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10:45 PM ET, November 17, 2021


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Washington Post:
House censures Rep. Gosar, ejects him from committees over video depicting slaying of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez  —  The House voted Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) for tweeting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging swords at President Biden …
GOP can't escape ‘self-inflicted injuries’ as they fight to reclaim House  —  House Republicans should be riding high: The majority is in their grasp and President Joe Biden's poll numbers are tanking.  —  Instead, they're getting in their own way, again.  —  Ahead of a vote …
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Paul Gosar's anime video of killing AOC is not a joke.  It displays the new GOP's violent extremist turn  —  Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona has spent more than a week defending an anime video he tweeted that depicts him killing New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Paul Gosar made a murderous video.  Kevin McCarthy is murdering democracy.  —  Rep. Paul Gosar, the Arizona Republican who used congressional resources to produce and release a cartoon video of him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), deservedly became the 24th person in history to be censured by his House peers.
Aila Slisco / Newsweek:
Minutes After Being Censured, Gosar Retweets Offending Ocasio-Cortez Video  —  Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) retweeted a doctored anime video depicting him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) only minutes after the House censured him over the video.
Discussion: Raw Story, Forbes and HotAir
Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Rating agencies say Biden's spending plans will not add to inflationary pressure  —  U.S. President Joe Biden's infrastructure and social spending legislation will not add to inflationary pressures in the U.S. economy, economists and analysts in leading rating agencies told Reuters on Tuesday.
Mark Zandi / CNN:
Here's when high inflation will come to an end  —  Mark Zandi is chief economist of Moody's Analytics.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.  —  We can't catch a break.  Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, the United States has suffered hundreds …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:   Inflation is manageable. Inflation panic is out of control.
New York Times:
2 Men Convicted of Killing Malcolm X Will Be Exonerated Decades Later  —  The 1966 convictions of the men are expected to be thrown out after a lengthy investigation, validating long-held doubts about who killed the civil rights leader.  —  Follow our live coverage of reactions to the exonerations …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Allegations of bigotry and calls for impeachment rock College Democrats  —  The kids are not alright.  —  The College Democrats of America — the Democratic Party's national organization presiding over 500 chapters on campuses across the country — is in turmoil.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Man who raped four teenagers gets no jail time, judge says: 'Incarceration isn't appropriate'  —  A New York man who pleaded guilty to rape and sexual abuse for assaulting four teenage girls during parties at his parents' home will not face jail time after a judge Tuesday sentenced him to eight years probation.
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
The New York Times gets trees wrong — and just repeats the right-wing playbook against Build Back Better  —  The New York Times ran a piece Wednesday titled “From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden's Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items,” in which the paper simply rehashed …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
From Electric Bikes to ‘Tree Equity,’ Biden's Social Policy Bill Funds Niche Items
Judge in Bannon contempt case once fought Congress' subpoena power  —  In 2008, a little-known Justice Department attorney stepped into a courtroom to argue that top aides to then-President George W. Bush could simply ignore congressional subpoenas.  —  “You have to recognize the absolute immunity …
Discussion: HuffPost, Salon and Washington Times
The Hill:
Bannon to plead not guilty to contempt charges
Discussion: Breitbart, NPR and Townhall
Bridget Read / The Cut:
What Happened at Carmine's  —  A confrontation between a host and dining patrons slid neatly into every outrage narrative of 2021.  Maybe a bit too neatly.  —  A few hours before his workplace went viral, Matt, a server at Carmine's on the Upper West Side, was sitting in a pre-shift meeting, taking notes on the dinner specials.
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Trump Lawyer Sends Demand Letter Threatening to Sue Pulitzer Prize Board if They Refuse to Rescind 2018 WaPo and NYT Awards for Russiagate Reporting  —  An attorney representing former president Donald Trump threatened to sue the board of The Pulitzer Prizes over a former board's decision …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Russian entrepreneur drops suit against BuzzFeed over Steele dossier
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post
FOX13 News Memphis:
Rapper Young Dolph shot and killed in Memphis, law enforcement sources confirm  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three independent law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX13 that rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed in Memphis Wednesday afternoon.  —  Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop where the shooting happened …
Washington Post:
100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 12 months during the pandemic  —  The U.S. drug epidemic reached another terrible milestone Wednesday when the government announced that more than 100,000 people had died of overdoses between April 2020 and April 2021.
Abigail Constantino / WTOP News:
DC Council members ask mayor to reverse decision to drop indoor mask mandate … D.C.'s indoor mask mandate is scheduled to be lifted Monday, but members of the city council are concerned about the decision and are urging Mayor Muriel Bowser to reverse course and keep the mandate in effect as the holidays approach.
Discussion: Washingtonian
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Shouldn't Panic.  They Should Go Into Shock.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  The rise of inflation, supply chain shortages, a surge in illegal border crossings, the persistence of Covid …
Where's Marty Walsh sleeping?  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice, Stephanie Murray and Rebecca Rainey.  —  Labor Secretary MARTY WALSH has not moved to Washington, D.C.
Amanda Holpuch / New York Times:
Idaho Lawmaker Is Censured for Doxxing Intern Who Reported Rape  —  Priscilla Giddings, an Idaho state representative, shared a student intern's personal information after the teenager accused another lawmaker of rape.  —  An Idaho lawmaker who shared the personal information …
Christian Berthelsen / Bloomberg:
Miami Condo Collapse Victims Sue Next-Door Luxury Development  — Families of deceased say outsized project destabilized land  — Excavation, water damage corroded structural support of towers  —  The catastrophic structural failure that led to the collapse of the Champlain Towers …
Discussion: ABC News and Joe.My.God.
Jennifer Cohn / The Independent:
Steve Bannon isn't just a problem for America.  He is an international menace  —  Steve Bannon recently made headlines for defying a subpoena regarding the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.  But Bannon, who once said that his goal is to …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump-backed House candidate has history of conspiratorial tweets and defended anti-Semitic Twitter account  —  (CNN)John Gibbs, the former Trump administration official backed by the ex-President in his bid to unseat a Republican congressman who voted for impeachment, has a history …
Wall Street Journal:
In Arbery Murder Trial, Defendant Travis McMichael Takes the Stand  —  Defendant tells jury his Georgia neighborhood had seen a rise in thefts  —  Travis McMichael, one of the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, took the stand in his defense Wednesday, stating his neighborhood had seen …
Jack Elbaum / Foundation for Economic Education:
Exclusive: I Spotted Three of CNN's Most Well-Known Names at an Indoor Billy Joel Concert—Without Masks On  —  Earlier this month, Billy Joel finally returned to Madison Square Garden for his first show at the venue since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: Red Voice Media
Sinema speaks up — and shakes off her critics  —  Watch the Senate floor enough and you'll notice Sen. Kyrsten Sinema regularly chatting with Mitch McConnell and his top deputy John Thune.  Republicans have even tried to recruit her to their conference, and throw the Senate to the GOP.
Lori Higgins / Chalkbeat Detroit:
Detroit school district moving to remote learning on Fridays in December as COVID cases rise  —  The Detroit school district is moving to remote instruction for three Fridays in December, a decision district officials attributed to concerns about mental health, COVID cases, and school cleanliness.
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
Prosecutors in the Kenosha shooter trial withheld evidence from the defense that was ‘at the center of their case,’ only sharing the high-definition drone video footage (pictured) on which they have hung their prosecution after the trial had concluded  —  Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger played …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Collapse of Kamala Harris  —  You hate to see it.  —  ast week, a poll by Suffolk University revealed that just 28 percent of American voters approve of the job Vice President Harris is doing.  That result is shocking . . . ly high.  —  That America's voters disdain Harris …
Adam Clark Estes / Vox:
Facebook's freaky new glove  —  Reality Labs is working on clothing that helps you feel things in the metaverse.  —  On Tuesday afternoon, Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, made a supposedly exciting announcement: a glove.  But not just any glove.
Spectrum News 1 Charlotte:
Longtime eastern N.C. congressman to retire, sources say  —  Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who has represented northeast North Carolina in Congress since 2004, will retire at the end of this term, multiple sources tell Spectrum News 1.  —  Butterfield's office would not confirm or deny if the congressman …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
CDC Newsroom  —  Imported Monkeypox case Reported in Maryland  —  Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the Maryland Department of Health and other health partners to investigate a case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned to the United States from Nigeria.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
DeSantis Spokesperson Blames Vaccine Passport on the Rothschilds … The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a forgery written by the czarist secret police more than a century ago, purporting to reveal a lurid international Jewish plot.  The Rothschild family played an outsize role in the imagined conspiracy …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley, A Capitol Riot ‘Flag-Bearer,’ Sentenced To Prison  —  Jacob Chansley, whom prosecutors called “the public face of the Capitol riot,” received one of the harshest sentences of any Jan. 6 defendant to date.  —  Jacob Chansley, the man federal prosecutors called …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Police report reveals striking details about Biden nom Saule Omarova's ‘retail theft’ arrest  —  Omarova admitted to stealing $214 worth of items from T.J. Maxx in the police report  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for November 17  —  A police report from 1995 reveals new striking details …
Catherine Wong / South China Morning Post:
China ‘open’ to idea of jointly releasing oil reserves with US  —  The issue of China joining the United States in releasing crude oil reserves was raised during virtual the meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden The Biden administration is under growing domestic pressure …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Jeff Barker / Baltimore Sun:
Rep. Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist, says complaint was filed against him for prescribing ivermectin to treat COVID-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Thanksgiving air travel to rebound to 2019 levels, TSA says
Discussion: Breitbart
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Stricter Gun Laws Less Popular in U.S.
Discussion: National Review, TheBlaze and Breitbart
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
Biden announces two new circuit court selections in first-year sprint to fill judicial openings
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Republicans are becoming more diverse. That's a great thing.
 Earlier Items: 
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. floats interim Iran nuclear deal
Grant Stern / Occupy Democrats:
Fox News proved a #MeToo lawsuit against them had “seemingly undisputed” allegations of sexual harassment
Rainesford Stauffer / InStyle:
Hallie Jackson Opens Up About Mental Health and Burnout in Her New Show
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The right-wing culture war just got worse. Liberals need a better response.
Discussion: HotAir and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Poll: Voters' doubts rising about Biden's health, mental fitness