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2:35 PM ET, December 11, 2021


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ABC News:
At least 50 dead as tornadoes devastate Kentucky; Amazon warehouse collapses in Illinois  —  One tornado was on the ground for over 200 miles.  —  A devastating tornado outbreak in western Kentucky has claimed the lives of at least 50 people, according to Gov. Andy Beshear.
New York Times:
Live Updates: Tornadoes Hit Several States, With at Least 70 Dead in Kentucky  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Residents begin assessing the damage in at least five states.  —  Dozens of people were feared dead, and communities across the Midwest and South were digging through rubble …
NBC News:
‘Quad-State Tornado’ crossed four states in four hours, a rare December tornado  —  The National Weather Service will confirm if a single tornado tracked over 200 miles from Arkansas to Kentucky, which could set the record for longest tornado in U.S. history  —  Kentucky Gov. Beshear: Tornado death toll is north of 70, may exceed 100
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
At least 50 likely dead in Kentucky alone, governor says, after tornadoes hit central and southern US
Tornado Warning: Two dead, five injured at Monette Manor
Washington Post:
Election denier who circulated Jan. 6 PowerPoint says he met with Meadows at White House  —  A retired U.S. Army colonel who circulated a proposal to challenge the 2020 election, including by declaring a national security emergency and seizing paper ballots, said that he visited the White House …
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel obtains PowerPoint that set out plan for Trump to stage coup  —  Presentation turned over by Mark Meadows made several recommendations for Trump to pursue to retain presidency  —  Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows turned over to the House select committee investigating …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Raw Story
CT Insider:
Stamford man, a CNN staffer, allegedly coerced women to sexually ‘train’ daughters at his Vt. home  —  A Connecticut resident and CNN employee is facing federal charges after enticing women and their underage daughters to engage in illegal sexual activity at his home in Vermont, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Discussion: Trending Politics
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Operation Whistle Pig: Inside the secret CBP unit with no rules that investigates Americans  —  It was almost 10 p.m. on a Thursday night, and Ali Watkins was walking around the capital following instructions texted by a stranger.  One message instructed her to walk through …
Julie Johnson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Omicron in Oakland: How a Wisconsin wedding with ‘super responsible’ vaccinated people led to outbreak  —  Most if not all of the guests wore masks when the Nov. 27 wedding ceremony started at a Wisconsin celebration that is now the suspected origin of an outbreak of COVID-19 …
Charles Homans / New York Times:
In Bid for Control of Elections, Trump Loyalists Face Few Obstacles  —  A movement animated by Donald J. Trump's 2020 election lies is turning its attention to 2022 and beyond.  —  ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — When thousands of Trump supporters gathered in Washington on Jan. 6 for the Stop …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Townhall
I Left QAnon in 2019.  But I'm Still Not Free.  —  Since it became clear that the QAnon conspiracy theory was a driving force in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Anastasiia Carrier has been interviewing former QAnon believers and hearing from them, in their own words, how they were drawn into that world and how they got out.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
A step-by-step breakdown of the Trump coup attempt (Yes, it was a coup)  —  Chris Hayes: “They attempted a coup—there's no better way to describe what happened.  Trump and his allies did everything they possibly could, tried every possible avenue to overthrow a democratic election and install …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The role of violent threats in Trump's GOP reign, according to Republicans  —  Tim Alberta is out with his latest must-read this week — a profile of freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.).  Meijer joined Congress just days before the Capitol insurrection and almost immediately jeopardized …
Erica Wilkinson / Slate:
The One State That's Getting Rapid Testing Right  —  In Colorado, we get them for free.  The country should follow our lead.  —  As I am writing this sentence, I have my phone sitting next to me, waiting for a photo to pop up in my family group chat.  We're all eager for the results of a rapid test that my brother just took.
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone:
Michael Nesmith, Monkees Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 78  —  “With infinite love we announce that Michael Nesmith has passed away this morning in his home, surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes,” his family said in a statement  —  Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith …
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden Talks Vaccines and Bob Dole in Interview With Jimmy Fallon
Discussion: Washington Post and Insider
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Republicans in Texas County, in Unusual Move, Upend Primary System  —  The G.O.P. in Potter County is planning to break away from a nonpartisan election board and hold its own primary next year, in a move criticized by election experts.  —  The Republican Party in the second-largest county …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jessica Huseman / Votebeat:   Republicans in Texas county to administer their own 2022 primary, despite officials' warnings
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Meat packers' profit margins jumped 300% during pandemic - White House economics team  —  Four of the biggest meat-processing companies, using their market power in the highly consolidated U.S. market to drive up meat prices and underpay farmers, have tripled their own net profit margins since …
The White House:
Recent Data Show Dominant Meat Processing Companies Are Taking Advantage of Market Power to Raise Prices and Grow Profit Margins
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
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 Earlier Items: 
Joanne B. Freeman / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 crossed a line. We need to say so before it's too late for democracy.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
John Roberts Has Lost Control
Pa. Supreme Court vacates mask mandate for schools, child care facilities effective immediately
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