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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Why Democrats' ‘Talking Points Are Not Enough’  —  The House progressive spoke about “demoralizing” congressional negotiations, how she was told to stay away from Virginia's elections, and what it means to excite the Democratic base.
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
AOC Fumes Over ‘Empty Promises’ Amid Gutted Spending Bill, Calls on WH to Bypass Congress: ‘Biden Could Do This Stuff With a Stroke of a Pen’  —  To hear Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tell it, Senate passage of the Build Back Better Act in something close to its current form is nothing short of a must.
CBS San Francisco:
‘It Was Insane’; Dozens Of Looters Ransack Walnut Creek Nordstrom Store  —  WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Dozens of looters swarmed into the Nordstrom store in downtown Walnut Creek Saturday night, terrorizing shoppers, ripping off bag loads of merchandise and ransacking shelves before fleeing …
Discussion: Insider and Breitbart
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Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
Gang of EIGHTY crowbar-wielding looters in ski masks ransack California Nordstrom and fill 25 cars with designer goods in raid lasting less than one minute
Discussion: TMZ.com
Emma Colton / Fox News:
California Nordstrom ransacked by 80 looters in ski masks with crowbars and weapons: Witness
Discussion: Breitbart
Emma Colton / Fox News:
Blackburn says it's ‘unsafe’ for US athletes to go to Beijing Olympics: ‘Disappear you’  —  Sen. Blackburn voiced concern following the disappearance of a Chinese tennis star who alleged a former CCP leader sexually assaulted her  —  Blackburn: ‘Unsafe for our athletes’ to go to Beijing …
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Complicated Truth About Trump 2024  —  If Donald Trump tries to run for president again, one of his former campaign advisers has a plan to dissuade him.  Anticipating that Trump may not know who Adlai Stevenson was or that he lost two straight presidential elections in the 1950s …
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Chinese hypersonic weapon fired missile over South China Sea  —  Pentagon struggles to understand how Beijing mastered technology that tests constraints of physics  —  China's hypersonic weapon test in July included a technological advance that enabled it to fire a missile as it approached …
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Brad Dress / The Hill:   Space Force general: 'We're not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians' with hypersonic missiles
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Marine Corps compliance with vaccine mandate on course to be military's worst  —  Up to 10,000 active-duty Marines will not be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus when their deadline arrives in coming days, a trajectory expected to yield the U.S. military's worst immunization rate.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Another voter fraud accusation blows up in Republicans' faces  —  Washington (CNN)The mysterious case of Rosemarie Hartle's vote in the last presidential election, three years after her death, was trumpeted in November 2020 by the Nevada Republican Party and various prominent conservatives.
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Washington Post:
Facebook's race-blind policies around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show … Last year, researchers at Facebook showed executives an example of the kind of hate speech circulating on the social network: an actual post featuring an image of four female Democratic lawmakers …
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
VIDEO: Senator Kyrsten Sinema sits down with ABC15  —  PHOENIX — Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema didn't do much talking while she helped shepherd the infrastructure bill through the Senate.  But on Friday she took time out during her infrastructure tour in Phoenix to speak with ABC15 exclusively.
Discussion: The Hill
Barbara Goldberg / Reuters:
Chaos at Atlanta airport as convicted felon's gun goes off, 3 hurt - police … Authorities searched for a gun owner who fled after his weapon fired by accident at Atlanta's airport, sending terrified travelers bolting onto the tarmac on Saturday, halting flights during the busy Thanksgiving holiday period.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — 'She's F'ing Crazy': Trump Slams Pelosi over Iconic Finger Wagging Picture in Forthcoming Photo Book  —  Former President Donald Trump's forthcoming photo book will include the iconic photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wagging her finger at him during a White House meeting …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sarah Fortinsky / CNN:
Jan. 6 committee member: Many of 200+ witnesses are ex-Trump admin staff who voluntarily came forward  —  Washington, DC (CNN)A member of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack told CNN Saturday many of the more than 200 witnesses they have interviewed are former officials …
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Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Missouri Detective Is Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Black Man Outside His Home  —  A judge convicted Detective Eric DeValkenaere of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cameron Lamb outside his home in 2019.  —  A Missouri police detective was found guilty on Friday in the death …
Discussion: TheGrio and Kansas City Star
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Dark Money Group Giving Big to White Supremacists  —  Donors Trust raised $360 million last year.  They've been spreading around that money to white supremacist organizations, Jan. 6 organizers, conservative causes, and universities.  —  Efforts to overturn the election.  Jan. 6 organizers.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing  —  Asian output is coming back and some bottlenecks are clearing, but labor shortages could persist into next year  —  Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they don't expect …
Washington Post:
A MAGA squad of Trump loyalists sees its influence grow amid demands for political purity among Republicans  —  The show of force from Donald Trump's staunchest congressional allies began almost immediately after 13 House Republicans voted this month in favor of a massive infrastructure bill …
Bryan Pietsch / Washington Post:
Disney World halts vaccine requirement for workers after Florida restricts employer mandates  —  Disney has halted a coronavirus vaccine requirement for workers at Walt Disney World in Florida after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation last week restricting such mandates for workplaces.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
As Gerrymanders Get Worse, Legal Options to Overturn Them Dwindle  —  Persuading judges to undo skewed political maps was never easy.  A shifting judicial landscape is making it harder.  —  Voting-rights advocates are in a North Carolina state court in Raleigh this month …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Donors Back Manchin and Sinema as They Reshape Biden's Agenda  —  The two Democratic senators are attracting campaign contributions from business interests and conservatives as progressives fume over their efforts to pare back the president's domestic policy bill.
Discussion: Insider
Anthony L. Fisher / Insider:
Parents of kids that couldn't go to school for a year and a half are mad as hell.  That's a problem for Democrats.  — Parents begged for schools to reopen, long after it became clear that it was safe to do so.  — But in Democratic-run areas, the teachers unions called the shots and kept them closed.
David Barraza / Associated Press:
El Salvador to build cryptocurrency-fueled “Bitcoin City”  —  LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador (AP) — In a rock concert-like atmosphere, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that his government will build an oceanside “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
O'Rourke stands by his 'we're gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47' comment  —  Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke on Sunday said he stands by his controversial 2019 comment that “we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”  —  Asked by co-host Dana Bash on CNN's …
Discussion: New York Post, Insider and Breitbart
 
 
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Senate confirms first Native American to lead National Park Service
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CBS News:
Rising prices take toll on Americans' wallets — and Biden's numbers — CBS News Poll
Discussion: The Hill and The Guardian
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
Think Gas Prices Are Too High? In This California County, a Gallon Costs $6
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
U.S. allies worried about fate of annual defense policy bill, senators say
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Anna Brown / Pew Research Center:
Growing share of childless adults in U.S. don't expect to ever have children
Discussion: Washington Post
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Sununu setback leaves GOP scrambling in New Hampshire
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Wall Street Journal:
Yemen's Battleground Shifts in Favor of Iran-Backed Houthis
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CNN:
Acosta says this comment has put Tucker Carlson over the top
Discussion: The Wrap
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
2024 Watch: Pence heading back to first presidential primary state
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Plans to Stage Protest Outside Fox News Headquarters
Discussion: Raw Story
Selina Cheng / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Exclusive: Hong Kong public libraries purge 29 titles about the Tiananmen Massacre from the shelves
John Wright / Raw Story:
Proud Boy Capitol rioter wants charges dropped because he's ‘not unlike Kyle Rittenhouse’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
madison.com:
Kyle Rittenhouse verdict sends a chilling message to Wisconsin and the rest of the country
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Ben Gingell / The American Conservative:
Antifa and its Origins  —  In his latest, Paul Gottfried explains how “fascism” …
 

 
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