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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 …
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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 …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Who's running, Joe?  Biden says ‘Trump’ 24 times during Va. stump for McAuliffe  —  President Biden on Tuesday seemed fixated on former President Donald Trump in a Virginia stump speech for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor.  —  Biden mentioned Trump by name 24 times during a brisk …
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Meeting With White House Team, Manchin Criticizes Billionaire Tax Plan  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Manchin denounces the Democrats' plan to tax billionaires as divisive.  —  Senate Democrats' plan to extract hundreds of billions of dollars from the wealth …
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and No Labels
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The Bulwark:
An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy  —  The future of democracy in the United States is in danger.  —  (DESIGN BY HANNAH YOEST / PHOTOS: GETTYIMAGES / SHUTTERSTOCK)  —  [This open letter is being published simultaneously by The Bulwark and the New Republic.]
Discussion: Raw Story, Salon and Morning Shots
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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 Trumpworld luminaries are worried …
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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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Murphy Maintains Lead  —  Slight narrowing in governor race, but little change overall  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Phil Murphy maintains a sizable lead over Jack Ciattarelli, although the margin has narrowed over the past two months, according to the final Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the New Jersey governor's race.
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Merrick Garland Says He'll Keep Targeting Parents Even After School Board Group Apologized For Its Bogus ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Claims  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland indicated in a Senate Judiciary oversight hearing on Wednesday that the Department of Justice will keep targeting parents …
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Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Durbin invokes Jan. 6 as he defends school board letter during Garland hearing
Discussion: Politico
Bruce Vielmetti / USA Today:
Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse can't be called ‘victims’ at trial, but may be called ‘looters,’ judge says  —  A Monday decision from a Wisconsin judge about terms lawyers may use in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial is again drawing national attention to the case.  —  Rittenhouse will go on trial next week …
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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:
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.
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
U.S. General 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 …
CNN:
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman  —  ‘Scary’: John King reacts to memo from Trump lawyer  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection plans to subpoena John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team …
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David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump-Backed QAnon Candidates Launch Group to ‘Control the Election System’  —  A coalition of right-wing MAGA candidates, including multiple Trump-backed candidates, are seeking to take control of elections in states across the U.S.—and one says they're formally working with a group of conspiracy theorists …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
State Department issues first ‘Gender X’ passport, working toward permanent change
Discussion: ABC News and National Review
CNBC:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought shares of Trump SPAC Digital World Acquisition as stock skyrocketed  — Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday invested up to $50,000 in the SPAC stock linked to Donald Trump's planned social media platform.  — According to a public disclosure …
BBC:
Wikileaks: US begins legal appeal to extradite Assange  —  Lawyers for the US have told the High Court the judge who blocked Julian Assange's extradition was misled by his psychiatrist.  —  The United States government is starting a legal appeal to try to get the Wikileaks founder extradited.
Discussion: Associated Press
Titania McGrath / The Critic Magazine:
The M25 is our Maginot Line  —  Anyone who believes there are biological differences between men and women is literally a Nazi  —  This article is taken from the October 2021 issue of The Critic.  To get the full magazine why not subscribe?  Right now we're offering five issue for just £10.
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.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Texas House to launch investigation into school library books  —  The chairman of a Texas state House committee tasked with conducting investigations is launching a probe into books that school librarians keep on their shelves in the wake of a measure the legislature passed earlier this year …
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Jonathan Saltzman / The Boston Globe:
Boston Medical Center surgeon fined for leaving operating room to eat in his car, then falling asleep and missing the procedure  —  The longtime head of spine surgery at Boston Medical Center has been reprimanded by state regulators and fined $5,000 for leaving an operating room before the start …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Reuters:
Harvard's modern-day Darwin warns against humanity's downward slope  —  The Harvard University scientist who has called for setting aside half the planet as a nature preserve says the slope of human history will always be downward unless there is global cooperation to save existing species.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Nicholas Kristof, former New York Times columnist, announces run for Oregon governor  —  Nicholas Kristof, a former New York Times columnist, announced Wednesday he is running for Oregon governor, ending months of speculation over whether he would make a bid for the top political office in his home state.
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Cigarette Sales Rose in 2020 for First Time in 20 Years  —  New FTC report confirms people were lighting up more during the pandemic  —  Americans purchased more cigarettes last year, the first uptick in two decades, according to a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
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Nancy Scola / New York Magazine:
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
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Politico:
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
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