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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders expected to announce gubernatorial bid  —  The former White House press secretary is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.  —  Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to launch her campaign for Arkansas governor.
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Politico:
Bipartisan group of senators pushes back on Biden Covid plan  —  A bipartisan group of senators told White House officials on Sunday that the stimulus spending in President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief plan provides too much money to high-income Americans, an opening setback …
Politico:
Some Trump aides stuck with him till the end.  Now they're screwed.  —  Four days into his post-presidency life, Donald Trump has insulated himself from the outside world.  —  Unseen by the public and unusually quiet as key parts of his policy legacy are dismantled by the new administration …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Republicans feel the squeeze on impeachment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  REPUBLICANS ARE UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE to acquit DONALD TRUMP — whether they think he committed an impeachable offense or not.  At this point, it's all about self-preservation.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Exclusive: Biden to impose South Africa travel ban to combat new COVID-19 variant - CDC
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Fauci on What Working for Trump Was Really Like  —  From denialism to death threats, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci describes a fraught year as an adviser to President Donald J. Trump on the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  For almost 40 years, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has held two jobs.
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump Fumes in His First Weekend Out of Office as Fauci Clowns on Him  —  And the worst part?  Trump can't even tweet about it.  —  In recent days, former President Donald Trump has watched from afar as one of his most popular rivals for public attention has been unleashed by the Biden administration to …
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Dr. Fauci needs to be held responsible for COVID-19 mistakes
Discussion: The Independent
Josh Hawley / New York Post:
It's time to stand up against the muzzling of America  —  Have you checked your social credit score lately?  You might want to.  Mine seems to have taken a nosedive this month.  You might want to see how yours is doing.  —  Everyone knows what a credit score is.  But social credit scores are new.
Discussion: HuffPost and Instapundit
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani Sued by Dominion Voting Systems Over False Election Claims  —  The suit against Mr. Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump who pushed to overturn the election results, accuses him of carrying out “a viral disinformation campaign.”
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg, CNN and Political Wire
Alexis Benveniste / CNN:
Members are quitting ‘sad’ Mar-a-Lago after Trump loses  —  New York (CNN Business)Many once-loyal members of Mar-a-Lago are leaving because they no longer want to have any connection to former President Donald Trump, according to the author of the definitive book about the resort.
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ABC News:
Biden set to sign ‘Made in America’ executive order  —  The executive order will also create a new senior role at the OMB.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  President Joe Biden is set to sign a “Made in America” executive order Monday, fulfilling a long …
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
CDC director says federal government does not know how much Covid vaccine the U.S. has  — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Sunday that the federal government doesn't know how much coronavirus vaccine the nation has.  — “I can't tell you how much vaccine …
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
CDC director: “I can't tell you how much vaccine we have”
Discussion: New York Times and HotAir
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump Administration Quietly Eased Sanctions on Israeli Billionaire  —  The reversal by the Treasury Department during the administration's final days came after an appeal by lobbyists with close ties to the former president.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration quietly moved …
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Peter Fabricius / Daily Maverick:   Departing Trump lifted US sanctions against controversial Israeli businessman Dan Gertler
Alayna Treene / Axios:
McCarthy takes heat from every direction as House Republicans feud following the Capitol siege  —  Kevin McCarthy is learning you can get torched when you try to make everyone happy, especially after an insurrection.  —  Why it matters: The House Republican leader had been hoping to use …
Discussion: Raw Story and FULL-COURT-PRESS
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AP source: Lawmakers threatened ahead of impeachment trial  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears, including ominous chatter about killing legislators …
Discussion: Washington Times and Sputnik News
Arlene Stein / New Jersey Online:
N.J.'s forgotten history of hate  —  At a summer camp in northwest New Jersey, cabins surround a lake.  A photograph from 1937 shows hundreds of teenage boys dressed in light brown shirts and shorts, and girls in white blouses and black skirts carrying flags.  At first, it looks like a typical summer camp of that era.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Trump Wants Back on Facebook.  This Star-Studded Jury Might Let Him.  —  A new kind of corporate supercourt is looking for legitimacy.  —  They meet mostly on Zoom, but I prefer to picture the members of this court, or council, or whatever it is, wearing reflective suits and hovering via hologram around a glowing table.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Rand Paul versus George Stephanopoulos.  A great confrontation, and I do not agree with the title on this video, that Rand Paul “melts down.”  —  Here's the transcript.  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Paul, let me begin with a threshold question for you.  This election was not stolen, do you accept that fact?
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New York Times:
Why Vaccines Alone Will Not End the Pandemic  —  The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has raged almost uncontrollably for so long that even if millions of people are vaccinated, millions more will still be infected and become ill unless people continue to wear masks …
Discussion: Deadline
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout  —  West Virginia has used 83 percent of its allotted vaccines, among the best in the nation.  But even efficient operations face a major problem: There simply are not enough shots to go around.  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. …
Discussion: The Week and ABC News
Aymann Ismail / Slate:
“I Don't See the Last Four Years as This Journalistic Anomaly”  —  This is part of What We Learned, a series of reflections on the meaning and legacy of the Trump years.  —  Astead W. Herndon wasn't surprised when Donald Trump became the Republican nominee for the 2016 election.
Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
The Bidens' dogs arrive at White House  —  Dogs have returned to the White House after a four-year hiatus.  —  Champ and Major, the German shepherds of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, arrived at the White House on Sunday, a few days after their owners.
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Biden to replace White House doctor with long-time physician  —  O'Connor will take on a role that faced scrutiny over transparency under Trump.  —  President Biden to continue pushing forth agenda, cabinet nominees  —  Former President Trump prepares his defense as the official article …
Discussion: IJR and The Independent
New York Times:
Did Candidates Flee to Vacation Homes?  5 Highlights From the Mayor's Race  —  Questions surrounding candidates' second homes, ranked-choice voting and ties to casino interests arose in New York's mayoral contest.  —  One of the main unanswered questions in this year's mayoral race …
Ben Montgomery / Axios:
Scoop: David Jolly eyes independent run for Florida governor  —  Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly is “strongly considering” a run for Florida governor in 2022 as an independent, a source close to him tells Axios.  —  Why it matters: Jolly, who repped Florida's 13th district as a Republican …
 
 
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William Saletan / Slate:
The Enemy Isn't Republicans. It's Liars.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
‘Retired’ National Enquirer Chief David Pecker Is Still in Charge and ‘Still Protecting Trump,’ Insiders Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Robbins / New York Times:
In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails
Politico:
MAGA media looks to turn White House briefing room into a battlefield
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Hawley calls for ethics investigation into Dems who filed complaint against him
Discussion: Politico
MSNBC:
'It's about freedom from fear': Deportations loom despite Biden executive order
Don Surber:
Liberals suffer Trump withdrawal
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The Biden administration's Saudi problem
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
China Overtakes U.S. as World's Leading Destination for Foreign Direct Investment
Discussion: Bloomberg and Forbes
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
America Has a GPS Problem
Norm Ornstein / New York Daily News:
A roadmap for the new Congress: From dysfunction to meaningful change
BET:
GOP Lawmaker, Who Questioned Black Hygiene In The Contraction Of COVID-19, To Lead Health Panel
Discussion: Business Insider