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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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New York Times:
Proud Boys Under Growing Scrutiny in Capitol Riot Investigation
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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: HotAir, Fox News, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene indicated support for executing prominent Democrats in 2018 and 2019 before running for Congress
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The revolution devours all before it
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
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.
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Initial Batch Of Executive Actions Is Popular
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Accused Whitmer kidnap plotter pleads guilty, will ‘fully cooperate’
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Townhall and fox8.com
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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Seth Abramson / Proof:
January 5 Meeting at Trump International Hotel Could Hold the Key to the January 6 Insurrection  —  The night before the insurrection, a large group of Trump family and advisers held an urgent meeting with January 6 organizers at the president's private residence in DC.  —  19 hr ago
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Eddie Burkhalter / Alabama Political Reporter:
Trump Appointee Says Tuberville, RAGA Director Met With Trump Family, Top Advisers On Eve Of Capitol Attack
Hans Nichols / Axios:
White House plots “full-court press” for $1.9 trillion relief plan  —  The Biden White House is deploying top officials to get a wide ideological spectrum of lawmakers, governors and mayors on board with the president's $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Biden reunites familiar Obama administration figures at press briefings
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democrats' Civil War Over the Filibuster Has Barely Begun  —  Joe Manchin said Monday that he will not, under any circumstances, “vote to get rid of the filibuster.”  Kyrsten Sinema echoed her West Virginia colleague.  Mitch McConnell took the Democratic senators at their word.
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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Lauren Wolfe / Chills:
Is it cold in here?  —  A few days ago, I got a call from an unknown number.  —  “Hello?”  —  “Is this Lauren?” a man said.  —  “Yes,” I said.  “Who is this?”  —  “How are your chills?” he purred.  —  End call.  —  Those of you who have found your way here likely know the origin of this story, but if not, here's a primer.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Nation
Politico:
Biden administration replaces top immigration court official  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday made its first move to set the nation's immigration courts in a new direction, announcing plans to replace the official who has overseen the system for nearly four years.
Discussion: CBS News
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
ABC News:
Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Biden turns to climate change at one-week mark  —  His special envoy on climate, John Kerry, speaks at the White House briefing.  —  Biden announces purchase of 200M more doses of COVID-19 vaccines  —  President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that his administration …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and UPI
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines.  The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.  —  Philadelphia is home to some of the most venerated medical institutions in the country.  Yet when it came time to set up the city's first and largest coronavirus mass vaccination site …
 
 
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Lewandowski group raising money to challenge Cheney
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and HuffPost
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target
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
Issues & Insights:
Blue States' COVID Restrictions Are Killing Jobs, But Not The Virus
Discussion: WalletHub, KLRT-TV and The Capitolist
 Earlier Items: 
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
The Far-Right Feeding Frenzy on QAnon Leftovers
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
First Candidate Drops Out of Crowded N.Y.C. Mayor Race
Discussion: Gothamist
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Mainstream Republicans already surrendering to Trumpism
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mark Meadows joins conservative group run by Jim DeMint