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Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Young Dems more likely to despise the other party  —  Nearly a quarter of college students wouldn't be friends with someone who voted for the other presidential candidate — with Democrats far more likely to dismiss people than Republicans — according to new Generation Lab/Axios polling.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Republicans ready new push to defund, repeal Biden vaccine and testing policies  —  The latest salvo is set to arrive this week, as GOP lawmakers force another Senate vote to revoke the president's policy requiring shots or tests at private employers  —  Congressional Republicans are planning …
Politico:
House passes workaround to move forward on raising the debt ceiling  —  The House passed a bill Tuesday night to expedite a debt ceiling fix in the Senate, allowing Democrats to essentially raise the nation's credit limit on their own and thwart a Christmastime default.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Won't Let America Go.  Can Democrats Pry It Away?  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Do you believe, as many political activists and theorists do, that the contemporary Republican Party poses a threat to democracy?
Discussion: New York Daily News
Politico:   Senate Dems launch last-ditch effort to change the rules of the chamber
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate poised to pass resolution to nullify Biden vaccine mandate
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Joe Manchin Holds Back Support for Social-Spending Bill
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Times
Allison Pecorin / ABC News:
Biden's vaccine mandate to face Senate challenge
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
House Passes $768 Billion Defense Policy Bill
NBC New York:
Man in Custody After Allegedly Lighting Christmas Tree Outside Fox News Building on Fire  —  New York City first responders extinguished a huge Christmas tree fire outside the Fox News building in midtown Manhattan early Wednesday morning.  —  Videos posted by witnesses to the Citizen App show thick clouds …
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New York Post:
One arrested after Christmas tree set on fire outside News Corp. building  —  A man was arrested after setting fire to a Christmas tree outside Midtown's News Corporation building early Wednesday, police and sources said.  —  The holiday display was set ablaze shortly after midnight …
Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Boebert Shows Off Rifle-Toting Kids in Christmas Photo  —  TONE DEAF  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) shared a photo of her children wielding rifles in front of their Christmas tree late Tuesday, the latest gun-themed holiday photo released by Republicans in the wake of a deadly high school shooting.
Discussion: Insider
New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Pfizer Says its Booster Offers Significant Protection Against Omicron  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Pfizer says blood samples showed a third dose of its vaccine provides significant protection against Omicron.  —  Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday …
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New York Times:
Pfizer's vaccine provides some protection against Omicron, a lab study suggests.  —  A report out of South Africa offered a first glimpse at how vaccinated people might fare against the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus.  —  Laboratory experiments found that Omicron seems …
ITV News:
Downing Street staff shown joking in leaked recording about Christmas party they later denied
Giulia Heyward / New York Times:
Schools Are Closing Classrooms on Fridays.  Parents Are Furious.  —  Desperate to keep teachers, some districts have turned to remote teaching for one day a week — and sometimes more.  Families have been left scrambling to find child care.  —  DETROIT — Caitlin Reynolds, a single mother …
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Bloomberg:
There's No Excuse for Shutting Down Schools Again
Discussion: Washington Post
Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
Against “Latinx”  —  A politically dubious neologism, sure, but one that makes up for it by also being monstrously ugly.  —  Of all the weird and grating modern linguistic imperatives, few are weirder or more grating than the attempted imposition of “Latinx.”
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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
The Fight for Ukraine From Putin's View  —  He sees Russia's loss of the country as a historic injustice.  So how far will he go?  —  An independent Ukraine is for Vladimir Putin what the Treaty of Versailles was for Hitler —a historical injustice imposed on a defeated nation at its moment …
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New York Times:
‘Greetings, Mr. President’: Biden and Putin Hold 2-Hour Virtual Summit
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
The pandemic worsened young people's mental health crisis.  —  The United States surgeon general on Tuesday warned that young people are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
COVID-19: Medical board deletes anti-misinformation policy amid GOP pressure  —  Health Department attorney: Rep. John Ragan threatened to dissolve the Board of Medical Examiners  —  Tennessee's medical licensing board voted Tuesday to delete a policy opposing coronavirus misinformation …
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
Wisconsin Conservative Group Finds ‘No Evidence Of Widespread Fraud’ In 2020 Election  —  A 10-month-long review of Wisconsin's 2020 election conducted by a conservative group in the state found no signs of widespread or significant election fraud, according to a new report of its findings …
Washington Post:
Rep. Pressley to introduce resolution to condemn Rep. Boebert  —  Nearly a dozen House liberals want Democratic leadership to act against the Colorado Republican for anti-Muslim remarks  —  Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) plans to introduce a resolution Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BoJo: UK honchos a no-go to Beijing Olympics  —  The diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics picked up speed overnight as three US allies joined Joe Biden.  Boris Johnson became the latest to join, announcing a few minutes ago that the UK would not send any ministers to the Olympiad in protest of China's genocidal policies.
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
Conservatism: An Elegy  —  The rich philosophical tradition I fell in love with has been reduced to Fox News and voter suppression.  —  I fell in love with conservatism in my 20s.  As a politics and crime reporter in Chicago, I often found myself around public-housing projects like Cabrini-Green …
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Major antitrust adversary in Congress has daughter on Google's legal team  —  US Rep. Zoe Lofgren — a Democrat who's one of the most vocal opponents of antitrust bills now winding their way through Congress that would target Big Tech — has a daughter who works on Google's legal team.
Politico:
Dems begin souring on vaccine mandates  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  Three months ago, as California Gov. GAVIN NEWSOM was turning around his fate in the state's recall election …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
‘I think we need to rethink entirely how we do things,’ says Dana Milbank of the Washington Post  —  Longtime Washington Post political journalist Dana Milbank on Friday accused his colleagues of being “accessories to the murder of democracy.”  —  Milbank wrote in his biweekly opinion column:
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Colin P. Clarke / Foreign Affairs:
When Terrorists Govern … As the Taliban swept across Afghanistan this summer, all eyes were on their fighters as they triumphed over the Afghan security forces, which surrendered in large numbers as the Taliban rapidly advanced.  But the Taliban's victory did not happen overnight …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Michael Nutter: Larry Krasner owes an apology to the 521 families of Philly's homicide victims  —  District Attorney Larry Krasner's recent remarks about whether we are experiencing a crime crisis are some of the worst, most ignorant, and most insulting comments I have ever heard spoken …
Discussion: Fox News, Big Trial and Townhall
Sun Yu / Financial Times:
Chinese weddings fall to 13-year low as demographic crisis brews  —  Gender imbalance and high cost of tying the knot blamed for fewer couples getting married  —  China's efforts to lower the cost of marriage and boost birth rates have failed to lead to more weddings, dealing a blow …
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Inside Tim Cook's Secret $275 Billion Deal with Chinese Authorities  —  Interviews and internal Apple documents provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the company made concessions to Beijing and won key legal exemptions.  CEO Tim Cook personally lobbied officials over threats that would have hobbled its devices and services.
CNN:
Exclusive: January 6 committee casts a wide net with over 100 subpoenas for phone records  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot has formally subpoenaed the phone records of more than 100 people, a substantial number that includes former Trump officials and associates …
Aatif Sulleyman / Newsweek:
Unvaccinated Illinoisans Would Pay COVID Hospital Bills Under New Proposals  —  Illinois residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and refuse to take it would have to pay for their treatment if they contract the virus under a proposed new bill.  —  “I think it's time that we say …
 
 
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Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun:
Maryland lawmakers strip governor's power to block parole
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Yo, media: The crisis is democracy, not Biden
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Two years into this pandemic, the world is dangerously unprepared for the next one, report says
James Traub / Politico:
Inside Joe Biden's 2-Day Zoom Plan to Rescue Democracy
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and The Dispatch
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No evidence Iran has decided to weaponize nuclear program, CIA chief says
Rod Dreher:
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Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Claims Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Under Influence of ‘the Devil’
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
ACLU:
Cancel Student Debt: $50K for Every Borrower
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A Very Weird Interview With Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Washington Post:
Saule Omarova, Biden's pick for top bank regulator, withdraws nomination