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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.
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
GOP senator pushes lie that police caused Capitol insurrection
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:   Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot
Politico:
Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
Queens Republican district leader arrested for taking part in U.S. Capitol siege: feds
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ron Johnson's extreme effort to distance Trump supporters from the Capitol Riot
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Slate
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Retired NYPD cop and Queens ‘Republican Messiah’ arrested in Capitol riot probe
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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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 …
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: Associated Press and Raw Story
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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 …
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.
NRSC:
NRSC CHAIRMAN RICK SCOTT: REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED  —  MEMO  —  TO: REPUBLICAN VOTERS, ACTIVISTS, LEADERS, DONORS  —  FROM: SENATOR RICK SCOTT, NRSC CHAIRMAN  —  RE: REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED  —  DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2021  —  The long running impeachment show is now over.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
GOP ‘Civil War is now canceled,’ says NRSC chair Rick Scott in fiery memo asking for party unity ahead of 2022
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Tavi Gevinson / The Cut:
Britney Spears Was Never in Control Why did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?  —  The New York Times's Framing Britney Spears documentary casts a spell.  I am thinking specifically of the stretch that chronicles Spears's rise as a teen idol, starting with the “Baby One More Time” video.
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist
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 …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden shifts his operation to DNC ahead of 2022 midterm elections  —  President Biden has shifted the remnants of his campaign operation, including the donor and volunteer network that got him elected and several key staff members, over to the Democratic National Committee as part of a broader effort …
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, CNN, Washington Examiner and The Hill
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.
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 …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Inside the new $65 million push from progressives to compete with conservative media  —  It's called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.  —  A prominent Democratic strategist is planning a new $65 million effort …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Newsom holds first in-person press conference since March as recall nears threshold  —  Newsom announced a $7.6 billion in coronavirus relief, which includes $600 one-time payments for some  —  California business owner joins effort to recall Gavin Newsom  —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom …
Discussion: CBS News and RedState
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
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 …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
11 GOP senators slam Biden pick for health secretary: ‘No meaningful experience’  —  Eleven Senate Republicans announced their opposition to President Biden's nominee for health secretary ahead of his confirmation hearings before two committees this week.  —  The senators, led by Tom Cotton …
Gabby Birenbaum / Vox:
Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney are proposing a $10 minimum wage  —  They're tying any Republican wage efforts to immigration enforcement.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  As the future of Democrats' plans to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour hangs in the balance …
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
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.
 
 
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Now Ted Cruz may be buying his own books through a mystery company
Discussion: The Daily Boulder and Raw Story
Judith Ingram / FEC.gov:
District Court issues opinion in FEC v. Rivera
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Can we have unity when Republicans thrive on alienation?
Discussion: Raw Story and The White House
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
Richard Drew / RealClearInvestigations:
60 Years After Eisenhower's Warning, Distinct Signs of a ‘Digital-Intelligence Complex’
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The Bulwark:
Wisconsin Republicans Refuse To Condemn Political Violence
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