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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
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
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Department of Homeland Security:   DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Virginia senator who called U.S. Capitol rioters ‘patriots’ is censured  —  The Virginia Senate voted Wednesday to censure state Sen. Amanda F. Chase (R-Chesterfield) over a long pattern of behavior that includes referring to the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as …
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Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Bob Casey says he's open to killing the filibuster and advancing Biden's agenda without GOP support
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Top Senate Republican: Censure option for Trump is ‘not serious’
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target
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 …
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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.
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 …
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Washington and Lincoln are out.  S.F. school board tosses 44 school names in controversial move  —  The names of presidents, conquistadors, authors and even a current U.S. senator will be removed from 44 San Francisco school sites after the city's school board Tuesday deemed the iconic figures unworthy of the honor.
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Federal Judges Are Retiring Now That Joe Biden Will Pick Their Replacements  —  It's not just Democrat-appointed judges, either.  —  For at least one federal judge, it appeared that President Joe Biden couldn't be sworn in fast enough.  —  “It has been my honor to serve,” …
Discussion: Reason and SCOTUSblog
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 …
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.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Biden brother touts relationship with president in Inauguration Day ad for law firm  — President Joe Biden's brother Frank promoted his relationship to the commander-in-chief in an Inauguration Day advertisement for the law firm he advises.  — Frank Biden is a non-attorney senior advisor for the Berman Law Group.
Discussion: The Week
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dave Levinthal / Business Insider:
SCOOP: Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to disclose husband's stock purchase, says she's willing to pay a fine … - Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband, investment banker Richard Blum, invested up to $50,000 in polling firm The Generation Lab.  — But the Democratic lawmaker didn't disclose …
Jacob Jarvis / Newsweek:
Mitch McConnell Sparks Backlash Over ‘Scorched-Earth Senate’ Warning  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been criticized after suggesting ditching the filibuster could create a “scorched-earth Senate,” with adversaries taking issue with his past actions in the upper chamber.
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill seeks two copies of photo ID to vote absentee in Georgia  —  Georgia voters would be required to make copies of their photo ID and mail them to election officials twice before being allowed to cast an absentee ballot, according to a bill introduced Wednesday.
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 …
Sonny Bunch / Washington Post:
We live in a golden age of cringe  —  We live in a golden age of cringe, an art form defined, at least in part, by its grotesquely earnest monuments to politicians.  And while it can be funny to laugh at an oil painting of a muscle-bound President Trump or fantasies of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
Piper French / The Appeal:
The Prosecutors' Union That's Suing George Gascón Has A History Of Zealous Opposition To Reform  —  A look at the organization's past actions suggests that this lawsuit is part of a longstanding pattern of ideologically motivated advocacy and commitment to tough-on-crime policies …
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Individuals Affiliated With the Oath Keepers Indicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021  —  Three individuals associated with the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary organization focused on recruitment of current and former military, law enforcement …
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Jim Jordan falsely claims Biden ordered the release of all undocumented immigrants  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden has already ordered significant changes to US immigration policy.  But he has not issued an order that Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan claims he did.
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 …
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 …
NBC News:
Trump considers written letter as part of Senate trial defense  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump may submit a written letter in his defense for the Senate impeachment trial, contemplating the move as he expands his legal team less than two weeks before the proceedings are set to begin …
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
‘Crazy and evil’: Bill Gates surprised by pandemic conspiracies  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates says he has been taken aback by the volume of “crazy” and “evil” conspiracy theories about him spreading on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic …
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.
Tim Pearce / The Daily Wire:
Ben Shapiro Responds To Over 100 Politico Staffers ‘Irate’ Over One Column: ‘You Fragile Little Babies’  —  The Daily Wire Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro mocked over 100 Politico staffers on Tuesday for signing a letter to Politico's publisher complaining that Shapiro was given the chance to guest write the outlet's flagship newsletter.
New York Times:
MyPillow C.E.O.'s Trump Conspiracy Theories Put Company on the Spot  —  Retailers have stopped carrying its products, though Mike Lindell, the founder and face of MyPillow, blamed “cancel culture” and said he didn't think it would last.  —  For the past four years, most American corporations …
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
McCarthy urges House Republicans to stop attacking each other publicly  —  House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday implored Republicans to stop publicly attacking each other amid GOP infighting over the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots, which has created simmering tensions inside the conference.
 
 
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Michael Kirk / FRONTLINE:
Trump's American Carnage
Discussion: driftglass
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' mittens, memes help raise $1.8M for charity
Discussion: Al Jazeera and IJR
Ben Caspit / Al-Monitor:
Netanyahu bristles in warning as Biden seeks reentry to Iran deal
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
The City of Detroit Tells a Federal Judge 'There Is Blood on Lin Wood and Sidney Powell's Hands'
Discussion: Mic, IJR and Patterico's Pontifications
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
GOP-led Senate rejects 13 Whitmer appointees to ‘send a signal’ to her
Dominic Green / spectator.us:
Oligarchy in America  —  The fog of the Trump wars is lifting, the road from COVID-19 rising before us …
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell retreats as Trump dominates the GOP civil war