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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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Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Republicans face an identity crisis
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump taunts don't shake McConnell's hold on Senate GOP
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he's losing $65 million over election-fraud claims and it proves he's not pushing conspiracy theories for the money
Politico:
‘A double standard going on’: Democrats accuse GOP and Manchin of bias on Biden nominations  —  Women's rights activists and allied Democrats are growing increasingly vocal about what they call the unfair targeting of women and people of color nominated by Joe Biden to top posts in his administration.
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit …
Politico:
Security officials in charge on Jan. 6 tell Congress conflicting stories  —  The officials in charge of securing the Capitol on Jan. 6 say a tangled mess of conflicting orders and unanswered calls culminated in an hourslong delay by the Pentagon in deploying National Guard troops to quell …
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Althouse, Gothamist and HotAir
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Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Amazon Pulls Bestseller on Transgender Issues From Store Without Explanation  —  Amazon steps up censorship campaign against conservative content  —  Amazon pulled a bestseller on transgender issues from its online store on Sunday without explanation.  —  Author Ryan T. Anderson tweeted …
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Wall Street Journal:
Tech Censorship Is Accelerating
Discussion: Power Line
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Amazon: Buy anything you could ever want, except this book challenging transgenderism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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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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.
CNN:
‘Where is everyone?’:  Inside Trump's DC hotel post-presidency  —  Washington (CNN)A sprawling lobby and bar with only a handful of people.  Confused guests asking where everybody went.  Elegant, but empty hallways.  These are the scenes CNN observed inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington …
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CREW:
Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president
Discussion: Insider
Bonchie / RedState:
Does Merrick Garland Even Know What Day It Is?  —  Merrick Garland had his confirmation hearing yesterday.  The formerly deceased (ok, not really) Supreme Court nominee from the Obama era is being seen as a shoe-in for Attorney General.  The expectation is that many Republican Senators will vote to confirm …
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
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: NPR
Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas  —  A California program intended to improve COVID-19 vaccine availability to people in hard-hit communities of color is being misused by outsiders who are grabbing appointments reserved for residents of underserved Black and Latino areas.
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.
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
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Woke Me When It's Over  —  In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny and the statute of limitations never expires, even when it comes to hamantaschen.  —  In 2015, Bon Appétit ran an article by the food writer Dawn Perry about hamantaschen, the triangular cookies …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia for SolarWinds hacks and the poisoning of an opposition leader  —  The Biden administration is preparing sanctions and other measures to punish Moscow for actions that go beyond the sprawling SolarWinds cyber espionage campaign to include …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
For Women in Economics the Hostility is Out in the Open  —  Studies have found that the field is plagued by a singular problem of gender bias.  The latest evidence comes from the types of questions posed at seminars.  —  A few years ago, the economists Alicia Sasser Modestino and Justin Wolfers sat …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Oath Keeper now says she didn't meet with Secret Service around the January 6 rally  —  (CNN)Jessica Watkins, a leader in an alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy in the US Capitol insurrection, changed her story Monday about meeting with Secret Service agents in describing her actions on January 6.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
Illinois Delays End of Prison Gerrymandering By a Decade  —  A hard-fought reform will stop the state from distorting political power at the expense of communities that bear the brunt of incarceration.  But it won't take effect for a long time.  —  For years, State Representative La Shawn Ford …
Ledyard King / USA Today:
Republican plan would raise minimum wage to $10 but only if businesses are required to ensure worker legality  —  WASHINGTON - Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton are proposing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10, but only if businesses are required to use the internet-based E …
The Daily Beast:
CPAC 2021 Will Be One Big Lie Fest—and Fox Nation Is Sponsoring It  —  Fox News Media is spending $250K on a partisan confab featuring election conspiracy theories—a “desperate” move by a network looking to “pander” to MAGA diehards, staffers say.  —  BEAST INSIDE
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.
The Guardian:
Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup … Pete Pattisson, Niamh McIntyre, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Nikhil Eapen in Bangalore, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan in Dhaka, Udwab Bhattarai in Kathmandu and Aanya Piyari in Colombo
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Hilary Brueck / Business Insider:
Fauci: Vaccinated people shouldn't dine indoors or go to the theater quite yet  — Dr. Anthony Fauci cautions against indoor dining and theatergoing even for those fully vaccinated.  — The number of coronavirus cases in the US remains high.  — He said it'd be safer to gather indoors again …
Discussion: CNN, Twitchy, Fox News and MarketWatch
Helen Raleigh / The Federalist:
As Americans Turn Left, We Should Remember Socialism Killed 36 Million Chinese  —  Chinese whistleblower Yang Jisheng's book, ‘Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962,’ is a powerful reminder that collectivism is evil.  —  After I finished reading Yang Jisheng's book, Tombstone …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Missing Marine sparks White House questions  —  The absence of a Marine sentry outside the West Wing on Monday raised questions about whether President Biden was keeping the schedule publicly outlined by his aides.  —  Why it matters: A sure way to tell if the president is inside the Oval Office …
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.
 
 
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Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward
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Politico:
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The White House:
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Highest in Nearly 12 Years
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William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters Study On Fox News ‘Misinformation’ Is Riddled With Misrepresentations, Flagged Objectively True Statements
Washington Post:
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Mike Allen / Axios:
CDC meets “Deadliest Catch”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former Trump officials eye bids for political office
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
AG Ken Paxton and wife Sen. Angela Paxton went to Utah during Texas freeze