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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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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.
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Power-Sharing Deal Moves Ahead  —  McConnell says comments from Democratic senators assuaged his concerns about the filibuster being potentially eliminated  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he is ready to move ahead with a Senate power-sharing agreement …
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Biden is betting on Senate compromise.  So far, it's paying off.  —  As Republican criticism of President Biden's Cabinet nominees was mounting in the weeks before Christmas, his closest advisers pondered what to do about it.  —  During internal deliberations, some argued that it was time to go to war …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
As filibuster clash paralyzes Senate, Democratic frustration grows
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and DCReport.org
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
House Democrats present Trump impeachment charge to the Senate, allowing trial to begin
Washington Post:
Fight over the rules grinds the Senate to a halt, imperiling Biden's legislative agenda
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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Politico:
Trump sends a message to Senate Republicans ahead of his trial  —  A top political aide to former President Donald Trump spent the weekend quietly reassuring Republican senators that the former president has no plans to start a third party — and instead will keep his imprint on the GOP.
Discussion: The Last Refuge and Raw Story
Susan Davis / NPR:
Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
The Hill:
Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: WH commits to getting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill
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 …
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo CEO Leon Black to Step Down Following Review of Jeffrey Epstein Ties
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 …
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:
Harris County judge dismisses vaccine theft charge against doctor, blasts DA for bringing the case  —  Dr. Hasan Gokal was fired by Harris County Public Health and charged with misdemeanor theft after he admitted taking leftover doses of COVID-19 vaccine and administering them to nine people.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Former Voice of America overseer hired two law firms to $4 million no-bid contracts.  —  The former head of Voice of America's parent agency hired two law firms to open-ended, no-bid contracts, including one specifying that top lawyers would earn $1,470 per hour, according to documents and people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: The Hill and USAGM
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.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results  —  Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden to tap nurse as acting surgeon general  —  Susan Orsega would be among the first nurses to serve in the role of 'the nation's doctor'  —  The Biden administration has selected nurse Susan Orsega to serve as the nation's acting surgeon general, said two people with knowledge of her selection …
Discussion: The Hill
Joel Kotkin / City Journal:
On the Ground … Making America California  —  The Biden administration seems determined to run the country on the ruinous model of the Golden State.  —  California  —  Politics and law  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  As the Biden administration settles in and begins to formulate its agenda …
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Unlikely to Run for Fourth Term  —  The Democrat has raised little money and hasn't campaigned ahead of a June Democratic primary  —  In the past year, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has raised only a few thousand dollars for his re-election.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Woman Accused of Stealing Laptop from Nancy Pelosi's Office May Lose Internet Access as Feds Allege Deepening Cover-Up  —  The woman alleged to have stolen a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the U.S. Capitol insurrection may have encouraged others to destroy evidence …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump establishes ‘Office of the Former President’ in Florida  —  Former President Trump on Monday established an official post-presidency office in Palm Beach County, Fla., setting up a vehicle for future public appearances and statements.  —  “The Office of the Former President” …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Capitolist
FiveThirtyEight:
Our Radicalized Republic  —  Four years ago, Lilliana Mason learned something she really, really hoped wasn't true.  A political scientist who studies Americans' attitudes about politics and each other, she had long known that the citizens of this country were growing increasingly resentful …
Discussion: Raw Story
Buck Throckmorton / Ace of Spades HQ:
What If Deplorables Start “De-Platforming” Leftists From Receiving Skilled Trade Services?  —  If Monster Tech can aggressively de-platform businesses and individuals for expressing forbidden opinions, then maybe it's time for skilled tradesmen to respond in kind against the woke left.
Discussion: Power Line
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
Kim Tong-Hyung / Associated Press:
Lawmakers say North Korean diplomat defected to South Korea  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean diplomat who served as the country's acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to South Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by Seoul's spy agency.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Adam Andrzejewski / Forbes:
Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Highest Paid Employee In The Entire U.S. Federal Government  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci made $417,608 in 2019, the latest year for which federal salaries are available.  That made him not only the highest paid doctor in the federal government, but the highest paid out of all four million federal employees.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Corporate clients drop Trump-related lobbying shops  —  Some blue-chip corporate clients have cut the cord with lobbying firms that monetized their close relationships with Donald Trump and his administration, new disclosure filings show.  —  Why it matters: Every change in administration shuffles …
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
A genocide, by any other name  —  How are we to describe the abominations being carried out in Xinjiang by the Chinese Communist Party?  What word is apt for the concentration camps, the mass sterilizations, the deportations, and the slave gangs?  Repression?  Ethnic cleansing?  Extermination?
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Inside CBS' fraught investigation into allegations of racism and misogyny  —  Gripped by scandal in the summer of 2018, CBS came up with a way to contain the crisis.  —  The television giant's board hired two outside law firms to investigate sexual misconduct claims against its longtime leader …
New York Times:
Indian Farmers March Set for Republic Day  —  Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting police to fire tear gas, as emotions flared before the scheduled start of a rally against new farming laws.  —  NEW DELHI — Thousands of protesting farmers poured into the Indian capital …
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Fauci says he worried Trump's disinfectant comment would make people ‘start doing dangerous and foolish things’  —  Washington (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said Monday evening he was extremely worried by former President Donald Trump's dangerous April suggestion …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
CNN:
Here are the executive orders Biden has signed so far  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden has signed a flurry of executive orders, actions and memorandums aimed at rapidly addressing the coronavirus pandemic and dismantling many of President Donald Trump's policies.
Amy Harder / Axios:
Biden ushers in historical turn on clean energy and climate change  —  Like the curve of Earth we can't see from the ground, we're on a curve in history that we won't fully recognize until decades in the future.  —  Driving the news: The inauguration of President Biden completes an economic …
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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