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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 …
CNN:
Exclusive: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle's phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committee  —  Washington (CNN)The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump's children …
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 …
ABC News:
Senate braces for showdown over voting rights, filibuster rule  —  Without the support of every single Democrat, a rules change is a non-starter.  —  In a rare event, the Senate will convene on Wednesday morning with all Democrats instructed to be in their seats inside the chamber …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Voting Rights Fight, Democrats Train Ire on Sinema and Manchin
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.
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.
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Prosecutors reveal new details of alleged Jan. 6 plotting by Oath Keepers  —  The details come in a new court filing aimed at keeping a suspect behind bars.  —  In an effort to keep a newly-arrested member of the Oath Keepers militia group charged in last week's seditious conspiracy indictment behind bars …
Discussion: Insider and Talking Points Memo
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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.
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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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: HotAir and Politico
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.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
How many people has Murdoch killed during pandemic?  —  We'll never know … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  After spending much of 2020 and the first half of 2021 raging against mask mandates and whining about how forcing workers to get vaccinated represented the trampling of individual liberties …
Discussion: Press Watch
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New York Times:   Why Trump and DeSantis Are Talking About Australia
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 …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Florida could shield whites from ‘discomfort’ of racist past  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bill pushed by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel “discomfort” when they teach students or train employees …
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
BBC:
No 10 ‘sorry to see a colleague leave’  —  Earlier on, the prime minister's press secretary addressed Christian Wakeford's departure from the Conservative Party.  —  She said “we're obviously sorry to see a colleague - who was elected by constituents, who voted for a Boris Johnson-led government …
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian and Mediaite
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.
Politico:
Biden plans giveaway of 400M masks as Omicron surges  —  The Biden administration is planning to distribute hundreds of millions of free, high-quality masks through pharmacies and community health centers, a White House official said Wednesday.  —  The 400 million newly available masks …
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The Dworkin Report:
Lev Parnas just explained how Rudy Giuliani acquired Russian disinformation for Trump  —  Scott and Grant interview Lev Parnas, a former political associate of President Trump and a close confidant to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.  This is the first part of a special two-part interview with Lev Parnas …
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%.
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids.  Most states haven't even applied.  —  At its height, Pandemic-EBT fed millions of low-income students.  Now it's faltering as burdened administrators opt out.  —  Odessa Davis worked three jobs to get by, until the pandemic shutdowns …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Administration Knew the Afghan Air Force Would Collapse after a U.S. Withdrawal  —  On the menu today: A declassified special-inspector-general report proves that the Pentagon and the Biden administration were warned in January 2021 that Afghanistan's air force did not have the capabilities to survive after a U.S. withdrawal.
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
The Countless, Confusing, Sometimes Contradictory Takeaways Of The 2021-22 Redistricting Cycle  —  Many analyses of congressional redistricting so far have tried to sum the situation up into a single sentence.  While we understand the urge, it's increasingly the case that there is no one takeaway from the 2021-22 redistricting cycle.
Jonathan Lemire / Politico:
Biden's first year: A tale of two presidencies  —  One year ago, President Joe Biden stood in front of a U.S. Capitol that still bore the wounds of an insurrectionist siege, taking the oath of office at a time when the nation faced its greatest array of crises in nearly a century.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Prosecutors Said to Have Asked About Trump's Role in Jan. 6 Riot  —  A court filing by a defendant in a Capitol riot case said the Justice Department was looking for information about a possible “organized conspiracy” involving the former president.  —  For months, the Justice Department …
Discussion: Insider and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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France 24:
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The White House:
Memorandum on Improving the Cybersecurity of National Security, Department of Defense, and Intelligence Community Systems
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Ylan Mui / CNBC:
Nearly 4 million kids could fall into poverty this month after end of tax credit payments, study says
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Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
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Fairfax Schools Tell Children Of Military Members That They Have ‘Privilege’
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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter's Bail Revoked After Cops Find AR-15 in His Car During DUI Arrest
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
A.V. Club staff members lose their jobs after refusing a move to Los Angeles.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The curious case of the clerk and the racist texts
Discussion: The Daily Signal and Reason
Politico:
Biden's favorite columnists revolt
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Hill