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4:15 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 …
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.
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.
NBC News:
Walmart worker in Virginia opens fire, killing at least 6, police say
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
John Herrman / New York Magazine:
Twitter Is Just a Guy Now  —  On the evening of Friday, November 18, fresh off another chaotic week at the helm of Twitter, Elon Musk decided to resolve a nagging issue: the matter of Donald Trump.  He posted a Twitter poll asking users whether he should bring back the former president's account.
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 …
Jordan Dixon-Hamilton / Breitbart:
Report: Colorado Gay Nightclub Shooting Suspect Identifies as Non-Binary, Uses ‘They/Them’ Pronouns
Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Colorado club shooting suspect is non-binary, attorneys say
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.
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.
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
I am Once Again Asking the White House Press Corps to Stop Being a Gigantic Embarrassment.  —  Sorry you didn't get invited to a wedding, I guess?  —  Sigh.  —  Alright, let's get into it.  So...  President Joe Biden's granddaughter Naomi got married at the White House on Saturday.
National Review:
Politicizing the Colorado Springs Massacre
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 …
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
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: HotAir and Oregonian
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: Althouse
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.
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”
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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
Sudhin Thanawala / Associated Press:
Georgia Supreme Court Reinstates Abortion Ban
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 »
 Earlier Items: 
Garrett Quinn / The Bulwark:
The Last Authoritarian World Cup
Discussion: The Conversation, USA Today and Forbes
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
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
New York Times:
White House Extends Pause on Student Loan Payments