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John Archibald / al.com:
Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’  —  Ramon Perez came to court last month ready to fight the tickets he'd been handed by Brookside police, including one for rolling through a stop sign and another for driving 48 mph in a 40 zone.
Discussion: Insider, Reason and Above the Law
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John Archibald / al.com:
Pastor, sister say rogue Alabama police force sought revenge
Discussion: Raw Story
NY State Attorney General:
Attorney General James Takes Action to Force Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump to Comply with Ongoing Investigation Into Trump Organization's Financial Dealings  —  Motion to Compel Filed After Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr.,  —  and Ivanka Trump Refuse to Provide Sworn Testimony
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New York Times:
N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business  —  The attorney general, Letitia James, released new details of her investigation into whether the company misrepresented the value of its assets, but her office did not file a lawsuit.
Washington Post:
N.Y. attorney general alleges Trump's business inflated property values, wealth statements  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump's business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations …
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
New York AG says Trump's company misled banks, tax officials
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Mark Kelly supports change to Senate's filibuster rule for voting-rights legislation  —  Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., will support a change to the filibuster rule, The Arizona Republic has learned, showing for the first time a willingness to bend on an issue that has tied the Senate in knots …
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Matthew Yglesias / Grid News:
The case for a better way to poll  —  Issue polling makes America seem very liberal.  Combining party trust polling would help explain why Republicans win elections.  —  Editor-at-Large  —  In recent years, progressives have invested heavily in crafting a narrative which holds …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Voting Rights Fight, Democrats Train Ire on Sinema and Manchin
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor says she did not ask Gorsuch to wear a mask on the Supreme Court bench  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a statement Wednesday that she did not ask Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to wear a mask, but she also did not give her reasons for participating in oral arguments remotely from her chambers, instead of on the bench.
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Just Security:
EXCLUSIVE: The Oath Keeper Podcast Interviews - New Insights Into Jan. 6 and Continued Threats  —  In documents filed by the Department of Justice against members of the Oath Keepers militia in recent days, prosecutors reference podcast appearances by Edward Vallejo, one of the Oath Keepers indicted …
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Ben Tobias / BBC:
Hana Horka: Czech singer dies after catching Covid intentionally  —  A folk singer from the Czech Republic has died after deliberately catching Covid, her son has told the BBC.  —  Hana Horka, 57, was unvaccinated and had posted on social media that she was recovering after testing positive, but died two days later.
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Senate President Stuart Adams tested positive for COVID twice Tuesday before publicly announcing he was negative  —  Acknowledgment of positive tests came after Tribune inquiries, records request.  —  (Francisco Kjolseth |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Elder Gerrit W. Gong …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Omicron Is in Retreat  —  What's next?  —  The latest Omicron developments continue to be encouraging.  New Covid-19 cases are plummeting in a growing list of places.  The percentage of cases causing severe illness is much lower than it was with the Delta variant.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden leaves Democrats hanging as midterms burst into full swing  —  ‘Unity is elusive’ as Biden enters second year as president  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden spotted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on the White House campus last June and called out to the House Democratic campaign chair loudly enough …
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Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
Police said the male suspect (pictured) is believed to be homeless and fled through the back door before calming walking down an alley  —  The architectural design student from Pacific Palisades was alone in the Croft House store on La Brea Avenue in LA's upscale Fairfax neighborhood when a man entered around 1:50 p.m. and stabbed her.
Dee-Ann Durbin / Associated Press:
Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling  —  Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month.  —  In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the Seattle coffee giant said it was responding …
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
The Republican Parallel Universes Strategy  —  And how Democrats can break through it.  —  Shortly after the 2020 election I was chatting with a Republican strategist who'd done some work for several vulnerable-seeming GOP candidates who ultimately won their races, outperforming Donald Trump by several points.
Stephen Hudak / Orlando Sentinel:
Sources: State health officer Pino placed on administrative leave after vaccination email  —  Dr. Raul Pino, who became a trusted voice of the pandemic response in the nation's tourist capital, has been placed on administrative leave from his post as the state's chief health officer …
New York Times:
Newly Declassified Video Shows U.S. Killing of 10 Civilians in Drone Strike  —  The New York Times obtained footage of the botched strike in Kabul, whose victims included seven children, through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.  —  WASHINGTON — Newly declassified surveillance footage …
Washington Post:
The long slide: Inside Biden's declining popularity as he struggles with multiple crises  —  The second week of August began as a time for vacation for President Biden and some of his team.  Then Afghanistan imploded.  The reports out of Kabul were harrowing: Images of desperate Afghan nationals clinging …
Discussion: Townhall, HotAir, NRCC and Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Year One Approval Ratings Subpar, Extremely Polarized  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — During his first year in office, an average of 48.9% of Americans approved of the job President Joe Biden was doing.  Biden's job approval ratings started relatively strong at 57%, but by September had plunged to 43%.
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Ivo Daalder / Financial Times:
Vladimir Putin's deepest fear is the freedom of Russia's neighbours  —  The US and Nato must stand by Ukraine's side for the sake of stability and security in Europe  —  The author is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and served as US ambassador to Nato from 2009 to 2013
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Plans to close all but one polling place in a rural Georgia county reverberate through a battleground state  —  (CNN)Election officials in a rural Georgia county are weighing plans to close all but one polling place ahead of this year's elections, alarming local voting and civil rights groups.
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Kathy Griffin Is Trying to Get Back on the D-List  —  Ever since her Trump joke went wrong in 2017, Griffin has been seeking a professional rebirth, and wondering who among the canceled gets a second chance.  —  When Kathy Griffin met last summer with a surgeon to discuss the removal …
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
Fairfax Schools Tell Children Of Military Members That They Have ‘Privilege’  —  A Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools curriculum has students play “privilege” bingo, giving them privilege points if they are white, male, employed or “involved in extra curricular [sic] activities,” or “feel represented in the media.”
Politico:
Allies wait on U.S. approval to arm Ukraine as invasion worries mount  —  At least three European allies are waiting for the U.S. State Department to approve their requests to send U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine, as fears grow of a multi-front invasion by Russian forces and the Biden administration prepares …
Discussion: TASS and The Drive
Slate:
Is DOJ Investigating the Forged Documents Trump Used in His Coup Attempt?  —  Last week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel referred to federal prosecutors a criminal investigation into who was behind a Dec. 14, 2020, certificate falsely attesting that Donald Trump won Michigan's electoral votes.
Vanessa Chalmers / New York Post:
Man's agonizing penis pain is found to be rare side effect of COVID  —  A man's agonizing penis pain was blamed on COVID infection, as docs warned of the rare side effect.  —  Writing in a medical journal, the Iranian team described how the virus led to blood clotting in the poor man's shaft.
Democracy Docket:
The Pundits Are Wrong.  Democrats Must Reform the Electoral Count Act and Pass Comprehensive Voting Rights Legislation.  —  America is facing a democracy crisis in three parts.  Voter suppression policies are making it substantially harder to vote in nearly every Republican-controlled state.
 
 
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir
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Gabriel Hays / Newsbusters:
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
The Countless, Confusing, Sometimes Contradictory Takeaways Of The 2021-22 Redistricting Cycle
France 24:
Taliban PM calls for Muslim nations to recognise Afghan government
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The White House:
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Silvio Berlusconi Angles for Italy's Presidency, Bunga Bunga and All
Discussion: Financial Times
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids. Most states haven't even applied.
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter's Bail Revoked After Cops Find AR-15 in His Car During DUI Arrest
Discussion: wusa9.com
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
How many people has Murdoch killed during pandemic?
The Dworkin Report:
Lev Parnas just explained how Rudy Giuliani acquired Russian disinformation for Trump
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, Editor and Fashion Industry Force, Dies at 73
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
A.V. Club staff members lose their jobs after refusing a move to Los Angeles.