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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says  —  Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — Erik Prince …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Blueprint for a raid: Documents shed light on plan to buy U.S. helicopter gunships for assault on Tripoli  —  The commandos for hire who landed in Benghazi in June 2019 had arranged, at great expense, to procure every weapon and tool needed for an assault on Libya's government.
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Washington Post:
U.S. alleges wider Oath Keepers conspiracy, adds more defendants in Jan. 6 Capitol riot  —  U.S. authorities on Friday alleged a broader conspiracy by Oath Keepers to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, charging six new individuals who appeared to be members or associates of the right-wing group.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   The Capitol Rioters Are Starting To Face Much More Serious Charges For The Insurrection
Wall Street Journal:
Six More Alleged Members of Oath Keepers Militia Indicted
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite … Everyone knew Table 72 belonged to the President.  The round booth in the middle of the Trump Hotel's mezzanine was impossible to miss. It didn't matter how many Congress members were clamoring …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
On Cancun and the Insurrection  —  What is the point of being a United States Senator anyway?  —  The year 2021 has not been kind to Ted Cruz.  We're only two months in and he's already attracted all sorts of attention—the wrong kind—for his role in inciting an insurrection and then for fleeing …
Discussion: USA Today, CNN, Insider, Bulwark+ and Salon
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
One night in Cancun: Ted Cruz's disastrous decision to go on vacation during Texas storm crisis
NBC News:
Joe Manchin comes out against Neera Tanden as Biden's OMB chief, imperiling nomination … WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Friday he will oppose Neera Tanden to lead the Office of Management and Budget, imperiling the prospects of a high-profile nominee of President Joe Biden.
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Tanden on the Ropes as OMB Director  —  Opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin in an evenly divided Senate could sink her nomination.  On deck: Gene Sperling.  —  Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, appears before the Senate Committee on the Budget …
Politico:
Manchin to oppose Tanden for OMB, imperiling major Biden nomination
New York Times:
Biden to Sign Disaster Declaration as Scope of Crisis Emerges in Texas  —  Residents at Granada Homes, a 200-unit low-income housing residence for seniors in downtown San Antonio, have been without heat or water since Sunday, leaving them unable to shower or flush their toilets all week as a frigid winter storm seized Texas.
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Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer Vaccine Is Highly Effective After One Dose and Can Be Stored in Normal Freezers, Data Shows  —  Peer-reviewed study comes as some governments debate whether to delay second vaccine doses  —  The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE generates robust immunity …
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Los Angeles Times Owner Exploring Sale of Company  —  Patrick Soon-Shiong seeks exit after less than three years at the helm, as losses mount  —  Billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong is exploring a sale of the Los Angeles Times less than three years after buying it for $500 million, people familiar with the matter said.
Lorraine Ali / Los Angeles Times:
Review: HBO's devastating ‘Allen v. Farrow’ is a nail in the coffin of Woody Allen's legacy  —  Is Woody Allen's career finally toast?  —  The question has been asked frequently in recent decades, both in response to a midcareer slump and, later, as the #MeToo movement brought new scrutiny …
Discussion: Deadline
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
A Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  The summer of 2021 is shaping up to be historic.  —  After months of soaring deaths and infections …
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Lee says Romney shouldn't be punished for impeachment vote  —  He says 'there's enough room in the GOP for both of us.'  —  AP file photo, pool) Utah Sen. Mike Lee is shown here in a Dec. 11, 2020, file photo.  Lee is defending Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.
Jessica Lipscomb / Miami New Times:
Jack Daniel's-Swiggin' TikTok “Patriot” Arrested for Threatening FBI Agents  —  KEEP NEW TIMES FREE  —  I SUPPORT … SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF MIAMI AND HELP KEEP THE FUTURE OF NEW TIMES FREE.  —  Palming a bottle of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Fire, Palm Beach County resident Suzanne …
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Whistleblower at Smith College Resigns Over Racism  —  Jodi Shaw made less in a year than the cost of tuition.  She was offered a settlement, but turned it down.  Here's why.  —  We all know that something morally grotesque is swallowing liberal America.  Almost no one wants to risk talking about it out loud.
TMZ.com:
Kim Kardashian Files for Divorce from Kanye West  —  Kim Kardashian has filed to divorce Kanye West after almost 7 years of marriage, but our sources say it's as amicable as a divorce can be.  —  Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's 4 kids.
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Fox News Anchor Bill Hemmer Warns Cancel Culture Could ‘Come After Bible Characters Next’  —  Cancel culture could “come after Bible characters next,” warned Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer on Friday, during a segment about Chicago putting dozens of its monuments under review.
Discussion: The Hill and UPROXX
New York Times:
Republicans Struggle to Derail Increasingly Popular Stimulus Package  —  Polls show a $1.9 trillion rescue plan polls strongly across the country, including with many Republican voters, despite a scattershot series of attacks from congressional Republicans.  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans …
Discussion: Fox News, Forbes and Raw Story
Karen Heller / Washington Post:
He was locked up at age 15.  Almost seven decades later, he's reentering an unfamiliar world.  —  PHILADELPHIA — On a snow-flecked morning earlier this month, Joe Ligon stepped from his lawyer's car, his gait deliberate yet steady, his hair as white as cotton.
Timothy Noah / New Republic:
The Rise and Fall of the L. Brent Bozells  —  In The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, a classic 1943 film that traces, in vaguely allegorical fashion, half a century's evolution in England's national character, the actress Deborah Kerr plays a series of roles that represent changing incarnations of the ideal British woman.
Discussion: Backbencher and fox43.com
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Texas journalists are providing critical information about a disaster they're living through  —  Among millions of Texans who survived without electricity or water this week were hundreds of local journalists, responsible for publishing crucial information about the deadly winter storm while they were at its mercy.
Marty Makary / Wall Street Journal:
We'll Have Herd Immunity by April  —  Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks.  Experts should level with the public about the good news.  —  Amid the dire Covid warnings, one crucial fact has been largely ignored: Cases are down 77% over the past six weeks.  If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we'd call it a miracle pill.
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
2nd Amendment defender Lauren Boebert upset others might want to amend Constitution  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) doesn't seem to understand how the Constitution works.  —  Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is trying to defend herself from backlash after she went on a tirade on Thursday to demand …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and Above the Law
Shannon Najmabadi / The Texas Tribune:
Busted pipes, water damage, hotel bills: As power flickers on, costs loom for storm-weary Texans  —  Texans face a cascade of frustrations and expenses as the state tries to recover from the storm.  Insurance companies are bracing for claims rivaling those after major hurricanes …
Carter Sherman / VICE:
‘Leftist Scum’ Memer Raised $400K for Planned Parenthood as a Special Tribute to Rush Limbaugh  —  “You know how to stop abortion?”  Limbaugh once said.  “Require that each one occur with a gun.”  —  CS  —  When Tommy Marcus learned that Rush Limbaugh had died, he grieved …
Andrea Salcedo / Washington Post:
An 11-year-old boy died in an unheated Texas mobile home.  Authorities suspect hypothermia.  —  Even though he was still in bed after 2 p.m. on Tuesday under a pile of blankets in their unheated mobile home in Conroe, Tex., Maria Elisa Pineda wasn't concerned when she checked on her son.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future.  The Losers Reject the Results.  —  In a sign of the Trump era's lingering alternate realities, Republicans in the struggling state party are refusing to move forward with a new system for choosing nominees.  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — The Republican Party …
Jon Skolnik / Salon:
Josh Hawley dipped into campaign funds to help bankroll family trip to Universal Studios  —  On a lobbyist retreat to Orlando, the Missouri Republican billed nearly $200 in junk food to his Senate campaign  —  Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, is facing new scrutiny for billing $197 in food expenses …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Justice Sonia Sotomayor was targeted by gunman, federal judge tells ‘60 Minutes’  —  Federal judge tears up over late son: I can't describe the pain  —  (CNN)US District Court Judge Esther Salas said that a gunman who killed her son and wounded her husband in 2020 had also set his sights …
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge tosses Nunes' libel suit against CNN  —  A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit Rep. Devin Nunes filed in 2019 claiming he was libeled by CNN in reports alleging he was involved in an effort to dig up Ukraine-related dirt on Joe Biden.  —  In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court …
Francesca Bacardi / Page Six:
Joe Biden's brother Frank parties maskless at Floyd Mayweather's birthday  —  He's partying like it's 1999 — and there's no COVID-19 pandemic at all.  —  President Joe Biden's younger brother threw caution to the wind Thursday night as he joined a crowd of maskless revelers …
Michael Kaplan / New York Post:
Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’  —  Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience.  He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin - not only as a subject of scholarly pursuit but also as a substance for personal use.
Discussion: Insider
 
 
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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Chris Murphy / Foreign Affairs:
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Charge Pa. Cop For Rioting During Capitol Insurrection: ‘I May Need A Job’
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