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1:35 PM ET, November 19, 2021


 Top Items: 
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy filibusters, Biden dithers and Fauci unmasks
Discussion: Fox News, The Daily Wire and CNN
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
What Does the Future Hold for Kevin McCarthy and Kamala Harris?
Pennsylvania Republicans baffled by celebrity doctor's Senate bid
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
‘No one tells me what to do’: Sinema praises infrastructure, questions spending and inflation in wide-ranging interview  —  Kyrsten Sinema says she is worried about inflation.  The U.S. senator from Arizona says new tax hikes could harm businesses still struggling in the wake of the pandemic.
Discussion: HotAir, Insider and NBC News
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
What Disarray?  Democrats Are Getting Stuff Done  —  House approval of the party's big climate and spending bill shows that the messy public squabbling over its particulars has actually been constructive negotiation.  —  The House of Representatives finally voted Friday morning to approve the …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Biden expected to replace Ron Bloom, USPS board chair and key DeJoy ally, on postal board  —  Bloom, a Democrat, has backed the postmaster general as the agency slowed mail delivery standards and raised prices  —  President Biden is expected to announce Friday that he will not renominate Ron Bloom …
Dan Hinkel / New York Times:
Reconstructing the Rittenhouse Shootings: How Kenosha Echoed America's Polarization  —  A police officer in Kenosha, Wis., shoots a Black man named Jacob Blake seven times from behind, leaving him partially paralyzed.  [gunshots] “Black lives matter!”  Crowd: “Black lives matter!”
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
For 85 minutes, Kamala Harris became the first woman with presidential power  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Friday temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy for one hour and 25 minutes, according to the White House.
USA Today:
Biden to undergo ‘routine annual physical’ at Walter Reed Friday morning
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Wisconsin Republicans Push to Take Over the State's Elections  —  Led by Senator Ron Johnson, G.O.P. officials want to eliminate a bipartisan elections agency — and maybe send its members to jail.  —  Republicans in Wisconsin are engaged in an all-out assault on the state's election infrastructure …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Washington Post:
Fauci's office flooded with attacks over beagle experiments  —  Covid chief's phone line rings 3,600 times in 36 hours after campaign by little-known animal rights group  —  Anthony S. Fauci was swamped by so many angry messages and threats that in late October his assistant quit answering the phone for two weeks.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Roubein / Washington Post:
NIH director: ‘Conspiracies are winning here’
Discussion: National Review
Peng Shuai: UN calls for proof of Chinese tennis star's whereabouts; WTA chairman willing to pull out of China  —  Hong Kong (CNN)China is facing pressure from the United Nations over Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai's whereabouts as the organization called for an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.
Trump's ire grows as DeSantis' popularity with Republicans takes off  —  People close to both men first noticed the palpable shift in Trump's posture toward DeSantis earlier this year as enthusiasm for the Florida governor swelled among donors and GOP operatives who praised his laissez-faire response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Facebook Sent Me Down a Centrist Rabbit Hole  —  In 2019, a researcher at Facebook conducted an experiment to see whether the platform really has a tendency to send users down a rabbit hole of extreme and conspiratorial content.  The employee set up a pair of fake profiles—for Trump-supporting …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
‘Tiger mother’ Amy Chua: ‘Boldness is my downfall’ … Owing to my forgetfulness, my lunch with Amy Chua starts awkwardly before it even begins.  On the train to New Haven, home of Yale University where Chua has been a tenured professor for 20 years, I realise that I forgot to reserve …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Typical Bullsh*t’: Fox News Host Melts Down When Mediaite Asks About Fox's Vaccine Policy and Whether Trump Lost in 2020  —  Fox News host Pete Hegseth was my guest on this week's episode of The Interview.  Hegseth is the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Court bars New York Times from publishing Project Veritas memos in move called ‘unconstitutional’  —  The order is temporary for now, but press freedom advocates say it violates First Amendment principles long upheld by the Supreme Court  —  A New York state judge ruled on Thursday …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Scoop: Surprise Trump book, ‘Our Journey Together’  —  Former President Donald Trump today shocked the publishing world that has tried to cancel his administration by revealing that he is releasing his first post-White House book in December, titled Our Journey Together.
Christina Wyman / NBC News:
Schools face parents who want to ban critical race theory — and don't get how teaching works  —  An educator's top goal is to teach students to think.  Parents who dictate curricula with their personal opinions, ideologies and biases hinder that goal.  —  CRT outrage & the VA governor's race
Joe Sneve / Argus Leader:
Gov. Kristi Noem losing another chief of staff, taps attorney Mark Miller to assume position  —  An attorney advising Gov. Kristi Noem for the last 13 months is taking on a larger role in her administration.  —  High-ranking state officials and staff in the South Dakota governor's office …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Joe Biden's Infrastructure Bill Is a Big Success  —  Joe Biden Is Succeeding  —  Voters may pummel Democrats next year but future generations will be grateful.  —  GUEST ESSAY  —  Europe Has Made a Deadly Bargain With Autocrats  —  The chaos at the Belarus-Poland border is partly of the European Union's making.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
How Trump's Real Estate Holdings Attract Kleptocrats
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
What is The Cook Political Report?
Valerie Hopkins / New York Times:
After 15 Months in U.S. Prisons, She Now Sits in Russia's Parliament
Discussion: Insider
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
The Ugly New Charges Against Jan. 6 Rioter ‘Baked Alaska’
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Manhattan school to sort kids by race during social justice discussions
David Freedlander / Politico:
The Bonnie and Clyde of MAGA World
Discussion: Raw Story
American Greatness:
Terror in the Capitol Tunnel
Discussion: Instapundit
Rick Stroud / Tampa Bay Times:
Bucs' Antonio Brown accused of obtaining fake vaccine card
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden has a major economic decision to make and he can't seem to pull the trigger
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
CBO Publications:
Summary of Cost Estimate for H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act