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10:55 AM ET, November 29, 2021


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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to step down, sources say  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to step down from his executive role, sources tell CNBC's David Faber.  —  Twitter stock jumped more than 11% on the news.  —  Dorsey currently serves as both the CEO of Twitter and Square, his digital payments company.
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 …
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: Insider and Political Wire
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.
Washington Post:
Democratic midterm fears mount as policies fail to resonate with voters  —  At a virtual fundraiser late last month, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) shared a blunt assessment about the Democratic Party.  —  “Democrats are terrible at messaging,” she said, according to notes taken by one attendee.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The Great Escape  —  Why workers are quitting their jobs, after the trauma of the pandemic.  —  The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets.  “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly.  “The only thing I don't have is birds.”
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 …
Shawn McCreesh / New York Magazine:
Welcome to the Beach Cafe, the Upper East Side's Republican Cheers  —  There's this unassuming pub on the corner of 70th and Second that's a dovecote for that rarest of birds: the right-winged Manhattanite.  It's called the Beach Cafe.  Cindy Adams comes here.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Rep. Tom Suozzi to Run for Governor of New York  —  Mr. Suozzi will enter a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge the incumbent, Gov. Kathy Hochul.  —  Representative Thomas Suozzi, a Long Island Democrat, intends to announce on Monday that he will enter the race for governor of New York …
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 …
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney+ Drops ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Hong Kong Because of Tiananmen Square Joke  —  The 2005 episode features the Simpson family visiting Beijing, where they drop by the landmark, finding a placard that reads: “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened.”  —  Disney+ users in Hong Kong have noticed …
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 …
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
Dems want Biden to start swinging at Republicans.  Allies aren't sure he can.  —  Joe Biden spent much of his first year in office proving he could still work across the aisle.  Now, with the second year approaching, Democrats want him to turn up the heat on Republicans.
Discussion: The National
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: Morning Shots and Raw Story
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
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’
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
A colossal flop — fawning media can't save Chris Christie's new book  —  Just 2,000 copies sold … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  It's hard to recall a former politician who was showered with more free media attention than Chris Christie this month as he peddled his new book, “Republican Rescue.”
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Just Security
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
‘Gifts from the Heart’ is Biden White House Christmas theme  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — “Gifts from the Heart” is the theme of President Joe Biden's first White House Christmas.  —  First lady Jill Biden was scheduled on Monday to unveil decorations matching the theme, said to be inspired by people …
Discussion: Breitbart
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 and Eschaton
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Federal officials bracing for first detection of Omicron coronavirus variant in the US  —  Expert explains how we'll know if vaccines work against Omicron variant  —  (CNN)Federal health officials are bracing for the first cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to be detected in the US …
Discussion: KGET-TV and Political Wire
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
Doctors Warn New Medical School Guidance Would Lead to Unqualified Physicians and Unscientific Medicine  —  Accreditation guidelines call meritocracy ‘malignant,’ suggest genetic screening is racist  —  The two accrediting bodies for American medical schools now say that meritocracy is …
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.
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
The Woman on the Bridge  —  Police and prosecutors spent five years chasing a domestic violence case.
Dave Huber / The College Fix:
Leftist Arizona State U. groups demand Kyle Rittenhouse be booted from campus
Paul Best / Fox News:
Flashback: Kamala Harris once called Jussie Smollett's claims of an attack an ‘attempted modern day lynching’
Discussion: National Review
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Trump's Senate picks stumble out of the gate
 Earlier Items: 
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The dangerous extremism that's killing the Democrats is extreme centrism
Ralph Vartabedian / New York Times:
Years of Delays, Billions in Overruns: The Dismal History of Big Infrastructure
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
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money