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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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' namesakes are thought, by many, to have dishonorable legacies.
Discussion: The Hill
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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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
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.
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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Wall Street Journal:
The GameStop Short Squeeze Shows an Ugly Side of the Investing World
Discussion: Raw Story and KRON4
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: BuzzFeed News and Fox News
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Caller and Townhall
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Top Senate Republican: Censure option for Trump is ‘not serious’  —  A small bipartisan group of senators has raised the idea of skipping a potentially lengthy impeachment trial and instead censuring former President Donald Trump, but a top Republican said on Wednesday that it's not likely to happen.
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Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
The Occupation Of Washington Is Pure Panic Porn — And You Are The Target
Discussion: Stars & Stripes
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.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
The Director Of The Nation's Immigration Courts Has Stepped Down  —  James McHenry, the director of the nation's immigration court system, will step down from his leadership role at the end of this week, according to a memo and email sent to Department of Justice staffers on Wednesday.
Discussion: CBS News and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Politico:   Biden administration replaces top immigration court official
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.
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Reagan McCarthy / Townhall:
Senate Democrats Reintroduce Legislation Granting DC Statehood
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
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
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
How Anthony Fauci Got Through the ‘Bullshit’  —  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.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds: Trump Supporter With Pipe Bombs Discussed Targeting Twitter, Democrats  —  Ian Rogers faces federal charges after law enforcement raided his home and business and discovered materials that could be used to build pipe bombs.  —  An extremist supporter of former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Initial Batch Of Executive Actions Is Popular  —  The slew of executive actions that President Biden started off his presidency with are popular with the public, according to two recent polls.  —  In his first week in office, Biden announced at least 33 new policies …
Discussion: Breitbart
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Daily on Energy, sponsored by EFP: ‘Climate day’ at the White House  —  BIG DAY: It's “climate day” at the White House.  —  President Biden is poised to sign a sweeping executive order this afternoon mobilizing the government toward the goal of addressing climate change …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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The GOP's Sick Game of ‘Russian Roulette’ in a COVID Hotspot
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Yahoo News:
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