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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
David Murrell / Philadelphia Magazine:
Who, Exactly, Is Philly Fighting COVID?  —  How a 22-year-old CEO with virtually no health-care experience got picked to run the first mass vaccination clinic in Philadelphia.  —  Andrei Doroshin is 22 years old, working toward his degree at Drexel, and a C-suite executive in three different businesses …
Discussion: WITF
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Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Philadelphia let ‘college kids’ distribute vaccines. The result was a ‘disaster,’ volunteers say.
Discussion: The Hill and Philadelphia Magazine
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Lewandowski group raising money to challenge Cheney  —  A new political group founded by former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski is raising money to run a candidate against the third-ranking Republican in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney.  —  Why it matters: Cheney's vote to impeach Trump this month enraged his most committed supporters.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and HuffPost
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 …
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.
Ira Stoll / Algemeiner.com:
New York Times Writer Arrested as Secret Iran Agent Acknowledges He Was Paid by Iranian Government  —  The frequent New York Times opinion contributor who was arrested earlier this month and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Iranian government acknowledges that he was paid …
Sabrina Moreno / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
COVID vaccines bill that would mandate race and ethnicity reporting, widen pool of vaccinators unanimously passes House  —  An emergency bill targeting a sluggish vaccine rollout rife with inequities by mandating data collection of race and ethnicity, expanding the definition …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's Sick Game of ‘Russian Roulette’ in a COVID Hotspot  —  There's a reason the lack of COVID measures here are “ridiculous run amok” even as fatalities surge.  The newly re-elected Arizona Republican Party chairwoman is part of it.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Israeli military chief warns of new plans to strike Iran
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Michael Ellsberg / The Daily Beast:
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NBC News:
Republicans circle the wagons around Trump one more time
Washington Post:
U.S. prosecutors eye 400 potential suspects, expect sedition charges ‘very soon’ in Jan. 6 Capitol breach
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