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Letters to the Editor: Mark Ridley-Thomas doesn’t deserve our sympathy just because he’s a dad

  • To the editor: Columnist Nicholas Goldberg is wrong to feel sympathy for parents like suspended Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and actress Lori Loughlin because their crimes (alleged, in Ridley-Thomas’ case), both of which involved USC, were committed to benefit their children.
  • To the editor: Ridley-Thomas allegedly used taxpayer money to bribe USC for his benefit and that of his family.
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Op-Ed: Rampant online cheating is the dark side of remote learning

By Karen Symms Gallagher
  • Companies such as Chegg and Course Hero offer monthly subscription formats — similar to Netflix — in which students pay $10 or $15 a month for round-the-clock access to resources including exam questions, textbook solutions and homework “help,” meaning that subscribers can upload a problem to their accounts and expect answers with proof within minutes or the hour .
  • This year, stories in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and U.K. publications including Education Technology have spotlighted the growth and profits of public companies such as Chegg.
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Sunday Reading: Strange Tales

By The New Yorker
  • “ A Shinagawa Monkey,” one of Haruki Murakami’s greatest works of short fiction, describes a young woman who receives alarming information about her life from an unlikely source.
  • And, finally, a story that you may have first encountered in a tattered anthology in school: Shirley Jackson’s “ The Lottery,” a tale as haunting and relevant today as it was when it was first published, in the pages of The New Yorker, in 1948.
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Steele Dossier: The Lie Told Around the World, Again

By Debra Saunders, Am. Spectator
  • "He doesn't believe it either," former Trump White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves, now a fellow with the Heritage Foundation, said of Steele's claims.
  • Nearly two years later, the inspector general reported that the more salacious items in the Steele memos were "minimally corroborated," that Steele's source refuted his "pee tape" story, that contrary to Steele's writing, Trump handler Michael Cohen did not meet Russian operatives in Prague, and Steele's top source never spoke to a Russian official, as he claimed.
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Biden to host Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture

By Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle
  • The meeting comes at an absolutely critical time for Biden, who is seeking to clinch a deal with Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on his social spending plan in the next week.
  • Democrats are hopeful that the president and the two senators can hash things out and strike a framework on a topline agreement for the legislation aimed at climate action, childcare, health care and education.
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Second Opinion: Want to visualize the realities of a warmer planet? Give this online tool a try

By Solomon Dobrowski
  • Scientists call these locations “climate analogs,” present-day places that share similar climates to those projected for another location in the future.
  • My daily commute via bicycle crosses the Clark Fork most days and has allowed me to discern a rhythm and tempo in how the seasons come and go — a composition of daily weather-like notes in a musical score that is the climate of Missoula, Mont.
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Was He Framed for Killing Black Kids to Get the Klan off the Hook?

By Kali Holloway
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It is useful to know, if you are unfamiliar with the string of gruesome killings collectively known as the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children’s cases, that no one was ever formally charged in the killings. The person or persons who, from 1979 to 1981, snatched at least two dozen kids from their families and communities, disposing of their young bodies in local rivers, woods, and long abandoned buildings, never faced charges for those killings even as authorities declared that the cases had been solved and the killer convicted of other crimes.

There are many homicides that police fail to solve, and unsurprisingly, the murders of Black people are statistically far less likely to be cleared than those of whites. So it is perhaps unsurprising that 40 years ago, police quickly closed the books on a case involving the killings of 29 young adults and children — all Black, mostly male, most of them 15 or younger, and many from Atlanta’s poorest neighborhoods — without an arrest, trial or conviction.

And yet, Wayne Williams has served nearly four decades of two life sentences in prison, partly because police, FBI investigators and prosecutors made him the only public suspect in the murders. Williams — a local Black 23-year-old who had aspirations as a talent scout and photographer — was arrested in 1981 for the murders of 27-year-old Nathaniel Cater and 21-year-old Jimmy Ray Payne. During Williams’ murder trial for those two young adults, prosecutors pulled an unorthodox legal segue, attributing 10 of the child murders to Williams, none of which he was facing charges for.

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Editorial: Rachael Rollins is a model U.S. attorney appointment. That’s why the GOP wants to stop her

By The Times Editorial Board
  • And too bad for GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who went on a long rant against Rollins during her nomination hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee last month for not prosecuting crimes like trespassing and shoplifting — but failing to mention that in Suffolk County those offenses are referred for alternative resolutions that include drug and mental health treatment as well as restitution.
  • Rollins has been among President Biden’s smartest appointments, and if her nomination is finally approved in the Senate she would become the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, handling cases involving national security, white-collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, gang violence and civil rights violations.
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Where Have All the Rational Voters Gone?

By Jan Weir
  • If Obama supporters can be patient, they will see how the invisible hand of Wall Street sabotaged his chance to retain the support of the white working class by crippling the program he hoped would give them relief.
  • I am focusing here to show that there was sufficient money allocated to save 4 million homes, but only a fraction was used and that politicians, even presidents understand as little of how the financial system, in this case the mortgage market, works as the average citizen; they rely on experts.
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Fleur Jaeggy Thinks Nothing of Herself

By Dylan Byron
  • Born to a Swiss family in Zürich, in 1940, Fleur Jaeggy grew up speaking German, French, and Italian, but it’s in the latter that she writes spare, hypnotically pellucid novels.
  • I asked Jaeggy about “The Water Statues” and her other books, the life she had lived between languages, and her memories of friends, including Bachmann, Oliver Sacks, Joseph Brodsky, and Giovanni Pozzi, a Swiss-Italian priest and literary scholar.
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NFL’s Aaron Rodgers throws shade on ‘woke cancel culture’ as Chappelle Netflix controversy heats up

By BPR Wire
  • Rodgers’ comments come a week after Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders following the publication of private emails between Gruden and Bruce Allen, the former General Manager of the Washington Redskins, that contained offensive content.
  • Some didn’t care for Rodgers’ celebration, but the three-time MVP quarterback—whose record against Chicago improved to 22-5—explained after the game he was responding to Bears fans in the stands who were giving him “the bird.”
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The Power of Dave Chappelle’s Comedy

By Jelani Cobb
  • Meanwhile, in response to allegations that Chappelle’s comments in “The Closer” might lead to violence against trans people, Ted Sarandos, a Netflix co-C.E.O., in a memo sent to employees, defended the special and cited other more L.G.B.T.Q.-positive content on the platform, such as the comedian Hannah Gadsby’s two specials.
  • Pagels-Minor, a Black trans nonbinary Netflix employee who was helping organize a workplace walkout to protest “The Closer,” was fired for allegedly leaking internal documents about the special to the press.
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NATO is in a strategic muddle

  • As usual, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reaffirmed (for the zillionth time) Washington’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter, where an attack on one member state is viewed as an attack on the entire alliance.
  • In 2010, the last time NATO published a strategic concept paper, China wasn’t even mentioned.
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Court allows UNC to keep using race as admissions factor

By BPR Wire
  • Biggs of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina issued the ruling on Oct. 18 Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) had brought the lawsuit in 2014 and had argued that UNC was discriminating against white applicants in the way it looked at race during the admissions process.
  • The University of North Carolina will continue to be permitted to use race as a factor in college admissions, following a court ruling denying a challenge to the admissions process that alleged the consideration of race is discriminatory.
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Lethal ‘forever chemicals’ taint our food, water and even blood. The EPA is stalling | David Bond

By David Bond
  • Overwhelmed by rampant PFAS contamination, the EPA is asking the petrochemical industry to study these chemicals one by one in the hopes of eventually building enough data to regulate them.
  • Now worried about impending liability, the petrochemical industry and the military are busy torching stockpiles of PFOA and PFOS (the two PFAS compounds closest to being regulated) despite growing concern that burning merely redistributes these inflammable toxins, especially into the poor communities of color where waste incinerators cynically base their operations.
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Edith Wharton’s Bewitching, Long-Lost Ghost Stories

By Anna Russell
  • Only when she was nearing thirty—long after she became a “ ‘young lady’ with long skirts and my hair up,” as she wrote—and on her way to winning the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “ The Age of Innocence,” could she sleep in a house that contained a book of ghost stories.
  • Reading the stories, I sometimes felt like I had discovered a hidden room in an impeccable house, and turned to find that the door had shut behind me.
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Remember the president before Donald Trump? History definitely will

By Matthew Rozsa
  • Then there is the notion that once Trump comes into office, he can more or less take credit for all the good things that were happening in the economy — creating jobs and employment going down and so forth — which was a trend of the Obama presidency, and a trend that was in play long before Donald Trump declared that he was running for office [in 2015], and certainly before he assumed office [in 2017].
  • People talk a lot about how Trump needed Obama to become president, but that's just as much true of Biden, if not more so.
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American missionaries were kidnapped for ransom in Haiti. What happens in these cases?

By Danielle Gilbert
  • Specifically, in our nationally representative survey of around 2,000 American adults, respondents were much less likely to support either U.S. military rescue missions or paying ransoms to recover hostages that had knowingly traveled somewhere against government guidance.
  • A second possibility is that the U.S. government could conduct a hostage recovery mission, with or without the assistance of Haitian forces.
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UAW Housecleaning Day Coming?

By Jamala Rogers
  • Union workers knew about the UAW’s corruption and collusion with corporate management long before their dirty laundry was aired by the Department of Justice.
  • For years, workers and union supporters have criticized unions for operating like corporate entities (stealing all they can) and elected union leaders like corrupt politicians (suppressing democracy).
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German City to Stop Publishing Statistics of Vaccinated Hospitalizations to Avoid “Playing Into the Hands of Corona Deniers”

By Richard Moorhead
  • The health authority of a city in Germany has announced it will cease publishing statistics regarding vaccinated coronavirus patients who are hospitalized, citing what it claims is a false narrative from “corona deniers.”
  • The following article, German City to Stop Publishing Statistics of Vaccinated Hospitalizations to Avoid “Playing Into the Hands of Corona Deniers”, was first published on Big League Politics .
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On the Fascist Stench That Hangs Over this Still-Trumped Land

By Paul Street

Image by Colin Lloyd.

Next December readers will be able to purchase my next book This Happened Here: Amerikaners, Neoliberalism, and the Trumping of America, 2017-2021. Completed in June of this year, the volume ends on a somber note, quoting the centrist Atlantic editor Jeffrey Golbderg’s June 14th reflection (ominously titled “The Capitol Riot was Prologue”) on how the “dismal dollar Democrats” (that’s my language, not Goldberg’s) will likely cede full national power back to the neofascist Republicans in 2022 and 2024. “And then,” Goldberg writes, “the four horsemen will certainly ride.”

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Facebook allegedly made special rules for Breitbart: “You want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?”

By John Wright
  • Facebook reportedly exempted the right-wing site Breitbart and other "select publishers" from rules against spreading false news reports, according to a new whistleblower who filed a complaint against the social-media company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
  • The whistleblower, a former member of Facebook's Integrity team, told the Washington Post that Joel Kaplan, a former Bush administration official who led the company's Public Policy team, once defended the decision to "white list" Breitbart.
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The Bloody and Tragic End of Scientology’s Biggest Pop Star

By Tony Ortega
  • Kuba said things started to get a little uncomfortable as his 26th birthday was approaching in March 2017, and he and his family and friends began planning their big charity event at the Celebrity Centre that was to become his big coming-out as Scientology’s new star.
  • I got to know Kuba Ka and his mother Tina in 2017, when he announced on Twitter that he was ditching the Church of Scientology which, for a few months, had decided that Stepniak truly was about to become its new superstar celebrity.
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NYC man who tried to strangle 11-year old girl in park arraigned, out on bail

By Patrick Reilly, Joe Marino, Dean Balsamini, Tina Moore
  • According to police, just around noon on Oct. 20, Direnzo approached the girl and her classmates at Stuyvesant Square with her classmates and began to yell at them, before spraying water on the group and trying to attack them, cops said.
  • Nathaniel Direnzo, of Saint Marks Place, was arrested on Saturday morning for a bizarre, broad-daylight attack on the young girl and another minor on Wednesday afternoon.
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‘The Americans’ Creator: Being in the CIA Made Me Empathize With the KGB

By The Daily Beast
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Joseph Weisberg’s book Russia Upside Down started with a lecture he never gave. The Americans showrunner worked briefly in the CIA, where his fascination with, and research about, Russia began. However, the lecture would be on counterintelligence, which wasn’t his field of expertise.

Instead of throwing away his Russia notes for the canceled class, he decided to write a book about it. And his stance is clear: Russia is not as bad as we think it is.

“I read this book by a guy who had been a KGB officer and his book was about him and his friends [in the] KGB,” he tells Molly Jong-Fast on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal. “And they sounded exactly like me and my friends from the CIA.”

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OMG, I Want This House: Venice, Italy

By Allison McNearney
  • Casa Codussi, Siena, Italy ( Merrion Charles ): If you’re finally planning a visit to Venice after a long two years going nowhere special, you are required to do it right.
  • That means packing your finest runway looks, making only the best dinner reservations, and, most importantly, staying in an authentic palazzo that will make you feel like the last reigning Doge of Venice.
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Florida surgeon general booted from at-risk state senator’s office after refusing to wear a mask

By Tom Boggioni
  • According to a report from Christine Jordan Sexton of Florida Politics, Florida's newly-appointed Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was asked by a state senator to leave her office after he and his two aides refused to put on masks.
  • In an interview, Polsky explained, "I told him I had a serious medical condition," adding that the doctor "offered to go outside when she asked him to put the mask on, but she declined," according to Jordan Sexton.
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Braves pennant win prompts GOP’s Brian Kemp to jab at Stacey Abrams, MLB over Atlanta All-Star snub

By Dom Calicchio
  • "While Stacey Abrams and the MLB stole the All-Star Game from hardworking Georgians, the Braves earned their trip to the World Series this season and are bringing it home to Georgia," Kemp wrote.
  • In a tweet posted shortly before midnight, while much of the Atlanta area was still celebrating the Braves’ 4-2 victory in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series – clinching the team’s first league title since 1999 – Kemp was recalling the events of the past summer, when Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game out of Atlanta and moved it to Denver in a dispute over Georgia’s new election law.
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The World’s Most Hated Architect Created One Hell of a Library

By William O’Connor
  • For inside this unassuming historic building is one of Calatrava’s best works, in fact, one of the best pieces of modern architecture I’ve seen lately, and this month’s selection for our series The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries .
  • Calatrava, however, showing how clever he can be, took a look at that long history of library design and said, Nah. But what he did instead works beautifully.
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The Revolutionary Black Media Companies Shattering the Glass Ceiling

By Tirhakah Love
  • Telfar is the latest in a wave of channels, like Black Network Channel and smaller joints like Epitome Media Group and Black Power Media, leaping out of the abyss of white-owned television and seeking to create a new pantheon of Black independent companies filling the void left by white corporate interests in tech and digital media.
  • “Many people are like, why would you get into linear TV, that’s dead,” Jasmine LA Jones, CEO of Epitome Media Group tells The Daily Beast.
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Why Are There Christian Crosses in Jewish Graves From Ancient Rome?

By Candida Moss
  • Giancarlo Lacerenza, professor of biblical and medieval Hebrew at L’Orientale University and leader of the Venusia Judaica research project, told me that the catacombs can provide us with valuable information about late antique and early medieval Italian Jews.
  • The burial grounds in question are the Santa Rufina catacombs, part of a network of subterranean galleries set into a hillside on the outskirts of Venosa, a quiet farming town that was once an important urban center and was the birthplace of the Roman poet Horace.
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The Green New Deal Activists Spreading Deadly Vaccine Lies

By William Bredderman
  • “The Organic Consumers Association is designed to draw in people by appearing on its surface to have this cuddly name: everybody likes ‘organic foods,’” warned Imran Ahmed, founder of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit that has studied the anti-vaccine movement and its tactics.
  • The last elected official is especially remarkable because she hails from the same Twin Cities Somali community that Minnesota authorities say the OCA infected with anti-vaccine misinformation before the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering the state’s largest measles outbreak in decades.
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cheeseheads in Wisconsin GOP Assembly vote to end ‘patriarchy’ by banning its K-12 mention

  • Like many Republican-led legislatures across the country, the Wisconsin legislature is seeking to restrict the teaching of critical race theory, a decades-old academic framework for examining the law which seeks to understand how race and gender shape policies in the United States.
  • Currently, no school district in the state of Wisconsin teaches the concepts of critical race theory .
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The Teachers Union’s Fumbled Play

  • The outrageous directive by Attorney General Merrick Garland that ordered the FBI to investigate as “domestic terrorists” parents who objected to the public-school boards’ policies had only highlighted the overweening power of the unionized teachers.
  • I have no doubt that local, state, and federal governments, including school boards, are under the control of teachers unions which contribute significant amounts of time, campaign workers, and money to left-wing politicians .
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Jan. 6 committee pushes forward with investigation as Steve Bannon ignores subpoena

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot is moving forward with its sprawling investigation despite a snub from Trump ally Steve Bannon. MSNBC contributor Jill Wine-Banks, Daniel Strauss, Senior Political Correspondent for the New Republic, and Boston Globe Opinion Columnist Renee Graham joined American Voices with Alicia Menendez to discuss the next steps in the investigation. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Public School District Wants to Teach 8-Year-Olds about the ‘Birds and the Bees’

  • While federal government responsibility in education has mostly been limited to Title I and special ed students, the states and local school districts have always made the day-to-day decisions about instruction and curricula.
  • As local school board elections across the country head into the final week, it may be difficult for those with no school-age children to totally relate to the passion, anxiety, and dedication on the part of parents in the midst of the struggle.
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Biden’s Compromise on Spending Bills Could Have Consequences

By Michael D. Shear
  • By spending the last several months pushing for an even larger and more ambitious agenda, knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, Mr. Biden has let down some supporters who believed he could deliver on his soaring rhetoric about the need for better higher education, expanded Medicare services and bold advances in the fight against climate change.
  • On Thursday, he appeared to acknowledge that reality by hinting that he was open to altering the Senate’s longstanding filibuster rules if that is what it takes to break through Republican opposition to protecting voting rights and passing other parts of the Democratic agenda.
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Candyman and the Horrors of Cabrini-Green: Soulless Sequel Lacks the Original’s Hook

  • But even as a child, I knew very well about urban gang culture and government-funded ghettoes like Cabrini-Green, which was depicted in the movie, where life was truly a horror movie.
  • “These projects were heavily discussed and joked about by people that never lived near these horrors and have never even visited,” writes Chicago Gang History, continuing to say that “[h]earing the very name Cabrini Green would send shivers up suburbanites’ spines.”
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Biden Busts Out Some Whopping Personal Lies

  • 1) Biden claimed he "got started" at (which means attended) Delaware State College, a Historically Black College/University.
  • Someone "26 years old" is not a "kid." Biden may also have been thinking about another false claim he'd made in 2020 to the effect that when he was a teenager in the 1950s, after Sunday Mass, he moseyed over to Otis Henning's Black Baptist church in Wilmington to engage in civil rights activities — despite the fact that nobody from the church recalls him from that time.
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Letitia James Hires Staff Ahead of a Possible Bid for Governor

By Katie Glueck
  • “People who like her, want her and are part of the entourage, if you will, would be there for her,” said Alan Rubin, a lobbyist in New York City who intends to back Ms. James if she runs and who believes she would be a strong fund-raiser.
  • She brought in Jenny Galvin, who has led fund-raising efforts for New York officials including Alvin Bragg, the likely next Manhattan district attorney; State Senator Alessandra Biaggi; and for the mayoral campaign of Scott M.
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Obama Sharply Criticizes Youngkin In Virginia’s Governor’s Race

  • Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.
  • Obama described McAuliffe — the state’s governor from 2014-2018 — as an experienced, steady hand and told a crowd of what organizers said was 2,000 people gathered outdoors at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond that the Nov. 2 election would “show the country and the world that we’re not going to indulge in our worst instincts.”
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Army ‘Psy Ops’ Expert Part Of Trump Team ‘Command Center’ To Overturn Vote: Report

  • A retired Army colonel who was an expert in psychological operations was part of a chilling Donald Trump team “command center” determined to overturn the legitimate presidential election victory of Joe Biden, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
  • Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel who specialized in psychological operations, led a team who provided Kerik with analyses of state data, which purported to show fraudulent voting, people familiar with activities at the Willard told The Post.
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Coding Org Seeking ‘Legal Counsel’ After Trump Venture Appears To Violate Terms

  • The founder of the software codebase program apparently lifted by Donald Trump ’s new “Truth Social” media venture is seeking “legal counsel” to make certain the operation complies with licensing requirements to keep the program free and accessible to the public.
  • Twitter users earlier this week reported that the operation appears to be based on an open-source social networking software called Mastodon .
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The Observer view on the winter crisis facing the NHS | Observer editorial

By Observer editorial
  • Ministers did not always heed their own instructions: their delays in imposing necessary social restrictions, not just in March 2020 but again and again, intensified the intolerable pressures on the NHS, increased the death rate and required longer lockdowns.
  • Excess capacity is at a historical low after a decade of underfunding and a dearth of capital investment; even before the pandemic, NHS hospitals were operating close to full capacity during the quieter summer months and there have been several winters now during which elective treatments have had to be cancelled altogether.
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McAuliffe: CRT in Schools ‘Is Now the New MS-13’ – Youngkin Has Parents ‘Fired Up about Issues That Don’t Exist’

By Ian Hanchett
  • On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) stated that Republicans used MS-13 as an attack line in the 2017 race, and Critical Race Theory in schools “is now the new MS-13.”
  • McAuliffe also accused his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin of getting parents “fired up about issues that don’t exist.”
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The Observer view on Donald Trump’s Truth Social | Observer editorial

By Observer editorial
  • The newly formed company behind the app, Trump Media and Technology Group, plans to disseminate what it calls “anti-woke” news, debate and entertainment to Americans deprived of honest, impartial media outlets.
  • Trump is under fire from Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and other Republicans who fear his obsession with overturning the 2020 result is deflecting attention from Joe Biden’s mistakes ahead of next year’s midterm congressional elections.
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Should We Cut These Verses About Unity Out of Our Bible?

By Michael Brown
  • Yet Paul himself wrote these words: “So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13, my emphasis).
  • And take careful note of what will happen when we come into this glorious unity: “Then,” Jesus said, “the world will know that you sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”
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‘Shaken all of us to the very core’: New Mexico film community mourns Halyna Hutchins

By Julia Wick
  • Many of those crowded into Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Saturday night were members of Pecos’ Local, which represents “below-the-line” crew members working on film and television productions in New Mexico.
  • But most were part of the larger family of crew members who live largely in Albuquerque or Santa Fe and power New Mexico’s booming, tight-knit film industry.
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A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 84: The Meaning of Baptism

By Myra Kahn Adams
  • God informed Moses to tell the high priests to “wash with water so that they will not die” when they came into His presence to offer sacrifices — which could be interpreted as a Messianic prophecy of baptism — the promise of eternal life through belief in Jesus.
  • Most readers have attended or participated in baptism — the ceremonial sacrament of faith in the name of Jesus Christ.
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Ben Shapiro’s Latest Tour de Force Exposes Who Is Behind America’s Authoritarian Moment

By A.J. Rice
  • Ben Shapiro shows how it happened, who is behind it, and what to do about it now in his new bestseller, The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.
  • "The Authoritarian Moment" is full of facts and hard truths about the threat America faces -- not just from China and now the deep wounds Joe Biden is inflicting on the country through his collapse of Afghanistan -- but across the elite level of all of our institutions.
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Facebook under scrutiny again over its role in misinforming and polarizing users

Facebook is receiving renewed criticism after four explosive news stories dropped on Friday night that examine the social media giant's role in spreading misinformation and conspiracies. One of those stories, by NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny, exposes the speed at which the social media company’s algorithm recommends extreme content that violates its own rules, including those against hate speech and disinformation. MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin spoke to Noah Shachtman, Molly Jong-Fast, Josh Johnson […]Read more >Similar articles >
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If We Couldn’t Laugh, We’d Cry

By Loyd Pettegrew
  • I believe it is time we all offered a passionate vote of thanks, perhaps even our blessing to the wonderful cartoonists that grace the pages of Townhall every day, helping us make the progressive cancer we are forced to consume and deal with elsewhere in America’s leftist, media-driven world, more tolerable, if not palatable.
  • These days, conservatives’ music comes from the cartoonists offered on Townhall.
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Jason Sudeikis Returns as SNL’s ‘Fun’ and ‘Lucid’ Joe Biden

By Matt Wilstein
  • Over the course of nine seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Jason Sudeikis played dozens of recurring characters, perhaps most famously then-Vice President Joe Biden.
  • After a cold open in which Chloe Fineman’s Jen Psaki reluctantly informed SNL’ s new Biden about his sinking poll numbers, Johnson looked into the camera and said, “I don’t understand.
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Pro-Life Democrat: ‘I Grieve for the Disastrously Wrong Turn of My Party’

By Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
  • “A landmark moment for the debate whether abortion is protected by the Constitution, a divisive issue in itself, is happening at a time when our politics is more polarized and divisive than I have ever seen,” Doerflinger said.
  • Doerflinger, who worked for the Catholic bishops’ conference for 36 years, said that the Democrats’ stand on human life is the most obvious but not the only issue in which the party has gone radically wrong.
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Brian Laundrie autopsy inconclusive about cause of death, further study planned, lawyer says

By Dom Calicchio
  • Earlier in the day, Bertolino had said on ABC ’s "Good Morning America" that he was told he and the Laundrie family might receive information about Brian’s cause of death by midday Friday but that didn’t happen.
  • The remains of Laundrie, which were discovered Wednesday in a Florida park, will be forwarded to an anthropologist for more study, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino told Fox News on Friday .
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The Evil Party

By Derek Hunter
  • But there is no other word for what these people are doing, both in tactic and objective.
  • It’s a dangerous word to use, one that has been abused throughout history to demonize innocent people as well as condemn the guilty.
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Gensler all wet with overregulation would sink ‘meme’ markets

By Charles Gasparino
  • The word from Washington that made its way to financial titans attending the Milken Institute Global Conference in California last week is that Gensler will be using this recounting to ban practices like payment for order flow, and possibly force all trading to be completed on public stock markets instead of off-exchange venues.
  • Don’t blame the markets or even Robinhood, the no-fee trading app that facilitated the frenzy.
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Harrison Ford’s Lost Credit Card Causes a Big Fuss in Sicily

By Allison Quinn
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A German tourist visiting Italy stumbled upon a credit card belonging to Hollywood star Harrison Ford and actually went to the trouble of returning it. Police in Sicily said Saturday that several officers tracked down the actor, who was staying at a beach resort near Palermo, and presented him with the lost card. It was not immediately clear if he even knew he’d misplaced it, but the story made headlines locally. The 79-year-old star was seen smiling alongside the police officers in photos published by Italian media. The “Star Wars” actor has been filming scenes for Indiana Jones 5 in Sicily alongside co-stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Antonio Banderas.

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Glenn Youngkin vows to ban critical race theory if elected Virginia governor

By Kyle Morris
  • Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin said Saturday that if he is elected the commonwealth's next governor he will "ban" the teaching of critical race theory on his first day in office.
  • A Fox News Poll from earlier this month found that a strong majority of Virginia parents said they should tell schools what to teach their children, amid high-profile controversies over transgender policies and critical race theory in the state's schools.
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Souls to Polls: Dem VIPs descend on black churches in Va. to boost turnout for fading McAuliffe

By The Center Square Staff
  • One legal scholar argues that she violated IRS rules for nonprofits and jeopardized the churches' 501c3 tax exempt status if they share the video.
  • A tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the U.S. code is one "which does not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."
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Poll: Majority of Americans think COVID-19 threat is getting less serious

By The Center Square Staff
  • The majority of Americans believe the threat of the coronavirus is getting less serious, and a plurality believe President Joe Biden and government health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci don’t want lockdowns to end, according to a new poll conducted by the Convention of States Action in partnership with The Trafalgar Group.
  • Likewise, a plurality of voters, 47%, led by Independents and Republicans, believe the president and Fauci don’t want COVID-19-related restrictions and mandates to end.
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Rocker Jay Black of Jay and the Americans Dies of Pneumonia

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Jay Black, the lead singer of ’60s rock band Jay and the Americans, died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 82. Black, whose real name was David Blatt, was the voice behind such hits as “This Magic Moment” and “Come a Little Bit Closer” and had a solo career after the group split up in 1973. In a Facebook post, the band said it wanted to “acknowledge the great successes we had with him both as a partner and as a lead singer. We shared both wonderful and very contentious times, and much like an ex-wife, we are so proud of the beautiful children we created. We’ll always remember The Voice.”

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Obama To Virginia Voters: Don’t Pay Attention To ‘Trumped Up Culture Wars,’ It’s All ‘Fake Outrage’

By Daily Wire News
  • Ben Shapiro, podcast host: “Sorry, but McAuliffe saying that parents shouldn’t be in charge of their children’s education and the Loudoun County school board lying to parents about sexual assaults in bathrooms isn’t ‘trumped up cultural wars.'”
  • “We don’t have time to be wasting on these phony, trumped up culture wars, this fake outrage that right-wing media pedals to juice their ratings,” Obama claimed.
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Campus cancel culture prompts formation of national alumni free speech group

By Greg Piper
  • Those groups can then sponsor events, come to the aid of faculty and students "who are attacked, harassed, or canceled for challenging campus orthodoxy" and join AFSA to create a national movement, Taylor said.
  • Rather it will focus on persuading alumni to start campus-specific groups to promote free speech, academic freedom, viewpoint diversity and "nonpartisanship." AFSA will help them "find suitable website designers ...
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Gavinomics? California unemployment claims one-third of nation’s total

By The Center Square Staff
  • The California Employment Development Department released its September jobs numbers Friday, showing nonfarm jobs in California’s 11 major industries totaled 16,669,900 in September; a net gain of 47,400 jobs since August.
  • California added only 47,400 jobs in September, a stubborn statistic that is poking at Gov. Gavin Newsom’s theme of the state “roaring back” from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Second Amendment win: Ohio Senate votes to ban gun seizures during emergencies

By The Center Square Staff
  • The Ohio Senate has solidified gun rights, limited government power in an emergency and clarified knives are included in the right to bear arms.
  • “This legislation will protect the rights of Ohioans to their firearms recognizing their natural right to self-defense, as well as to feed their families during times of declared emergencies,” Schaffer said.
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‘Very hard’ to prove insider trading by lawmakers nearly 10 years since STOCK Act: author

By Nicholas Ballasy
  • Peter Schweizer, author of the 2011 book "Throw Them All Out," said it's still "very hard" to prove a member of Congress has engaged in insider trading despite the passage of the STOCK Act almost 10 years ago.
  • Pelosi files disclosure forms related to the stock buys that her spouse makes, which is one of the requirements in the STOCK Act. The website Capitol Trades tracks the stock purchases that members of Congress make, per their disclosure forms.
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Obama Rallies Democrats To Stop GOP Sabotage & Vote For Terry McAuliffe

By Carissa House-Dunphy
  • Former President Obama campaigns for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe: "There's a politics of meanness and division and conflict, of tribalism and cynicism…but the good news is there's another path." https://t.co/kuv7bwoFgV
  • In a visit to Richmond, former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.
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Why Democrats Must Drop Drug Price Controls

By RealClearWire
  • On September 15, the House Energy & Commerce Committee, deferring to moderate Democrats, rejected a plan to let the government interfere in the price of drugs purchased through Medicare.
  • It would, however, hugely damage the American system of drug innovation, depriving patients of breakthrough cures and vaccines for years to come.
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‘Dead ends’: Systemic transparency failure stymies watchdog tracking COVID-19 relief spending

By Mary Lou Lang
  • This week's Golden Horseshoe goes to a broad sweep of federal agencies for a systemic lack of transparency that is hampering efforts to monitor many billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief spending, according to a report by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.
  • "We looked at 51,000 awards worth $347 billion that supported the pandemic response (as of June 15, 2021)," the watchdog reports in the summary entitled "Dead Ends in Pandemic Relief Award Data."
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Kitchen Table Kibitzing 10/23/21: Home on the (vocal) range

  • Plotting the octaves successfully captured in the studio, the chart demonstrates just how far across the keyboard their pipes have spanned, listing the songs in which each vocalist has hit their lowest and highest notes.
  • As someone with more of an interest in music than sports, I came across an interesting exercise this week in such obsessive behavior: someone has actually measured the vocal range of lead singers in pop or rock bands by reference to their recorded output, in order to determine who has the broadest vocal range.
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Letters to the Editor — Oct. 24, 2021

By Post readers
  • The Municipal Labor Council sold out 250,000 retired city workers by colluding with private insurance companies to weaken the excellent health coverage they have been receiving for many years ( “Fix, Don’t End, City’s Health Savings,” Editorial, Oct. 20)
  • The United Federation of Teachers and other municipal unions have sacrificed the interests of their retirees by promoting Medicare Advantage as a better health-care choice than SeniorCare, the fine Medicare/Medigap plan they were receiving.
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“Climate crisis” has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary

By Kate Yoder
  • In a special update this month, the Oxford English Dictionary reviewed the scope of this "rapidly changing area of vocabulary" encompassing words and phrases like eco-anxiety, net-zero, and climate strikes .
  • The phrase climate crisis, which appeared in the dictionary for the first time this month, became 20 times more popular from 2018 to 2020, and climate emergency increased 76 times, the OED found.
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Twitter Yanks Rep. Banks’ Transphobic Tweet About Dr. Rachel Levine

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Twitter has removed a tweet by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) that misgendered Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, after she was sworn in as an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” Banks wrote Tuesday in the tweet, which was taken down on Saturday for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct policy,” IndyStar reported.

In response, Banks played the cancel-culture card. “My tweet was a statement of fact,” he said in a statement. “Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me.” Left untouched by Twitter was a post in which Banks wrote that “calling someone that was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first ‘female’ four-star officer is an insult to every little girl who dreams of breaking glass ceilings one day.”

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Arizona Requests Temporary Restraining Order to Halt Biden Vaccine Mandate

By Amy Furr
  • Arizona’s attorney general has filed a request for a temporary restraining order to halt President Joe Biden’s (D) administration from implementing a vaccine requirement while a lawsuit filed in September moves ahead.
  • “The lawsuit argues that the mandate violates the Equal Protection Clause by allegedly favoring migrants who have come into the country illegally over American citizens,” the report continued:
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Granderson: Condi Rice wants to ‘move on’ from Jan. 6. What does that even mean?

By LZ Granderson
  • It seems to me, if the purpose of the institute Rice leads is to support our “method of representative government,” she should be advocating that Americans lean in to investigating the promoters and inciters of the insurrection, not move on.
  • Two years after the Benghazi attack, and after several investigations, Rice supported yet another investigation because “there are still unanswered questions” and “this is all in the spirit of trying to improve the next time.”
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Donald Trump could be just ten days from another round of bad news

By Bill Palmer
  • Since the Manhattan District Attorney brought criminal indictments against the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg, it’s reportedly continued putting witnesses in front of the grand jury, including Matthew Calamari Jr. This means more indictments are coming, and in fact Weisselberg’s own lawyer has publicly said more indictments are coming.
  • Back when the Weisselberg indictments came down, various observers pointed out that it took place right after the primary election for Manhattan District Attorney was held.
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Bill Gates Raises $1 Billion From Corporate America To Fight Climate Change

By Ben Zeisloft
  • As The Daily Wire recently reported, Gates expressed a desire to spend $1.5 billion alongside the federal government if the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is signed by President Biden.
  • An announcement from Gates’ climate venture fund, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, said that several corporate partners — including American Airlines, ArcelorMittal, Bank of America, BlackRock, Boston Consulting Group, General Motors, and Microsoft — have joined the effort:
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Exclusive: Republican Michele Fiore Running For Nevada’s Governorship to End Vaccine Mandates and Stop CRT

By Jordan Dixon-Hamilton
  • Michele Fiore, a Las Vegas City councilwoman, told Breitbart News Saturday that she is running for Nevada’s governorship to end vaccine mandates and stop Critical Race Theory from being taught in Nevada schools.
  • Two priorities are on Fiore’s day one agenda: ending vaccine mandates and stopping Critical Race Theory in schools.
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Biden has no answers to the nation’s problems except for empty promises

By Post Editorial Board
  • It should have been easy for the new president to bring the country back from its pandemic low: “The Trump administration purchased enough vaccine doses to fully vaccinate at least a large percentage of the 190 million people who have received two shots at present,” as even CNN admitted in fact-checking Biden’s town-hall claim that “I went out and bought everything I could do and buy in sight, and it worked.”
  • And the no-strings cash he’s sent to families plus his failure to end the pandemic as he’d vowed have created worker shortages — adding to the supply-chain crunch that has Americans worried about canceled Christmas, even as it further fuels inflation as too much cash chases too few goods.
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VIDEO: Migrant caravan bulldoze Mexican National Guard; organizer says Biden admin’s policies pulling illegal immigrants to US ‘like cattle’

By Paul Sacca
  • Caravan organizer Irineo Mujica said the Biden administration's immigration policies are pulling migrants to the U.S.
  • Mexican law enforcement attempted to utilize a roadblock to stop the massive migrant caravan in southern Mexico, but the migrants easily steamrolled their way past the large group of officers.
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No, Joe Biden — the sky isn’t falling: Goodwin

By Michael Goodwin
  • The aim is to scare Americans into supporting the left’s moribund Build Back Better monstrosity and convince world leaders the president is a committed climate soldier at a United Nations summit in Scotland next week.
  • He wasted months of his presidency defending the extreme provisions in a $3.5 trillion Big Government boondoggle of social programs and climate mandates that were crafted in part by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Bipartisan Letter from Congress Demands Answers from Fauci on Why Taxpayers Funded Experiments on Puppies

By Rebecca Downs
  • Documents obtained by WCW through the Freedom of Information Act show that Fauci’s division at the National Institutes of Health ordered cruel and unnecessary drug toxicity tests on dogs and other animals that cost taxpayers $1.68 million.
  • It begins by stating that the members are writing "with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases."
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What do Tucker Carlson’s fans sound like? Rep. Swalwell releases voicemail threats to show us

By Walter Einenkel
  • In the case of Philadelphia City Commissioner Republican Al Schmidt (Republican!), the threats he and his wife received began arriving immediately after Donald Trump tweeted out an attack on him days after 2020 election day.
  • California Rep. Eric Swalwell, like many Democratic officials, has been the target of right-wing media personalities like Tucker Carlson—largely because he is consistently vocal about GOP malfeasance and hypocrisy.
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YouTube Deletes Rapper Bryson Gray’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Music Video over ‘Pandemic Ain’t Real’ Song Lyric

By Paul Bois
  • YouTube deleted a “Let’s Go Brandon” music video slamming Joe Biden from rapper Bryson Gray this past week for allegedly pushing “medical misinformation.”
  • Gray said YouTube initially deleted the lyric version of the music video before the actual music video in which he wears a MAGA hat while holding an assault rifle.
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Exclusive — Georgia Republican Mike Collins Pledges to Take Trucking Business Wisdom to Washington

By Jordan Dixon-Hamilton
  • Mike Collins, a Georgia trucking business executive, told Breitbart News Saturday that he’s running to succeed Rep. Jody Hice in Congress because “We need somebody to help represent that side of what the economy is.”
  • Speaking on the upcoming midterms, Collins said, “you don’t have a better opportunity than the opportunity that is coming up in this midterm election— to not only elect republicans in open seats, like the one I’m running in, good, strong, solid conservative people— but you’ve got opportunity to knock out some of these folks that need to be gone.”
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Coal Mines Making Comeback as Biden and Company Head to Climate Change Summit

By Penny Starr
  • The U.S. electric power sector has been generating more electricity from coal-fired power plants this year as a result of significantly higher natural gas prices and relatively stable coal prices.
  • Taxpayer funded National Public Radio (NPR) reluctantly reported the news in a story titled “U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year.”
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A Pro-Trump Michael Flynn Headlined Event in Utah Had 1/10th the Number of Attendees That Were Expected

By Todd Neikirk
  • According to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune, 10,000 were expected, The article reads, “the event did focus on that promise (of ten thousand attendees), but also offered up a large helping of misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines and the 2020 election.
  • And in regards to the 1/6 insurrection, Bryan Schott writes, “More than a few speakers referred to anything they viewed as the enemy as communist or Marxist.
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Exclusive — Rep. Gallagher: U.S. ‘Dangerously Dependent’ on China, Biden Climate Agenda ‘Screwing Up’ Progress

By Joshua Klein
  • In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Friday in light of the recent intelligence failure concerning China’s hypersonic missile test, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) discussed the “new Cold War” facing America, claiming the U.S. is “dangerously dependent” on Beijing while highlighting the Biden administration’s commitment to a climate change agenda that will weaken our nation “militarily [and] economically” while strengthening China.
  • “Obviously, there are important differences, foremost among them the fact that we never had to selectively decouple from the Soviet Union because our economies didn’t interact,” he added, “and we’re so thoroughly economically entangled with China, in some ways, I think it actually makes it a more complex and difficult competition than the old Cold War.”
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Whitmer Skips Campaigning for Virginia Democrat McAuliffe amid Criticism over Michigan Water Crisis

By Ashley Oliver
  • Whitmer planned to knock on doors in Arlington County, Virginia, on behalf of McAuliffe — who is running in a contentious bellwether gubernatorial race happening November 2 — while the small city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is in the midst of a lead water crisis.
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) was scheduled to participate in door knocking Saturday for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) but changed her plans following a barrage of criticism from Republicans for leaving Michigan while one of its cities is grappling with water contamination.
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CNN Makes Ridiculous Claim About Powers of COVID Vaccinations

  • Jokes aside — other than CNN itself — as reported by The Most Trusted Name in News under the above headline, COVID-vaccinated people are not only less likely to die from the virus; they are also less likely to die from any cause (CNN’s wording) over the following months, researchers reported Friday.
  • People vaccinated against Covid-19 less likely to die from any cause, study finds
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Fauci-Lead NIH Locked Dogs’ Heads In Cages with Flesh-Eating Parasites for ‘Science’

By Darian Alexander
  • The White Coat Waste Project, the same nonprofit organization that first pointed out that U.S. taxpayers were being used to fund the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology, has now turned its sights on Anthony Fauci on another scientific experiment gone bad — infecting dozens of beagles with disease-causing parasites to test an experimental drug on them.
  • The following article, Fauci-Lead NIH Locked Dogs’ Heads In Cages with Flesh-Eating Parasites for ‘Science’, was first published on Big League Politics .
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Sex in trees

By Abbigail Rosewood
  • As my husband and I prepared our move from Brooklyn to the countryside in upstate, New York, I told him that I was going to miss the seven coffee shops within a few blocks of our apartment, the ability to walk anywhere, my group of friends that I rarely see but felt they were around, within reach, and all the other abundance, riches, conveniences that a city offers.
  • We are city people, we function within the market exchange of sex.
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Syringe Attacks on Women at U.K. Clubs Are on the Rise

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It’s a diabolical twist on spiking someone’s drink: women out clubbing in the U.K. have reported being stuck with syringes and then feeling as though they were drugged. The New York Times reports there have been 12 incidents in Nottinghamshire alone, and some women have called for a boycott of nightspots until the proprietors start searching patrons for needles. “It’s always been, ‘Watch your drink, cover your drink,’” Jocie Mears, 18, told the Times. “You can’t cover your whole body.”

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The Drop-Dead Deadline

By Lorraine Evanoff
  • Although McAuliffe was previously a popular governor of the now blue state (Virginia only allows one consecutive term), his Republican opponent, Trump-endorsed billionaire Glenn Youngkin, is somehow close in the polls.
  • The reason for this is an enthusiasm gap between Republican and Democratic voters, due in part to the Virginia governor’s race being only one year after the presidential election.
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Dems weigh ditching Medicare expansion and paid leave in eleventh hour of social spending talks

By Heather Caygle, Alice Miranda Ollstein, Eleanor Mueller and Marianne LeVine
  • While high-level talks on the $1 trillion-plus package are ongoing, lawmakers, staffers, advocates and lobbyists said that a plan to expand Medicare with dental, vision and hearing benefits for tens of millions of seniors — as well as a pitch to guarantee paid family and medical leave to all U.S. workers — is now in danger of getting cut from the bill entirely.
  • On the health care front, the party had originally pushed for scaled-down versions of all its priorities — including temporary expansions of Medicaid, Medicare benefits and Obamacare subsidies — after resistance from centrists in the House and Senate had forced the cutting of more than $1 trillion from the package.
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Trump Advisers Enlisted Ex-Army Psy-Ops Specialist in Bid to Overturn Election

By Blake Montgomery
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A team of Donald Trump’s lawyers and associates who launched a last-ditch effort to stay in power ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot enlisted the help of a retired Army colonel who specialized in psychological operations, The Washington Post reports. The so-called legal “command center” at the ritzy Willard hotel in Washington, D.C. featured Rudy Giuliani, former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik, and former White House Chief of Staff Steve Bannon. John Eastman, the lawyer who authored the memo outlining how then-Vice President Mike Pence could suspend the Senate’s certification of the 2020 presidential election’s results, also made appearances at the “war room,” where Team Trump pushed the lie that he had won the election and reportedly devised ways to pressure Pence into stopping certification. Among those involved in the effort, according to the Post, was Phil Waldron, a former Army officer with expertise in psychological operations. Waldron led a team analyzing state election data he said gave credence to Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud.

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Up to 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves must be removed after California fires

By Rebecca Falconer
  • Up to 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.
  • Sequoia National Park Forest officials wrapped giant sequoia tree trunks in aluminum foil insulation for protection ahead of the wildfire's arrival.
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My nine year old son has COVID

My nine year old son has COVID. He’s got a sinus infection and flu like symptoms so he is luckier than others. But still. I would like to say the following.

Fuck you anti-vaxxers who unnecessarily prolonged this pandemic

Fuck you anti-maskers who helped spread this virus

And especially fuck you Governor Abbott for keeping others from protecting our vulnerable populations

That is all.

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QAnon-supporting former politician is arrested in bizarre kidnapping plot

By Sky Palma
  • During the search for the girl, who was eventually recovered safely in Switzerland, anti-terrorism investigators realized that the abduction involved many people they had placed under surveillance for unrelated far-right extremism.
  • As The Guardian points out, the mother, 28-year-old Lola Montemaggi, posted to Facebook that a Satanic child trafficking elite was at controlling France.
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58,000 Dead, and Depraved DeSantis Is Just Getting Started

By Wajahat Ali
  • F lorida’s Governor Ron DeSantis gave us a sneak preview of how Republican leaders will challenge the Biden Administration’s proposed mandate that would require private sector employers with 100 or more employees to either vaccinate their staff or impose weekly COVID tests.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland responded by ordering the FBI to work with local leaders to look into a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence” against teachers and school board members simply trying their best to protect children during a deadly pandemic.
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[WATCH] Vaccine Expert Boosts Latest COVID19 Booster Information

By Tara Dublin
  • However, during a Friday briefing, Dr. Walensky also noted that the agency would not provide a recommendation over which vaccine brand Americans should receive for their booster — be it the same as their first series, or different.
  • But both U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and President Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested it would be best for Americans to stick with the same vaccine brand they previously received for their booster.
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A Massacre in a Park, a Miracle Survivor, and a Stash of Hidden Letters

By Noga Tarnopolsky
  • One of those was Nadia Elgart, and her survival was considered so remarkable that it was recorded on her gravestone in 1978: “Nadia Elgart, the woman who escaped from Babyn Yar on September 29, 1941 with her 6-year-old son.”
  • Babyn Yar is the Russian name imposed during Soviet times on the local park which the Nazis, who invaded Ukraine in June, 1941, turned into the site of an urban massacre.
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