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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Can Democrats exercise a mini-nuclear option against McConnell?  —  The standoff in the Senate continues: Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is demanding that Democrats agree in advance to keep the legislative filibuster in place and is refusing to allow Senate business to proceed until they do.
Discussion: Axios
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Washington Post:
Fight over the rules grinds the Senate to a halt, imperiling Biden's legislative agenda  —  When President Biden took office last week, he promised sweeping, bipartisan legislation to solve the coronavirus pandemic, fix the economy and overhaul immigration.  —  Just days later …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin emphatic he ‘will not vote’ to kill the filibuster  —  As the Senate sits in a standoff over the future of the filibuster, Joe Manchin doesn't know how he can be any clearer.  —  “If I haven't said it very plain, maybe Sen. McConnell hasn't understood, I want to basically say it for you.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Filibuster Debate Roils Chamber  —  Before the Senate can get down to business, Senator Mitch McConnell wants Democrats to promise not to scrap the procedural weapon that can grind the chamber to a halt.  Democrats are balking.  —  WASHINGTON — For months, as Democrats contemplated capturing control …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:   As filibuster clash paralyzes Senate, Democratic frustration grows
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:   Kyrsten Sinema Won't Support Eliminating Filibuster, ‘Not Open To Changing Her Mind’
Patrick Reis / Rolling Stone:
Democrats' Choice: End the Filibuster or Watch McConnell Win (Again)
Discussion: Arizona Mirror
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell's latest sabotage effort is a scam. He already showed us how.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Thoughts on How to Eliminate the Filibuster
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden tells CNN Trump's impeachment trial ‘has to happen’  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Monday offered his most extensive comments since taking office on former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, telling CNN, “I think it has to happen.”  —  Biden made the comment during a brief …
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CNN:
John Roberts ducks the spotlight by skipping the second Trump impeachment trial  —  Washington (CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts has long been a student of history, but this is one part of history — presiding at the second trial of Donald Trump — he can do without.
Discussion: Althouse, Breitbart and Fox News
The Hill:
Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial  —  Chief Justice John Roberts will not preside over Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which is scheduled to begin in earnest on Feb. 8.  —  Instead, Senate President Pro Tempore, Pat Leahy (Vt.), the most senior member …
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: WH commits to getting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Chief Justice Roberts won't preside over Trump Senate trial
Washington Post:
House Democrats plan to focus impeachment trial on how rioters reacted to Trump's remarks
New York Times:
Apollo C.E.O. to Step Down After Firm Finds More Payments to Jeffrey Epstein  —  An inquiry's finding that Leon Black, the billionaire boss of Apollo Global Management, paid the convicted sex offender $150 million touched off an attempt to remove him.  —  The founders of Apollo Global Management …
Discussion: CNBC, New York Post, Gothamist and Raw Story
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo CEO Leon Black to Step Down Following Review of Jeffrey Epstein Ties  —  Independent probe finds Black wasn't involved in disgraced financier's criminal activities; Marc Rowan to take over top job by July 31  —  Leon Black plans to step down as chief executive of Apollo Global Management Inc …
Discussion: Reuters and The Daily Caller
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch, Accepting Award, Condemns ‘Awful Woke Orthodoxy’  —  Mr. Murdoch of News Corp, who spoke in a video, has been relatively quiet publicly in recent years.  He called conformity on social media “a straitjacket on sensibility.”  —  The media mogul Rupert Murdoch denounced an …
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Jason Williams / Cincinnati.com:
Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won't run for re-election; Republican cites ‘partisan gridlock’  —  Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022, he told The Enquirer - a move that will unsettle politics in both Greater Cincinnati and Washington D.C.
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Politico:
Portman's exit signals uncertainty for Senate GOP
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Majority Support Trump Impeachment  —  Belief that voter fraud led to Biden win persists among 1 in 3  —  West Long Branch, NJ - A clear majority of Americans support the second impeachment of former president Donald Trump.  A majority also wants the Senate to convict him and bar …
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Janet Yellen confirmed as Treasury secretary  —  The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary on Monday.  —  Why it matters: Yellen is the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary, a Cabinet position that will be crucial in helping steer the country out of the pandemic-induced economic crisis.
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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.”
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Meet the Woman Behind Salon's Sloppy Tom Cotton Piece  —  Something funny happened when Sen. Tom Cotton's (R., Ark.) aides received a request for comment from intrepid Salon reporter Roger Sollenberger.  —  Cotton's team, which shared the email correspondence with the Washington Free Beacon …
Just Security:
“Fight for Trump”: Video Evidence of Incitement at the Capitol  —  How direct is the connection between what President Donald Trump communicated to his supporters and their actions in laying siege to the U.S. Capitol?  Videos recorded by many individuals over the course of the day provide some answers.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Arrest Man Who Wore His High School Varsity Jacket To The Capitol Siege  —  “We all stormed the us capital and tried to take over the government,” he wrote.  “We failed but f**k it.”  —  Federal authorities have charged a New York man in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jefferson Morley / Washington Post:
This D.C. neighborhood has quietly become a national model for resisting gentrification  —  How one D.C. neighborhood quietly became a national model for resisting gentrification  —  On Monday afternoon, June 1, the city of Washington was on the brink of a nervous breakdown.
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood fired by teen who faced off with Native American in viral video  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - A Kentucky teenager whose 2019 face-off with a Native American activist in Washington went viral has fired his lawyer, a man who played a key role in Donald Trump's attempts …
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Christian Vanderbrouk / The Bulwark:
Meet Trump's Pro-Insurrection “Intellectuals”  —  We should have known January 6 was coming, because Trumpism's “intellectual” wing called for it, for weeks.  —  Last December, Ross Douthat suggested that “there are two Republican Parties.”  One of them governs dutifully, “certifying elections …
Discussion: HotAir, Bulwark+ and Raw Story
New York Times:
As Trump Seeks to Remain a Political Force, New Targets Emerge  —  As Donald Trump surveys the political landscape, there is a sudden Senate opening in Ohio, an ally's bid for Arkansas governor, and some scores to settle elsewhere.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump …
U.S. Department of Justice Office …:
Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Announces Initiation of Investigation  —  Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today that:  —  The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is initiating an investigation into whether any former …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
It's not just Trump on trial.  It's the whole Republican Party.  —  When the impeachment proceedings begin in the Senate, it will not be just Donald Trump in the dock.  The entire Republican Party will be on trial.  And there is every reason to believe that the GOP will fail this test …
Politico:
The most powerful Zoom call in the world  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  —  The most important meeting in JOE BIDEN's White House each day doesn't even happen in person.  The senior staff meeting each morning around 7:30 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ian Richardson / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Senate leaders change virtual meeting policy after ‘pornographic’ Zoom incident  —  Republicans in the Iowa Senate said they have changed their policy for participants in virtual subcommittee meetings after an incident that was “pornographic in nature” during a Monday morning hearing.
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 …
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4  —  QAnon has started to merge with even more extreme conspiracy theories, including the “sovereign citizen” movement.  —  DG  —  Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States on March 4, 2021.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
100+ Politico Staffers Send Letter to Publisher Railing Against Publishing Ben Shapiro  —  The signees called out their top editor's response to internal critics, and reiterated that a firebrand like Shapiro does nothing to advance Politico's editorial values.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Justice News:
U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition Of Kenyan National For Large-Scale Trafficking Of Rhinoceros Horns And Elephant Ivory And Heroin Distribution  —  Indictment Alleges Conspiracy to Smuggle at Least 190 Kilograms of Rhinoceros Horns and at Least 10 Tons of Elephant Ivory Valued at More Than $7 Million
Armin Rosen / Tablet Magazine:
Journalists Mobilize Against Free Speech  —  A new generation of media crusaders clamors for government control over what you see, hear, and read—and for banning their competition
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden's Initial Approval Rating Is Higher Than Trump's Ever Was  —  Most voters give Biden positive marks for his job performance  — 56% of voters approve of Biden's job performance, compared with 46% who approved of Donald Trump's work at a similar point in 2017.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Activist Banned From Airline for Not Wearing Mask Is Charged in Capitol Riots  —  Brandon Straka founded the “WalkAway Campaign,” urging liberals to ditch the Democratic Party.  —  A right-wing activist known for his unwavering support for former President Trump has been charged for participation in the Capitol riots.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Former OMB director to set up Pro-Trump think tanks  —  Russ Vought, who led Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget, plans to announce two pro-Trump organizations Tuesday, aiming to provide the ideological ammunition to sustain Trump's political movement after his departure from the White House.
CREW:
National Park Service spent 4,000 hours working on Trump's RNC fireworks show  —  Nikhel Sus, Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel, and Walker Davis … National Park Service employees spent nearly 4,000 hours working on the Republican National Convention's massive pro-Trump fireworks show at the National Mall …
Cory Stieg / CNBC:
Dr. Fauci: Double-masking makes ‘common sense’ and is likely more effective  —  Dr. Fauci says it's ‘common sense’ to wear two masks instead of one  —  Could wearing two face masks at once during the pandemic provide more protection than just wearing one?  According to White House advisor …
 
 
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Woman Accused of Stealing Laptop from Nancy Pelosi's Office May Lose Internet Access as Feds Allege Deepening Cover-Up
Discussion: Raw Story
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Concern Grows About Government, National Discord
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
Erasing Three Colleagues, CA Democrat Claims She's the ‘Only Single Mother’ in Congress
Discussion: Fox News
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Former Voice of America overseer hired two law firms to $4 million no-bid contracts.
Discussion: USAGM
Bloomberg:
U.S. Suffers Sharpest Rise in Poverty Rate in More Than 50 Years
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republicans are worried about raising money for 2022 House races as corporations cut donations following riot
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Twitter unveils ‘Birdwatch,’ a ‘community-driven approach’ to combat misleading information
emptywheel:
Some Key Gaps in the January 6 Story
Tyler Fleming / Post and Courier:
How growing up in Aynor prepared one of the nation's top reporters to cover Trump