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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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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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump taunts don't shake McConnell's hold on Senate GOP
Discussion: The Hill
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Manchin'd  —  FOR JOE MANCHIN, IT'S ‘NOT PERSONAL’: The Democratic Senate has hit its first roadblock in its path to confirming President Joe Biden's nominees.  But if you ask the West Virginia Democrat who seemed to have delivered the kiss of death to Neera Tanden, he professes no villainous intent toward his party.
NBC News:
Split-ticket districts dwindle as all politics becomes more national
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Breitbart
Washington Post:
Now Republicans are offended by mean tweets?
Discussion: Forbes, Vox and Talking Points Memo
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: 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
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Amazon: Buy anything you could ever want, except this book challenging transgenderism
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue won't mount comeback bid for US Senate in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue will not launch a comeback bid next year, clearing the way for other Republicans to enter what could be a crowded 2022 race against Democrat Raphael Warnock.  —  Perdue announced the decision Tuesday …
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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
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
CREW:
Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president … Donald Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion in outside revenue and income during his four years as President of the United States, according to a review of his financial disclosures by CREW.
Discussion: Insider
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CNN:   ‘Where is everyone?’: Inside Trump's DC hotel post-presidency
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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
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 …
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Highest in Nearly 12 Years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-five percent of Americans currently approve of the way Congress is handling its job, a 10-percentage-point increase since January and the highest Gallup has measured in nearly 12 years.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
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.
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
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 …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Andrew Cuomo Is Everything the Press Accused Ron DeSantis of Being  —  It never made any sense to lionize New York's governor at the expense of Florida's, except that one had a ‘D’ after his name, and the other didn't.  —  Throughout the pandemic, the press has been excoriatingly harsh …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and ABC News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is Extremely Mad Prosecutors Will See His Tax Returns  —  Donald Trump's yearslong quest to prevent the public, Congress, or law-enforcement officials from seeing his tax statements came to a resounding end with a unanimous Supreme Court ruling.  He did not take the defeat in stride.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former Trump officials eye bids for political office  —  Former Trump administration officials are testing the waters for political office, underscoring the former president's lasting influence on the Republican Party as it searches for a post-Trump identity.
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Kids Poisoned After Lead Turns Up in Apartments Declared ‘Lead-Free’ by NYCHA  —  When public housing tenant Eleanore Bumpurs' daughter and son tested positive for elevated levels of lead in their blood a few years ago, NYCHA managers assured her that the Forest Houses, the Bronx development she called home, was “lead free.”
 
 
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The White House:
Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
Discussion: Breitbart
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Hillary Clinton to publish political thriller with author Louise Penny
Lauren Sarner / New York Post:
Harry Shearer will no longer voice black ‘Simpsons’ character
Discussion: Variety
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The Woke ‘Model Minority’ Myth
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Media Matters Study On Fox News ‘Misinformation’ Is Riddled With Misrepresentations, Flagged Objectively True Statements
Washington Post:
Biden asked what could be cut from his covid relief package. Here are some ideas.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
CDC meets “Deadliest Catch”
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York
Discussion: Insider
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Are Waltzing Toward an Easily Avoidable Political Disaster With Their COVID Bill
Morgan Pehme / New York Post:
Cuomo's office terrorized me for doing my job as a journalist
Discussion: Gothamist and The Daily Caller
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
What About Joe?  —  Why can't anti-Trump become work-with-Biden?