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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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rob Portman won't seek reelection  —  Ohio Republican Rob Portman will not seek a third Senate term in 2022, a blow to both Republicans' hopes of taking back the Senate and the chamber's dwindling number of centrists.  —  The two-term senator is one of the most effective legislators in the Senate …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won't run for re-election.  Which Republicans might run instead?  —  COLUMBUS - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced Monday that he won't run for re-election, leaving a hole on the top of the GOP ticket in Ohio that candidates will rush to fill.
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.”
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Dominion sues Giuliani for $1.3 billion over ‘Big Lie’ about election fraud  —  (CNN)Dominion Voting Systems has sued former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani for defamation after he pushed the “Big Lie” about election fraud on his podcast and TV appearances.
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Dominion voting machine firm sues Giuliani for more than $1.3 billion
Discussion: New York Post, Reason and Raw Story
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Supreme Court dismisses Trump emoluments lawsuits as moot  —  The Supreme Court on Monday ordered lower courts to dismiss two cases that alleged former President Donald Trump unlawfully profited from his businesses while in office, in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clauses.
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court dismisses emolument cases against Trump
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, SCOTUSblog and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Josh Hawley Believes Disliking Josh Hawley Is an Act of Censorship
Discussion: New York Post
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: Raw Story
Moderna, Inc.:
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Retains Neutralizing Activity Against Emerging Variants First Identified in the U.K. and the Republic of South Africa  —  Out of an abundance of caution, Moderna launches clinical program to boost immunity to emerging variants  —  Manuscript posted to preprint server …
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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.
David Goldman / CNN:
Jim Acosta: I've never seen Trump this alone  —  New York (CNN Business)Donald Trump spent his last moments as President sad and alone, according to Jim Acosta, who led CNN's coverage of Trump during his presidency.  —  In his farewell to Washington on Wednesday morning …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Politico:
Newsom to lift stay-home orders across California  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to lift stay-at-home orders statewide Monday, allowing restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining and salons to resume appointments indoors, according to two sources close to the governor and a restaurant industry email.
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Olivia Goldhill / STAT:
Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows  —  Tens of thousands of Covid-19 deaths are going unreported in the U.S., with far more missed in counties that strongly supported former President Trump, according to new research.
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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Politico:
Biden repeals Trump-era ban on transgender military service  —  President Joe Biden repealed the ban on transgender troops serving in the military on Monday, rolling back an order from former President Donald Trump that shocked Pentagon leaders and kick-started years of legal trouble for the administration.
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN
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Politico:
MAGA media looks to turn White House briefing room into a battlefield  —  Eric Bolling, the conservative host of Sinclair Broadcast Group's “America This Week,” would travel regularly to Donald Trump's White House, interviewing the former president seven times and occasionally attending press briefings.
New York Times:
Parler and the Far Right's Ever-Evolving Digital Ecosystem  —  The Biden administration needs a game plan to deal with what will be a rolling and escalating threat from platform migration.  —  Ms. Rondeaux is a senior fellow with the Center on the Future of War.  Ms. Hurlburt directs New Models of Policy Change at New America.
Discussion: Raw Story and Defense One
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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 …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Liz Cheney Should Step Away From Leadership For The Sake Of GOP Voters  —  There is no reason to leave Cheney in her leadership position.  In fact, it's negligence for Republican leaders to keep her there.  —  Liz Cheney's problems are piling up, according to Politico.
Jared S. Hopkins / Wall Street Journal:
Merck Scraps Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates  —  The two shots generated comparatively weak immune responses in early-stage studies  —  Merck & Co. said Monday that it is halting development of its two experimental Covid-19 vaccines, after early clinical-trial data showed the shots generated …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and NPR
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Evidence Piles Up for Trump's Impeachment Trial  —  Each day seems to bring another egregious example of the former president's attempt to subvert the truth and democracy.  —  One of the courtroom highlights of the recent Netflix film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” involves …
Torey Van Oot / Axios:
Mike Lindell moves the goalposts on a run for Minnesota governor  —  The will-he-or-won't-he speculation surrounding a possible gubernatorial run by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is destined to continue at least a bit longer.  —  What he's saying: Lindell told Axios that his focus is currently on proving his …
Discussion: Star Tribune
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.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Republican Meltdown
Discussion: Raw Story and TheGrio
American Greatness:
The River of Forgetfulness  —  Before we are all reprogrammed, remember for a bit longer …
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
Governors' shutdowns did not cause the pandemic jobs crisis
Kayla Webley Adler / Elle:
Bridget Kelly, Author Of Infamous ‘Time For Some Traffic Problems’ Email, Is Running For Office
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Beto O'Rourke: Ted Cruz ‘guilty of sedition’ in Capitol insurrection
Bloomberg Law:
Biden Plans to Tap California Labor Chief Julie Su as DOL Deputy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Gov. Brian Kemp's 2022 plans take shape
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Jesse Johnson / Japan Times:
U.S. sends carrier into South China Sea as Chinese bombers fly near Taiwan
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Biden confronts a budget office broken by Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
New Evidence Implicates FBI Higher-Ups in Dishonesty of Anti-Trump Lawyer
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Ben Montgomery / Axios:
Scoop: David Jolly eyes independent run for Florida governor
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout
Discussion: The Week