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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  —  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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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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.
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David Siders / Politico:
The GOP's answer to its post-Trump blues: More Trump
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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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Democrats' Civil War Over the Filibuster Has Barely Begun
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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NBC Bay Area:
San Francisco Board of Education Votes to Rename 44 Schools
Discussion: The Hill
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: The revolution devours all before it
Discussion: Fox News and HotAir
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
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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Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target
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: HuffPost, POLITICUSUSA and Sputnik News
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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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 …
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.
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
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
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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.
Allison Donahue / Michigan Advance:
GOP-led Senate rejects 13 Whitmer appointees to ‘send a signal’ to her  —  The state Senate rejected 13 of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's appointees Wednesday to “send a signal that [Republicans are] displeased with [the] governor's actions and refusal to listen [or] work with [the] Legislature,” …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: SCOTUSblog
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ray Levy Uyeda / Mic:
Prosecuting Trump: Here's how it could happen  —  It's well understood, though at times not acknowledged, that access to power in America means you can get away with things those without said access cannot.  There's no clearer contemporary example of this than former President Donald Trump …
 
 
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Jeff Andrews / Curbed:
Trump-Branded Buildings in Manhattan Have Lost Half Their Value
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Discussion: UPI, Vatican News and Just Security
Dominic Green / spectator.us:
Oligarchy in America  —  The fog of the Trump wars is lifting, the road from COVID-19 rising before us …
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm reassures Republicans on fossil fuels
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump hires staff and establishes post-White House office
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
Rebekah Mercer Raised Specter of “Armed Conflict” in 2019 Book
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds: Trump Supporter With Pipe Bombs Discussed Targeting Twitter, Democrats
Discussion: The Independent and Raw Story
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
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