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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
Jan. 6 Organizers Used Anonymous ‘Burner Phones’ to Communicate with White House and Trump Family, Sources Say  —  A key planner of the Jan. 6 rally near the White House insisted the burner phones be purchased with cash, a source says  —  Some of the organizers who planned the rally …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims post stunning decline to 199,000, the lowest level since 1969  —  The ranks of those submitting jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level in more than 52 years last week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.  —  New filings totaled 199,000, a number not seen since Nov. 15 …
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Washington Post:
Weekly jobless claims plunge to 199,000, the lowest level in more than 50 years  —  Claims fell more than 71,000 from last week, marking the eighth straight week of declines  —  The number of Americans filing initial unemployment claims fell to 199,000 — the lowest level since November 1969 — the Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Spencer, Kessler, Cantwell and other white supremacists found liable in deadly Unite the Right rally … Prominent white supremacists Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler and Christopher Cantwell and others engaged in a conspiracy in advance of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, a jury has ruled.
Natasha Frost / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: New Zealand Will Reopen to Tourists Within Months  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  New Zealand plans to reopen to international visitors by the end of April.  —  New Zealand plans to allow most fully vaccinated travelers into the country by the end of April without …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Despite vaccines, the U.S. has lost more lives to Covid this year than last.  —  This was supposed to be the year vaccines brought the pandemic under control.  Instead, more people in the United States have died from Covid-19 this year than died last year, before vaccines were available.
Discussion: Fox News
Jackson Richman / Mediaite:
Washington Post's Erik Wemple Scorches Brian Stelter and CNN Over Coverage of Steele Dossier: ‘Journalistic Abdication’  —  Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple took CNN to task on Tuesday for how it has handled coverage of the Steele dossier.  —  A number of mainstream news outlets …
Discussion: Twitchy
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Nick Wadhams / Bloomberg:
Biden Includes Taiwan Among 110 Invitees to Democracy Summit  — Virtual summit is scheduled to take place from Dec. 9-10  — China may be angered by including Taiwan among the invitees  —  The Biden administration included Taiwan among the 110 invitees to its upcoming democracy summit …
Haisten Willis / Washington Examiner:
Biden lashes out at oil and gas companies over high prices in economic speech  —  As people prepare to embark on slightly more expensive trips to grandma's for Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden criticized oil and gas companies for high prices at the pump in a speech at the White House.
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Townhall
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Maya Yang / The Guardian:
Seven doctors contract Covid after attending Florida anti-vaccine summit  —  Doctors tested positive or developed symptoms ‘within days’ of conference at which alternative treatments were discussed  —  Seven anti-vaccine doctors fell sick after gathering earlier this month for a Florida …
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US to require vaccines for all border crossers in January  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will require essential, nonresident travelers crossing U.S. land borders, such as truck drivers, government and emergency response officials, to be fully vaccinated beginning on Jan. 22, the administration planned to announce Tuesday.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘The old white ppl...knock dem TF out!’  Waukesha suspect shared social media posts promoting violence towards white people and claiming black people were the ‘true Hebrews’  — Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, allegedly drove the red Ford SUV that plowed through crowds on Sunday and charged …
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke seizes on Texas power grid in bid against Abbott  —  Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) is seizing on Texans' concerns over their energy grid following the devastating winter storm earlier this year in his bid to oust Gov. Greg Abbott (R).  —  The O'Rourke campaign sees the grid …
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
The Biggest Victim in 2021 Redistricting So Far: Competition  —  Heading into Thanksgiving, new congressional maps have either passed or are awaiting signature in 20 states — almost half of the 44 states with two or more seats.  And although Republicans are poised for modest mapping gains, the most dramatic trend is anti-competitive.
Louisa Thomas / New Yorker:
Peng Shuai and the High Stakes of Business in China  —  The Women's Tennis Association has taken an unusually bold—and costly—stance on behalf of the tennis star against the state that censored her.  —  When Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star, posted on Chinese social media, on November 2nd …
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
He Attacked Cops At The Capitol Riot.  Then He Went To Air Force Basic Training.  —  Aiden Bilyard, who was known to online sleuths as #HarvardSweats, smashed out a window at the Capitol and attacked law enforcement.  —  The FBI has arrested a supporter of former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Fort Worth School District offers teachers a course on ‘critical race theory’  —  The course on CRT tells teachers that racism and White supremacy are ‘endemic’ to American society  —  Fort Worth, Texas parents concerned over race-based curriculum  —  The Fort Worth, Texas …
Luke Nozicka / Kansas City Star:
Kevin Strickland is freed after judge agrees he's innocent  —  Kevin Strickland exonerated  —  Kevin Strickland spent 42 years in a Missouri prison for a crime that he, and prosecutors, says he didn't commit.  Prosecutors argued in a 25-page motion that Strickland's innocence is “clear and convincing.”
U.S. Department of Defense:
DoD Announces the Establishment of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG)  —  Today, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in close collaboration with the Director of National Intelligence, directed the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security …
Discussion: CBS News
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sean Parnell is out.  What's next for Republicans in Pa.'s 2022 Senate race?  —  Pennsylvania's Republican Senate race is hitting reset.Just three months after he looked like the GOP front-runner, Sean Parnell's rapid collapse — sealed Monday by a judge's decision against him in his bitter custody battle …
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, The Hill and New York Post
Zach Dorfman / Yahoo News:
Frustrated with CIA, Trump administration turned to Pentagon for shadow war with Iran  —  In the final month of his presidency, Donald Trump signed off on key parts of an extensive secret Pentagon campaign to conduct sabotage, propaganda and other psychological and information operations in Iran …
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Biden hits a new low in the NPR/Marist poll as inflation concerns rise  —  Americans' most pressing economic concern is inflation, and it's contributing to a decline in how they view President Biden, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.  —  Biden's approval is down to 42%, the lowest recorded in the survey since Biden took office.
Discussion: Marist Poll
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ actor charged with joining Oath Keepers during Capitol breach  —  A Broadway actor and Michael Jackson impersonator starring as Judas in a traveling performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” joined the Oath Keepers who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Venezuelan migrants are new border challenge for Biden administration  —  Record numbers of Venezuelan migrants have been crossing into the United States in recent months, posing a new border challenge for the Biden administration and raising concerns that more of the nearly 6 million people displaced …
New York Times:
In Venezuela's Flawed Vote, Maduro Shows One Way to Retain Power  —  European observers said the elections were neither free nor fair.  They showed how President Nicolás Maduro's government, however unpopular, can win by excluding and splitting opponents.
Discussion: HotAir
John Wright / Raw Story:
Trump welcomes ‘nice young man’ Kyle Rittenhouse to Mar-a-Lago in wake of murder trial  —  Kyle Rittenhouse reportedly visited former president Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in the wake of the Kenosha shooter's murder trial.  —  Trump revealed the visit during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.
The Daily Beast:
Trumpist Election-Deniers Descend Into High School Drama  —  Lin Wood, Sebastian Gorka, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn are hurling accusations of money woes, betrayals, “fraud,” and ghosting.  —  In the aftermath of the contested 2020 vote, Trump's biggest election-fraud cheerleaders …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Boing Boing
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
Are the Courts Getting Ready to Crack Down on Reporters?  —  A ruling blocking The New York Times from covering a far-right activist group has ominous implications for the First Amendment.  —  In 1994, the CBS program 48 Hours prepared to air explosive video about unsanitary conditions …
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Appeals court order in Jan. 6 documents case may be bad news for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — An order from a federal appeals court late Tuesday may be a worrisome sign for former President Donald Trump in his effort to assert executive privilege over documents sought by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee dismisses call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as chairwoman over outreach to LGBTQ voters  —  The Republican National Committee is pushing back against a state party leader's call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as RNC chairwoman over her outreach to the LGBTQ community.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Buttigieg presidential buzz has penetrated the White House  —  PHOENIX — Pete Buttigieg has long been a man in a hurry.  —  Since 2010, he has run for treasurer of Indiana, mayor of South Bend, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and president of the United States.
 
 
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
AOC Rails Against ‘Excessive Bail’ After Waukesha Massacre
Discussion: The New Neo
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
With hospitals full, Central California pleading to send COVID-19 patients to L.A.
Brianna Rosen / Just Security:
Tragic Mistakes: Breaking the Military Culture of Impunity
Yahoo News:
U.S. weighs grim options if nuclear talks with Iran collapse
Discussion: Al-Monitor
Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris Bought $375 Pot on Paris Trip
Nick Reisman / Spectrum News 1 Central NY:
Investigations apply more scrutiny to Cuomo's pandemic tenure
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Susan Rice needs those TPS reports
Hank Stephenson / Arizona Agenda:
Paul Boyer is done with the Arizona Legislature
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
A Capitol rioter who declared ‘Civil War is coming’ just avoided the prison sentence prosecutors wanted
Discussion: Raw Story
Joey Fox / New Jersey Globe:
Ciattarelli won all five of New Jersey's competitive congressional districts
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
With hundreds of nominees to confirm, the Senate doesn't deserve Thanksgiving break