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Politico:
Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures  —  The officials in charge of securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 largely deflected blame on Tuesday for the lapses that enabled a violent mob of Donald Trump's supporters to storm the building.
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Notorious ‘eye gouger’ who allegedly beat Capitol police with a pipe revealed to be a former NYPD cop  —  A retired NYPD officer turned himself in to the FBI this Monday for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, after being accused of using a pipe to attack Capitol police officers.
NBC New York:   Retired NYPD Cop Once Assigned to Secure City Hall Accused of Pipe Attack on Capitol Police
Insider:
We identified the 125 people and institutions most responsible for Donald Trump's rise to power and his norm-busting behavior that tested the boundaries of the US government and its institutions … - Insider compiled this database of the 125 people and institutions essential to Donald Trump's rise …
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Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
No amount of disaster can shake the GOP loose from Trump  —  Five years ago, Donald Trump seized control of the Republican Party by attacking conservative icons, insulting former GOP presidents and disregarding Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment that warned against criticizing other party members.
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Garland, Tanden and the application of double standards by GOP lawmakers  —  Hypocrisy has never been in short supply in Washington, or politics in general for that matter.  The application of double standards is time honored if not necessarily to be admired.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Atlantic
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit …
Politico:
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations
Emma Brown / Washington Post:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, literary citadel of San Francisco, dies at 101  —  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an acclaimed poet and longtime proprietor of City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and avant-garde publishing house that catapulted the Beat Generation to fame and helped establish the city …
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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101  —  An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.  —  Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a poet, publisher and political iconoclast …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Al Jazeera to launch rightwing media platform targeting US conservatives  —  Rightly will be led by a former Fox News journalist and is aimed at Republicans who ‘feel left out of conservative media’  —  Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network that has previously sought to become …
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Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Al Jazeera launching conservative media platform
Discussion: Mediaite
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani tried dodging getting served with $1B Dominion Voting Systems suit: source  —  Rudy Giuliani spent a week dodging service of a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems after publicly declaring he was ready for the legal fight, a source told the Daily News.
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’  —  A coronavirus variant that emerged in mid-2020 and surged to become the dominant strain in California not only spreads more readily than its predecessors, but also evades antibodies generated …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo, The Week and KTLA
Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation  —  Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation.  —  Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted on Sunday that his book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, had been removed.
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Ryan T. Anderson / First Things:
When Amazon Erased My Book
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
First migrant facility for children opens under Biden  —  CARRIZO SPRINGS, Tex. — Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration.
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Two Supreme Court cases could destroy what remains of the Voting Rights Act  —  A 6-3 Republican Court will hear one of the most aggressive attacks on voting rights since Jim Crow.  —  Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two cases that could shred much of what remains of the right …
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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
How Not to Be at the Mercy of a Trumpified G.O.P.
Discussion: HuffPost
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
We Have PTSD About COVID Reality  —  We don't have to undersell our COVID future now just because people oversold it in the past.  —  1 hr ago  —  1. 500,000  —  Half a million dead Americans.  Does that even register for people?  —  I want to show a couple tweets from a conservative gentleman …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
David Perdue pulls himself out of 2022 Georgia Senate race  —  Former Sen. David Perdue has opted not to mount a comeback in Georgia, with the Republican saying in an email to supporters that he will not challenge Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022.  —  Perdue, 71, was ousted …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
The battle over climate change is boiling over on the home front  —  Municipalities want new buildings to go all electric, spurning gas-fired stoves and heating systems.  The gas industry disagrees  —  A new front has opened in the battle over climate change: The kitchen.
Discussion: HotAir and NPR
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Sunday Shows Are Hopelessly Broken  —  Jonathan Karl, the guest host of ABC's This Week, knew exactly what he was doing on Sunday when he asked Republican Representative Steve Scalise if the 2020 election was stolen.  This was, on its face, a simple and straightforward question.
New York Times:
With New Grand Jury, Justice Department Revives Investigation Into Death of George Floyd  —  As the state murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer charged in the death of George Floyd, approaches, the federal government has accelerated its own investigation.
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Trump's former treasury secretary expected to launch investment fund, seeking backing of Persian Gulf state funds  —  Steven Mnuchin has begun hiring staff for an investment fund likely to focus on the financial technology and entertainment sectors, people familiar with the plans said.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz's latest Cancún spin shows the rot of GOP victimization runs deep  —  Mark it down.  Republicans have hit on a new way to spin away their own screw-ups and scandals: By claiming the media focus on their political travails is driven by the press' search for a new Republican victim …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Future of Conservatism Is Flight 93 Elections Forever  —  Michael Anton has been confronted with a dilemma few writers have ever contemplated: how to handle catastrophic success.  Anton's 2016 essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” made a then-shocking case to the right-wing intelligentsia in favor of Donald Trump's election.
New York Times:
Slate Suspends Podcast Host After Debate Over Racial Slur  —  Mike Pesca of “The Gist” said he was suspended after defending, in a Slack discussion with colleagues, the use of the slur in some contexts.  —  The online publication Slate has suspended a well-known podcast host after he debated …
Twitter:
Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations  —  Today we are disclosing four networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry.  The networks we are disclosing relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations …
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Black News Channel Looks to Shake Up Cable-TV News Landscape  —  Up-and-coming network broadens reach and revamps show lineup, signing high-profile commentators Charles Blow and Marc Lamont Hill  —  Black News Channel has expanded its reach more than 20-fold in about seven months …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's OMB Plan B  —  House Democratic leaders are quietly mounting a campaign for Shalanda Young, a longtime congressional aide, to replace Neera Tanden as nominee for director of the Office of Management and Budget, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.
The Bulwark:
Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Condemn Political Violence  —  Nothing that might be taken as criticism of Donald Trump can be allowed.  —  We are long-time Republicans who have served in GOP leadership at the county, district, and state levels in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador, despite controversy over China remarks  —  The US takes the presidency of the U.N. Security Council next week.  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 23  —  The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield …
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
This 105-Year-Old Beat Covid.  She Credits Gin-Soaked Raisins.  —  Lucia DeClerck, the oldest resident of her New Jersey nursing home, tested positive for the virus on her 105th birthday, one day after her second vaccine shot.  —  Ask Lucia DeClerck how she has lived to be 105, and she is quick with an answer.
Discussion: CBS News and CBS Philly
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bloomberg's 2020 aides got an unwelcome surprise in their tax forms  —  Nearly a year after Mike Bloomberg's $1 billion presidential campaign crashed into Super Tuesday, his staffers are still dealing with the aftershocks.  —  In recent weeks, aides to the former Democratic candidate started …
Discussion: HotAir
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Kristi Noem gets a Trump-hosted fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago  —  As leading Republicans debate how closely to tie the party to former President Donald Trump, likely 2024 hopeful Kristi Noem has already picked a side.  —  The South Dakota governor is greeting donors next week at Mar-a-Lago …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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