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10:55 PM ET, November 23, 2022


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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Seeking to Question Pence in Jan. 6 Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to speak with the former vice president as a witness to former President Donald Trump's efforts to remain in power, and he is said to be considering how to respond.  —  The Justice Department is seeking …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Trump's new nemesis … - Protection: Trump is no longer in office, meaning the Justice Department policy that barred Mueller from indicting a sitting president does not apply. … - Timing: Both Garland and Smith have stressed that the appointment will not slow the pace of either investigation.
James Risen / The Intercept:
I Experienced Jack Smith's Zeal Firsthand.  Will Trump Get the Same Treatment? … Jack Smith came after me.  If he goes after Donald Trump with the same unrelenting ferocity, Trump will be in trouble.  —  On Friday, Smith was appointed special counsel to handle two ongoing criminal investigations …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Nathaniel Herz / Washington Post:
Lisa Murkowski and Mary Peltola win Alaska races, defeating Trump-backed opponents  —  Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola on Wednesday became the first Alaska Native to win a full term in Congress, securing reelection along with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who both defeated challengers endorsed …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Murkowski, Peltola win in Alaska  —  Two Alaska moderates, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, won reelection Wednesday over two challengers backed by former President Donald Trump, thanks to the state's ranked-choice-voting system, which allowed them to prevail without winning a majority of the vote.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Mary Peltola Wins Bid to Serve Full Term in the House for Alaska  —  Ms. Peltola became the first Alaska Native woman elected to Congress earlier this year when she won a special election in the state.  —  Representative Mary Peltola, Democrat of Alaska and the first Alaska Native woman …
Barnini Chakraborty / Washington Examiner:
Midterm results: Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy secures a second term under state's new voting system
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Doug Mastriano supporters are flooding Pa. courts with baseless recount petitions in the governor's race  —  Doug Mastriano lost by a lot.But some of his supporters wrongly believe the results are inaccurate, and they think they've found a way to do something about it.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
What 2022 tells us about the 2024 electoral map  —  THE NARROW PATH — Iowa, Florida, and Ohio are gone.  Minnesota is fool's gold for Republicans.  Texas remains out of reach for Democrats.  —  These are some of the early signs from the midterm election results, which provide some clues …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and CBS News
NBC News:
Right-wing influencers and media double down on anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the wake of the Colorado shooting  —  Some right-wing media figures and influencers have doubled down on the use of inflammatory rhetoric against the LGBTQ community in the wake of Saturday night's shooting at a Colorado gay club that killed five.
The Walmart manager who killed 6 people ‘just started spraying’ bullets in the break room, employee says  —  The manager of a Virginia Walmart who killed six people and himself in a Tuesday night massacre has been identified as 31-year-old Andre Bing, the city of Chesapeake tweeted.
New York Times:
Live Updates: 6 People Killed in Shooting at Virginia Walmart
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Porn-Star Dad of LGBT Club Massacre Suspect Spews Homophobia in First Interview  —  Aaron Franklin Brink, who has appeared in such films as “I Wanna Get Titty Fucked” and “Latina Slut Academy,” said he was just happy his kid isn't gay.  —  MMA-fighter-turned-porn-actor Aaron Franklin Brink …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Earth Now Has 8 Billion Humans.  This Man Wishes There Were None.  —  For the sake of the planet, Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction movement, has spent decades pushing one message: “May we live long and die out.”  —  Buckley interviewed Mr. Knight in Portland and was surprised to find him curiously uplifting.
Discussion: HotAir, Fox News and Althouse
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Federal judge rejects push for DeSantis testimony  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will not have to testify over his decision to suspend a Hillsborough County prosecutor, although the decision could be revisited during the trial scheduled to start next week.
Discussion: The Hill and WFLA-TV
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Likely Won't Be Forced to Testify at Trial in the First Amendment Case Brought by Prosecutor He Ousted
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Politico
McKenzie Beard / Washington Post:
Vaccinated people now make up a majority of covid deaths  —  Good morning and thanks for reading.  The Health 202 will be off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, so enjoy your holiday weekend and have a slice of pie on us.  We'll be back in your inbox Monday.
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
How New York City Became a Free-for-All of Unlicensed Weed  —  Shops selling weed have proliferated since the state legalized cannabis last year, thriving in confusion over their legality and a lack of enforcement.  —  On a recent Sunday afternoon, Austin Garza, a tourist from Dallas …
Ian James / Los Angeles Times:
'It's a disaster.' Drought dramatically shrinking California farmland, costing $1.7 billion  —  In the fall, rice fields in the Sacramento Valley usually shine golden brown as they await harvesting.  This year, however, many fields were left covered with bare dirt.  —  “It's a disaster,” said rice farmer Don Bransford.
Discussion: and The Hill
European Parliament:
European Parliament declares Russia to be a state sponsor of terrorism
Melanie Zanona / CNN:
McCarthy tries to boost his conservative bona fides as pro-Trump lawmakers threaten his speaker bid  —  Three weeks before the midterm elections, Kevin McCarthy enraged the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus after the GOP leader publicly suggested he has yet to see any impeachable offenses committed by the Biden administration.
Ohio St. apologizes to Michigan St. hockey player after racial slur  —  Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith issued a statement late Tuesday night after a Michigan State hockey player alleged a Buckeyes player directed a racial slur at him multiple times during a game earlier this month.
Bryce Covert / Talking Points Memo:
Is Long COVID Part Of The Historically Tight Labor Market?  Signs Point to Yes.  —  Long COVID Has Likely Taken Millions of Americans Out of the Workforce  —  Amanda Finley got interested in archeology when her third grade teacher spent the school year on it.  “I just loved it,” she said.
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David Conn / The Guardian:
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John Herrman / New York Magazine:
Twitter Is Just a Guy Now  —  On the evening of Friday, November 18, fresh off another chaotic week …
Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Abortion Ban
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
The science on remote schooling is now clear. Here's who it hurt most.
Discussion: HotAir and Oregonian
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Congressmembers Tried to Stop the SEC's Inquiry Into FTX
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Garrett Quinn / The Bulwark:
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Discussion: Forbes, The Conversation and USA Today
Washington Post:
Jerry Jones helped transform the NFL, except when it comes to race
Washington Post:
The educational divide between voters is growing
Discussion: ABC News and Wall Street Journal
UK's Top Court Quashes Scotland's Bid for New Independence Vote