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 …
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.
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Drop Sharply — Initial claims for jobless benefits fell 71,000 last week to 199,000 — Jobless claims fell sharply to a pandemic low of 199,000 last week, below pre-pandemic levels as employers curbed layoffs amid a tightening labor market.
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 …
Discussion: emptywheel, Politico, Raw Story, Select Committee …, BuzzFeed News, UPI, National Review, Washington Post, Fox News, Mediaite, CNBC, Forbes and Joe.My.God.
Politico: Jan. 6 investigators subpoena Proud Boys, Oath Keepers as probe turns to domestic extremism
John Wright / Raw Story: January 6 organizer demanded aides buy burner phones with cash to talk with Trump officials: report
Select Committee to Investigate …: Select Committee Subpoenas Groups and Individuals Linked to Violent Attack on the Capitol on January 6th
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News: A Congressional Subpoena Is The Latest In A Long Line Of Legal Entanglements For The Oath Keepers And Proud Boys
Daniel Uria / UPI: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers leaders
Caroline Downey / National Review: January 6 Committee Subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers for Involvement in Capitol Riot
Washington Post: House Jan. 6 committee intensifies focus on law enforcement failures that preceded Capitol attack
Michael Lee / Fox News: Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Proud Boys, Oath Keepers
Jackson Richman / Mediaite: Jan. 6 Committee Issues Subpoenas For Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Others
Nicholas Reimann / Forbes: Proud Boys And Oath Keepers Among Extremist Groups Subpoenaed By Jan. 6 Committee
White House to nominate new budget director months after Congress rejected Biden's initial pick — Biden will ask the Senate to confirm Shalanda Young for the important role. She currently serves as the Office of Management and Budget's acting director. — The White House …
Discussion: CNN, ABC7, NC Policy Watch, Politico, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Documented and The American Independent
Kate Sullivan / CNN: Biden to nominate Nani Coloretti as budget deputy director
Cnnwire / ABC7: Biden to nominate Nani Coloretti, Cal graduate and former Newsom adviser, as budget deputy director
NC Policy Watch: How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden's social policy bill
Catherine Lucey / Wall Street Journal: Biden to Nominate Shalanda Young as Budget Director
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times: Biden to Nominate Shalanda Young as Budget Director
Courtney Subramanian / USA Today: Biden to nominate Shalanda Young as budget director months after his pick Neera Tanden withdrew consideration
Deanna Garcia / Documented: Build Back Better Act Approved With Immigration Reform
President Biden Announces OMB Director and Deputy Director Nominees — to lead the Office of Management and Budget — Shalanda Young as Director and Nani Coloretti as Deputy Director.
Andrew Malcolm / RedState:
Do Not Fall for Joe Biden's Slick New Oil Trick — Joe Biden felt a need to escape the luxury of the White House for the holiday. — So just before burning a few tons of jet fuel and emitting fresh carbon emissions on the four-hour flight to Nantucket, President Climate Change ordered …
Pippa Stevens / CNBC: U.S. to release oil from reserves in coordination with other countries to lower gas prices
Ed Morrissey / HotAir: Fossil fool: Biden to release 50M barrels of oil from strategic reserve to lower pump prices
Biden Orders Release of U.S. Oil Reserves in Challenge to OPEC+
Biden Orders Release of U.S. Oil Reserves in Challenge to OPEC+
Discussion: Washington Post, New Republic, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Quartz
Kate Aronoff / New Republic: The Best Way to Fight Inflation: Ditch Fossil Fuels
Derek Brower / Financial Times: US to release 50m barrels of oil from reserves
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money, Raw Story, Vanity Fair, Slate, The Daily Beast, New York Times, CNN, BuzzFeed News, Talking Points Memo, Associated Press, Slate, Mother Jones, UPI, ABC News, Integrity First for America, Wall Street Journal, Becker News, Law & Crime, Balloon Juice, Raw Story, National Review, Gizmodo, Metro.co.uk, Joe.My.God. and NPR
Travis Gettys / Raw Story: Devastating Charlottesville trial exposed ‘alt-right’ defendants as ‘boring losers’
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair: Donald Trump's Favorite Neo-Nazis Found Liable for Deadly Charlottesville Rally
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate: The Charlottesville Ruling Is a Win
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast: ‘Unite the Right’ Trial Ends With White Supremacists Paying Millions for Violence
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times: Charlottesville Rally Trial: Jury Finds Far-Right Conspiracy
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News: A Charlottesville Jury Ordered White Nationalists To Pay $25 Million To Victims Of The “Unite The Right” Rally
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo: Jury Awards More Than $25 Million In Damages In Suit Against Charlottesville Rally Organizers
Abigail Weinberg / Mother Jones: Richard Spencer and Other White Nationalists Found Liable for the Deadly Charlottesville Rally
Danielle Haynes / UPI: Jury finds white supremacists conspired in deadly Unite the Right rally
Denise Lavoie / ABC News: Jury awards millions in damages for Unite the Right violence
Integrity First for America - IFA: Charlottesville Plaintiffs Win Historic Lawsuit, Securing Justice Against White Supremacist Leaders and Groups for Planning Racially Motivated Violence
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal: Charlottesville Trial Verdict: Jury Finds Prominent White Supremacist Leaders Liable
Kyle Becker / Becker News: Federal Jury Awards $25 Million in Damages Over Charlottesville, But Media Dealt Serious Blow to Its ‘Conspiracy’ Narrative
Aaron Keller / Law & Crime: Jury Returns $31.8M Civil Verdict Against Alt-Right Defendants in Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ Lawsuit
Jordan Green / Raw Story: 'Violent hate won't go unanswered': Plaintiffs and community celebrate Charlottesville verdict
Caroline Downey / National Review: ‘Unite the Right’ Rally Organizers Ordered to Pay $25 Million in Damages to Victims
Tom McKay / Gizmodo: Jury Awards Over $25 Million in Damages Against Organizers of 2017 White Supremacist Rally
Isabel Keane / Metro.co.uk: Jury finds Unite the Right organizers responsible for Charlottesville violence
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
Julia Musto / Fox News: US COVID-19 deaths in 2021 surpass 2020's toll
Natasha Frost / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: New Zealand Will Reopen to Tourists Within Months
Covid Live Updates: New Zealand Will Reopen to Tourists Within Months
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI acknowledges some agents may have Havana Syndrome symptoms — The FBI is promising to make sure employees who have symptoms consistent with Havana Syndrome get access to medical care after a former agent suffering almost daily headaches was rebuffed when he sought testing and treatment, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
Still thankful for the best country on Earth — Americans began celebrating Thanksgiving long before there was a United States. For hundreds of years, the colonies celebrated a day for local communities to come together and give thanks to God. — It was not until the height of national division …
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
Desmond Butler / Washington Post:
Exxon lobbyist questions urgency of climate's catastrophic risks — Speaking on panel, ExxonMobil lobbyist highlights carbon capture's potential and says of global warming: ‘Is it catastrophic inevitable risk? Not in my mind.’ — Just last month, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods assured lawmakers …
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
Travis Gettys / Raw Story: ‘Lots of drama at Stop-the-Steal High’: Trump allies are tearing each other apart as election loss fades from view
Alex Griffing / Mediaite: Lin Wood Lights Up Old Pals Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn After Rittenhouse Interview
Carla Sinclair / Boing Boing: Kyle Rittenhouse battles Lin Wood for $2 million bail money
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire: Trump Turned to Pentagon for Shadow War with Iran
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
The Democrats Are a Communist Party Now — The Communist Democrats don't want to defeat China. They seek to replicate its totalitarian system. — Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center specializing in investigative reporting on the Left and Islamic terrorism.
Here's a List of Leftist Liars Whose Hands Are Stained with Waukesha's Blood — These media lies are both intentional and pernicious. They spread like wildfire, and they are specifically meant to gin up racial hatred against white people. — It turns out that propaganda has consequences.
Discussion: The Daily Wire, Wisconsin Right Now and No More Mister Nice Blog
Amanda Prestigiacomo / The Daily Wire: Report: Video Shows Alleged Waukesha Killer Bragging About ‘Pimping’ Minor
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 …
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 …
Francesco Fontemaggi / Agence France-Presse: Biden invites Israel to global democracy summit, snubbing Egypt, Jordan, Turkey
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire: Biden Invites Taiwan to Democracy Summit
Susan Rice needs those TPS reports — Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. With Allie Bice. — When people applied to join SUSAN RICE's staff at the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) this year …
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway: Susan Rice, Comma Queen
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: Insider, The Hill and The Daily Beast
Oma Seddiq / Insider: Republican National Committee defends chair Ronna McDaniel after a state party leader called for her resignation over her LGBTQ outreach
Julia Manchester / The Hill: RNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast: Oklahoma GOP Head: RNC Chair ‘Must Resign’ For LGBTQ Support
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
U.N. Nuclear Chief Leaves Iran Without a Deal on Factory Inspection, Diplomats Say — Talks between the IAEA and Iran continue — BERLIN—The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency left Iran late Tuesday after failing to reach a deal to allow inspectors access to a factory making equipment …
Jonathan Tirone / Bloomberg: Iranian Nuclear Work Is Becoming a Mystery to Global Monitors
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
America's Pandemic Star Loses Some Luster — Is Vermont the envy of America no more? The state long hailed for its pandemic response is experiencing one of the most intense COVID-19 surges in the country. Cases are twice as high as they've been at any other point.
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.
Discussion: U.S. Department of Justice, Insider, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Bill Bostock / Insider: An actor who plays Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ stormed the Capitol with a group of Oath Keepers, prosecutors say
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
Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris Bought $375 Pot on Paris Trip — Amid economic turmoil and calls to buy local in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris dropped nearly $400 for a single pot at a boutique shop in Paris, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Joe.My.God. and Boing Boing
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
AOC Rails Against ‘Excessive Bail’ After Waukesha Massacre — Alleged attacker in Wisconsin was out on ‘inappropriately low bail’ — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Monday called for a “federal intervention” against the use of “excessive bail” just one day after the horrific attack …
Discussion: The New Neo
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.
Discussion: HotAir, Breitbart, The Daily Wire, National Review, The Gateway Pundit, The Hill, Twitchy and Associated Press
Jazz Shaw / HotAir: Another vaccine mandate for border crossings
Simon Kent / Breitbart: Supply Chain Nightmare: U.S. to Enforce Strict Vaccine Mandate for All Border Crossers in January
Hank Berrien / The Daily Wire: Supply Chain Be Damned: Biden Will Require Canadian Truck Drivers Get Vaccinated To Cross Border
Dominic Pino / National Review: Biden's Trucking Priority: COVID Vaccinations
Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit: Biden Will Require Essential Travelers Crossing US Land Borders, Such as TRUCK DRIVERS, to be Fully Vaccinated - 37% of Truckers to Reject Jab
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill: US to require essential foreign travelers to be vaccinated by January
Sarah D. / Twitchy: Biden admin's reported forthcoming vaccine policy will screw over consumers and truck drivers, but at least illegal immigrants should be OK!
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.
Discussion: New York Post, The Hill, National Review, CNN, BizPac Review, Twitchy, IJR, Fox News, Insider, Politico, The Gateway Pundit, NOQ Report and Mediaite
Kenneth Garger / New York Post: Kyle Rittenhouse met with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago after acquittal
Mychael Schnell / The Hill: Trump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida
Zachary Evans / National Review: Rittenhouse Met Trump at Mar-a-Lago after Acquittal
Brian Rokus / CNN: Trump says Rittenhouse visited him at Mar-a-Lago
Greg Pollowitz / Twitchy: Rob Reiner melts down over Kyle Rittenhouse's visit to Mar-a-Lago
Madison Summers / IJR: Trump Shares He Met With Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago, Calls Him a ‘Good Young Guy’
Hannah Grossman / Fox News: Donald Trump slams prosecutors' ‘misconduct’ in Kyle Rittenhouse trial after meeting with teen in Mar-A-Lago
Taiyler Simone Mitchell / Insider: Rittenhouse blames former lawyers for meeting with members of the Proud Boys at a bar
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: Kyle Rittenhouse and His Mother Flew Out to Meet with President Trump in Mar-a-Lago (Video)
NOQ Report: Kyle Rittenhouse and His Mother Flew Out to Meet with President Trump in Mar-a-Lago (Video)