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CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Marjorie Taylor Greene QAnon-adjacent conspiracy theory comments resurface  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is setting up a new test for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.  —  Why it matters: The freshman Republican from Georgia made a series of bizarre and outlandish remarks …
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Mike and Karen Pence are homeless and appear to be couch surfing their way through Indiana … - Republicans close to former Vice President Mike Pence say they don't know where the former second couple is now living.  — Pence and his wife Karen haven't owned a home in a decade …
Discussion: The Independent
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Mike Pence is ‘homeless’ and bouncing between couches of Indiana politicians: report  —  On Tuesday, Business Insider reported that former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen do not have a permanent residence since leaving the vice president's mansion — and though Republicans close …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McConnell: It Was Too Soon to Impeach Trump, Now It's Too Late.  —  Donald Trump's second impeachment trial has not even begun, but it is already a foregone conclusion.  All but five Republican Senators voted to dismiss the charges on the grounds that a former president could not be impeached.
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Nearly all GOP senators vote against impeachment trial for Trump, signaling likely acquittal
Politico:
‘Dead on arrival’: Trump conviction unlikely after GOP votes to nix trial
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Man Charged With Threatening Congressman's Family as Riot Raged  —  Relatives of Hakeem Jeffries and George Stephanopoulos received threatening text messages as rioters stormed the Capitol, federal prosecutors said.  —  The same day that a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and tried …
Discussion: The Week, Law & Crime and CBS New York
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Justice News:
California Man Charged With Making Threats Directed Against A New York City-Based U.S. Congressman And A Journalist, Citing Their Statements About The Results Of The 2020 Presidential Election
Discussion: UPI
Arya Hodjat / The Daily Beast:
California Man Texted Chilling Threats to Family of Lawmaker, Journalist: Feds
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and New York Post
New York Times:
Senator Patrick Leahy, 80, is briefly hospitalized as a precaution after he reported feeling unwell.  —  Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the longest-serving senator and the president pro tempore, was briefly taken to a hospital in Washington for observation early Tuesday evening …
Discussion: HotAir and Townhall
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
JUST IN: Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy Hospitalized, Wife Reports He's ‘Doing Well,’ Could Be Back at Work Tomorrow
Discussion: CNN
Eddie Burkhalter / Alabama Political Reporter:
Trump Appointee Says Tuberville, RAGA Director Met With Trump Family, Top Advisers On Eve Of Capitol Attack  —  Tuberville, through a spokeswoman, said he did not attend the meeting with Trump on the eve of the deadly attack.  —  The entrance to the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. (VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
What Jeffrey Epstein Did to Earn $158 Million From Leon Black  —  Mr. Epstein specialized in aggressively pitching ways to minimize paying taxes.  And not just to Mr. Black, the private equity chief executive who was his main benefactor in his later years.  —  He styled himself as a math whiz and …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats weigh “Dr. Fauci of Ohio” in Senate race  —  Some Democrats are looking to a political outsider described as the “Dr. Fauci of Ohio” to replace Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate.  —  Why it matters: Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, gained a grassroots following …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
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Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Amy Acton is considering a run for Senate, sources say
Discussion: The Hill
Elvina Nawaguna / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Josh Hawley says he is not running for president in 2024 … - Sen. Josh Hawley is not running for president in 2024, the Republican lawmaker told Insider on Tuesday.  — His recent actions — fiery speeches, a new book, and strong defense of President Donald Trump …
CNN:
Goya board silences its CEO after he tells Fox News the election was rigged  —  New York (CNN Business)Goya's board of directors had enough of CEO Robert Unanue's public comments in support of former President Donald Trump and his unfounded claims of voter fraud.  On Friday, it voted to muzzle him.
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Arizona lawmakers who were in D.C. during Capitol riot won't release records from phones  —  Two Arizona legislators who went to the U.S. Capitol the day it was stormed by a mob earlier this month will not provide emails or text messages about their travel to Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation  —  Officials are trying to determine to what extent far-right groups planned the assault in advance.  —  The leadership of the Proud Boys has come under increased scrutiny as agents and prosecutors across the country try …
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Wall Street Journal:
FBI Capitol Riot Investigation Shifts Gears
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
Pentagon restricted commander of D.C. Guard ahead of Capitol riot  —  The commander of the D.C. National Guard said the Pentagon restricted his authority ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, requiring higher level sign-off to respond that cost time as the events that day spiraled out of control.
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David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Polls find Biden's approval rating higher than Trump's ever was  —  President Biden's approval rating in his first days in office is higher than Donald Trump ever achieved during his four years as president, two new polls have found.  —  Morning Consult tracking poll published Monday found …
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
CDC finds with precautions in place, scant spread of coronavirus in schools  —  Schools operating in person have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus, particularly when masks and distancing are employed, but some indoor athletics have led to infections and should be curtailed if schools …
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JAMA Network:
Data and Policy to Guide Opening Schools Safely to Limit the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Politico:
A top MAGA gathering finds life complicated after Trump  —  One of the premier MAGA gatherings in the nation is struggling to recreate the magic this year.  —  For decades, the Conservative Political Action Conference has been a staple of Republican politics.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Kaine, Collins pitch Senate colleagues on censuring Trump  —  Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.
KUSA-TV:
Nearly 4,600 Colorado Republicans changed their party affiliation after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol  —  An analysis of Colorado voter registration data showed that most of those Republicans switched to unaffiliated.  —  DENVER — Nearly 4,600 registered Republicans changed …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP pledges full allegiance to Trump  —  PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania once stocked D.C. with a steady stream of establishment Republicans.  Now, in the wake of Donald Trump's reelection defeat, it's better known for its GOP hard-liners — among them, Scott Perry …
The Frontier:
Oklahoma trying to return its $2m stockpile of hydroxychloroquine  —  The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office has been tasked with attempting to return a $2 million stockpile of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as a way to treat the coronavirus.  —  Reading Time Posted In
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman CEO David Solomon Takes $10 Million Pay Cut for 1MDB Scandal  —  The bank had said it would claw back or withhold $174 million in compensation from current, former executives  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. slashed Chief Executive David Solomon's 2020 pay by 36%, punishment …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mark Meadows joins conservative group run by Jim DeMint  —  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is joining the Conservative Partnership Institute, a group run by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint that operates as a “networking hub” for conservatives, sources familiar with his plans tell Axios.
Peter Hotez / Washington Post:
Biden's new vaccine goal is more ambitious.  It still isn't enough.  —  The U.S. should be delivering 3 million doses every day — and approving more vaccines for emergency use  —  Peter Hotez a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation  —  A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.
New York Times:
C.I.A. Warns Former Officers About Working for Foreign Governments  —  An unusual email from the agency's counterintelligence chief also warned retired officers to carefully weigh their comments on television, social media and podcasts.  —  WASHINGTON — The C.I.A.'s counterintelligence chief sent …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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