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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 …
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ actor charged with joining Oath Keepers during Capitol breach
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators subpoena Proud Boys, Oath Keepers as probe turns to domestic extremism
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Subpoenas Groups and Individuals Linked to Violent Attack on the Capitol on January 6th
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.
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Blames a Vast GOP Conspiracy for His Supreme Court Failure  —  The pillow boss has long promised he'd file his unhinged ravings to the high court by Tuesday, but that hasn't happened.  Of course, a conspiracy must be to blame, Lindell says.  —  MyPillow chief and 2020 dead …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:   Republican National Committee dismisses call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as chairwoman over outreach to LGBTQ voters
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:   Oklahoma GOP Head: RNC Chair ‘Must Resign’ For LGBTQ Support
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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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's fake ‘reckoning’ over the Steele dossier
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
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 …
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.
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.
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: Fox News, Politico and Townhall
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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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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:
Everyone's Moving to Texas.  Here's Why.  —  Farhad Manjoo is an Opinion Columnist.  Gus Wezerek and Yaryna Serkez are graphics editors for Opinion.  —  The traumas of the past few years have rearranged all of our lives.  Many Americans have new needs, new desires, new possibilities and new priorities.
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
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 …
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 …
Nick Reisman / Spectrum News 1 Central NY:
Investigations apply more scrutiny to Cuomo's pandemic tenure  —  Former New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker spent a lot of time with then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Zucker was often seen coming and going to Cuomo's office on the second floor of the state Capitol …
Politico:
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 …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
With hundreds of nominees to confirm, the Senate doesn't deserve Thanksgiving break  —  While the rest of us have turkey with friends and family, the Senate should stay in Washington and do its job — specifically, the job of advice and consent prescribed in the Constitution.
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
Boris Johnson's Peppa Pig speech forces him to answer the question: ‘Is everything okay?’  —  LONDON — “Is everything okay?” is probably not a question any world leader wants to be asked, especially in relation to their competence.  —  But that is the question politicians …
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 CBS Philly
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Several hundred Google employees sign manifesto against widened Covid vaccine mandate  — Several hundred Google employees have signed and circulated a manifesto opposing its widened Covid vaccine mandate, according to internal communications viewed by CNBC.
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
A Capitol rioter who declared ‘Civil War is coming’ just avoided the prison sentence prosecutors wanted  — Rasha Abual-Ragheb received a sentence lighter than the prison sentence prosecutors recommended.  — She encouraged people to bring firearms to Washington and posed for photographs inside the Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris Bought $375 Pot on Paris Trip  —  Spending spree at French boutique comes as US families fret over cost of Thanksgiving dinner  —  Amid economic turmoil and calls to buy local in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris dropped nearly $400 for a single pot …
Hank Stephenson / Arizona Agenda:
Paul Boyer is done with the Arizona Legislature  —  The veteran lawmaker decided against running for re-election in the Arizona Senate, saying he just wants to be a regular guy again  —  Republican Arizona Sen. Paul Boyer, best known for his role as the lone Republican vote against holding …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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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
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Appeals court order in Jan. 6 documents case may be bad news for Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and UPI
Joey Fox / New Jersey Globe:
Ciattarelli won all five of New Jersey's competitive congressional districts
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bishop / The Center Square:
Pritzker enacts new Congressional map after Illinois loses seat in U.S. House
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Operation Steel Curtain plus 10,000 state troopers and National Guard units deployed to protect Texas border
Discussion: BorderReport
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
‘Am I even fit to be a mom?’ Diaper need is an invisible part of poverty in America
Adrian Horton / The Guardian:
Stephen Colbert on Rittenhouse verdict: 'If he didn't break the law, we should change the law'
Discussion: Twitchy
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Lawmakers describe ‘toxic’ work environment in Congress
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Voter Fraud Claims Test Republican Candidates