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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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Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Dominion files $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell  —  Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sued MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for more than $1.3 billion in damages, alleging that the Trump ally exploited the baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion's voting machines rigged …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Live updates: Biden to mark 500,000 covid deaths; Collins announces opposition to budget office nominee  —  President Biden on Monday plans a heavy focus on the coronavirus, including a candle-lighting ceremony at the White House as the nation nears the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Week
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Dominion files defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO over false claims voting machines were rigged against Trump
Discussion: CNBC and Deadline
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.
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Washington Post:
‘The former guy’: Biden and his aides work to ignore Trump — but it won't be easy
Washington Post:
‘Where is Greg Abbott?’  Anger grows at Texas governor in deadly storm's wake  —  It was clear by Tuesday afternoon that Texas was in a full-blown crisis — and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had largely been out of sight.  —  More than 4 million households did not have power amid dangerously low temperatures …
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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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court refuses Trump effort to block tax return subpoena  —  The justices issued no explanation for the denial and no member of the court publicly noted any dissent.  —  Former President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine one on South Lawn of the White House on July 15, 2020.
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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: The Hill, Raw Story and The Guardian
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CNN:   Arkansas' GOP governor reacts to his nephew, a state lawmaker, leaving the Republican Party - CNN Video
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler launches group to boost GOP turnout, promote ‘big tent’ policies  —  The Republican is weighing a 2022 comeback bid  —  Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is wading back into Georgia politics weeks after her runoff defeat with the start of a new voter registration group aimed …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Kelly Loeffler starts voter organization to rival Stacey Abrams' political machine after GOP losses in Georgia
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Ja'han Jones / HuffPost:
Deathbed Letter From Former Cop Claims NYPD, FBI Helped Kill Malcolm X  —  A cousin of Ray Wood, a former undercover police officer, shared a confession letter in which Wood said that the agencies facilitated the assassination.  —  A letter shared by the family of a deceased former …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What were the Capitol rioters thinking?  —  It's one of the most basic questions of the Capitol riot investigation: What was the rioters' plan?  What did they think was going to happen when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, as Congress certified the results of the Electoral College?
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Glen Johnson / Axios:
Scoop: Cruz's Cancún trip included college roommate  —  In explaining his disastrous Cancún trip, Sen. Ted Cruz failed to mention his college roommate also was along for the visit.  — Axios has learned Cruz (R-Texas) invited David Panton, his longtime friend and former roommate …
Discussion: HuffPost, Insider, The Week, CNN and Raw Story
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Biden upends Trump's calculation of who gets federal vaccination help … WASHINGTON — When the Biden White House started looking for sites for four small vaccination centers across New York state, federal agency officials ranked the best spots based on a county-by-county “social vulnerability index” …
Discussion: TIME and Fox News
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.
New York Times:
The Lost Hours: How Confusion and Inaction at the Capitol Delayed a Troop Deployment  —  As violence grew out of control on Jan. 6, the head of the Capitol Police made an urgent request for the National Guard.  It took nearly two hours to be approved.  —  WASHINGTON — At 1:09 p.m. on Jan. 6 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gabriela López / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. school board president: Renamings are on hold, reopening is our priority  —  As a credentialed teacher serving as a volunteer school board member, I make every effort to respond to every email.  Every single day I am talking to parents on the phone, answering their questions about distance learning …
Discussion: Reason and Los Angeles Times
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
White supremacy a ‘transnational threat’, U.N. chief warns  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements are becoming a “transnational threat” and have exploited the coronavirus pandemic to boost their support.
Discussion: Breitbart and Forbes
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Lucky Luke, the Comic Book Cowboy, Discovers Race, Belatedly  —  For the first time in the Franco-Belgian comic book classic, Black characters have full-fledged roles and are drawn without the racist depictions that marred the genre.  —  PARIS — A few years ago, Julien Berjeaut …
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Almost 19,000 Pa. voters have left the Republican Party since the Capitol attack  —  When Diane Tyson got her driver's license renewed Jan. 5, a DMV clerk asked whether she wanted to make any changes to her voter registration.  A lifelong Republican, Tyson once ran for local office near Reading.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Colorado Sun
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump aide preps primary against Ohio impeachment supporter  —  Former Trump White House aide Max Miller is expected to wage a primary challenge against GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, the latest opponent to take on a House Republican who supported the former president's impeachment.
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:
Capitol Police officer recounts Jan. 6 attack: Exclusive  —  “They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags,” Dunn said.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images  —  The first time Harry Dunn stepped inside the U.S. Capitol …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
France and the spectral menace of ‘Islamo-leftism’  —  You're reading an excerpt from the Today's WorldView newsletter.  Sign up to get the rest, including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday.  —  There's a new specter haunting Europe, at least when seen from Paris.
Tim Graham / Newsbusters:
Cuomo-Avoiding Networks Single Out Republican Ron DeSantis on ‘Vaccine Outrage’  —  For weeks now, liberal media outlets have been hammering Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for prioritizing the elderly for vaccine doses, despite the obvious math that more than 80 percent of COVID deaths are people 65 and over.
Discussion: RedState
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Biden to announce changes to PPP loan program, with focus on smallest businesses  —  Businesses with less than 20 employees will get priority to apply for loans.  —  Who gets a helping hand from PPP loan program?  —  ABC News' Faith Abubey reports on the struggle for minority-owned small businesses …
Jonathan Rauch / The Atlantic:
The 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution  —  When I step back to look at the legacy of President Donald Trump, a surprising conclusion emerges: He has substantially altered the Constitution.  His changes aren't formal, of course.  But his informal amendments are important.
Natalie Winters / The National Pulse:
‘Anti-Racist’ Washingtonian Mag Editor Mocked Blacks And Hispanics.  —  Daniella Byck, a so-called “anti-racist” journalist and editor at the influential Washingtonian magazine has repeatedly authored tweets mocking and deriding black people and black culture, The National Pulse can reveal.
Politico:
Biden deprioritizes the Middle East  —  President Joe Biden is tired of dealing with the Middle East — and, barely a month into his tenure, the region has noticed.  —  The signals are not meant to be subtle, his advisers say.  The president has made only one call to a head of state in the Middle East …
Discussion: The National Interest
Financial Times:
HSBC intensifies pivot to Asia with job moves and US exit  —  Three top executives expected to swap London for Hong Kong as bank jettisons American retail business  —  HSBC is accelerating its “pivot to Asia”, moving top executives from London to Hong Kong, scrapping its US retail banking operation …
Joseph Curl / The Daily Wire:
KERMIT CANCELED?  Disney Slaps ‘Offensive Content’ Label On The Muppet Show  —  “Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact...”  —  Disney has decided that “The Muppet Show” — featuring Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy — contains “offensive content” …
 
 
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
House conservatives unveil playbook on how they'll fight back against Democrats' $1.9T COVID bill
Discussion: National Review and New York Post
Melissa Ryan / Medium:
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Ben Casselman / New York Times:
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Roger Kimball / spectator.us:
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
David Bernstein / Reason:
Antisemitism Continues its March Toward Acceptability on the American Far Left
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Clay Risen / New York Times:
Shlomo Hillel, Who Helped 120,000 Jews Flee Iraq, Dies at 97
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Tough Sanctions, Then a Mysterious Last-Minute Turnabout
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Investigative Journalism Flourished in Hostile Russia