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McConnell: No legislative agenda for 2022 midterms  —  Mitch McConnell has told colleagues and donors Senate Republicans won't release a legislative agenda before next year's midterms, according to people who've attended private meetings with the minority leader.
Discussion: Political Wire
POLITICO Playbook: Crisis averted after conservatives cave  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  NO SHUTDOWN — Congress avoided a government shutdown after Senate conservatives dropped their demands to nix President JOE BIDEN's vaccine mandates in the funding bill — and Senate Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER gave them a way out.
Discussion: ABC News
Senate Republicans wonder whether Dr. Oz is their Pennsylvania remedy  —  Senate Republicans are open to Dr. Oz as the miracle cure for their headaches in Pennsylvania.  —  With the Keystone State's GOP Senate primary uncertain, Senate Republicans suggested this week that they might embrace …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he's a Pennsylvania resident now. So why's he still hanging out in his New Jersey mansion?
Discussion: Politico
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
More Democratic senators are willing to weigh changes to Supreme Court  —  This week's Supreme Court argument on abortion has accelerated an urgency among Senate Democrats to fundamentally alter how the court operates, fueled in part by lingering anger over Republican confirmation maneuvers …
Discussion: Fox News
Mariel Fernandez / NAACP Legal Defense …:   LDF Issues Statement on Misleading References to Brown v. Board of Education by Supreme Court Justices
Washington Post:
Abortion battles intensify in the states ahead of court ruling expected to undermine Roe v. Wade
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:   John Kennedy Tells Biden Nominee Dale Ho He's Too ‘Angry’ To Be A Federal Judge
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court faces an existential crisis of legitimacy
NBC News:
Avoiding shutdown, Congress approves bill to fund government through Feb. 18  —  House deal on government funding bill could face challenge in the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday passed a short-term government funding bill that will prevent a shutdown before the Friday night deadline …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP tactics herald a grim new era of governing for Biden and Democrats
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Didi Global Plans to Delist From New York Stock Exchange  —  Chinese ride-hailing giant says it plans to pursue a listing in Hong Kong  —  Didi Global Inc. plans to delist its shares in the U.S. and pursue a listing in Hong Kong, a dramatic reversal just months after the Chinese ride-hailing …
New York Times:   Didi of China Moves to Delist From New York Stock Exchange
Meadows' book possible ‘waiver’ of executive privilege, Jan. 6 investigators say  —  Jan. 6 investigators have tried to pry information from Mark Meadows for months.  Now, excerpts from his forthcoming book have piqued the select committee's interest.  —  In interviews, members of the committee …
Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Far-Right Shock Jock Confronts Mark Meadows on Alleged Ties to China
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds could release ‘alternative’ Mueller report soon  —  An unpublished investigative compilation sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Mueller Report” has been located in Justice Department files and could be released soon, according to a letter filed in federal court Thursday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Biden takes the fight to Omicron.  But the toolkit is growing bare.  —  President Joe Biden has staked his presidency on defeating the pandemic.  But nearly a year into his term, the administration is crashing into the limits of its power to end the nation's fight against Covid-19.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Congress needs to act on Xi Jinping's genocide now  —  This week, a private U.K.-based investigative panel released what it says are classified Chinese government documents that appear to show how Chinese President Xi Jinping personally laid the groundwork for the systematic forced assimilation of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
Alec Baldwin's Gun Could Have Fired Without Him Pulling the Trigger, But Did It?  —  In his first major interview since being involved in a fatal shooting on the set of his latest movie, Alec Baldwin made a surprising new claim about his actions that day.  —  Baldwin said the gun went off without him ever actually pulling its trigger.
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
A drama professor told students they got their feelings hurt too easily.  They decided to fight back  —  It all started with a misunderstanding.  —  A Black theater student at Coastal Carolina University told a visiting drama teacher she wanted to connect with nonwhite students …
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
As world focuses on omicron, delta variant overwhelms parts of U.S.  —  While the U.S. braces for the unknowns of omicron, which has now been detected in Minnesota, St. Cloud Hospital in the central part of the state is still deep in a battle with the delta variant of the coronavirus.
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
Liberty University professor charged in alleged abduction, sexual battery of student  —  A professor at Liberty University is accused in the abduction and sexual battery of a student, according to the evangelical school and court records in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Discussion: USA Today, Yahoo and The Hill
General Michael Hayden / The Cipher Brief:
My Worry for America  —  OPINION — I was a Brigadier General 30 years ago, assigned in Europe as the head of intelligence.  Most of the time I was looking at the Balkans because there was a war going on.  Yugoslavia lasted for 72 years and then it was gone; it fell apart.  —  These were bitter rivalries.
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
Epstein visited the White House on 14 separate days and stopped by twice in one day on three occasions during Bill Clinton's first term  —  The disclosure puts renewed scrutiny on Clinton's friendship with Epstein, who was known to have flown the former president on his private jet …
Discussion: New York Post and Summit News
Jacob L. Nelson / Columbia Journalism Review:
A Twitter tightrope without a net: Journalists' reactions to newsroom social media policies  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  Journalists increasingly rely on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to pursue audience engagement, which many believe necessary for improving journalism's popularity and credibility among the public.
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: No COVID in Cabo!  California governor Gavin Newsom does it again - with a Thanksgiving vacation at $29,000-a-night villa owned by Russian oligarch who admitted dodging $248M in taxes - days after extending state's state of emergency  — Governor Gavin Newsom spent Thanksgiving …
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: Washington Post and Lawfare
Washington Post:
House Republicans express concern over party infighting, but not the Islamophobic rhetoric that set it off  —  House Republicans have decried the public feuding this week among a small group of GOP lawmakers as detrimental to the party's ability to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Sophie Cocke / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Rep. Kai Kahele calls Navy water contamination ‘a crisis of astronomical proportions in Hawaii’  —  Hawaii Rep. Kai Kahele today said that the Navy “is currently experiencing a crisis of astronomical proportions in Hawaii” as military officials scramble to respond to hundreds of reports …
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Kayleigh McEnany says she didn't lie in the White House briefing room because she went to Oxford, Harvard, and Georgetown and is a Christian  — Former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany claims she didn't lie in the White House briefing room.  — She writes in her upcoming book …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook sold ads comparing vaccine to Holocaust  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook has sold ads promoting anti-vaccine messages, comparing the US government's response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany, casting doubt on the result of the 2020 election, and even pushing political violence.
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Steve Contorno / CNN:
DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Cohen /
‘Jews Are Leeches’: Rafal Ziemkiewicz, Poland's Most Outspokenly Antisemitic Pundit, Lands His Own TV Talk Show
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: In three swing states, abortion bans could be on the midterm ballot
Discussion: Washington Examiner, WKOW and HotAir
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Today's deep question: Did a Biden judicial nominee commit perjury?
Discussion: RedState, Reuters and Fox News
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood among attorneys ordered to pay $175,000 over Michigan ‘Kraken’ suit
Washington Post:
Trump asks to dismiss E. Jean Carroll defamation case, citing N.Y. law that would force her to pay fees
 Earlier Items: 
William D. Cohan / Puck:
Carlos Watson Has a Cold
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Far right is using Twitter's new rule against anti-extremism researchers
Commsdirector / Democratic Socialists of America:
On the Question of Expelling Congressman Bowman
Joshua Malina / The Atlantic:
Cancel Mel Gibson