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Politico:
Supreme Court refuses Trump effort to block tax return subpoena  —  The Supreme Court has cleared the way for prosecutors in New York City to receive eight years of former President Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records as part of an ongoing investigation into possible tax …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court again rejects Trump's bid to shield tax returns, other financial records from Manhattan prosecutor  —  The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former president Donald Trump's last-chance effort to keep his private financial records from the Manhattan district attorney, ending a long and drawn-out legal battle.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records  —  The former president's accountants will give the records he has spent years trying to shield to New York prosecutors.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a last-ditch attempt …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to NY prosecutor
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
Dominion Sues MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell Over Election Claims  —  The voting-machine maker's lawsuit alleges defamation, seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages  —  WASHINGTON—One of the largest makers of voting machines in the U.S. on Monday sued a prominent supporter of former President Donald Trump …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Has Biden poisoned the well with GOP moderates?  —  FIRST THINGS FIRST: Take a moment to read this calming piece from NYT's Katie Rogers on the return of a bit of schedule normalcy under President JOE BIDEN: “Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?”
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Did Washington Just Have an Actual Weekend?  —  President Biden is uninterested in generating headlines, which only emphasizes how the Trump-size hole in Washington has created a sense of free time in the capital — psychically, if not literally.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden did not do anything this weekend.
Discussion: Insider and BizPac Review
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump to claim total control of GOP  —  In his first post-presidential appearance, Donald Trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is Republicans' “presumptive 2024 nominee” with a vise grip on the party's base, top Trump allies tell Axios.
Politico:
Neera Tanden in deeper jeopardy as two Republicans oppose her nomination  —  Neera Tanden's nomination to be President Joe Biden's budget chief is in even more trouble.  —  Sens. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said on Monday they will oppose Tanden to lead the White House Budget Office …
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans pressure 2022 Democrats over Becerra nomination
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Political Wire
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Exclusive: Republicans Demand Biden Withdraw Becerra's Nomination to Head HHS
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Garland confirmation is a stage for 4 of GOP's 2024 hopefuls  —  Merrick Garland appears on track for an easy confirmation hearing this week.  But the attorney general nominee's moment in the spotlight will once again be affected by presidential politics — as four 2024 GOP contenders get a stage to catapult their national brands.
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Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Garland confirmation hearing live updates: Biden's AG pick faces Senate questions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   Merrick Garland Dodges Questions About Durham Probe, Says He Can't Discuss Hunter Biden
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Featured CPAC speaker said Judaism is a “complete lie” and referred to Jewish people as “thieving fake Jews”  —  Leading Republican officials are set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week along with a virulently anti-Semitic speaker named Young Pharaoh.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and CPAC 2021
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Your Side / WFLA-TV:
Nikki Fried says she won't lower flags to honor Rush Limbaugh despite DeSantis' order  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried says she will disregard Gov. Ron DeSantis' order to lower Florida flags at half-staff in honor of conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh who died last week.
The Intercept:
FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack … Within hours of the storming of the Capitol on January 6, the FBI began securing thousands of phone and electronic records connected to people at the scene of the rioting — including some related to members of Congress, raising potentially thorny legal questions.
Amanda Makki / Washington Examiner:
How the GOP can win back Congress  —  While pundits talk about a post-impeachment civil war within the Republican Party, the truth is that the GOP is more unified than ever in taking back control of Congress in 2022.  —  History is also on the Right's side, with Democrats in charge …
Discussion: CNBC, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP is a party without ideas
Discussion: Politico and BizPac Review
The New York Times Company:
Maggie Haberman's Next Beat  —  Elisabeth Bumiller, Dick Stevenson and Patrick Healy share Maggie's new role, which will span investigative/enterprise in Washington and Politics.  —  After a phenomenal run covering Donald Trump from his escalator ride in Trump Tower through his second impeachment …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Meghan McCain: Replace Dr. Fauci With Someone Who ‘Understands Science’  —  “The fact that I, Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, don't know when or how I will be able to get a vaccine...” she ranted.  —  Meghan McCain, who may have been reading too many Ben Shapiro tweets Monday morning …
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Dallas Morning News:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah during last week's power outages  —  A spokesman for Paxton, a Republican, said the Utah trip was planned before the winter storm and included meetings with his counterpart in that state.  —  AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton left Texas …
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
House Democrats demand answers on TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Nine Lessons I Learned About Political Reporting While Covering Trump  —  In the fall of 2015, I was having drinks in Washington with a colleague at the time, now-MSNBC host Joy Reid.  (I was working at NBC News.)  Donald Trump was leading in the polls of the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Texas Pays the Price of the Culture War  —  SAN ANTONIO—The power gave out last Monday night.  When we woke up on Tuesday morning, the temperature in the house was dipping below 50 degrees.  We bundled our toddler in her warm jammies and tiny bubble coat.
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and Raw Story
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify  —  Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are making a podcast.  —  Spotify on Monday announced the launch of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging …
Rachel E. Greenspan / Insider:
TikTokers are trying to prove that snow in Texas is ‘fake,’ pushing a false conspiracy theory  — Conspiracy theories about the snow in Texas keep spreading online.  — TikTok videos show people claiming that snow should melt when heated.  But it actually turns to gas.
Discussion: Earther
Good Morning America:
‘They were terrorists’: Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack  —  “Is this America?  They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags.”  Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn exclusively told ABC News.
David Siders / Politico:
Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP.  Where do they go now?  —  When Jim Hendren, a longtime Arkansas state legislator, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the GOP, it marked the latest in a flurry of recent defections from the party.  —  Tens of thousands of Republicans across …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Pensacola Navy base mass shooter had accomplices, help from Saudi Arabia, victims claim in terror lawsuit  —  Families of three slain U.S. service members and 13 others wounded in a mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2019 alleged Monday that the government of Saudi Arabia facilitated …
Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
Justice League: The Shocking, Exhilarating, Heartbreaking True Story of #TheSnyderCut  —  A demoralizing battle with Warner Bros. A devastating personal tragedy.  A fan base he couldn't control.  Zack Snyder tells V.F. why he quit Justice League, and why he's returned to complete a cut that's reached near-mythical status.
Discussion: Variety and Religion News Service
Mollie Walker / New York Post:
Artemi Panarin taking Rangers leave of absence after Russian hit piece  —  New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team in wake of a politically motivated article from Russia, in which his former Vityaz head coach alleges that the ex-forward …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Biden Raised $22 Million for Transition, Tripling Trump's Total
Discussion: CNN and spectator.us
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Why Texas Democrats lost the 2020 voter turnout battle, even among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jeff Bezos Linked to Washington Football Team Sales Talk
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
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Mohammed Aty / Reuters:
Pope's visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to bring together several faiths - and hopefully lure more visitors
Politico:
Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission
Discussion: CNN
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
Cheaper rent in San Francisco? For some Oakland tenants, the city across the Bay is more affordable now
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden team colluded with Iran to foil Trump diplomacy
Edward McKinley / Albany Times Union:
With Cuomo under fire, which Republicans are considering a 2022 challenge?
Discussion: Capitol Confidential
Jonathan Rauch / The Atlantic:
The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden upends Trump's calculation of who gets federal vaccination help
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Glasses-wearers up to three times less likely to catch coronavirus, study suggests