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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
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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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Recovery Accelerates on Spending, Labor Market Growth
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
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 …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
‘Nothing about this is normal’: RNC payments to Trump attorneys irk GOP officials  —  (CNN)A pair of payments the Republican National Committee made to a law firm representing former President Donald Trump is raising questions among former and current GOP officials about the party's priorities …
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS News
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: HotAir and Breitbart
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Marist Poll:
NPR/Marist National Poll: Economy & Biden Approval, November 2021
Discussion: Power Line
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
On ‘Hannity,’ Trump reveals the truth about right-wing lionization of Rittenhouse  —  Donald Trump ventured into the safe confines of Sean Hannity's show on Tuesday night, where he disclosed that Kyle Rittenhouse had visited him at Mar-a-Lago.  “Really a nice young man,” the former president declared.
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Hit Biden on Coronavirus  —  Republicans have fought mask requirements and vaccine mandates for months, but as coronavirus infections again rise, they are blaming the president for failing to end the health crisis.  —  WASHINGTON — Over eight hours last Thursday night and into Friday morning …
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Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Trump's influence looms over McCarthy's race to be next House speaker
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Darrell Brooks shared pro-Hitler memes, called for violence against white people  —  The ex-con charged over the deaths of six people at a Wisconsin Christmas parade shared social media posts calling for violence against white people — and suggesting “Hitler was right” for killing Jews.
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Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
Five Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’ Corrections We Need From the Media Now — Just for Starters  —  Five years after the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded collection of Trump-Russia conspiracy theories known as the Steele dossier was published by BuzzFeed, news outlets that amplified its false allegations …
The White House:
Update on Implementation of COVID-⁠19 Vaccination Requirement for Federal Employees … In order to ensure the health and safety of the Federal workforce and the efficiency of the civil service, President Biden issued an Executive Order on September 9, 2021, requiring COVID-19 vaccination for Federal employees.
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Townhall
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Eric Yoder / Washington Post:   More than 9 in 10 federal workers are vaccinated, with only a small percentage seeking exemptions, White House says
Choire Sicha / New York Magazine:
Here's the Best Strike for Most People  —  In October 2016, Wirecutter, a scrappy website that uses journalism to help people make purchases, was five years old.  On a Sunday that month, Brian Lam, the site's founder, told everyone to clear their Monday for an all-hands meeting.
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Washington Post:
White House to nominate new budget director months after Congress rejected Biden's initial pick
David Charns / KLAS:
Woman yelling 'Let's go Brandon' wheeled off Las Vegas jet bridge, arrested over mask disturbance  —  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro police arrested a woman at McCarran International Airport over the weekend after a disturbance on a plane.  —  Katrina Alspaugh, of Las Vegas …
Molly Jong-Fast / The Atlantic:
Deprogram your relatives this Thanksgiving  —  Some people (like my friend Tom Nichols) think that you should spend your Thanksgiving playing nice, pretending that your cousin doesn't follow QAnon and that your uncle doesn't believe the election was stolen and also that the Cyber Ninjas …
Discussion: Twitchy
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court will hear dispute over GOP legislators' defense of North Carolina voter ID law  —  Justice Breyer: 'It's important not to have transparency'  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will hear a case brought by Republican legislators in North Carolina who are seeking …
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Official Accused of Sexual Assault Played Key Role in Setting Up Beijing 2022 Olympics  —  Zhang Gaoli, accused of assault in a post on tennis star Peng Shuai's social-media account, headed a steering committee to land the Games  —  A video call between the head …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC ignore NYT bombshell report on Hunter Biden's business deal with Chinese company  —  Hunter Biden struck the deal while his father was vice president  —  Hunter Biden will be a top priority for Republicans: Comer  —  It wasn't long ago that a New York Times bombshell …
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
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
White House creates new energy division to coordinate climate change policies  —  The White House has launched a new energy division of its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and appointed Sally Benson, a well-known energy expert at Stanford University, to a high-level position to coordinate climate change policy.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and IJR
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Maria Butina's National Prayer Breakfast Host Was a Chick-fil-A Executive  —  Despite Focus on NRA's Russian Ties, Butina's Handler Had Family Connections Long Before  —  Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Feb. 2, 2017.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Tom Lawrence / The Daily Beast:
Rittenhouse Photo Reveals Where Trump Keeps Bizarre Rushmore Sculpture  —  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gave the strange homage to the then-president in 2020.  —  SIOUX FALLS—The “Mount Trumpmore” statue that South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem gave to then-President Donald Trump—grafting him onto the iconic monument—was not mothballed.
Wall Street Journal:
OPEC Weighs Shift in Oil Policy After Crude Release  —  Saudis, Russia consider pausing planned production increases after U.S., others release crude to push prices lower  —  Top oil producers Saudi Arabia and Russia are considering a move to pause their recent efforts to provide the world with more crude …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Dimon Regrets Quip JPMorgan to Outlast China Communist Party  — Says he was trying to emphasize strength, longevity of bank  — JPMorgan has almost $20 billion of exposure in Chinese economy  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said he regrets making a quip …
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Pentagon creates new organization to investigate UFOs  —  The Pentagon has created a new organization that will lead the department's investigations into mysterious objects in the sky.  —  The Defense Department announced the formation of the Airborne Object Identification …
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, CNBC, NPR and HotAir
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
The evolution of the City Council Speaker's Race  —  How the race to become New York City's second most powerful executive has progressed over time, and what that means for this year's contenders  —  The race to be New York City's next City Council Speaker is in the home stretch.
 
 
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Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed News:
Why Cori Bush Won't Be Silent On Democrats' Failures: “You Should've Fixed It Before I Got There”
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Jim Jordan reveals he had COVID-19 this summer
Discussion: Townhall, Joe.My.God., Raw Story and IJR
U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Man Arrested on Charges Related to Jan. 6 Capitol Breach
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Meet the City's Half-Million-Dollar Man: New York's Highest-Paid Employee
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize
Washington Examiner:
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 Earlier Items: 
American Greatness:
Here's a List of Leftist Liars Whose Hands Are Stained with Waukesha's Blood
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
America's Pandemic Star Loses Some Luster
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Desmond Butler / Washington Post:
Exxon lobbyist questions urgency of climate's catastrophic risks
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
The Democrats Are a Communist Party Now
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Buttigieg presidential buzz has penetrated the White House
Discussion: spectatorworld.com
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke seizes on Texas power grid in bid against Abbott
Zach Dorfman / Yahoo News:
Frustrated with CIA, Trump administration turned to Pentagon for shadow war with Iran
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris Bought $375 Pot on Paris Trip