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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Did the Pentagon wait for Trump's approval before defending the Capitol?  —  Three hours and 19 minutes.  —  That's how long it took from the first, desperate pleas for help from the Capitol Police to the Trump Pentagon on Jan. 6 until the D.C. National Guard finally received permission to help put down the bloody insurrection.
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Washington Post:
The Pentagon delayed three hours in sending troops on Jan. 6. It still hasn't given a good reason.
Discussion: Associated Press
Alana Wise / NPR:
DOD Took Hours To Approve National Guard Request During Capitol Riot, Commander Says
New York Times:
Inspector General's Report Cites Elaine Chao for Using Office to Help Family  —  The Justice Department under the Trump administration declined to open a criminal investigation into the actions by Ms. Chao when she was transportation secretary.  —  WASHINGTON — While serving …
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Inspector General Report Says Elaine Chao May Have Violated Federal Ethics Laws  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Two months after Elaine Chao resigned as secretary of transportation …
BuzzFeed News:
David Brooks's Side Hustle Was Funded By Facebook And Jeff Bezos's Father  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks is drawing a second salary for his work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook and other large donors — a fact he has not disclosed in his columns.
Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs 2024 White House Run Without Mike Pence, Allies Say  — Pence drew Trump's ire by not rejecting Biden electoral votes  — Former president has said he's considering another run in 2024  —  Donald Trump is telling allies he's strongly considering another run for president in 2024 …
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Washington Post:
Murkowski emerges as focus of Biden effort to find GOP support for his agenda  —  As early as December, the incoming Biden administration began to woo a Republican who could prove pivotal in their legislative efforts: Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.  —  As transition officials sifted through …
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Washington Post:
Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats  —  President Biden has agreed to narrow eligibility for a new round of $1,400 stimulus payments in his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, under pressure from moderate Senate Democrats who've pushed for more “targeted” spending in the bill.
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Brad Heath / Reuters:
U.S. suspends federal agent who joined crowd outside Capitol during rampage, lawyer says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was outside the Capitol when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, his lawyer said …
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Sole GOP vote on House police reform bill says he ‘accidentally pressed the wrong voting button’  —  Rep. Lance Gooden (Texas), the only House Republican to vote in favor the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday, tweeted Wednesday evening that he cast the wrong ballot by accident.
Discussion: Politico, National File and Fox News
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Washington Post:
House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd
United States Capitol Police:
Capitol Police Increase Security Following Threat
Washington Post:
In Trump probe, Manhattan district attorney puts pressure on his longtime chief financial officer  —  The Manhattan district attorney is delving deeply into the personal and financial affairs of the chief financial officer for former president Donald Trump's company, probing the extent …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill as GOP legislatures push to restrict voting  —  The House late Wednesday night passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting, advancing a centerpiece …
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The Guardian:
Brexit: Northern Ireland loyalist armies renounce Good Friday Agreement  —  Loyalist Communities Council warns of ‘strength of feeling’ over border checks but says protests about Northern Ireland Protocol should stay peaceful  —  A body that claims to represent loyalist paramilitary organisations …
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Apple Threatens North Dakota, Suffers Crushing Loss in Arizona: “A Lot of It is Just Fear”  —  Facebook, Apple, Google do not obey the law.  Lawmakers know it.  —  4 hr ago  —  Welcome to BIG, a newsletter about the politics of monopoly and finance.  If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here.
Asher Price / Austin American-Statesman:
3 out of 4 Abbott medical advisers say they were not consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate  —  Texas' top health official said Wednesday he did not speak with Gov. Greg Abbott before the governor announced Tuesday he would end his statewide mask order and “open Texas 100%.”
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Maybe It's a Good Thing Andrew Cuomo Is Still Governor  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands accused by three different women of sexual harassment.  And yet, oddly enough, he is still serving as governor.  And that, friends, may be a good thing.  —  In Monday's New York Times …
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse to Sell for Roughly $50 Million  —  The late financier and convicted sex offender's Upper East Side home originally asked $88 million.  —  The New York City townhouse of the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is in contract to sell …
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘She wished that she had spoken up more’: Why a Madison woman's obituary asks people to donate to Ron Johnson's 2022 opponent  —  Carol Lindeen raised her children to avoid certain topics — like politics, religion and money — in mixed company.  —  “If you were at a social gathering …
Martin Austermuhle / DCist:
Two Transformer Statues At Center Of Georgetown Debate  —  The fate of humanity may not exactly have been at stake, but still the battle was on.  —  On one side, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.  On the other, a Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  (Cue dramatic music.)
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Rantz: Man calls 911 on self to ‘goad’ cops into George Floyd incident, reports Black man with gun  —  Arlington Police were called to a bus stop near a middle school after a report of a young Black man brandishing a handgun.  That man, Tamon Leverette, later said that “he was stopped and frisked” …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
US decision not to punish crown prince puts us in grave danger, Saudi exiles say  —  Dissidents decry lack of sanctions for Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi killing and warn of ‘permanent impunity’ for Saudi heir  —  Exiled dissidents who have been warned about threats against them by Saudi Arabia …
New York Times:
Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones  —  Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has quietly imposed temporary limits …
Discussion: Insider and IJR
Erin Banco / Politico:
CDC delays guidelines for vaccinated people  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be releasing its guidance for vaccinated Americans on Thursday as originally planned, according to two senior administration officials with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: RedState
Meron Rapoport / +972 Magazine:
Israel denies COVID vaccine to Palestinian student at Tel Aviv University  —  The student, who lives in the West Bank, was barred from receiving a vaccine after traveling for hours to the university for a campus-wide vaccination drive.  —  Israel's Health Ministry barred a Palestinian woman …
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Donald Trump's Gab Account Uses an Email Address Belonging to the Extremist Platform's CEO … Gab, the far-right social network that's known as a safe space for hate speech, QAnon believers, Trump election fraud conspiracists, and white supremacist terrorists, was hacked pretty badly.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
How YouTube failed the 2020 election test  —  Three takeaways from a post-mortem on misinformation in the 2020 campaign  —  Today let's talk about a comprehensive new report on election integrity, and the particularly low marks it gave to one platform in particular.  —  I.
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Stockton's Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off  —  Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, did something remarkable: It brought back welfare.  —  Using donated funds, the industrial city on the edge of the Bay Area tech economy launched a small demonstration program …
Discussion: Insider, WINK NEWS and The Hill
 
 
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Tovia Smith / NPR:
‘Exit Counselors’ Strain To Pull Americans Out Of A Web Of False Conspiracies
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trade fairness and economic recovery on Biden's national security agenda
Discussion: The Hill and USA Today
Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
Gov. Newsom suggests teachers ‘not comfortable going back in’ won't be required to return to schools
Discussion: California Governor and Townhall
FiveThirtyEight:
How Marjorie Taylor Greene Won, And Why Someone Like Her Can Win Again
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and Breitbart
BuzzFeed News:
ID Requirements Are Meant To Stop Vaccine Tourists, But They Can Also Shut Out Vulnerable Residents
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Bari Weiss / Deseret News:
The silenced majority  —  In red America and blue America, an epidemic of self-censorship is threatening democracy
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
1619, 1776, and Us  —  What the conflict over the NYT extravaganza and the much-mocked Trump commission report is really about.
Discussion: HistoryNet
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
Alabama Senate votes to make hormone therapy and surgery for trans youth a felony
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Lin Wood Booted From Lawyers Club After Calling for Pence's Execution
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
‘Vial Of Death’: Louis Farrakhan Pushes Vaccine Conspiracy Theories In Videos Posted On Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: Final Call News and HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
The Billionaire Behind the Biggest U.S. Tax Fraud Case Ever Filed
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Zero COVID Risk Is the Wrong Standard