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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?”
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Denies Trump's Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court again rejects Trump's bid to shield tax returns, other financial records from Manhattan prosecutor
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Extremely Mad Prosecutors Will See His Tax Returns
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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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 …
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.
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 2 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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
So what is the Neera Tanden standard?
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Townhall
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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William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What About Joe?  —  Why can't anti-Trump become work-with-Biden?  —  There's an interesting piece in Politico today which raises interesting questions.  Its headline: “Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP.  Where do they go now?”  The subhed: “Scores of Republicans are bolting the party in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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David Siders / Politico:
Anti-Trumpers are done with the GOP. Where do they go now?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Brianna Ehley / Politico:
U.S. surpasses 500,000 Covid deaths  —  The U.S. surpassed half a million coronavirus deaths on Monday, reinforcing the magnitude of the pandemic even as more Americans get vaccinated and Covid deaths and hospitalizations are declining.  —  The milestone, based on a tally maintained …
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
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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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
DeSantis crushes Rubio, Scott in Florida GOP poll  —  In Florida's shadow Republican primary for president, Gov. Ron DeSantis is starting to dominate his once-better-known home state colleagues, Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.  —  DeSantis's popularity among Republicans has been steadily rising …
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Townhall
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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Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking and Analysis: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Cases Over Conduct of Election in Pennsylvania, With Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas Dissenting: A Ticking Time Bomb To Go Off in a Later Case  —  You can find Justice Thomas's opinion, dissenting from denial of cert. in two-Pennsylvania election cases …
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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 …
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 …
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Wife of “El Chapo” Arrested on International Drug Trafficking Charges  —  The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of a Mexican drug trafficking organization known as the Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested today in Virginia on charges related to her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking.
Discussion: New York Times and ABC News
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden Gets High Marks for COVID-19 Response  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Several weeks into his first term in office, 67% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus.  Although not as high as his rating on the pandemic, approval of Biden is at the majority level on his overall job …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Scalise Urges House Republicans to Block Vaccine Money As He Promotes Anti-Vaxxers  —  Less than one week after urging House Republicans to block $160 billion in funding for vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Minority Whip Steve Scalise is using his position to elevate Republicans …
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
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: BizPac Review and Insider
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 …
Kelsey McKinney / Defector:
Slate Podcast Host Mike Pesca Suspended Following Internal Discussion About Use Of Racial Slur  —  Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, has been suspended from the company indefinitely according to an internal memo sent to staffers late last night that has been obtained by Defector.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Snopes.com and Earther
Internal Revenue Service:
Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief  —  WASHINGTON — Victims of this month's winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and Bloomberg
Juan Williams / The Hill:
The GOP is a party without ideas  —  I am a bad man.  —  How do I know that?  —  “Sixty-one percent of Trump supporters...  [and] 38 percent of Republicans, believe that Democrats are mostly bad people whose ideas would destroy the country,” William A. Galston, citing polling by the Ethics …
 
 
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