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9:30 AM ET, December 16, 2021


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Jim Jordan sent one of the texts revealed by January 6 committee  —  Rep. Liz Cheney reveals frantic texts from GOP lawmakers to Mark Meadows on January 6  —  (CNN)Rep. Jim Jordan forwarded a text message to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on January 5, outlining a legal theory …
Washington Post:
Role as Trump's gatekeeper puts Meadows in legal jeopardy — and at odds with Trump  —  From his time as chief of staff for Donald Trump, Mark Meadows has provided a gold mine of information to the House committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection: urgent texts from the president's son …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The Jan. 6 puzzle piece that's going largely ignored  —  As Donald Trump and his allies squeezed then-Vice President Mike Pence to single-handedly stop Joe Biden's presidency in the weeks ahead of Jan. 6, they used one particular tool that's been largely ignored ever since.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The US system is no match for Donald Trump  —  Absence of consequences for the Capitol riots makes it likelier that democracy will be subverted again  —  Democrats hate to be reminded that the saviour of US democracy is Mike Pence, the former vice-president, whose fawning loyalty to Donald Trump lasted until the moment it counted.
David Rohde / New Yorker:
Is There a Smoking Gun in the January 6th Investigation?
Jan. 6 investigators mull whether Trump violated obstruction law
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Liz Cheney at forefront of hollow Jan. 6 war
Discussion: CNN, Salon and New York Times
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Meadows referral creates new legal, political challenge for Garland and DOJ
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and
New York Times:
Meadows and the Band of Loyalists: How They Fought to Keep Trump in Power  —  A small circle of Republican lawmakers, working closely with President Donald J. Trump's chief of staff, took on an outsize role in pressuring the Justice Department, amplifying conspiracy theories and flooding …
Jonah Goldberg / The G-File:
Donald Trump's Megaphone  —  Fox News news hosts knew that Trump's lies were lies—and they amplified them anyhow.  —  Screw it.  —  I've shown a good deal of restraint since news broke that I left Fox News.  —  I haven't done any TV about it, and I've let a lot of nonsense go by without a response.
Travis Fain / WRAL-TV:
Democrat Jeff Jackson expected to drop out of U.S. Senate race  —  A leading Democrat vying for North Carolina's soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat plans to leave the race, people familiar with the matter told WRAL Thursday.  —  Sen. Jeff Jackson, D-Mecklenburg, was expected to announce …
Discussion: PRIMER
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Jeff Jackson expected to drop out of North Carolina Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and The Charlotte Ledger
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
What A Flurry Of Democratic Departures Means For The 2022 House Race?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sinema pops Democrats' filibuster trial balloon on voting rights  —  Kyrsten Sinema supports the elections reform bill that Democrats are considering a year-end push to pass.  She doesn't support a shortcut around the filibuster to get it done.  —  The Arizona moderate is making clear …
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Two major airline CEOs question the need for masks on planes  —  New York (CNN Business)The CEOs of two of the nation's major airlines say they don't think wearing masks on planes does much to help limit exposure to Covid.  —  The comments from American Airlines (AAL) CEO Doug Parker …
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
DC Bar Restores Convicted FBI Russiagate Forger to ‘Good Standing’ Amid Irregularities and Leniency  —  A former senior FBI lawyer who falsified a surveillance document in the Trump-Russia investigation has been restored as a member in “good standing” by the District of Columbia Bar Association …
Unvaccinated Covid Patients Push Hospital Systems Past the Brink  —  Data analysis and visualization by David Ingold and Paul Murray  —  In a Kentucky hospital bed at the end of November, a Covid-19 patient from the state's latest wave of infections lay alone behind the glass isolation wall.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to stop holding undocumented families in detention centers  —  The Biden administration is ending the practice of holding undocumented migrant families in detention centers, turning to remote tracking technology such as ankle bracelets as alternatives.
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
A QAnon con: How the viral Wayfair sex trafficking lie hurt real kids  —  An Internet mob wanted to rescue a 13-year-old girl.  Instead, they terrified her, derailed real trafficking investigations and incited ‘save the children’ violence.  —  The real Samara Duplessis was sprawled across her comforter, her thumb on Instagram.
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
My trip into the metaverse with Facebook defender-in-chief Nick Clegg … Nick Clegg may be available in Berlin.  He has a slot in Paris.  He'll make time for lunch in Brussels.  Then Omicron hits, and the vice-president of global affairs at Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is not coming to Europe after all.
Natalie B. Compton / Washington Post:
Americans can soon renew passports online, thanks to Biden order  —  The order also includes new technologies to speed up airport security  —  President Biden signed an executive order Monday to allow Americans to renew their passports online, eliminating the need for physical documents and paper checks to be sent through the mail.
New York Post:
MTA manager caught using blow-up doll in apparent attempt to skirt HOV laws  —  Surely, he can't be serious.  —  An MTA manager claims an inflatable doll that's been riding shotgun in his Kia Telluride is there “for the company” — and not to skirt HOV restrictions, as his coworkers suspect.
Discussion: RedState
Emma Hurt / Axios:
Scoop: Perdue rejected GOP appeals to skip governor race  —  A majority of Georgia's Republican state senators quietly sent former Sen. David Perdue a letter last month asking him not to run for governor, Axios has learned.  Weeks later, Perdue forged ahead and announced his primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp.
Washington Post:
GOP candidates are flocking to Mar-a-Lago to pay Trump for the privilege of hosting their events  —  The Washington Post identified at least 30 events held by GOP candidates or conservative groups at Trump properties through mid-December, more tallied than in any previous year
Timothy Puko / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Seeks to Replace Every Lead Water Pipe in the Country Within a Decade  —  White House to announce plan including new EPA rules, funded by $15 billion from the recently passed infrastructure bill  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration intends to announce a plan to replace every lead water pipeline …
Discussion: New York Times
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The bulldogs of Benghazi roll over for insurrectionists  —  Paging Trey Gowdy!  Where's the bulldog of Benghazi when his country needs him?  —  On Sept. 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Four Americans died.  —  On Jan. 6, 2021, terrorists attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Google calls itself green.  But it's still making ad money from climate-change denial.  —  Researchers found Google's ads on at least 50 posts undermining climate science, despite its pledge to ban misinformation  —  In October, ahead of the U.N. COP 26 climate summit …
Discussion: The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
After Taliban Return, Afghan Women Face Old Pressures From Fathers, Brothers  —  Family dynamics are changing as some men assert their power.  ‘Nothing scares me more than my father.  Not even the Taliban.’  —  KABUL—When Marjan Amiri marched for women's rights on the streets of Kabul in September …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
In Trump country, a willingness to set aside politics as Biden visits  —  MAYFIELD, Ky. — Cliff Giambrone most certainly didn't vote for President Biden and, in fact, was outside the U.S. Capitol protesting the election results on Jan. 6.  On the trailer hitch on the back of his van …
Washington Post:
More Americans than usual have been changing parties.  Why?  —  Here's what our research found  —  As we head into 2022, expect a deluge of predictions about the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.  Will Democrats maintain, widen or lose their slight advantage in the Senate?
Discussion: Insider, WHTM-TV and The Federalist
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Retail sales disappoint in November, raising concerns that inflation is slowing spending  —  Spending rose a modest 0.3 percent, as rising gas and grocery costs prompted Americans to pull back in other categories  —  Rising prices on gas and groceries are prompting Americans to pull back in other areas …
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