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World Health Organization: WHO:
Classification of Omicron (B.1.1.529): SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern  —  The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) is an independent group of experts that periodically monitors and evaluates the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and assesses if specific mutations and combinations …
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The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the Omicron COVID-⁠19 Variant  —  This morning I was briefed by my chief medical advisor, Dr. Tony Fauci, and the members of our COVID response team, about the Omicron variant, which is spreading through Southern Africa.
The White House:
A Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease 2019  —  The national emergency caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States continues to pose a grave threat to our health and security.
CNBC:
Dow drops 800 points as new Covid variant sparks market sell-off
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91  —  He was the theater's most revered and influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th century and the driving force behind some of Broadway's most beloved and celebrated shows.  —  Stephen Sondheim …
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China  —  Former President Trump went after The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa over their recent book on his presidency, specifically attacking claims that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley called China to offer reassurances after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Discussion: RedState and New York Post
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Sonam Sheth / Insider:
Trump says top US general should be ‘tried for treason’ for intervening to prevent a war with China
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Seeking Backers for New Fund, Jared Kushner Turns to Middle East  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's son-in-law is trying to raise capital for his investment firm and is turning to a region that he dealt with extensively while in the White House.  —  As a White House adviser …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on public lands and waters, Interior Department says  —  In an effort to boost revenue and protect the environment, the Biden administration on Friday laid out plans to make fossil fuel companies pay more to drill on federal lands and waters.
Discussion: RedState and NBC News
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The Daily Beast:
Former Trump Adviser Steve Cortes Out at Newsmax  —  Tensions have long simmered between the cable channel and Cortes, a diehard Trump loyalist whose public criticism of Newsmax's vaccine policy may have been the last straw. … Former Trump campaign adviser Steve Cortes is out at Newsmax …
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Lee Harris / American Prospect:
Here's How Biden Could Override the Democrats Protecting Wall Street  —  Saule Omarova, whose nomination is in trouble partly due to progressives' botched defense, could be appointed as first deputy and run the OCC in an acting capacity.  —  Harris-Omarova-OCC-11262021
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Andrew Ackerman / Wall Street Journal:   Centrist Senate Democrats Signal Opposition to Biden Banking Nominee
HuffPost:
Mike Lindell's Promised Election-Reversing Lawsuit Turns Into 96-Hour Pillow Sale  —  The MyPillow CEO has not filed that lawsuit with the Supreme Court to “pull down” the 2020 election, but he's heavily promoting his pillows and sheets.  —  By S.V. Date  —  Despite months of promising …
Discussion: Raw Story
Reuters:NEW!
Sudanese politicians released after beginning hunger strike … Sudan's former minister of cabinet affairs Khalid Omer Yousif was released from detention along with others less than a day after beginning a hunger strike, the country's information ministry said in a statement early on Saturday.
Voice of America:
Iran Forces Fire on Water Protesters in Most Violent Crackdown Since July  —  Iranian security forces appear to have fired tear gas and pellet guns at protesters in the central city of Isfahan in what activists say is the most violent government crackdown on dissent in the Islamic republic since July.
Discussion: WTOP News and The Times of Israel
Telegraph:
Exclusive: Notre-Dame interior faces woke ‘Disney’ revamp  —  Critics aghast at plans seen by The Telegraph for ‘Christianity for dummies’ trail inside Notre-Dame  —  Paris's fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral risks resembling a “politically correct Disneyland” under controversial plans for its renovation seen by The Telegraph.
Washington Post:
Exonerated former inmate Kevin Strickland won't get compensation from Missouri, so donors raised $1 million  —  Kevin Strickland was exonerated in a 1978 triple murder, but under Missouri law, he is not eligible for any compensation from the state for the 43 years he spent behind bars …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
 
 
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Stephen Marche / The Atlantic:
America's Gambling Addiction Is Metastasizing
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Gov. Kathy Hochul orders halt on elective surgery amid COVID spike, Omicron
Discussion: Trending Politics
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Universities Try to Force a Consensus About Kyle Rittenhouse
James Anderson / Associated Press:
GOP Rep. Boebert apologizes to Muslims for Omar remarks
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump and his allies have embraced, promoted and counseled Kyle Rittenhouse since his acquittal
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Covid Death Milestone
Discussion: Power Line
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Politico:
Renters strike back as cities cap price hikes by landlords
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Stephen K. Bannon files motion to request all documents in court case be made public
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Saving History With Sandbags: Climate Change Threatens the Smithsonian
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Three Years Late, Israelis Finally Hear the Truth About Trump