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Keith Griffith / Associated Press:
Trump ‘is drafting an enemies list of Republicans for his Patriot Party to challenge in primaries’ - and ‘already has $70M in campaign cash on hand’ as he plots to squeeze GOP senators to avoid impeachment conviction  — Trump is reportedly pushing forward with his plan to create a new ‘Patriot Party’
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Arizona Republic:
Ariz. GOP censures Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake, Doug Ducey; narrowly reelects Kelli Ward
Washington Post:
Trump jumps into a divisive battle over the Republican Party — with a threat to start a ‘MAGA Party’
KASW-TV:
Arizona GOP censures Gov. Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain
New York Times:
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Played Key Role in Trump's Plot to Oust Acting Attorney General  —  The involvement of Representative Scott Perry underlined how far the former president was willing to go in using the government to subvert the election, turning to more junior and relatively unknown figures for help.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Fox News is a hazard to our democracy.  It's time to take the fight to the Murdochs.  Here's how.  —  I happened to be watching Fox News on election night when the network startled the political world by calling Arizona for Joe Biden.  —  It was a weird moment, without the fanfare …
CBS News:
Birx says there was no “full-time team” working on COVID response in Trump White House  —  Washington — Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator under former President Donald Trump, revealed that she had no full-time team in the White House working on the response to COVID-19 under the former president.
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Joshua Zitser / Yahoo News:
Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a ‘sad’ and ‘dispirited’ place since Trump moved in, author says  — Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort has become a ‘sad place’ since he moved in, an expert on the resort told  —  MSNBC.  — Members are quitting and want nothing to do with Trump …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
State Republicans push new voting restrictions after Trump's loss  —  Republican legislators across the country are preparing a slew of new voting restrictions in the wake of former President Donald Trump's defeat.  —  Georgia will be the focal point of the GOP push to change state election laws …
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Let's get real.  Joe Biden, Democrats and America need results much more than unity.  —  It's time to give Biden's 81 million voters a chance to be heard and Biden a chance to carry out the plans he ran on, even if he has to play hardball.  —  The January 2021 nominee for most abused word in the English language must be “unity.”
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Reuters:
Senate Republican threatens impeachments of past Democratic presidents
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Early indications show honeymoon period for Biden administration: POLL  —  President Joe Biden is held in high regard by most Americans in a new poll.  —  Biden signs 2 more executive orders as another cabinet member makes history  —  The president signed more than 30 actions in his first three days …
Discussion: The Week
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Washington Examiner:
Biden's return to the Paris accord is a gift to China
Discussion: Fox News
David / Crooks and Liars:
'You're Saying We're All Liars': Rand Paul Has A Fit On ABC After He's Asked About Election ‘Lies’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) became annoyed with an ABC host on Sunday over the suggestion that former President Donald Trump's defenders are all “liars” about the results of the 2020 election.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Biden must act to save Navalny's life — and hopes of freedom in Russia  —  I am in awe of dissidents in police states who risk their lives and freedom to fight for democracy and human rights.  Their courage stands as a searing rebuke to all those — including, most recently …
Kansas City Star:
‘Bamboozled.’ Hawley mentors stunned by conduct, but early warning signs were there  —  Josh Hawley was a precocious 15-year-old in 1995, writing a regular column for his hometown paper, The Lexington News, when he was still in high school.  —  He used the early platform to opine on politics …
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen  —  Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.  —  The reminders of pandemic-driven suffering among students …
Discussion: Althouse
CNN:
Army vet who tended bar accused by FBI of conspiring in Capitol insurrection   —  Woodstock, Ohio (CNN)In her Ohio hometown, she's known as an Army veteran who runs a bar and set up a small self-styled militia her boyfriend says she created to help neighbors if tornadoes hit.
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Democratic Lawmakers Slam Israel for Not Vaccinating Palestinians in Occupied West Bank  —  Rep. Joaquin Castro is most high-profile member of the party to say Israel has a responsibility to vaccinate everyone in the territories it controls  —  WASHINGTON - Concerns about inadequate Israeli distribution …
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Man Threatened to Assassinate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Officials Say  —  Garret Miller, who was among those who stormed the Capitol, also threatened the officer who fatally shot a Trump supporter, saying he would “hug his neck with a nice rope,” prosecutors said.
Tyler Van Dyke / Washington Examiner:
Fauci: 100M vaccines in 100 days doesn't mean 100M people vaccinated  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to the president, clarified that the Biden administration's plan to administer 100 million vaccines during the president's first 100 days does not mean that 100 million people will be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Alex Yablon / Jacobin:
In Defense of Brunch  —  As socialists, we've rallied against brunch for too long.  What we should really be demanding is brunch for all.  Consider this our apology.  —  Two days after Joe Biden's inauguration, I got an email from a New York Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
How Democrats Planned for Doomsday  —  A huge coalition of activist groups had been working together since the spring to make sure that Joe Biden won and that the “election stayed won” amid Donald Trump's subterfuge.  —  The video call was announced on short notice, but more than 900 people quickly joined …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Sanders says Democrats will push coronavirus relief package through with simple majority  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee who caucuses with the Democrats, told CNN's “State of the Union” on Sunday that Democrats plan to push a coronavirus relief package through …
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Where Giuliani Still Routinely Offers False Claims of Election Fraud  —  A popular radio station in Manhattan has become a haven where conservative hosts like Rudolph Giuliani can defend Donald Trump.  —  His president and No. 1 client, Donald J. Trump, is no longer in office.
Laurie Moy / USAGM:
United States Agency for Global Media replaces leadership at its other networks sharing freedom of press principles  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Kelu Chao has replaced the heads of the three U.S.-funded international broadcasting grantees.
Politico:
Impeachment trial to keep National Guard troops at Capitol  —  Former President Donald Trump's upcoming Senate impeachment trial poses a security concern that federal law enforcement officials told lawmakers last week requires as many as 5,000 National Guard troops to remain in Washington through mid-March …
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
Marco Rubio: It's ‘arrogant’ to impeach Trump to ban him from running again  —  Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday said the argument that former President Donald Trump should be impeached so that he can't seek public office again is “an arrogant statement for anyone to make.”
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
By repealing Trump's census order on unauthorized immigrants, Biden just gave Texas GOP an extra House seat, or two  —  Republicans control Texas redistricting and are likely to keep the spoils from counting 1.7M or so noncitizens Trump wanted excluded from apportionment.
 
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Defense chief orders review of military sex assault programs
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Week
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Romney on Trump impeachment: 'If we're going to have unity,' there must be ‘accountability’
Discussion: The Hill and Deseret News
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny, on protest eve, says has no plans to commit suicide
New York Times:
Capitol Riot Puts Spotlight on ‘Apocalyptically Minded’ Global Far Right
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco is one of California's most conservative cities — when it comes to housing
Judy Maltz / Haaretz:
Trump Plan to Label pro-BDS Groups Antisemitic Is Off the Table
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Julie Tulbert / Media Matters for America:
Don't believe right-wing media — overturning Roe v. Wade is a big deal
Discussion: Fox News
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Progressives Are Seething Over Biden's Likely Pick for Banking Regulator
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
In Biden's Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity
Discussion: Fox News
John Anderson / New York Times:
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Greg Piper / The College Fix:
Music professor sues university for punishing him over defense of ‘racist’ composer