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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 …
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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.
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Manchin emphatic he ‘will not vote’ to kill the filibuster
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Mitch McConnell's latest sabotage effort is a scam. He already showed us how.
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:   Kyrsten Sinema Won't Support Eliminating Filibuster, ‘Not Open To Changing Her Mind’
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Thoughts on How to Eliminate the Filibuster
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 …
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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 …
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Trump must be prosecuted  —  Will Donald Trump face any accountability for his apparent crime spree as president?  Part of that question will be answered soon, with the Senate trial for Trump's second impeachment.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will reportedly send over the article passed …
Susan Davis / NPR:
Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will preside over former President Donald Trump's trial in the Senate, a Senate source tells NPR.  Leahy, 80, is the president pro tempore of the Senate, a constitutional role given to the longest-serving lawmaker in the majority party.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: WH commits to getting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill
Wall Street Journal:
Arizona Republican Meltdown
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
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  —  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 …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman won't run for re-election. Which Republicans might run instead?
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 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 …
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
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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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 …
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.
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
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 …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Hunter Gets a Bagel  —  Will media cover foreign influence sales as extensively as breakfast purchases?  —  It's no surprise that the American press corps is falling hard for the Biden presidency.  This week's coverage suggests that public displays of media affection are likely to continue …
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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
Robby Soave / Reason:
Chicago Teachers Union Refuses Order To Go Back to Classrooms  —  Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to continue to teach remotely—even though district officials want teachers back in classrooms beginning this week.  —  Chicago Public Schools Chief …
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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 …
Discussion: Politico and IJR
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.
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 …
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.
Eric Beech / Reuters:
Majority of U.S. Senate votes to confirm Yellen as Treasury chief, voting continues  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of the U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman Treasury secretary.  Voting on her nomination is continuing.
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Forces Expand Reach in Saudi Arabia  —  In the past year or more, the military has tested new ports and bases as options to use in the event of conflict with Iran  —  YANBU, Saudi Arabia—The U.S. military has been using an array of ports and air bases in Saudi Arabia's western desert …
Discussion: Defense One
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
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Capitol rioter Garret Miller says he was following Trump's orders, apologizes to AOC for threat  — A man charged with invading the Capitol and threatening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said he was effectively following then-President Donald Trump's orders.
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
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.
Discussion: Gothamist
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: The Daily Caller
Joe Gould / Defense News:
A fake story about the secretary of defense stole my real byline  —  WASHINGTON ― It started with an unusual email Friday afternoon: “Is this article true?”  —  The attached jpeg resembled a Defense News story complete with my byline, but instead of my work, it was a cocktail of lies and paranoia.
emptywheel:
Some Key Gaps in the January 6 Story  —  DOJ continues to roll out arrests of people involved in the January 6 coup attempt.  —  But there are some obvious gaps in the (public) story so far.  —  Arrests relating to over 100 police assaults  —  In a filing submitted over the weekend …
 
 
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Right-Wing Activist Banned From Airline for Not Wearing Mask Is Charged in Capitol Riots
Pew Research Center:
Though not especially productive in passing bills, the 116th Congress set new marks for social media use
Discussion: Roll Call and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Ricchetti Brothers Rise in D.C., One a Lobbyist, the Other in the White House
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Republicans are worried about raising money for 2022 House races as corporations cut donations following riot
Liz Crampton / Politico:
America's rural crisis triggers calls for Biden to name rural czar
Discussion: RedState and Commentary Magazine
Don Lewis / Medium:
Trump Lawyers Lin Wood & Marc Mukasey Had *My Name* in Their Mouths
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NBC News:
Inside Jim Clyburn's Biden election endorsement — and how Biden almost blew it
Discussion: Penguin Random House and The Root
Tyler Fleming / Post and Courier:
How growing up in Aynor prepared one of the nation's top reporters to cover Trump