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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.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax returns to NY prosecutor  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.
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 …
Discussion: Vox and The Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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 …
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 …
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Politico:
Collins and Romney to oppose Tanden for OMB, further jeopardizing her nomination  —  Sens. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney will oppose Neera Tanden to lead the White House Budget Office, dealing a decisive blow to her hopes of confirmation.  —  Tanden's nomination to become director of the Office …
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: Bloomberg
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Garland sees ‘no reason’ why Durham shouldn't be left in place for Russia origins probe but declines committal
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 …
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 …
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.
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Exclusive: Republicans Demand Biden Withdraw Becerra's Nomination to Head HHS  —  In a letter to President Joe Biden this morning, Republicans in the House and Senate are demanding that he withdraw the nomination of California attorney general Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
Discussion: Townhall
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Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:   Republicans pressure 2022 Democrats over Becerra nomination
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 Reuters
American Greatness:
Is the Biden Administration Stumbling Into War?  —  Nothing is more dangerous than stronger powers, even inadvertently, sending signals that are interpreted as weakness by weaker powers.  —  What causes wars?  —  Innately aggressive cultures and governments, megalomania, the desire for power …
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Politico:
Biden deprioritizes the Middle East
Discussion: The National Interest
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 …
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.
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: Issues & Insights, Fox News and TIME
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.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Can Andrew Cuomo's ‘Bullying’ Style Still Work in Politics?  —  The scrutiny of Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes has also put the governor's aggressive behavior in the spotlight.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — During Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's first term, two former administration officials …
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 …
Edward McKinley / Albany Times Union:
With Cuomo under fire, which Republicans are considering a 2022 challenge?  —  ALBANY — With political pressure mounting on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the midst of the nursing home imbroglio, the batch of New York Republicans is growing who appear to be flirting with a gubernatorial challenge in 2022.
Discussion: Capitol Confidential
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
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
Congressional Committee Presses 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.”
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: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Elise Schmelzer / Denver Post:
Elijah McClain death: Aurora police didn't have legal basis to stop, frisk or choke 23-year-old, investigation finds  —  Aurora police officers did not have a legal basis to force Elijah McClain to stop walking, to frisk him or to use a chokehold on him, an independent investigation commissioned by the city found.
 
 
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
House Democrats demand answers on TV ‘misinformation rumor mills’
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Anthony Breznican / Vanity Fair:
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Discussion: Variety
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden team colluded with Iran to foil Trump diplomacy
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Yellen: $1,400 stimulus payments would help people in ‘pockets of misery’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Google to lift political ad ban this week
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retirement Crisis Hits Black Americans Hard
Argus Leader:
South Dakota House members weigh impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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