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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
A Capitol rioter texted his ex during the insurrection to call her a ‘moron,’ feds say.  She turned him in.  —  Standing on the Capitol steps on Jan. 6, Richard Michetti allegedly took a break from the rioting to argue with his ex-girlfriend over text message.
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Peter Hall / Morning Call:
Pennsylvania man charged in Capitol insurrection after ex-girlfriend turns him in to FBI
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and Raw Story
CNN:
Trump's tax returns and related records turned over to Manhattan district attorney  —  (CNN)Tax records that former President Donald Trump tried to keep secret for years are now in the hands of the New York district attorney.  —  Prosecutors obtained the records on Monday, according to a source …
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Kate Bennett / CNN:
Trump plots future — and revenge — from sunny Florida links  —  (CNN)In a South Florida war room, occupied most days by a party of one, a former President of the United States is plotting his return — and his revenge.  —  He typically spends mornings on his nearby golf course …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
New public report to blame Saudi crown prince for 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Biden administration will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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NBC News:
Trump was once a CPAC pariah. Now he's the confab's king
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and The Week
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter announces paid Super Follows to let you charge for tweets  —  It's also planning a groups feature  —  Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge their followers for access to additional content, and the ability to create and join groups based around specific interests.
Liat Kaplan / New York Times:
My Year of Grief and Cancellation  —  What was I trying to accomplish with my anonymous Tumblr?  —  If you were on Tumblr in the early 2010s, you may remember a blog called Your Fave Is Problematic.  If not, its content should still sound familiar to you.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Marjorie Taylor Greene blasted for attacking colleague's transgender daughter: ‘Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel’  —  After a contentious debate on the Equality Act, which would extend civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community, Rep. Marie Newman (D-Ill.) on Wednesday raised …
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CNN:
Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob
Andrew Kaczynski / Washington Post:
My baby daughter died of brain cancer.  Here's what we can do to save other kids.  —  Opinion by Andrew Kaczynski  —  Andrew Kaczynski is an investigative reporter and founder of CNN's KFile Team.  —  It was a beautiful September day that began with a long, relaxing walk across Brooklyn …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol Police chief: Security will remain high due to State of the Union threat  —  The Capitol Police is keeping its security posture high in response to intelligence that indicates some extremists who joined the Jan. 6 insurrection have discussed plans to attack the building during the State of the Union …
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Costco raises its minimum wage above rivals like Amazon, Target and Best Buy  —  New York (CNN Business)Costco will raise its starting rate for hourly store workers in the United States to $16 an hour, putting its starting wage above rivals such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy.
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New York Times:
Nursing Homes, Once Hotspots, Far Outpace U.S. in Covid Declines  —  20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 120% of weekly deaths compared with start of vaccinations July Sept. Nov. Jan. 2021 Feb. 7Vaccinationrollout begins  —  Deaths among nursing home residents have dropped significantly since vaccinations began.
Discussion: Forbes and KFF
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Way to Fix the Lincoln Project: Shut It Down for Good  —  When it comes to spectacular tumbles from grace, the founders of the Lincoln Project turn out to be devotees of the classics: lust, predation, greed, hypocrisy, false pride.  —  Their reliance on old standbys, however …
Discussion: Fox News
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Rob Stutzman / San Francisco Chronicle:   The spectacular rise and fall of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
What terrible things did Neera Tanden tweet?  The truth.  —  Can you believe that Neera Tanden called Hillary Clinton the “anti-Christ” and the “real enemy”?  —  Oh, wait.  It was Ryan Zinke who said those things.  Fifty-one Republican senators (and several Democrats …
Discussion: Twitchy and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Assessing the Impact of Absentee Voting on Turnout and Democratic Vote Margin in 2020  —  Dear Readers: Tomorrow at noon, the McIntire School of Commerce will be hosting a virtual event featuring Sonja Hoel Perkins, a UVA alumna.  A preeminent venture capitalist and philanthropist …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Daniel N. Gullotta / The Bulwark:
QAnon and the Satanic Panics of Yesteryear  —  What they can teach us about what to expect.  —  Many details concerning the beliefs of QAnon are bizarre and difficult to piece together.  Ambitious works of journalism, decent explainer articles, and even a vast and messy Wikipedia page …
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The GOP's choice in 2024: Trump Ultra, Trump Lite or Trump Zero  —  At least eight 2024 hopefuls will speak at CPAC, the conservative movement's premier conference this weekend in Florida, giving Republicans their clearest look yet at who's competing in the traditional GOP presidential lanes.
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Washington Post
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some journalists are debating when it's okay to use the n-word.  But this one should be easy.  —  A lot of problems facing the media industry have no easy solutions: Rampant disinformation.  The hemorrhaging of ad revenue that is destroying local newspapers.  Cable news shows that offer little more than fodder for outrage.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The GOP is not even trying to disguise its racism anymore  —  This week, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) played up White victim mentality during the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Merrick Garland.  Kennedy took issue with Garland's use of the term “implicit bias,” …
Discussion: Forbes, EXPOSEDbyCMD and NBC News
Errol Louis / New York Daily News:
What my father taught me: Remembering Edward J. Louis  —  This week I lost my hero and best friend, Edward J. Louis.  Let me tell you about this extraordinary man.  —  My father, from as long back as I can remember, would load a gun and quietly leave the house to hunt down criminals.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Former Trump adviser says McCarthy ‘has to go’ over Liz Cheney impeachment vote fallout  —  A previous adviser for former President Donald Trump said that he wants to see the party rid itself of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  —  Peter Navarro, who served as Trump's trade adviser …
Viola Zhou / VICE:
China Gave US Diplomats Anal COVID Tests ‘In Error,’ American Officials Say  —  The U.S. State Department says it is committed to preserving the “dignity” of American diplomats.  —  VZ  —  The Chinese government has promised to stop using anal swabs on American diplomats to test for COVID-19 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kennedy: I'm sorry for calling Tanden a ‘whack job’  —  GOP Sen. John Kennedy apologized on Thursday for calling President Joe Biden's embattled budget chief pick, Neera Tanden, a “whack job.”  —  Kennedy said he regretted the remark about Tanden.  The Louisianan explained that he was searching …
NBC News:
Lawyers have found the parents of 105 separated migrant children in past month … WASHINGTON — The lawyers working to reunite immigrant parents and children separated by the Trump administration reported Wednesday that they have found the parents of 105 children in the past month.
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and The Hill
Axios:
Senate confirms former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary  —  The Senate voted 64-35 on Thursday to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as secretary of the Department of Energy.  —  Why it matters: Granholm, only the second woman to head the department …
Thomas Black / Bloomberg:
UPS Expects 40% Jump in Vaccine Doses Next Week, Peak in May  — Courier and rival FedEx now reach 100,000 distribution points  — Delivery networks prepare for third vaccine as J&J nears nod  —  United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. are ramping up vaccine distribution …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Iran's nuclear program and regional behavior should be dealt with separately, Israel tells U.S.  —  Israeli national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat told his U.S. counterpart Jake Sullivan in a secure video call two weeks ago that Israel thinks Iran's nuclear program should be dealt …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Mehdi Hasan joins MSNBC weekend lineup with new opinion program  —  MSNBC is giving former Al Jazeera journalist and author Mehdi Hasan a spot in its prime-time lineup as the cable news network expands its opinion programming.  —  Hasan, 42, is currently a political analyst on MSNBC and hosts …
Discussion: The Hill and Variety
Washington Post:
Biden squeezed on immigration policy, bracing for border crisis  —  President Biden promised to restore the United States' reputation as a “beacon for the globe” by reopening the nation's doors to immigrants and refugees.  But he has infuriated some supporters by expelling tens of thousands of migrants …
CNN:
Cuomo denies former aide's sexual harassment allegations  —  New York (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is denying allegations from a former aide who accused him of sexual harassment, including an unwanted kiss, in a Medium post on Wednesday.  —  Lindsey Boylan alleged that in 2018 …
USA Today:
Exclusive: US counterterrorism operations touched 85 countries in the last 3 years alone  —  The U.S. is still aggressively tackling terrorism, Costs of War data shows — perhaps in farther reaches of the globe than many Americans realize.  —  Nearly 20 months after the Sept. 11 attacks …
Discussion: The Hill, Common Dreams and Defense One
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
Woman Accused of Stealing Nancy Pelosi's Laptop Appears in Video Making Nazi Salute  —  On January 6, 2021, Riley June Williams, a 22-year-old home care worker from Pennsylvania, was one of roughly 800 rioters who breached the US Capitol building in Washington D.C. While many engaged …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Why Biden Prefers Politicians Over Experts  —  Cabinet secretaries need political skills far more than subject-matter expertise.  —  Senator Ted Cruz (AWOL-Cancun) is on a roll, criticizing Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services …
 
 
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James Arkin / Politico:
Early crowd of candidates pack Democratic Senate primaries
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The GOP might oppose one of the most popular bills in decades. How risky is that?
Manon Dark / Daily Express:
Putin blasts West for ‘trying to shackle’ Russia as relations ‘at lowest since Cold War’
Discussion: The Spectator
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
Here's what GOP insiders are saying about the 2024 presidential field: It's still Trump's party, but it's Ron DeSantis' moment
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