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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 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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
So what is the Neera Tanden standard?
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Townhall
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Exclusive: Republicans Demand Biden Withdraw Becerra's Nomination to Head HHS
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
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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Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
AG Ken Paxton and wife Sen. Angela Paxton went to Utah during Texas freeze  —  While millions of Texans languished in their homes last week without heat, many of them racking up astronomical electricity bills, the state official in charge of consumer protection left to take an out-of-state trip.
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
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Merrick Garland chokes up discussing family's fleeing of anti-Semitism
Discussion: Fox News and Chicago Sun-Times
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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CNN:
Aurora Police did not have basis to stop, frisk or restrain Elijah McClain, investigation finds  —  (CNN)The Aurora, Colorado, police officers involved in the fatal confrontation with Elijah McClain in August 2019 did not have a legal basis to stop him, frisk him or physically restrain him …
Discussion: CBS Denver and Denver Post
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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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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 …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Cuomo's Approval Rating Erodes in Wake of New York Nursing Home Scandal  —  But the Democratic governor is still more popular than he was before the pandemic  — 57% of New York voters approve of Cuomo's job performance, down 6 points since it was reported that one of his aides told lawmakers …
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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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Tori Richards / Washington Examiner:
Anti-racism training forced upon San Diego County healthcare workers
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Merrick Garland Dodges Questions About Durham Probe, Says He Can't Discuss Hunter Biden
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Why Texas Democrats lost the 2020 voter turnout battle, even among Latinos
Discussion: Political Wire
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
Jeff Bezos Linked to Washington Football Team Sales Talk
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
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Politico:
Republicans demand equal representation on 1/6 Commission
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Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Variety and Religion News Service
Liam Dillon / Los Angeles Times:
Cheaper rent in San Francisco? For some Oakland tenants, the city across the Bay is more affordable now
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden team colluded with Iran to foil Trump diplomacy
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