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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, Above the Law and Reason
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John Archibald / al.com:
Pastor, sister say rogue Alabama police force sought revenge  —  It started about as bad as it can get.  Then it got worse.  —  Rev. Vincent Witt, a Baptist preacher and chaplain of the city of Lipscomb, is angry as he talks about his trip through the Brookside police jurisdiction in north Jefferson County.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The eternally unfulfilled dream of Trump's opponents: This time, they've got him  —  A bombshell landed late Tuesday evening, fired from Albany, N.Y.: a 42-page court filing offering evidence that New York Attorney General Letitia James believes demonstrates rampant fraudulent activity at the Trump Organization.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation
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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 Barnes / Washington Post:
Sotomayor, Roberts say they did not ask Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench  —  Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a statement Wednesday that she did not ask Justice Neil M. Gorsuch to wear a mask on Supreme Court bench, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. followed up by saying …
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Disputed NPR report claimed Gorsuch refused to wear mask despite plea from Sotomayor: ‘100% false’
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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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.
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
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
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Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
Is Old Music Killing New Music?  —  All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?  —  I had a hunch that old songs were taking over music streaming platforms—but even I was shocked when I saw the most recent numbers.
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 …
Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin names a new diversity officer for the state, orders a new focus for the office's work  —  Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday named Angela Sailor, a policy expert at the Heritage Foundation who has criticized school lessons on systemic racism in the U.S., as the state's new director of diversity, equity and inclusion.
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.
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 …
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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Chris Truax / The Bulwark:   Here's How We Fix the Electoral Count Act
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Texas GOP Candidate For Governor Won't Fire Staffer With Deep White Nationalist Ties  —  Don Huffines, a candidate with harsh anti-immigrant views, says dismissing Jake Lloyd Colglazier would be “cancel culture.”  —  A Republican candidate for governor of Texas says he will not fire …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
'Succession's Brian Cox Goes Full Beast Mode On Donald Trump, Talks Jeremy Strong, Johnny Depp, & ‘Adaptation’ Absence In New Memoir  —  “What I have an opinion about 25 years ago, it's not necessarily the opinion I have now,” admits Brian Cox as response to the viewpoint the Succession star offers …
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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 …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
LA Port Truckers Seek to Unionize in New Gig Work Showdown  —  Hundreds of truckers who haul goods at Southern California ports and railyards are petitioning to unionize, hoping to convince federal authorities they're really employees and not contractors as their company claims.
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.
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.
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 …
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
Republicans refuse to comply with Schiff's request to get tested before committee briefing  —  (CNN)Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the panel's chairman, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, has requested that members receive …
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
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
Discussion: Variety
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.
Rachael Levy / Politico:
How many health care workers are vaccinated?  It's anyone's guess  —  Without more precise data, “you don't know what's happening and you don't have the ability to say how at risk is the health care workforce,” said Celine Gounder.  —  U.S. officials still don't know exactly …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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James A. Gagliano / New York Post:
I watched the FBI become so woke it can't call out terrorism
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Gabriel Hays / Newsbusters:
'Shouldn't Be Mentioned': Denzel Washington Has Grown Tired of Hollywood's Diversity Obsession
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
The Countless, Confusing, Sometimes Contradictory Takeaways Of The 2021-22 Redistricting Cycle
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Silvio Berlusconi Angles for Italy's Presidency, Bunga Bunga and All
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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