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8:40 AM ET, November 29, 2021


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir  —  The former defense secretary sued the agency, saying that portions of the book were being concealed “under the guise of classification.”  —  Former Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Sunday sued the agency he once led …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Inside the ‘Misinformation’ Wars  —  Journalists and academics are developing a new language for truth.  The results are not always clearer.  —  On Friday afternoons this fall, top American news executives have dialed into a series of off-the-record Zoom meetings led by Harvard academics whose goal is to …
Discussion: emptywheel
New York Times:
In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic  —  When a French dictionary included the gender-nonspecific “iel” for the first time, a virulent reaction erupted over “wokisme” exported from American universities.  —  PARIS — Perhaps France was always going to have a hard time with nonbinary pronouns.
Washington Post:
Trump allies work to place supporters in key election posts across the country, spurring fears about future vote challenges  —  In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and The Nation
Raja Razek / CNN:
Matthew McConaughey will not run for Texas governor  —  (CNN)Actor Matthew McConaughey announced Sunday in a video message on Twitter that a future in political leadership is not in the cards — right now.  —  After acknowledging that he had taken time exploring politics and considered a run …
Sarah Polus / The Hill:
McConaughey says he won't seek political office ‘at this moment’
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
No Severe COVID Cases Among Vaccinated Patients Infected With Omicron, Top Israeli Expert Says  —  After omicron was detected in Israel, experts add that it will be two weeks before there is credible data on the variant's vaccine resistance.  Health minister says Israel has been preparing for the arrival of a new variant for some time
Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Dems' dicey decision: Punish Boebert or not?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IS AN APOLOGY ENOUGH?  — The drama surrounding Rep. LAUREN BOEBERT's (R-Colo.) Islamophobic comments about Rep. ILHAN OMAR (D-Minn.) is about to heat up as lawmakers return from Thanksgiving recess this week.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'They're all begging me': Trump's 2024 veep tryouts get underway  —  The last time Donald Trump picked a running mate, he made a conventional choice in Mike Pence — a relatively safe decision with traditional presidential ticket-balancing in mind.  —  But as Trump gears up for a 2024 bid …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabriel Katz / Common Sense:
Jew vs. Jew  —  On the real lessons of the Hanukkah story. … On Friday July 16, I moved across the country and into a Moishe House, one of a network of communal Jewish houses in cities including Boston, New York, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh.  On Thursday, July 22, my two roommates asked me to move out.
GOP courts anti-vaxxers with jobless aid  —  Republican officials around the country are testing a creative mechanism to build loyalty with unvaccinated Americans while undermining Biden administration mandates: unemployment benefits.  —  Driving the news: Florida, Iowa …
Discussion: Political Wire
Amy Qin / New York Times:
As U.S. Hunts for Chinese Spies, University Scientists Warn of Backlash  —  A chilling effect has taken hold on American campuses, contributing to an outflow of academic talent that may hurt the United States while benefiting Beijing.  —  The F.B.I. agents spent nearly two years tailing the professor …
Ian Urbina / New Yorker:
The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe  —  Acollection of makeshift warehouses sits along the highway in Ghout al-Shaal, a worn neighborhood of auto-repair shops and scrap yards in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.  Formerly a storage depot for cement, the site was reopened in January …
Discussion: Insider
Jason Lemon / Newsweek:
Former GOP Congresswoman Urges Voters to Oust Boebert, Greene: ‘Take Out the Trash’  —  Former Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock of Virginia urged voters to support primary challengers to GOP Congresswomen Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, saying “take out the trash.”
Discussion: Jihad Watch
With Kamala Harris looking unelectable, the Democrats are considering the nuclear option  —  Whispers in Washington suggest Joe Biden's camp has a plan to find a more popular replacement ahead of the 2024 White House battle  —  Democrats desperately scrambling to find a potential successor …
Discussion: Twitchy
Kansas City Star:
KS Rep. Aaron Coleman arrested Saturday on suspicion of DUI  —  Kansas Rep. Aaron Coleman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday morning, his second arrest in less than a month.  —  The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Coleman, a Kansas City, Kansas, Democrat …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Congress returns to work staring down fiscal deadlines and fights over Biden's agenda  —  Lawmakers must act to avert shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines as Democrats plan to push ahead on budget talks  —  The clock is ticking for congressional Democrats this week as they return to Washington …
Ralph Vartabedian / New York Times:
Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure  —  The nation's most ambitious engineering projects are mired in postponements and skyrocketing costs.  Delivering $1.2 trillion in new infrastructure will be tough.  —  As Honolulu sprawled into new suburbs west …
Kristofer Harrison / The Bulwark:
Meet the Texas Secessionist Movement: Brought to You by Russia  —  The Kremlin continues its care and feeding of American extremist groups.  —  A couple weeks ago Senator Ted Cruz was speaking at Texas A&M University when someone asked him his thoughts on the Texas secessionist movement.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump's Senate picks stumble out of the gate
Jasmine Wright / CNN:
Second gentleman attends National Menorah lighting ceremony: ‘Jewish history is American history’
Discussion: CBS News and The Hill
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The dangerous extremism that's killing the Democrats is extreme centrism
Discussion: New York Post
Nick Reisman / Spectrum News 1 Central NY:
Rep. Suozzi to announce whether he'll run for governor
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Mike Lindell Throws a Fit and Pulls His Ads From Right-Wing Christian Salem Radio Network
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Local News Outlets Could Reap $1.7 Billion in Build Back Better Aid
David Pepper / The Guardian:
Republicans are quietly rigging election maps to ensure permanent rule
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sydney Trent / Washington Post:
A Capitol Hill romance: ‘Found love in a hopeless place’
United States Navy:
U.S. Navy Ship Rescues Iranian Mariners in Gulf of Oman