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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 …
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, BizPac Review and Reuters
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:
Collins and Romney to oppose Tanden for OMB, further jeopardizing 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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Collins comes out against Tanden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING: Sen. SUSAN COLLINS (R-Maine) will vote against NEERA TANDEN.  —  Her statement:  —  “The Director of OMB is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the federal budget and plays …
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Republicans pressure 2022 Democrats over Becerra nomination
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Political Wire
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: CPAC 2021
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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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Washington Post:
Merrick Garland tells senators Capitol riot investigation will be his first priority as attorney general
Discussion: CNBC, Bloomberg and Politico
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Deadline, OutKick and Twitchy
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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.
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 Abrams / New York Times:
House Democrats Press Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims  —  Before a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”  —  Three months ago, federal lawmakers …
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
House Democrats demand answers on TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission  —  Senior House lawmakers are battling over the contours of a panel inspired by the 9/11 Commission to investigate the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, with Republicans demanding equal representation.
Discussion: CNN
Samuel Osborne / The Independent:
Glasses-wearers up to three times less likely to catch coronavirus, study suggests  —  ‘Long term use of spectacles may prevent repeated touching and rubbing of the eyes,’ researchers say  —  People who wear glasses could be up to three times less likely to be infected by coronavirus, a study from India has suggested.
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
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
Jeff Bezos Linked to Washington Football Team Sales Talk  — Bezos' attorney talked with firm leading the sale for part of the franchise, per court records.  — The Amazon founder reportedly has had interest in owning an NFL team.  —  SHARE    
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
Cheaper rent in San Francisco?  For some Oakland tenants, the city across the Bay is more affordable now  —  Even on a foggy San Francisco morning, the view from Scott Simmons' 25th-floor apartment stretches from downtown to Golden Gate Park.  The home of the 42-year-old tech worker …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Whole Foods C.E.O. John Mackey's “Conscious Capitalism”  —  In 1980, John Mackey co-founded Whole Foods Market, which combined the ethos of natural-foods stores with the larger range of offerings found in traditional supermarkets.  The first store was located in Austin, Texas …
 
 
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Rachel E. Greenspan / Insider:
TikTokers are trying to prove that snow in Texas is ‘fake,’ pushing a false conspiracy theory
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Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
Google lifting ban on political ads instituted after Capitol riots
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
‘Abolish ICE’? Minnesota Draws Line in Snowplow Naming Contest
Mohammed Aty / Reuters:
Pope's visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to bring together several faiths - and hopefully lure more visitors
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?
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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