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Gregg Re / Fox News:
Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears  —  California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday …
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The Daily Beast:
Rep. Devin Nunes Files $250M Defamation Lawsuit Against Twitter, Two Anonymous Twitter Accounts  —  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued Twitter, two anonymous Twitter accounts, and political consultant Liz Mair for more than $250 million, alleging that the defendants engaged in “negligence …
Discussion: Washington Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Devin Nunes Files Bonkers $250 Million Lawsuit Over Mean Tweets
David Enrich / New York Times:
A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump's History With Deutsche Bank  —  As President Trump delivered his inaugural address in 2017, a slight woman with feathered gray hair sat listening, bundled in a hooded white parka in a fenced-off V.I.P. section.  Her name was Rosemary T. Vrablic.
Wall Street Journal:
How the National Enquirer Got Bezos' Texts: It Paid $200,000 to His Lover's Brother  —  Michael Sanchez sold the billionaire's secrets to American Media, the Enquirer's publisher, said people familiar with the matter  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies have publicly speculated …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Yang, Upstart Democratic Presidential Candidate, Comes Out Against Circumcision  —  A candidate known for putting out position statements on virtually every policy adds a rather intimate one to the list.  —  Outsider presidential hopeful Andrew Yang's latest idea is both literally …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Experts push back on Trump-touted poll that shows 50% of Americans calling Mueller probe a ‘witch hunt’  — President Donald Trump on Monday touts poll results that appeared to show more Americans than ever siding with his oft-repeated accusation that special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe is nothing more than a “witch hunt.”
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USA Today:
Poll: Half of Americans say Trump is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes  —  WASHINGTON - Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference may be near its conclusion, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds that trust …
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:   The Lawfare Podcast Shorts: ‘Speaking Indictments’ by Robert S. Mueller III
Power Line:   Public Opinion Turning Against Mueller, Impeachment
CNN:
White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress  —  Washington (CNN)White House lawyers expect to have an opportunity to review whatever version of Robert Mueller's report Attorney General Bill Barr submits to Congress before it reaches lawmakers and the public …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo News:
Last prosecutor on Michael Flynn case departs Mueller's office  —  A high-profile counterterrorism prosecutor who handled the guilty plea of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has departed Robert Mueller's team, according to a spokesman for the special counsel's office.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Another prosecutor leaving Mueller's team
New York Times:
‘Be Weak & Die!’  Seeking Clues Behind Trump's Weekend Twitter Barrage  —  WASHINGTON — There was no golf.  There were no meetings.  There were no activities, other than a rare visit to church.  So President Trump did what he could do: He tweeted.  —  Since his election …
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New York Times:
Lobbying Case Against Democrat With Ties to Manafort Reaches Key Stage  —  WASHINGTON — A long-running federal investigation into a former White House counsel in the Obama administration is reaching a critical stage, presenting the Justice Department with a decision about whether to charge …
Kansas City Star:
Blunt disinvited to GOP event in backlash over vote to block Trump's emergency powers  —  U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt has been disinvited from a local GOP gathering in Christian County, Missouri, next month amid a backlash over his vote to block President Donald Trump's use of emergency powers to build a border wall.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
A Damaged Soul and a Disordered Personality  —  Donald Trump is not well.  Over the weekend, he continued his weird obsession with a dead war hero.  This time, his attacks on John McCain came two days after the anniversary of McCain's release from a North Vietnamese prison camp.  He tweeted this:
Nico Hines / The Daily Beast:
Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans  —  The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.  —  Nico Hines
Caroline Orr / Byline Times:
Robert Mercer is Fueling A Multimillion Dollar Anti-Muslim Propaganda Industry  —  Trump's top donor, Robert Mercer, is at the centre of a multimillion-dollar anti-Muslim propaganda industry responsible for creating and spreading the same Islamophobic rhetoric found in the New Zealand shooter's manifesto.
Princeton University News:
Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Alan Krueger, prominent Princeton economist, passes away  —  Princeton University is saddened to share that Alan Krueger, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, passed away over the weekend.
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New York Times:
Alan B. Krueger, Economic Aide to Clinton and Obama, Is Dead at 58
Discussion: Politico
Donna Brazile / Fox News:
Why I am excited to join Fox News and take part in a civil - and sensible - debate  —  I am excited by the opportunity to share my perspective and views with the Fox News audience and to help shape the dialogue at this important juncture in our history.  More importantly, I'm eager to learn from the experience.
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.'s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots  —  Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York's elite public schools.
Discussion: Althouse
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
'He's the real deal': Beto's jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics  —  CENTER LINE, Mich. — One great question surrounding Beto O'Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year.  —  On Monday, O'Rourke put any doubt to rest …
Discussion: Washington Post and Vox
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The Cut:   Beto O'Rourke Is Officially Running for Totally Kind of Hot
ProPublica:
Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser's Office in Money Laundering Probe  —  Federal authorities raided the office of Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy last summer, seeking records related to his dealings with foreign officials and Trump administration associates, according to a sealed search warrant obtained by ProPublica.
New York Times:
Gunman Aboard a Tram Kills at Least 3 in Utrecht, the Netherlands  —  Three people died and five were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which the authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene.
Discussion: NBC News, PerthNow, BBC and The Daily Caller
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Amanda Hoover / New Jersey Online:
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand  —  Anthony Comello, the 24-year-old arrested in New Jersey Saturday for allegedly gunning down a mob boss in Staten Island last week, will return to New York to face the murder charge against him.
Discussion: Splinter, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Emily Crockett / Shareblue Media:
GOP congressman fantasizes about killing liberals in new civil war  —  White supremacist Rep. Steve King has outdone himself this time.  —  Just days after a white supremacist murdered 50 Muslims in New Zealand with a gun, the openly white supremacist Rep. Steve King (R-IA) …
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
White Nationalist Rep. Steve King Posts Violent Meme About New Civil War
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Facebook blocks Trump's social media chief: ‘Why are you silencing me?’  —  Facebook abruptly censored the account of President Trump's chief social media guru, blocking him for simply responding to a question from a reader.  —  Dan Scavino Jr. said on Facebook that his page was blocked without notice.
Asne Seierstad / New York Times:
The Anatomy of White Terror  —  Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist, was diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder.  Brenton Tarrant, who is accused of killing 50 worshipers in New Zealand, displays similar traits.  —  Ms. Seierstad is the author of “One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway.”
Discussion: Slate
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Decrying court packing, Michael Bennet pleads with Democrats to care more about electability  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  CONCORD, N.H.—Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) slammed his head on the table four times when I asked what he thought about other Democratic presidential contenders embracing …
Washington Post:
Trump response to New Zealand massacre highlights his combative history with Muslims  —  After a gunman left 50 dead in an anti-Muslim massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, President Trump did not condemn the white supremacy extolled by the alleged shooter, nor did he express explicit sympathy with Muslims around the globe.
USA Today:
Runaway-slave games.  Sanitized textbooks.  Schools do a terrible job teaching about slavery  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-three little bodies - all clad in navy uniforms - are wriggling in their seats at Avondale Meadows Academy.  There are superhero cutouts dangling from the ceiling, a …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News struggles to preserve the profits of hatred  —  Jeanine Pirro's chuckle was a sweet touch for an embattled president.  It was Jan. 12, and President Trump had called in to Pirro's Saturday night program on Fox News.  Meanwhile, the New York Times had just reported that the FBI …
Jon Stone / The Independent:
France's EU minister names her cat ‘Brexit’ because 'he meows loudly to be let out but won't go through the door'  —  Nathalie Loiseau is France's lead minister in charge of Brexit  —  France's minister for European affairs says she has named her cat “Brexit” on account of its indecisive nature.
Discussion: New York Post
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
Christopher Steele's Former MI6 Boss Slams Trump Dossier As ‘Overrated’  —  The former boss of the ex-British spy who produced the uncorroborated, salacious dossier on President Donald Trump's alleged Russian collusion says the document is “overrated,” and wouldn't comment on the character of the man who wrote it.
Discussion: Washington Times
 
 
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Leah Rosenberg / Israel Unwired:
The Muslim Brotherhood is now part of Congress
Discussion: The Federalist
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Dead Whale Found With 88 Pounds of Plastic Inside Body in the Philippines
David French / National Review:
There's a Fake Outrage Machine on the Right, Also
Discussion: Common Dreams
Rachael Bade / Washington Post:
Judiciary Committee chairman says he has received tens of thousands of documents in Trump investigation
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
For the record: 18 journalists on how—or whether—they use tape recorders
Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:
Trump Official Sees New Zealand, U.S. Attacks as Racial Terror
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