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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and Raw Story
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Everything You Need to Know About Reconciliation, the Tool Democrats Need to Govern
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, CNN, Grist and Power Line
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)
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Seth Abramson / Proof:   January 5 Meeting at Trump International Hotel Could Hold the Key to the January 6 Insurrection
Yahoo News:
Palm Beach Conducting ‘Legal Review’ Of Trump's Use Of Mar-A-Lago As A Residence  —  , By S.V. Date  ·Senior White House Correspondent, HuffPost  —  The town of Palm Beach, Florida, is reviewing  —  Donald Trump's use of his  —  Mar-a-Lago Club as a residence …
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David Knowles / Yahoo News:
Polls find Biden's approval rating higher than Trump's ever was
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.
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 …
Discussion: Roll Call
ABC News:
Biden to sign executive order on climate change  —  The order would aim to fulfill campaign promises to make the issue a priority.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  On his one-week anniversary in office …
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Forbes and Bloomberg
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USA Today:
On COVID-19 and climate change, denialism is deadly
Discussion: Fox News, HuffPost and EA WorldView
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Republicans Rally Against Impeachment Trial, Signaling Likely Acquittal for Trump  —  All but five Republican senators voted to challenge the constitutionality of the trial, suggesting that Democrats were unlikely to find the 17 they would need to join them in convicting the former president.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 whose namesakes are thought, by many, to have dishonorable legacies.
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
CEOs steer clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo, sources say  — CEOs stay clear of Fox News' Maria Bartiromo  — Ad agency Hero Group sues Omnicom's DDB  — How much Snapchat creators make from Spotlight  —  If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.
Abigail Abrams / TIME:
President Biden's First White House Sign Language Interpreter Has Ties to the Far Right  —  President Joe Biden's White House communications staff have emphasized the importance of truth, transparency and trust in the opening days of his presidency as they resume regular press briefings …
Discussion: The National Pulse, CBS News and CNN
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden's U.N. ambassador nominee to face criticism for past praise of China  —  The No. 1 foreign policy issue facing the Biden administration — especially its national security nominees — is China.  That will be apparent when GOP senators grill President Biden's nominee for ambassador …
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press, CNN, Politico and UPI
USA Today:
How we're holding Republicans responsible for cleaning up the Trump mess  —  Republicans leaders are suddenly preaching the importance of unity and healing.  The first step toward recovery is repentance and accepting responsibility for their role.  —  Now that President Biden …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Feeding Frenzy on QAnon Leftovers  —  Members of other violent movements are seeking out disillusioned fans of the discredited theory in hopes of converting them to new and more militant ideologies.  —  A week after President Joe Biden's inauguration, believers …
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: Raw Story, TheGrio and The Independent
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
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Senate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill  —  A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) reintroduced legislation to give Washington, D.C., statehood on Wednesday, marking the first major efforts to push toward statehood since the Capitol riots earlier this month.
Discussion: PoPville, POLITICUSUSA and Townhall
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Mainstream Republicans already surrendering to Trumpism  —  From opposing conviction in his impeachment trial to a surprise Senate Republican retirement, the GOP establishment anticipates a Trumpian future.  —  Much of this column's analysis since the Capitol riots on Jan. 6 has anticipated …
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
Issues & Insights:
Blue States' COVID Restrictions Are Killing Jobs, But Not The Virus  —  We have long suspected that the left would use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to take greater control over people's lives, whether or not it helped fight the disease.  The evidence appears to support this.
Discussion: WalletHub, KLRT-TV and The Capitolist
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
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 …
Peter Wood / The American Mind:
America Isn't Make-Believe  —  The 1776 Report demonstrates a more sophisticated grasp of history than that of its critics.  —  What is a nation?  The no-sooner-established-by-President- Trump-than-abolished-by-Presidient- Biden “President's Advisory 1776 Commission” understandably by-passed this question in its initial report.
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 …
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.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden sets bold timeline for a return to normal life  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's pledge that there will be sufficient vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of summer represents a bold and politically risky response to criticism his pandemic plan lacks ambition.
Discussion: NBC News and NPR
KFF:
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: January 2021  — VACCINE DISTRIBUTION - VACCINE HESITANCY - METHODOLOGY - CROSS-TABS - ENDNOTES … Key Findings  — As millions of Americans get their first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor reports …
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
First Candidate Drops Out of Crowded N.Y.C. Mayor Race  —  Zach Iscol says he'll now run for comptroller, but there are still roughly 30 candidates seeking to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio.  —  In the New York City mayoral race, where there are at least 30 declared candidates …
Discussion: Gothamist
 
 
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Israeli military chief warns of new plans to strike Iran
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Al Jazeera
Michael Ellsberg / The Daily Beast:
Manhattan DA Candidate Eliza Orlins Has a Plan to Make New York City Safer for Sex Workers
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Sick Game of ‘Russian Roulette’ in a COVID Hotspot
Discussion: Raw Story
Ira Stoll / Algemeiner.com:
New York Times Writer Arrested as Secret Iran Agent Acknowledges He Was Paid by Iranian Government
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Washington Post:
U.S. prosecutors eye 400 potential suspects, expect sedition charges ‘very soon’ in Jan. 6 Capitol breach
Discussion: HotAir
The Hill:
An equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine must include noncitizens
Dhruv Khullar / New Yorker:
Biden's Pandemic Plan Might Just Work
Josefa Velasquez / THE CITY:
Outsiders Get Vaccinated at Washington Heights Armory Cuomo Touted as Combating COVID ‘Inequity’
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mark Meadows joins conservative group run by Jim DeMint