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Dave Philipps / New York Times:
An Army Veteran Says He Went Into ‘Combat Mode’ to Disarm the Gunman  —  Richard M. Fierro, who served for 15 years in the military, said he was at Club Q in Colorado Springs with his family, and took down the man who killed five people.  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — Richard M. Fierro …
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New York Times:
‘Bullets Were Flying’: Witnesses Tell of Chaos During Colorado Springs Attack  —  Here are the latest developments in the Colorado Springs nightclub shooting.  —  Investigators in Colorado were continuing to search on Monday for the possible motive of a gunman who the authorities said killed …
San Diego Union-Tribune:
Reports: Accused Colorado nightclub gunman grandson of longtime East County politician
Associated Press:
Patrons in gay club shooting hit gunman with his own weapon
Associated Press:
Gay club shooting suspect evaded Colorado's red flag gun law
William P. Barr / Common Sense:
Bill Barr: Trump Will Burn Down the GOP.  Time for New Leadership.  —  The Republican Party has a historic opportunity to revive the old Reagan coalition.  The person standing in the way is the 45th president, writes the former attorney general.  —  During the Republican primaries in 2016 …
Discussion: HotAir and Mediaite
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David Frum / The Atlantic:
Another Flop From GOP Productions  —  In 2006 and 2018, Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives on the way to winning the presidency two years later.  —  In 1994 and 2010, Republicans won control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  They then lost the presidency two years later.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump White House bid has hardly any Senate GOP support
New York Times:
Manhattan Prosecutors Move to Jump-Start Criminal Inquiry Into Trump  —  The district attorney's office is investigating Donald J. Trump's role in a hush-money payment to a porn star, an approach that previously failed to bear fruit.  —  The Manhattan district attorney's office has moved …
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Zach Schonfeld / The Hill:
Omar fires back after McCarthy vows to remove her from committees  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired back at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after he vowed to remove Omar from her committee posts if elected Speaker.  —  “From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party …
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The Daily Beast:
McCarthy Vows to Oust Schiff, Swalwell, Omar From Committees as Speaker  —  BIG TALK  —  House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy again vowed to oust high-profile Democrats Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar from key committees if he becomes speaker.  “I'll keep that promise,” McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday.
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Sandy Hook families sued Alex Jones.  Then he started moving money around.  —  Records show Jones transferred millions from his media company to firms that he or his family members controlled  —  Alex Jones was losing in court.  —  Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School …
Wall Street Journal:
Anti-Woke Bank GloriFi to Shut Down  —  Texas startup has laid off most employees after failing to secure more funding  —  The Texas startup that sought to build a conservative banking alternative is shutting down.  —  GloriFi has laid off most of its employees and told them that it is closing up shop …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Associated Press:
GOP's lackluster fundraising spurs post-election infighting  —  Trailing badly in his Arizona Senate race as votes poured in, Republican Blake Masters went on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program and assigned blame to one person: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  “You know what else is incompetent, Tucker?
Discussion: Daily Kos and RedState
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Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Inside the Saudi Strategy to Keep the World Hooked on Oil  —  The kingdom is working to keep fossil fuels at the center of the world economy for decades to come by lobbying, funding research and using its diplomatic muscle to obstruct climate action.  —  Shimmering in the desert …
Discussion: Reuters
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Pablo Manríquez / New Republic:
Exclusive: Mrs. Fetterman Goes to Washington  —  The Second Lady of Pennsylvania arrived at Senate spousal orientation last week in a dress she thrifted for $12.  —  “I'm just obsessed with the tile,” said Gisele Barreto Fetterman, smiling at the encaustic guilloche flooring patterns first installed outside the Senate chamber in 1856.
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Amy Coney Barrett urged to step away from gay rights case because of faith affiliation  —  The US supreme court justice's history with the People of Praise raises questions about her impartiality in upcoming case  —  Former members of Amy Coney Barrett's secretive faith group, the People of Praise …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Jezebel and Raw Story
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
Here's How Rep. Lauren Boebert Smeared LGBTQ People On Social Media Before Offering Prayers For The Victims Of The Colorado Springs Gay Bar Shooting  —  Many of her posts have been directed at trans people and drag queens, whom she has accused of “grooming” children.
John Solomon / Just The News:
New Trump special prosecutor overturned by Supreme Court, tied to IRS scandal  —  The special counsel named by the Biden administration to investigate Donald Trump oversaw a Justice Department unit rebuked by the Supreme Court for its prosecution of a prominent Republican and was linked …
David Strom / HotAir:
Kids and bondage?  —  The Left gets creepier by the minute.  And that is saying something.  —  The fashion powerhouse Balenciaga has jumped into the kiddie porn business, sort of.  More like porn for kiddies, but the lines are blurred.  Surely this is intentional.
Washington Post:
European teams won't use LGBTQ armbands at World Cup after FIFA threats  —  Soccer teams representing seven European nations at the World Cup announced Monday that their captains won't wear LGBTQ armbands in Qatar after FIFA, which organizes the tournament, said players sporting the bands would be sanctioned.
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Diminished Majority Supports Stricter Gun Laws In U.S.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' support for stricter U.S. gun laws has receded after sharply increasing in the wake of two mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, in the spring.  Specifically, 57% of U.S. adults …
CNN:
Covert testimonies reveal sexual assaults on male and female activists as a women-led uprising spreads  —  A trickle of people passes through a normally busy border crossing in the mountains of northern Iraq.  “It's a big prison over there,” one Iranian woman says, gesturing to the hulking gate …
Bill D'Agostino / Newsbusters:
12 Things That Took Less Time Than CBS Took to Acknowledge Hunter Biden's Laptop  —  Text to Speech Font Size  —  Well, it took a couple of years, but CBS has finally — finally! — admitted that Hunter Biden's laptop is real.  On Monday, November 21, CBS Mornings aired a report …
Semafor:
Mike Pompeo says he hasn't turned on Donald Trump.  But he might run against him.  —  David is a Political Reporter for Semafor, joining us from the Washington Post.  Sign up for Americana to get his coverage of the national political scene in your inbox twice a week.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / Washington Post:
Rail union rejects contract as strike threatens U.S. economy before holidays  —  Attendance and sick leave policies have lead to widespread anger and frustration among rank-and-file railroad workers on major freight lines.  —  One of the largest railroad unions voted to reject a contract brokered …
 
 
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