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Reuters:
U.S. judge denies Trump bid to block Jan 6 select committee investigation  —  A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol can access some of former President Donald Trump's White House records.
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Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Subpoenas Former Officials with Close Ties to the Former President
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
At least 13 Trump officials illegally campaigned while in office, federal investigation finds  —  At least 13 senior Trump administration officials illegally mixed governing with campaigning before the 2020 election, intentionally ignoring a law that prohibits merging the two and getting approval to break it …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Trump's taxpayer-funded political machine  —  Donald Trump and senior members of his administration turned the federal government into a sprawling, taxpayer-funded political machine in violation of U.S. law, a top watchdog says.  —  Why it matters: The Trump administration's flagrant disregard …
Washington Post:
Tensions rise among Republicans over infrastructure bill and whether any agreement with Biden should be tolerated  —  Republicans are increasingly divided over the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will soon become law, with tensions rising among GOP members over whether the party …
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
For Democrats, the future goes from bad to worse
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Brian Williams to Leave MSNBC  —  The former anchor of “NBC Nightly News” rehabilitated his tarnished image as the host of a popular 11 p.m. show on MSNBC.  —  Brian Williams, the square-jawed news anchor laid low by a fabulism scandal who mounted a career comeback with a popular 11 p.m. talk show on MSNBC …
Eliana Johnson / Washington Free Beacon:
Dr. Oz Prepares To Jump Into Pennsylvania Senate Race  —  The celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz is preparing to jump into the Pennsylvania Senate race on the Republican side, a move that would shake up contested primary and general election contests.  —  The 61-year-old Oz has begun hiring …
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
The next Republican senator from Pennsylvania: Dr. Oz?
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
Rep. Paul Gosar shared an anime video of himself killing AOC.  This was her response  —  Critics are slamming Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for sharing an altered anime video in which he kills Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swings swords at President Biden.
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Jonathan D. Karl / The Atlantic:
The Man Who Made January 6 Possible  —  In late October 2020, Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was attending the confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett when his cellphone rang.  He answered with a whisper and walked out to the hallway to take the call.
David Roth / Defector:
I Will Create A Winning Basketball Program At The University Of Austin  —  It is important to note, up here at the beginning, that the University of Austin is not a real college.  It exists on its own website, and also in a mission statement written by the (why not) university's new president …
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mayor Breed backs recall of three San Francisco school board members: ‘Our kids must come first’  —  San Francisco's Mayor London Breed is backing the effort to recall three school board members, saying she is supporting “the parents' call for change.”  —  Breed's endorsement of the recall …
Reuters:
USA-ELECTION/THREATS  —  Law enforcement has taken little action as backers of Donald Trump aim stark threats at election officials.  Reuters tracked down nine of the harassers.  Most were unrepentant.  —  This story contains text, images and audio clips with offensive language.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Democrats are lying about critical race theory  —  It has become a refrain on the left and its media echo-chamber following Republican Glenn Youngkin's victory in the Virginia governor's race: Critical race theory is not being taught in schools.  PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor …
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Francis McCormick / Chicago Tribune:
Op-ed: I am a teacher, and yes, critical race theory is in your school
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Getting Back to Normal Is Only Possible Until You Test Positive  —  When I first received the invitation to the wedding where I would eventually get COVID, I was on the fence about attending at all.  My best friend had gone through a tough divorce and was remarrying.  I was thrilled for him.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Max Cleland Did Not Deserve What Rick Wilson Did to Him  —  The former Georgia senator died Tuesday at age 79.  His political career was a harbinger of things to come.  —  In 1999, I went to Washington to work on a profile of John McCain for this magazine.
Discussion: New York Times and Roll Call
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Sununu announcement act rubs top Republicans the wrong way  —  Mitch McConnell and Rick Scott found out the same way everyone else did that their top recruit to help secure the Senate majority was a no-go: They saw it on a local television livestream.  —  After months of courting Gov. Chris Sununu …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
GOP Rep. Upton receives death threats after backing bipartisan public works bill  —  Washington — Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said he has received well over 1,000 calls including multiple “nasty” death threats since he voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill that he helped write …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Howard Stern floats 2024 bid against Trump: 'There's no way I'd lose'  —  Howard Stern says he could launch a White House bid in 2024 against former President Trump, quipping he knows he'll “beat his ass.”  —  The SiriusXM host said Tuesday that running for president could be his “civic duty” …
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert appears to explore run against Attorney General Ken Paxton in increasingly crowded GOP primary  —  Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and state Rep. Matt Krause are also vying for the GOP nomination next year.  —  Copy link
Discussion: The Hill and USA Today
Tim Mak / NPR:
A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings  —  Soon after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, senior leaders of the National Rifle Association huddled on a conference call to consider canceling their annual convention, scheduled just days later and a few miles away.
Wall Street Journal:
USC Pushed a $115,000 Online Degree.  Graduates Got Low Salaries, Huge Debts.  —  The prestigious private university hired a for-profit firm to recruit low-income students to its social-work master's program; 'You don't feel like you're part of an elite school'
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former VA administrator and Georgia senator Max Cleland dies at home  —  Former U.S. senator and Veterans Administration leader Max Cleland died Tuesday more than 53 years after a live grenade dropped by a fellow soldier in Vietnam robbed him of three limbs.The injuries, however …
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
New Twists in Durham Probe: FBI Danchenko Recordings and Suspicions Fiona Hill Lied  —  The indictment of Igor Danchenko, the “primary sub-source” of Christopher Steele's infamous dossier, reveals that the FBI electronically recorded several previously undisclosed interviews with the Brookings Institution researcher.
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Even in a polarized era, deep divisions in both partisan coalitions  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to learn more about the complexity of the current political environment.  While partisanship remains the dominant factor in politics, we sought to identify the fissures within both partisan coalitions.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: No widespread COVID school backlash  —  Most Americans — including more than two-thirds of Republicans — give their local schools good marks for balancing public health and safety with other priorities, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Discussion: Forbes
Max Read / Read Max:
'90s Dad Thrillers: a List  —  Notes toward a theory of the Dad Thriller  —  For the first few months after my son was born last year, I was hunting for stuff to watch that would be entertaining but not taxing — movies I'd seen before, or movies that even if I hadn't actually seen them …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Anti-mandate teacher in Illinois reveals she had been vaccinated for months  —  An Illinois high school teacher who defiantly fought against the state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, even at the expense of her job, has now revealed she has been vaccinated all along.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What Moves Swing Voters  —  A creative new poll tries to understand.  —  Political pundits often talk about swing voters as if they were upscale suburbanites, like “soccer moms” or “office-park dads.”  And some are.  But many are blue-collar.  They are the successors to the so-called Reagan Democrats …
Discussion: Jacobin
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says people who spread misinformation on Covid vaccines are ‘criminals’  — People who spread misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines are “criminals,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday.  — “They're criminals because they have literally cost millions of lives,” he said.
Washington Post:
Oklahoma Supreme Court overturns historic opioid ruling against J&J  —  Oklahoma's highest court reversed a historic ruling against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson Tuesday, finding a judge incorrectly interpreted public nuisance laws in the nation's first major trial over the opioid epidemic.
Paul Wiseman / Associated Press:
Producer prices rise 8.6%, matching September record high  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation at the wholesale level rose 8.6% last month from a year earlier, matching September's record annual gain and offering more evidence that inflationary pressures are not yet easing.
Phill Swagel / CBO Publications:
CBO's Schedule for Releasing a Cost Estimate for H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act  —  The Congressional Budget Office is in the process of preparing a cost estimate for the current version of H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act (Rules Committee Print 117-18 incorporating a manager's amendment by Congressman Yarmuth).
 
 
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
Holocaust Museum report warns China “may be committing genocide”
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Michelle Thompson / Daily Mail:
America's oldest gun-maker Remington moves its headquarters from upstate New York to gun-friendly Georgia in $100M, 856-job deal …
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press
Berny Belvedere / Belvyland:
Never DeSantis?  —  The Trump-critical right faces a difficult choice
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Video: Howard Schultz Compares Selflessness of Starbucks to That of Holocaust Prisoners
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Paulina Firozi / Washington Post:
Unvaccinated Texans 40 times as likely to die of covid as those fully vaccinated in 2021, study says
Discussion: Forbes
Carol Tannenhauser / West Side Rag:
Trump Highway Sign at West 79th To Be Removed After 1,600 Sign Petition
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Zach Everson / Forbes:
Sen. Richard Burr, Under Fire For Stock Trades, Has Raised Over $500,000 For His Legal Defense Fund
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
DOJ investigating Alabama over wastewater in majority-Black county
Discussion: The Root
Joyce Vance / MSNBC:
Steve Bannon's subpoena case is taking longer than we want it to. That's a good thing.
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
Keoni Everington / Taiwan News:
Jet carrying US senators, congressmen makes surprise visit to Taiwan
New York Times:
Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
Gun Violence in America Could Soon Get Worse
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Man Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse Describes the Encounter on a Kenosha Street