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Aram Roston / Reuters:
Exclusive: Proud Boys leader was ‘prolific’ informer for law enforcement  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012 …
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NBC News:   Proud Boys leader went undercover to help police after 2013 arrest
New York Times:
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Department of Homeland Security:
Duration  —  Details  — Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results …
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Homeland security bulletin warns Americans about violence by grievance-fueled domestic extremists  —  The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning Wednesday to alert the public about a growing risk of attacks by “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” agitated …
Department of Homeland Security:   DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
U.S. Department of Justice:
Social Media Influencer Charged with Election Interference Stemming from Voter Disinformation Campaign  —  Defendant Unlawfully Used Social Media to Deprive Individuals of Their Right to Vote  —  A Florida man was arrested this morning on charges of conspiring with others in advance …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and POLITICUSUSA
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NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco Board of Education Votes to Rename 44 Schools  —  The San Francisco School Board voted to rename 44 public schools Tuesday, a debate and decision that's being followed across the country.  —  Those 44 schools' namesakes are thought, by many, to have dishonorable legacies.
Discussion: The Hill
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James Surowiecki / Marker:
The GameStop Fiasco Proves We're in a ‘Meme Stock’ Bubble  —  What the new dynamic between Redditors and Wall Street reveals about the stock market in 2021  —  Money Talks is a column that explores what happens when business, the economy, and culture collide.
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The GameStop Squeeze Will End Badly
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: GOP to stay neutral should Trump run again  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday declined to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024, saying the GOP would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary.
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Freezes U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE  —  The administration is reviewing weapons transactions approved by former President Trump  —  The Biden administration has imposed a temporary freeze on U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as it reviews billions …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Sputnik News
Tyler Pager / Politico:
Biden starts staffing a commission on Supreme Court reform  —  The Biden administration is moving forward with the creation of a bipartisan commission to study reforms to the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary.  —  The commission will be housed under the purview of the White House Counsel's office …
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bob Casey says he's open to killing the filibuster and advancing Biden's agenda without GOP support  —  As Democrats push to quickly pass a sweeping coronavirus relief plan, Sen. Bob Casey said he's open to moving ahead without Republican support — including by ending the filibuster …
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
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Tom Cotton / Fox News:
Our National Guard's Capitol mission is complete - it's time to send home the troops  —  The lesson of the Capitol riot is not that we should quarter a standing army at the Capitol just in case  —  Sen. Cotton: 'I don't think' it's necessary to keep troops at Capitol
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Politico:
Lawmakers demand answers on Covid outbreak, Guard deployments
Discussion: Fox News and Glenn Greenwald
Julia Marcus / The Atlantic:
Vaccinated People Are Going to Hug Each Other  —  When Americans began receiving coronavirus vaccines last month, people started fantasizing about the first thing they'd do when the pandemic ends: go back to work, visit family, hug friends.  But the public discussion soon shifted.
Jennifer Barnett / Medium:
I Left My Career in Prestige Media Because of the Shitty Men in Charge and They Are Still In Charge and Still Fucking Up  —  I had the plum job.  The top of the masthead of one of the most prestigious and respected publications with more than a 150-year-old history.
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target  —  Just this week, we learned that thousands of Guardsmen could remain in Washington DC ‘indefinitely.’ Certainly through President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.  —  WASHINGTON, DC — The National Guard have been in D.C. for three weeks now.
Discussion: Stars & Stripes
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Politico:
Second police officer died by suicide following Capitol attack  —  A second police officer who responded to the violent insurrection that rocked the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 has died by suicide, according to testimony obtained by POLITICO.  —  Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee …
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger accepts his fate, whatever it is  —  One thing to understand about Adam Kinzinger is that he knows how this will end.  —  “The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead,” the Republican congressman from Illinois says.
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Democrats introduce bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state  —  WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state.  —  The measure was reintroduced in the House by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Senate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
How Anthony Fauci Survived Donald Trump  —  You couldn't have blamed Anthony Fauci if at any point over the past year he'd told Donald Trump he'd had enough, thank you, and quit.  Everyone has a breaking point.  There was the time the former president called him “a disaster” on a call with Trump-campaign staff.
Discussion: Business Insider, The Hill, Mediaite and CNN
Garry Kasparov / USA Today:
Biden promised to get tough on Putin.  Start now by saving Alexei Navalny  —  Putin is an aggressive cancer requiring decisive intervention.  After years of bashing Trump's devotion to him, it's time for Biden and Democrats to deliver.  —  Despite the vicious winter cold and the even more vicious police …
Washington Post:
Millions earmarked for public health emergencies were used to pay for unrelated projects, says inspector general  —  Staff referred to agency as the ‘bank of BARDA’ and said research and development funds were regularly tapped for unrelated projects, from salaries to the removal of office furniture, the report finds
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Takes Executive Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, Create Jobs, and Restore Scientific Integrity Across Federal Government … Biden-Harris Administration Commits on Climate Change - Creating Jobs, Building Infrastructure, and Delivering Environmental Justice
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Militiaman Who Plotted to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer Pleads Guilty, Turns on His Pals  —  Ty Garbin, 25, has agreed to co-operate with agencies investigating the wild plot to overthrow the Michigan government and execute the governor for treason.  —  One of the Michigan militiamen accused …
Kristine Owram / Bloomberg:
Bankrupt Blockbuster Remnant Joins Reddit-Inspired Retail Rally  —  The latest nostalgia stock to jump on the Reddit rally is BB Liquidating Inc., the final remnant of bankrupt video-rental company Blockbuster.  —  The penny stock surged 774% Tuesday to just under 5 cents a share …
Politico:
Senate GOP braces for more retirements after Portman stunner  —  Republicans need to flip just one seat next year to win back the Senate majority.  But retirements are already complicating their path back to power.  —  Two of the three toughest GOP defensive states on the 2022 Senate map …
David Siders / Politico:
The GOP's answer to its post-Trump blues: More Trump  —  For a moment, it looked like Donald Trump might be losing his iron grip on the GOP.  In the wake of the deadly Capitol riot, 10 House Republicans joined Democrats in their vote to impeach him.  Several other Republicans openly suggested at least censuring the president.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Public Wants GOP to Work With Biden  —  The pandemic and domestic terrorism among top issue priorities  —  West Long Branch, NJ - President Joe Biden begins his term with the backing of a majority of Americans.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds, though …
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson suddenly gives a welcome ear to election conspiracy theories when they come from his major sponsor  —  A month after Carlson confronted Sidney Powell, he goes to the mattresses for Mike Lindell, the CEO of his largest advertiser  —  On Tuesday night, pillow salesman Mike Lindell headed …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell retreats as Trump dominates the GOP civil war  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two big arguments dominating American politics right now.  Democrats are currently in disarray trying to figure out the future.  The questions they have are about how bold …
Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Biden must not remove Huawei from the entities list  —  Let's state the facts: Huawei is not a 5G telecommunications firm in the vein of Ericsson and Nokia.  Instead, it is a deniable corporate agent of the People's Liberation Army's intelligence department.
 
 
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Sen. Joni Ernst / Washington Examiner:
Biden must heed the threat Iran poses
Dominic Green / spectator.us:
Oligarchy in America  —  The fog of the Trump wars is lifting, the road from COVID-19 rising before us …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
John Kerry: U.S.-China climate cooperation is a “critical standalone issue”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm reassures Republicans on fossil fuels
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
‘Blame Trump’ defense from alleged Capitol rioters dovetails with Democrats' impeachment case
Discussion: The Hill
Dennis Romboy / Deseret News:
Mitt Romney to Republicans: Stop perpetuating ‘big lie’ that Biden stole election from Trump
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump hires staff and establishes post-White House office
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
Rebekah Mercer Raised Specter of “Armed Conflict” in 2019 Book
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds: Trump Supporter With Pipe Bombs Discussed Targeting Twitter, Democrats
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Biden administration replaces top immigration court official
Discussion: Vox, CBS News and BuzzFeed News
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Initial Batch Of Executive Actions Is Popular
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China