.S.  —  A major home builder is teaming with a Texas startup to create a community of 100 3-D printed homes near Austin, gearing up for what would be by far …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
‘Reasonable questions’ over financing of Donald Trump's Scottish resorts, court hears  —  There are “reasonable questions” surrounding the money used by Donald Trump to purchase his Scottish properties and the continuing source of the wealth used for their financing, a court has heard.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Email Shows Biden Ordered Afghanistan Evacuation Flights Be Filled With Unvetted Refugees  —  During America's chaotic exit from Afghanistan earlier this year, the Biden administration issued a directive that evacuation flights be filled to “excess” with refugees who had not been properly vetted …
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.
Media Matters for America:
Pushing election lies, TPUSA audience member asks Charlie Kirk when they can “use the guns” and “kill these people”  —  Audience member to Charlie Kirk: “When do we get to use the guns? ...  That's not a joke.  I'm not saying it like that.  I mean, literally, where's the line?
Rick Perlstein / New York Magazine:
A Short History of Conservative Trolling  —  David Frum, the former George W. Bush speechwriter and current never-Trump conservative, recently wrote, “The post-Trump right has a style as distinctive as its authoritarian substance: trolling, ironic, evasive.”  But that ain't so.
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Why I'll Keep Saying ‘Pregnant Women’  —  Who can get pregnant?  It sounds like a trick question.  For centuries, English speakers have talked about “pregnant women” without a second thought, but a vocal and growing movement wants to replace that phrase with the more inclusive pregnant people.
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“A living hell”: ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan ... from India?
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Senate confirms former senators, lawmakers' widows to ambassadorial roles
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and ABC News
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Four Measures That Are Helping Germany Beat COVID
BBC:
Covid: Masks mandatory for everyone in the Commons - except MPs
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Republican legislator charged with poaching and firearms violations
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Republicans Are Manufacturing Fake Fraud
Zaid Jilani / New York Times:
John McWhorter Argues That Antiracism Has Become a Religion of the Left
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Mooney / Washington Examiner:
Greenpeace co-founder joins climate change skeptics