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New York Times:
New analyses show Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine works well.  —  Johnson and Johnson's vaccine has a lower efficacy rate than the vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which are both around 95 percent. … But in South Africa, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is so far the clear winner.
Discussion: HotAir
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Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
FDA staff endorses Johnson & Johnson's single-shot Covid vaccine for emergency use  — The FDA's staff endorsed Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, a critical step in bringing a third shot to the U.S. marketplace.  — The staff report is meant to brief the FDA's Vaccines …
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
FDA confirms J&J vaccine is safe and effective  —  Johnson & Johnson's single-dose Covid-19 vaccine appears safe and effective, particularly against severe disease, though questions remain about how well it works in older people, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Scoop: Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled Tanden  —  The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Bernie ready to roll on roads
Discussion: Townhall
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Budget Office Nominee Tanden to Face Committee Votes Amid Opposition
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT.  The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.
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Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:   1 in 6 Gen Z adults are LGBT. And this number could continue to grow.
Dan Avery / NBC News:   Americans are identifying as LGBTQ more than ever, poll finds
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Andrew Cuomo Show Has Lost the Plot  —  Halfway through a recent New York Times story about Governor Andrew Cuomo's long (but perhaps not widely known) history of governance-by-bullying, an ally tried to defend his signature political style.  He didn't say that Cuomo's behavior was ethical, or reasonable, or even responsible.
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Karen Hinton / New York Daily News:
How to counter penis politics: What it's like to work for Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio  —  I've worked for and with powerful men in and around politics my whole life.  From Mississippi, where I grew up, to Washington and New York, I've been a woman in a field where power and ambition drive both sexes …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:   Progressives see N.Y. AG as potential Cuomo challenger
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: What senators still want to know about Jan. 6 attack from defense and FBI leaders  —  Good Wednesday morning.  This is the Power Up newsletter.  Tips, comments, recipes?  Reach out and sign up.  Thanks for waking up with us.  —  The investigations
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NBC News:
Retired NYPD cop charged in Capitol riot, accused of attacking officer with flagpole  —  A retired New York police officer faces charges for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot last month, accused of having attacked a Capitol Police officer.  —  Federal prosecutors alleged Tuesday in court that the man …
Discussion: New Republic, The Week, CNBC and Raw Story
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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.
Washington Post:
Life amid the ruins of QAnon: ‘I wanted my family back’  —  An epidemic of conspiracy theories, fanned by social media and self-serving politicians, is tearing families apart. … She bought ammunition, camping gear, a water purifier and boxes of canned food.
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 …
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: 9/11 Commission leaders issue a warning to Pelosi  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  When Republican TOM KEAN became head of the 9/11 Commission, he got a call from TIM RUSSERT asking him to come on “Meet the Press.”  Kean said he'd only appear if his Democratic counterpart on the commission, LEE HAMILTON, were invited too.
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.
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Stimulus Bill Is a $1.9 Trillion Clunker  —  Senate Republicans are eager to get aid where it's needed, reopen schools and encourage work.  —  Democrats are anxious for any excuse to blow up the Senate filibuster, the last procedural hurdle to one-party government.
Walter Olson / The Dispatch:
House Democrats Go Fox Hunting  —  There is no ‘fake news’ exception to the First Amendment.  —  4 hr ago  —  When elected officials browbeat the executives of regulated telecom, video, and app companies trying to get them to drop the main news channel of the political opposition …
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Sarah McCammon / NPR:
Evangelical Leaders Condemn ‘Radicalized Christian Nationalism’  —  A coalition of evangelical Christian leaders is condemning the role of “radicalized Christian nationalism” in feeding the political extremism that led to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of former President Trump.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Times Calls for Workplace Changes in Diversity Report  —  “The Times is a difficult environment for many of our colleagues,” the report found.  People of color described “unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”  —  Top executives at The New York Times …
Discussion: CNN, more at Mediagazer »
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
Major Trump backer Rebekah Mercer orchestrates Parler's second act  —  Mercer, whose family also invested in right-wing news site Breitbart, controls two of the three board seats at the company  —  When social media website Parler's founding CEO John Matze was pushed out last month …
John Gizzi / Newsmax:
Will Ex-Sen. Perdue's Exit Mean Sen. Herschel Walker, R-Ga.?  —  Not since Aug. 20, 1956, when former Sen. Millard Tydings, D-Md., suddenly withdrew from a bid for the seat he lost six years earlier, has the abandonment of a former U.S. senator from a comeback campaign had such an impact …
Des Moines Register:
It violates free press rights to bring to trial a Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest  —  Editorial: The pending charges against a Register reporter who was arrested while covering a social justice protest last spring are a clear infringement on the freedom of the press.
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 and MarketWatch
NBC News:
Democrats' biggest gains from 2008-2020 came in these Georgia counties  —  WASHINGTON — When former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., announced this week that he will pass on a 2022 Senate comeback bid, he went out of his way to suggest that Georgia “is not a blue state.”
Discussion: New York Times and HotAir
Phil Mattingly / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden's Covid plan gets backing from more than 150 top business leaders  —  What Biden said he would do for the Covid-19 economy  —  (CNN)More than 150 senior executives from some of the largest American companies across several major industries have lined …
ProPublica:
Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business  —  Amid a 2018 Turkish military campaign, Facebook ultimately sided with Turkey's demand to block the page of a mostly Kurdish militia.  “I am fine with this,” Sandberg wrote.
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
Joel Kotkin / The American Mind:
Economic Civil War  —  Inside the bitter battle over America's new geography.  —  Our national divide is usually cast in terms of ideology, race, climate, and gender.  But it might be more accurate to see our national conflict as regional and riven by economic function.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
‘Keep the schools shut’: Teachers rage against the machine  —  ROCKVILLE, Maryland — “Enough is enough,” declared Jeremy Levine, a featured speaker at the teachers union rally.  “You will not sacrifice our lives, disrupt our communities, and endanger our students, for what?  Test scores?
Argus Leader:
‘His face was in your windshield, Jason.’ Ravnsborg videos provide more details about fatal crash  —  Danielle Ferguson Joe Sneve Jonathan EllisSioux Falls Argus Leader … North Dakota investigators were skeptical that South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg didn't know he had struck …
Washington Free Beacon:
Lincoln Project Received $32 Million in Free Media from CNN, MSNBC Since Weaver Scandal Broke  —  Allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against Lincoln Project cofounder John Weaver were first reported in the American Conservative on Jan. 11.  Since then, the embattled super PAC …
Discussion: Salon
David Siders / Politico:
Texas disaster puts Beto O'Rourke back in business  —  While Ted Cruz was getting clobbered for fleeing Texas amid its historic winter storm, the Democrat he defeated in 2018, Beto O'Rourke, was already deep into disaster relief mode — soliciting donations for storm victims …
Discussion: El Paso Times and HuffPost
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
GOP testing ways to make relief package a burden for battleground Democrats  —  Republicans tasked with winning back the House majority in 2022 see an opportunity in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that Democrats plan to push through Congress in the coming weeks, most likely without GOP support.
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 and Twitchy
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Examiner:
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Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
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The National Pulse:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
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The Stanford Review:
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