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ABC News:
Video surfaces showing Trump ally Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Some Oath Keepers were later involved in the riot at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Video shows Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Video surfaces showing longtime Trump confidant …
Discussion: Raw Story and Proof
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Did the Proud Boys Help Coordinate the Capitol Riot?  Yes, U.S. Suggests  —  In court papers, prosecutors have painted a picture that indicates planning among members of the extremist group on Jan. 6.  —  When Ethan Nordean, the “sergeant of arms” for the Seattle Proud Boys …
Discussion: Salon, Forbes and Washington Post
ABC News:
Congressional investigators probe videos of Trump associates' actions ahead of Capitol riot  —  Impeachment managers on Thursday invited Trump to testify.  —  Video shows Roger Stone flanked by Oath Keepers on morning of Jan. 6  —  Video surfaces showing longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone flanked …
Discussion: The Week
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Larry Summers's Churlish Payback to Biden  —  Larry Summers, left, as President-elect Barack Obama's National Economic Council director, meets with Joe Biden and other staffers, December 23, 2008.  —  Larry Summers was quietly dumped from Joe Biden's economic team last year.
Discussion: Washington Post, New Republic and Slate
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Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
The Biden stimulus is admirably ambitious.  But it brings some big risks, too.  —  President Biden's $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief plan, added to the stimulus measure Congress passed in December with the incoming administration's strong support, would represent the boldest act of macroeconomic stabilization policy in U.S. history.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Larry Summers plays the skunk at the Covid relief party
Discussion: CoinDesk, USA Today, The Week and Eschaton
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Shifted Campaign-Donor Money Into His Private Business After Losing The Election  —  Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which never received a cent from the former president, moved an estimated $2.8 million of donor money into the Trump Organization—including at least $81,000 since Trump lost the election.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Senate approves budget bill to pass Biden economic relief plan  —  Vice President Harris breaks tie on budget resolution after all-night Senate session  —  The Senate approved a budget bill early Friday that paves the way for passage of President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package …
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Haley Byrd Wilt / Uphill:
Uphill: AOC's January 6 Account
Washington Post:
President Biden sharpens attack over GOP stimulus approach as Democrats advance plan in Congress
BuzzFeed News:
Donald Trump's Business Sought A Stake In Parler Before He Would Join  —  Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered Trump 40% of the company if he posted exclusively to the platform.  The deal was never finalized.  —  Copy  —  The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf …
Associated Press:
What of ‘Individual-1’?  Feds' Trump campaign case is ‘dead’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump lost the legal shield of the presidency last month, some pundits speculated federal prosecutors might revive an investigation that implicated him in possible campaign finance crimes during his 2016 run for office.
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
After Years in Government, Biden Has a New Perk: Air Force One.  —  On Friday, he flies home for the first time as president.  But it may not be on the plane that has delighted his predecessors.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has served in elected office for almost four decades.
Discussion: The Week
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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
‘Serious breach’: Intruder entered aircraft at base housing Air Force One
Discussion: ABC News
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The three factions of House Republicans  —  Eleven members of the House Republican caucus took the unusual step Thursday of supporting a Democratic-led effort to punish freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for comments she made before coming to Congress.
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Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Christopher Plummer Dies: Oscar Winner & ‘Sound Of Music,’ ‘All The Money In The World’ Star A True Hollywood Legend  —  Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lawyers Call Trump's First Amendment Defense ‘Legally Frivolous’  —  Claims by former President Donald J. Trump's lawyers that his conduct around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is shielded by the First Amendment are “legally frivolous” and should do nothing to stop the Senate from convicting him …
Discussion: Axios, Forbes and Vanity Fair
Jessica Grose / New York Times:
THIS IS A PRIMAL SCREAM  —  “All I hear all the livelong day is ‘Mom, mom, MOM!  Mom, MOMMMM, mom, MOM, mom!!  MoM, mommommommom, MOMMM!!’  Aaaaah!!  ‘What?!’  ‘Oh, nevermind.’”  —  4,637,000 The number of payroll jobs lost by women in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
Associated Press:
Nevada bill would allow tech companies to create governments  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.  —  Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch …
Kim Chandler / The Edwardsville Intelligencer:
AP sources: Alabama senator has indicated he won't run again  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the Senate's fourth most senior member, has indicated to confidantes that he does not intend to run for reelection next year — prompting some Republicans to urge the powerful …
CBS Pittsburgh:
Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Wanted In Connection To Capitol Riots, Taken Into Custody  —  MERCER COUNTY (KDKA/AP) - A Mercer County woman wanted for her involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month has been taken into custody.  —  According to law enforcement …
Molly Ball / TIME:
The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election  —  A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing.  —  The nation was braced for chaos.  Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Wife of GOP Sen. Hawley files criminal complaint over protest at their home  —  A magistrate issued a misdemeanor summons for one of the protesters.  —  Lawmakers have tense exchange on House floor  —  Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb said the riots at the U.S. Capitol were “inspired by lies” repeated by some of his Republican colleagues.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sen. Warner to unveil bill reining in Section 230, seeking to help users fight back against real-world harm  —  Sen. Mark Warner is set to introduce a new bill that could hold Facebook, Google and other tech giants more directly accountable when viral online posts and videos result in real-world harm.
Ola Salem / Newlines Magazine:
Saudi Arabia's Houses of Horror for Disobedient Women  —  How the threat of the kingdom's “Homes of Care” is causing women to flee abroad  —  Ola Salem is the online editor of Newlines  —  Amani al-Ahmadi was barely 10 when she was ushered into an auditorium at her all-girls school in Yanbu …
Washington Post:
Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty  —  RICHMOND — Virginia's House of Delegates voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, making it all but certain that the state would become the first in the South to do so.  —  The state Senate voted earlier this week to end capital punishment …
Helen Rosner / New Yorker:
The Indoor-Dining Debate Isn't a Debate at All  —  Last Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants would be allowed to resume partial-capacity indoor dining on Valentine's Day—in a non-pandemic year, one of the hospitality industry's busiest nights.
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Frustration Is Spreading Faster Than the Vaccine Is  —  If you are the child of elderly parents in parts of the United States right now, and if you are trying to get them a COVID-19 vaccine, you are living in a shortage economy, a world of queues and rumors, a shadowy land of favoritism and incompetence …
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
Russian doctor who treated Navalny after poisoning has died  —  (CNN)A top doctor at the Russian hospital where opposition leader Alexey Navalny was treated immediately after his poisoning last summer has died, the hospital said on Thursday.  —  Sergey Maximishin, who was the deputy chief physician …
New York Times:
They Stormed the Capitol.  Their Apps Tracked Them.  —  Times Opinion was able to identify individuals from a trove of leaked smartphone location data.  —  Mr. Warzel and Mr. Thompson are writers in Opinion.  They previously reported on smartphone tracking for the series “One Nation, Tracked.”
Discussion: The Verge and Raw Story
The Guardian:
Former secretary at Nazi camp charged over murder of 10,000 people  —  Ninety-five-year-old woman worked at Stutthof camp near Gdansk and now lives in care home  —  German prosecutors have charged a former secretary at a Nazi concentration camp with complicity in the murders of 10,000 people …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, The Hill and NPR
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Who Owns Kavanaugh #1: The Justice & The Replacement  —  Part One of this five-part series examines how Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court seat came to be open, and why he was chosen to fill it.  —  5 hr ago … Prologue  —  IT WAS A CRISP MAY DAY when Brett Kavanaugh put on his sky-blue silk tie …
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Workers in L.A.'s courts are dying of COVID-19 as in-person hearings, trials continue  —  At a time when officials are pleading with residents to not leave their homes because of COVID-19, Juan Garcia rode the bus to a downtown L.A. court to defend against getting evicted from his.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘There is real teeth to this’: Legal experts weigh in on Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News  —  (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  “This is the definition of defamation.”
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden flying to Delaware despite CDC warnings to avoid travel  —  The CDC issued guidance this week urging against non-essential travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.  —  CDC issues sweeping mask mandate for travelers  —  President Biden is expected to travel to Delaware this weekend …
Mainer:
Maine White Nationalist Charged in Capitol Attack Shares Racist Views of State GOP Leaders  —  Kyle Fitzsimons, the first Maine resident charged with participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, acted upon racist conspiracy theories promoted in recent months and years by state Republicans leaders.
Discussion: alicublog and Bangor Daily News
 
 
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Doug Palmer / Politico:
America's trade gap soared under Trump, final figures show
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
2 Capitol Rioters Busted After They Delayed Their Bus Trip Home To Pennsylvania
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