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Politico:
How the White House botched the Neera nomination  —  Just about everyone in Washington, D.C., could see that Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget was beleaguered from the beginning — everyone, that is, except the White House.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Bernie ready to roll on roads  —  Senate Democrats are readying to pass President Biden's infrastructure package through the budget reconciliation process, a recognition they're unlikely to get much Republican support for a potential $2 trillion package.
Discussion: Townhall
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The people concerned about Neera Tanden's incivility sure didn't seem to mind the Trump era's  —  It has become a rite of the modern presidential transition: The gods of politics demand a human sacrifice, the Senate torpedoes a nomination, the new administration takes a hit, and everyone moves on.
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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Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot  —  Thomas Webster was arrested on charges he assaulted a police officer with a flagpole during the Jan. 6 attack on Congress.  —  A retired New York police officer who once worked on the security detail at City Hall …
Discussion: New York Magazine
CNN:
Prosecutors say retired NYPD officer beat police officer with metal pole during US Capitol riot
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
'You can't just push send': 20 years after 9/11, FBI accused of intel failure before Capitol riot
Discussion: Becker News, MSNBC and WEB OF EVIL
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden will call Saudi king ahead of damning report  —  President Biden plans to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, ahead of the public release of a potentially damning intelligence report about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source briefed on the call told Axios.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Romney predicts Trump would win the 2024 G.O.P. nomination if he ran for president.  —  Senator Mitt Romney of Utah said on Tuesday that he believed Donald J. Trump would win the Republican nomination for president if he ran for his former office in 2024, another indication of Mr. Trump's perceived strength in the party.
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Laura Davison / Bloomberg:
Romney Says Trump Would Win 2024 GOP Nomination If He Runs
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
NY Prosecutors Are Looking at Don Jr. in Trump Biz Probe  —  The Daily Beast has learned that investigators have been asking questions in recent days about Trump's eldest son as they expand their criminal probe into Trump's business empire. … For months, some of Donald Trump's top advisers …
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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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden shifts his operation to DNC ahead of 2022 midterm elections
Discussion: Honest Graft
Politico:   The other DNC chair  —  Presented by the Bipartisan Policy Center & U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  In the middle of January, the deadliest month of the pandemic, one day after inauguration …
Discussion: HuffPost, MarketWatch and CBS News
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
One America News clashes again with White House correspondents over Trump-approved camera tent  —  One America News, the upstart right-wing cable channel that was granted special status by the Trump White House, is clashing again with its mainstream colleagues on the presidential beat.
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Arizona Man Is Accused of Faking Own Kidnapping to Evade Work  —  When the police arrived, they found the man with his hands bound behind his back by a belt and a bandanna “stuffed in his mouth” in Coolidge, Ariz.  —  The authorities in Arizona accused a man of going to extreme lengths …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and TheBlaze
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
State GOP leaders opt for drive-up convention at Liberty University to nominate candidates  —  After months of disagreement, the Virginia Republican Party's governing body agreed Tuesday night on a method to nominate statewide candidates for the November election.
Discussion: Virginia Mercury
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 …
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.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont  —  In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.  —  PAWLET, Vt. — Fear has gradually spread in the town of Pawlet.
The Stanford Review:
Atlas, Ferguson, and Hanson: On Free Speech at Stanford  —  What is the purpose of academic freedom?  —  Is it to allow all kinds of ideas to be expressed and explored, protecting even speech that people in the past considered heretical—protecting free expression that some people today would like to “cancel”?
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.
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Gucci Is Staying in Trump Tower  —  Tiffany and other luxury companies have stepped away from deals with the former president's organization, but not Gucci.  —  The day President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were inaugurated in Washington, D.C., Melania and Donald Trump stepped off Air Force …
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 …
Politico:
‘Bad politics for them’: GOP sneers at Dem Covid bill  —  Republicans are making a risky but calculated bet: that voters won't punish them for opposing a popular $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill.  —  With President Joe Biden and Democrats barely even seeking their input …
U.S. Department of Justice:
One of the Nation's Largest Chicken Producers Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing and is Sentenced to a $107 Million Criminal Fine  —  First Corporation Pleads Guilty in Ongoing Criminal Antitrust Investigation into the Broiler Chicken Industry  —  Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (Pilgrim's) …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Top Senate Republican has ‘serious concerns’ over Pentagon policy pick  —  The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee has “serious concerns” over the nomination of Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden's pick to run the Pentagon's policy shop.  —  The news comes as the committee plans …
About.usps.com:
U.S. Postal Service Awards Contract to Launch Multi-Billion-Dollar Modernization of Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet  — Oshkosh Defense Will Finalize Design of Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), Delivering Up to 165,000 of the U.S.-Built Vehicles Over the Next Decade
Farai Chideya / Medium:
It's Bigger than Fox News: Time for Mainstream Journalism to Reckon with Monetizing Disinformation and Eroding Truth  —  “Anti-Black racism is a national security threat.”  Those were the simple, direct words of disinformation specialist Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People, on a listserv of journalists and academics recently.
Discussion: TK News
Manu Raju / CNN:
Pence speaks highly of Trump in meeting and plans to launch a political group  —  Did Pence feel betrayed after riot?  His former chief of staff responds  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence told a group of conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that he maintains a close personal friendship …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Now Ted Cruz may be buying his own books through a mystery company  —  If Cancún Ted is paying royalties to himself through a shadow entity, that could stir the FEC into action  —  One day before the Georgia Senate runoff elections — and two days before the Capitol insurrection …
Discussion: The Daily Boulder and Raw Story
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Brooklyn lawyers who were facing life behind bars for ‘throwing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD car during a George Floyd protest’ are quietly offered a plea deal  — Brooklyn lawyers Colinford Mattis 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, have been offered a plea deal after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD police van
Isabelle Khurshudyan / Washington Post:
Georgian opposition leader arrested, deepening the political crisis in the South Caucasus country  —  MOSCOW — Georgian authorities arrested the South Caucasus country's top opposition leader Tuesday, deepening its political rift and plunging yet another ex-Soviet state into crisis.
Discussion: The New Arab
John Reed / Financial Times:
Coup in Myanmar: growing protest movement defies the military  —  In the shadow of US-China rivalry, the country is caught in a confrontation between the junta and a civil disobedience campaign  —  At a press conference last week, the first by Myanmar's junta since General Min Aung Hlaing grabbed power …
Discussion: The Diplomat
Aaron Navarro / CBS News:
Liz Cheney calls on Republicans to “make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy”  —  Liz Cheney, the third ranking House Republican, on Tuesday called on the Republican party to “make clear we aren't the party of white supremacy.”  Cheney's remarks came during an event hosted by the Reagan Institute.
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
Illinois Becomes First State to Eliminate Cash Bail  —  Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that he said would end a system that disproportionately hurts the poor and favors wealthier defendants.  —  Illinois has become the first state to completely eliminate cash bail, a result of a push …
Discussion: The Hill, Lawyers, Guns & Money and NPR
 
 
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Powell says inflation is still ‘soft’ and the Fed is committed to current policy
Discussion: UPI
Nancy Rommelmann / The Dispatch:
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: HuffPost and Variety
American Greatness:
Biden Is No FDR  —  At this point, Joe Biden doesn't look any more like Franklin Roosevelt than he does like Donald Trump.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
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Sam Stein / Politico:
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Washington Post:
Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station name to include bank or lose millions in funding
Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
GOP puts NIH on hot seat with call for investigation into US funding to Wuhan lab
Discussion: Townhall
Glenn Greenwald:
House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Winne / WSB-TV:
Raffensperger, staff feared wrongful prosecution under pressure from Trump to change election results
Tavi Gevinson / The Cut:
Britney Spears Was Never in Control Why did I ever believe a teen girl could hold all the power?
Discussion: New York Times and Gothamist