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1:50 PM ET, November 23, 2022


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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Legal Problems All Converged Into One Day of Spectacular Failures  —  Democrats can get his taxes.  The Trump Organization is careening toward a fraud trial.  The FBI might get the upper hand.  And Donald Trump could get taken down like Bill Cosby.
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Accountant testifies Trump claimed decade of huge tax losses  —  Donald Trump reported losses on his tax returns every year for a decade, including nearly $700 million in 2009 and $200 million in 2010, his longtime accountant testified Tuesday, confirming long-held suspicions about the former president's tax practices.
Trump has (yet another) bad legal day
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court clears way for Trump tax returns to go to Congress
Chesapeake Walmart mass shooting: 7 dead, including the shooter  —  7 dead, including the gunman  —  CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say 7 people, including the suspect, are dead following a mass shooting Tuesday night at a Walmart just off Battlefield Blvd. in Chesapeake, Virginia.
NBC News:
Walmart worker in Virginia opens fire, killing at least 6, police say  —  Virginia Walmart gunman was employee of store, police say  —  A Walmart employee opened fire Tuesday night at a Virginia store, killing at least six people before taking his own life, police said.
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Multiple People Are Fatally Shot at a Walmart in Virginia  —  The shooter was found dead at the store, in Chesapeake, Va.  —  Multiple people were shot and killed inside a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., on Tuesday night, according to a spokesman with the Chesapeake Police Department.
New York Times:
As Elon Musk Cuts Costs at Twitter, Some Bills Are Going Unpaid  —  Mr. Musk and his advisers are examining all types of expenses at Twitter.  Some of the social media company's vendors have gotten stiffed.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Before Elon Musk bought Twitter last month …
Discussion: Eschaton and KTLA, more at Techmeme »
John Herrman / New York Magazine:
Twitter Is Just a Guy Now  —  On the evening of Friday, November 18, fresh off another chaotic week …
Mack Lamoureux / VICE:
Elon Musk's Twitter Reinstates Anti-Trans Activists on Same Weekend as Club Q Attacked
Discussion: Bloomberg and USA Today
Washington Post:
LGBTQ club shooting suspect's troubled past was obscured by a name change, records show  —  After suffering online bullying as a boy, Anderson Lee Aldrich altered his identity, documents confirm  —  Years before he allegedly walked into a Colorado LGBTQ bar with an assault-style rifle …
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Colorado club shooting suspect is non-binary, attorneys say
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Buffeted by Economic Woes, U.K. Starts to Look at Brexit With ‘Bregret’  —  Stung by inflation and bracing for tax increases, the country is in the midst of its gravest slump in a generation, leading many to wonder how much the split with the European Union is to blame.
Washington Post:
Ukrainian energy systems on brink of collapse after weeks of Russian bombing  —  KYIV, Ukraine — After just six weeks of intense bombing of energy infrastructure, Russia has battered Ukraine to the brink of a humanitarian disaster this winter as millions of people potentially face life …
Russians grow more critical as Putin's military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll
Discussion: Raw Story
Senators alarmed over potential Chinese drone spy threat  —  Hundreds of Chinese-manufactured drones have been detected in restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., in recent months, a trend that national security agencies fear could become a new means for foreign espionage.
UK's Top Court Quashes Scotland's Bid for New Independence Vote  —  The UK's top judges threw out an attempt by the Scottish government to bypass Westminster and call a second independence referendum, thwarting nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon's plan for a vote next year.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Congressmembers Tried to Stop the SEC's Inquiry Into FTX  —  The ‘Blockchain Eight’ wrote a bipartisan letter in March attempting to chill the SEC's information requests to crypto firms.  FTX was one of those firms.  —  Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee …
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
The science on remote schooling is now clear.  Here's who it hurt most.  —  Academic progress for American children plunged during the coronavirus pandemic.  Now a growing body of research shows who was hurt the most, both confirming worst fears and adding some new ones.
Discussion: Oregonian
Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Abortion Ban  —  Georgia's ban took effect in July, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  —  The Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday reinstated the state's ban on abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy.  The high court put …
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
How SBF Created the New Playbook for Manipulating Washington, D.C.  —  Disgraced FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried bent Washington to his will using “every mechanism available,” with sophistication and speed.  “He played D.C. like a fiddle.”  —  In late May, Sam Bankman-Fried joined a roundtable put …
Rolling Stone:
Kanye West Used Porn, Bullying, ‘Mind Games’ to Control Staff  —  Former Yeezy team members claim West showed them explicit images of Kim Kardashian and used fear and manipulation to assert dominance.  A scathing open letter to Adidas claims execs “turned their moral compass off”
Garrett Quinn / The Bulwark:
The Last Authoritarian World Cup  —  The World Cup and the Olympic Games are too important to the common life of the world to be surrendered to rich autocracies.  —  In 1986, the International Olympic Committee voted to split the Winter and Summer Olympics so they would alternate every …
Discussion: The Conversation, USA Today and Forbes
New York Times:
White House Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments  —  The Biden administration said it will hold off on collecting payments to give courts time to rule on lawsuits that have blocked the president's debt cancellation plan.  —  The Biden administration extended the years-long pause …
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Washington Post:
How the Supreme Court can start to regain Americans' trust in its ethics
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Political animal Kevin McCarthy is unworthy of House speakership
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Associated Press:
Doubts about candidates tipped the scales in tightest races
Meta's Adversarial Threat Report, Third Quarter 2022
Discussion: The Hill and CNN, more at Techmeme »
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
John Y. Brown Jr., dashing KFC millionaire who became Kentucky governor, dies
Washington Post:
Jerry Jones helped transform the NFL, except when it comes to race
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
WHO to rename monkeypox as ‘MPOX’
Discussion: Washington Post, Fox News and STAT
Washington Post:
The educational divide between voters is growing
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Joe Manchin Charted a Better Course for House GOP
Discussion: Axios and Outside the Beltway
WBTV mourning the loss of meteorologist Jason Myers, pilot Chip Tayag
Lindsay Watts / WTTG-TV:
Man who helped pass DC criminal code overhaul shot, killed in southeast
Discussion: HotAir
Bolsonaro challenges Brazil election he lost to Lula
Dawn Stover / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:
What “longtermism” gets wrong about climate change
Discussion: Eschaton