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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell to support Garland for attorney general  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general, five years after blocking the judge's path to the Supreme Court.  —  “I do,” McConnell told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon when asked if he plans to back Garland.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Garland, Tanden and the application of double standards by GOP lawmakers
NBC New York:
Retired NYPD Cop Once Assigned to Secure City Hall Accused of Pipe Attack on Capitol Police  —  What to Know  — Thomas Webster surrendered Monday at the FBI's Hudson Valley office on charges filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. related to the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6
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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.
David Brand / Queens News:
Queens Republican district leader arrested for role in Capitol insurrection
Discussion: New York Post and Law & Crime
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
Queens Republican district leader arrested for taking part in U.S. Capitol siege: feds
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Retired NYPD cop and Queens ‘Republican Messiah’ arrested in Capitol riot probe
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and NBC New York
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senator pushes lie that police caused Capitol insurrection  —  Ron Johnson suggested Capitol Police officers instigated the Jan. 6 insurrection — a blatant lie to try to absolve Donald Trump of culpability in the deadly attack.  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Tuesday pushed …
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Politico:
Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Capitol Security Chiefs Said The Jan. 6 Insurrection Was “Unforeseeable” Despite It Being Planned Online In Plain Sight
Discussion: USA Today
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson's extreme effort to distance Trump supporters from the Capitol Riot
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Slate
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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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Ryan T. Anderson / First Things:
When Amazon Erased My Book  —  My book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment was released exactly three years ago.  It was attacked twice on the New York Times op-ed page.  The Washington Post ran a hit piece on it that was riddled with errors.  It was obvious the critics hadn't read the book.
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Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Climbing the Bell Curve to the Cathedral  —  Notes on reactionary sea lions  —  Some folks aren't thrilled about my previous post, “Grey Lady Steel Man.”  It seemed to distress Curtis Yarvin (aka Mencius Moldbug) in particular.  He penned a defensive, typically catty ad hominem response in his inimitably hysterical prose style.
The Texas Tribune:
Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm  —  Sally Talberg, board chair; Peter Cramton, vice chair; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chair; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chair …
Discussion: Forbes and Associated Press
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.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
Two charged with making threats to Michigan public officials, including Debbie Stabenow  —  U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens were the targets of threatening communications related to the run-up to the Nov. 3, 2020 …
Discussion: SOM, Washington Examiner and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Studies Examine Variant Surging in California, and the News Isn't Good  —  The East Coast of the United States is still a hot spot as new coronavirus cases have declined across the country and the nation surpassed 500,000 deaths.  Around the world, new cases have declined …
Discussion: GeekWire
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Obama says he once broke a classmate's nose for calling him a racial slur  —  Former President Obama says he once broke a schoolmate's nose after the then-friend called him a racial slur during a locker room fight.  —  The 44th president shared the revelation in an episode of his Spotify podcast …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Elon Musk moved to Texas and embraced celebrity.  Can Tesla run on Autopilot?  —  Investors fear a world where Musk no longer leads the company.  But his attention is already going elsewhere.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk says he is stretched too thin.  —  The chief executive …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Mark Winne / WSB-TV:
Raffensperger, staff feared wrongful prosecution under pressure from Trump to change election results  —  ATLANTA — Georgia's Secretary of State is speaking only to Channel 2 Action News about his steps during the final weeks of the Trump administration's push to overturn votes in Georgia.
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
Laura Bradley / The Daily Beast:
French Actor Gérard Depardieu Charged With Rape: Report  —  ALLEGATIONS  —  Gérard Depardieu, the prolific and highly decorated French actor whose most famous titles include Cyrano de Bergerac, The Last Metro, and Green Card, has been charged with rape, French news agency AFP reported Tuesday, citing a judicial source.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Capitol Defendant Bragged About Brawling With Cops On Pro-Trump Forum  —  Jose Padilla, who the feds say fought with police during the Capitol attack, said on the online forum TheDonald that God was on his side.  —  A Donald Trump fan caught on camera brawling with police officers during …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Glenn Greenwald:
House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms  —  Democrats' justification for silencing their adversaries online and in media — “they are spreading fake news and inciting extremism” — is what despots everywhere say.  —  5 hr ago
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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:
Biden considers regulating ‘ghost guns,’ other executive actions to curb gun violence  —  The White House is weighing a number of gun safety proposals as it looks to deliver on President Joe Biden's campaign promises.  But some activists are upset that after one month in office the administration …
Zachary Pleat / Media Matters for America:
Fox's “news” shows echo GOP memo to attack the American Rescue Plan  —  Fox News' supposed “straight news” programs have been echoing attacks from a memo listing Republican talking points that attack President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, which aims to speed recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Can we have unity when Republicans thrive on alienation?
Discussion: Raw Story and The White House
Ashe Schow / The Daily Wire:
The Media's Coverage Of Ron DeSantis Shows They Fear Him In 2024
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Vilsack confirmed as Agriculture secretary
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Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Black News Channel Looks to Shake Up Cable-TV News Landscape
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Fox News:
Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador, despite controversy over China remarks
Nathan Bernard / Mainer:
Anti-Maskers Waging “Spiritual War” Statewide
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
For Women in Economics the Hostility is Out in the Open
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden's OMB Plan B
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Bloomberg's 2020 aides got an unwelcome surprise in their tax forms
Discussion: HotAir
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
First migrant facility for children opens under Biden