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Minnesota Department of Health:
Lab testing confirms state's first COVID-19 case involving Omicron variant  —  Infected Minnesota resident recently returned from domestic travel; variant was found through MDH variant surveillance program, which is one of the strongest surveillance programs in the nation
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Biden to Announce New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden's winter Covid plan includes insurance reimbursement for at-home tests.  —  President Biden will announce Thursday that the more than 150 million Americans …
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
Second U.S. case of Omicron variant indicates domestic transmission  —  Health officials on Thursday reported the country's second Covid-19 infection from the Omicron variant in a Minnesota resident who notably did not travel internationally recently, unlike the first case.
The White House:
President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants as We Battle COVID-19 this Winter
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Second U.S. Omicron Case Detected in Minnesota Man Who Attended Anime Event in NYC
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
John Kennedy Tells Biden Nominee Dale Ho He's Too ‘Angry’ To Be A Federal Judge  —  “We don't need federal judges who are angry,” said the GOP senator, who voted to put angry guy Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.  —  Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told President Joe Biden's judicial nominee Dale Ho …
Discussion: HotAir and RedState
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
In case you missed the abortion argument, here's about how it went  —  What a great day for a light oral argument yesterday was!  All nine of the Supreme Court justices were there, including both the Georgetown Prep graduate who has been accused of sexual assault and the Georgetown Prep graduate who hasn't!
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Dobbs Arguments Revealed Why the Supreme Court Should Stay Out of Abortion  —  At times, you might have been forgiven for thinking that oral arguments over the Dobbs case were being held before the Health and Human Services Committee of the Pennsylvania state Senate, or some other legislative body.
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
The Betrayal of Roe  —  The aftermath of the Supreme Court's oral arguments this week …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The minoritarian third of the Supreme Court
Discussion: Twitchy
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Why a Pollster is Warning Democrats About the 2022 Midterm Elections  —  Focus groups with Virginia voters led to a bluntly worded memo on what Democrats need to do going into the midterms.  —  Brian Stryker, a Democratic pollster, didn't work for Terry McAuliffe's campaign in the Virginia governor's race.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon's Jan. 6 Legal Strategy: ‘Blowing Up the Whole System’  —  Steve Bannon isn't just trying to troll the Biden administration and the Justice Department.  He's creating a playbook for other resistant witnesses to the Jan. 6 probe.  —  Steve Bannon—the right-wing media personality turned adviser …
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CNN:
New details shed light on ways Mark Meadows pushed federal agencies to pursue dubious election claims
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Malina / The Atlantic:
Cancel Mel Gibson  —  Every day, as dawn's rosy fingers reach through my window, I arise and check in with Twitter, to see what fresh hell awaits.  Generally, by about 6:30, I've been made furious by the outrage du jour.  But recently, I experienced more of a sense of bemusement than ire …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Under Federal Investigation Over Sexual-Assault Allegations  —  Justice Department opened civil-rights probe into former New York governor's executive chamber  —  The Justice Department opened a civil-rights investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive chamber …
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
U.S. hedge-fund billionaire on China disappearing people: They're behaving like a “strict parent”  —  I missed this yesterday.  If you did too, make amends.  Not just because the contrast this clip draws with the moral righteousness displayed by the Women's Tennis Association is so sharp …
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New York Times:
I.O.C. Says It Held Second Call With Peng Shuai
David Corn / Mother Jones:
A CIA Report Shows Trump Abandoned His Duty as Commander in Chief  —  The CIA is too polite to say this directly, but it has issued a report that shows that Donald Trump, while obsessing over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, abandoned one of his primary duties as president …
Discussion: Lawfare and Washington Examiner
CNN:
Exclusive: Sinema won't commit to voting for Biden's sweeping social safety net expansion  —  (CNN)Kyrsten Sinema, the influential moderate Democratic senator from Arizona, did not commit to voting for President Joe Biden's sweeping social safety net legislation in a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday …
Discussion: Politico
Aaron E. Carroll / The Atlantic:
We Opened the Schools and ... It Was Fine  —  When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, many states and towns closed everything, including schools.  Public-health experts didn't know enough about how COVID was spread or how contagious it was, and the health-care system was overwhelmed in parts of the country.
Discussion: Twitchy
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Two Election Workers Targeted by Pro-Trump Media Sue for Defamation  —  The two Georgia workers were falsely accused of manipulating ballots by Trump allies and right-wing news sites.  Election officials said the workers did nothing wrong.  —  Two Georgia election workers who were the targets …
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Republicans defy COVID vaccine policy at the N.J. Statehouse, ignoring troopers who tried to stop them  —  1,456  —  A number of Republican members of the state Assembly openly defied a new COVID-19 vaccine policy at the New Jersey Statehouse on Thursday and took their seats to cast votes anyway …
Lauren Effron / ABC News:
Alec Baldwin exclusive: 'The trigger wasn't pulled.  I didn't pull the trigger'  —  George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview airs Thursday on ABC, streams on Hulu  —  Actor Alec Baldwin told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that he had “no idea” …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘Magic dirt’: How the internet fueled, and defeated, the pandemic's weirdest MLM  —  The social media posts started in May: photos and videos of smiling people, mostly women, drinking Mason jars of black liquid, slathering black paste on their faces and feet, or dipping babies and dogs in tubs of the black water.
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Power & Light execs worked closely with consultants behind ‘ghost’ candidate scheme, records reveal |  Special Report  —  Top executives at utility giant Florida Power & Light worked closely with the political consultants who orchestrated a scheme to promote spoiler candidates …
Max Read / Read Max:
Is web3 bullshit?  —  And is that even the right question? … Is web3 bullshit?  The hazy vision of new decentralized internet, built on the blockchain, to succeed the “Web 2.0” of Google and Facebook seems to be reaching a threshold of ambient cultural awareness such that non-tech pundits …
BuzzFeed News:
CIA Files Say Staffers Committed Sex Crimes Involving Children.  They Weren't Prosecuted.  —  Over the past 14 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has secretly amassed credible evidence that at least 10 of its employees and contractors committed sexual crimes involving children.
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump  —  The former lawyer filed cases across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 election  —  Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Sues to Block $40 Billion Semiconductor Chip Merger  —  Vertical deal between chip supplier Nvidia and chip design provider Arm would allow combined firm to stifle competing next-generation technologies  —  The Federal Trade Commission today sued to block U.S. chip supplier Nvidia Corp …
 
 
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Eleanor Klibanoff / The Texas Tribune:
Texas now bans medical abortions after seven weeks of pregnancy
Discussion: HuffPost
Jeremiah Poff / Washington Examiner:
Parent group files civil rights complaint against NYC Public Schools for segregating students by race
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin won't rule out backing GOP effort to defund Biden vaccine mandate
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I changed my mind on rent control
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: November 2021
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Fox News:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
If Trump Voters Lived in Germany, They'd Be in the Fascist Party
Discussion: The Liberal Patriot
The American Mind:
Own Nothing and Love It
Washington Post:
Trump could pocket $100 million in deal for money-losing D.C. hotel
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Associated Press:
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