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Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says  —  On Thursday, the FBI arrested a political appointee of former president Donald Trump on charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a criminal complaint …
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump State Department Aide Arrested on Capitol Riot Charges
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Federico Klein, former Trump appointee charged in Capitol riot, wants jail cell without cockroaches
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, MSNBC and KNSD-TV
Riley Vetterkind / madison.com:
Ron Johnson: No decision on 2022 run but leaving office is ‘probably my preference now’  —  U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who has taken center stage this week in the U.S. Senate debate over a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, said he hasn't yet decided whether he'll run for his seat in 2022 …
New York Times:
Cuomo Aides Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Hide Higher Death Toll  —  The intervention was the earliest action yet known in an effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that concealed how many nursing home residents died in the pandemic.  —  Top aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo were alarmed …
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Bloomberg:
Two Top Female Aides Leave Andrew Cuomo Administration  —  Two more aides to Andrew Cuomo have left their jobs as the New York governor faces dual scandals over sexual-harassment claims and accusations his administration covered up nursing-home Covid deaths.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Burgess Everett / Politico:
8 Democrats defect on $15 minimum wage hike  —  The Senate on Friday is set to squash a bid to tack a $15 minimum wage to President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, with eight Democratic caucus members joining all 50 Republicans in rejecting the change.
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Gabe Friedman / The Times of Israel:
Charles Barkley fears hora at daughter's Jewish wedding  —  Basketball star tells Jimmy Kimmel he's been trying to lose weight 'because apparently they've got to pick me up in a chair.  Listen, I need all Jewish people on deck'  —  JTA — NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is looking forward …
Annalise Frank / Crain's Detroit Business:
Detroit Mayor Duggan doubles down on not wanting J&J vaccine for ‘foreseeable future’  — City rejects 6,200 Johnson & Johnson vaccines; that amount not replaced with Moderna, Pfizer  — Duggan said city's vaccination program is humming along and he wants Detroiters to get the best vaccine
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Ganesh Setty / CNN:
Detroit mayor declines Johnson & Johnson allotment, saying the other vaccines are better  —  Vaccine manufacturing official: You can't sacrifice safety and quality for speed  —  (CNN)Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan declined an initial allocation of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Americans largely back Biden's virus response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP groups quiet as billionaire donor stands accused of running biggest tax fraud scheme ever  — The billionaire accused of running the biggest tax fraud scheme in U.S. history was a prolific donor to Republican groups and causes.  — The leaders of those organizations have kept quiet on the accusations against him.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Guess who's fundraising for Liz Cheney  —  FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — PAUL RYAN is making clear where he stands in the ongoing intra-GOP battle over what to do about DONALD TRUMP.  Ryan's successor atop the House GOP, KEVIN MCCARTHY, may be walking a narrow line between the pro …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
At Least 30,000 U.S. Organizations Newly Hacked Via Holes in Microsoft's Email Software  —  At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns, cities and local governments — have over the past few days been hacked …
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Opts Not to Fix $16 Billion Power Overcharge  —  Utility commission says repricing power markets too difficult, despite recommendation that overcharges during storm be reversed  —  The Public Utility Commission of Texas on Friday signaled it didn't intend to reverse $16 billion …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Georgia Rewrite  —  The former President is unhappy with us for recognizing reality.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Former Presidents and Vice Presidents have told us how psychologically difficult the early months of lost political power can be.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Biden has decided not to wage war on ‘Neanderthal’ GOP governors.  Here's why.  —  This week, after President Biden slammed GOP governors for “Neanderthal thinking” over their suspensions of mask mandates, a whole lot of Republicans pretended to be outraged.  And a whole lot of folks in the media pretended to believe them.
Discussion: New York Times
Christopher Hahn / Occupy Democrats:
Dear Moderate Senate Dems: Please help America, it's our last shot  —  Moderate Senate Democrats are living in the 1990s and need to wake up to the reality that Americans elect majorities to govern, not to stay in neutral to avoid any perceived future offense.
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Politico:
Democrats, GOP tussle for Manchin's vote in frozen Covid aid debate
HuffPost:
Revealed: The Star-Spangled Trumper Filmed Attacking Cops At The Capitol  —  Robert Scott Palmer assaulted police with a fire extinguisher on Jan. 6 — and he's still at large.  Meet one of the online sleuths working to change that.  —  With bright red and white stripes across his body …
U.S. Department of Justice:
John David McAfee And Executive Adviser Of His Cryptocurrency Team Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Fraud And Money Laundering Conspiracy Crimes  —  Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works  —  A promising bill to ensure African-Americans' civil rights was snuffed out by a Senate filibuster in 1891.  —  This is the story of how a bill to save the vote and preserve a semblance of democracy for millions of Americans died …
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Associated Press:
Giuliani probe awaits Garland as he nears AG confirmation  —  NEW YORK (AP) — With Merrick Garland poised to be confirmed as attorney general as early as next week, one of the first major questions he is likely to encounter is what to do about Rudy Giuliani.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Alayna Treene / Axios:
U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.
Politico:
GOP grapples with extremist episodes among its own  —  The House GOP's No. 3 leader recently urged Republicans to make clear they're not the party of white supremacy.  Two days later, one of their members spoke at a conference organized by a known white nationalist.
Mardi Link / Traverse City Record-Eagle:
Charter jets, dinners with Trump: New details surface in Antrim County election lawsuit  —  BELLAIRE — Political operatives working on behalf of a man who filed an election lawsuit against Antrim County, identified themselves to township officials as representing Rudy Giuliani's legal team …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell sues Trump and close allies over Capitol riot in second major insurrection lawsuit  —  Rep. Thompson explains use of the KKK act in lawsuit against Trump  —  Washington (CNN)Former House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell has sued former President Donald Trump …
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
“60 Minutes” plays nice with the QAnon Shaman … If you'd prefer to listen to today's newsletter, click play. … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  Arriving for the first jailhouse interview with the Trump insurrectionist known as the “QAnon Shaman,” 60 Minutes+ this week provided a surprisingly gentle …
American Greatness:
A Family on Trial for January 6  —  The Justice Department, which acts more like a consigliere for the Democratic Party than an impartial enforcer of the rule of law, wants to ruin the Cua family and send a message to others.  —  Bruno Joseph Cua lives on a three-acre farm in central Georgia with his parents and two younger siblings.
Politico:
Biden backs new war powers vote in Congress, White House says  —  President Joe Biden intends to work with Congress to repeal the war authorizations that have underpinned U.S. military operations across the globe for the past two decades and negotiate a new one that reins in the open-ended nature …
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
A Vexing Question for Democrats: What Drives Latino Men to Republicans?  —  Several voters said values like individual responsibility and providing for one's family, and a desire for lower taxes and financial stability, led them to reject a party embraced by their parents.
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Lindell Is Readying Another Documentary and Lawsuit That He Claims Will Finally Convince SCOTUS the Election Was Stolen  —  In February, right-wing conspiracy theorist and MyPillow founder Mike Lindell announced that he would be releasing “the most important documentary” in history …
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
A Leading Critic of Big Tech Is Expected to Join the White House  —  Tim Wu's appointment to the National Economic Council would signal a confrontational approach by the Biden administration.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden is expected to name Tim Wu, a Columbia University law professor …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Kanye's Zombie Campaign Attracts Teen Donors—and Feds' Scrutiny  —  GENIUS  —  “In five-plus years of doing this I've never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.  —  Former Birthday Party presidential …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
The Navy tried to cast Capt. Brett Crozier as a villain.  New emails reveal how much support he really had … The Navy has repeatedly blamed Capt. Brett Crozier for the unprecedented novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt last year …
Discussion: Insider
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Living in Texas right now feels like an exercise in survival  —  DALLAS — As spring makes inroads down here in North Texas, the impending reopening of the state feels ominously like a death trap.  —  At a Mexican restaurant in Lubbock this week, Gov. Greg Abbott (R)proclaimed that he would issue …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
If you can keep your head when Democrats are losing theirs  —  It's fun to quote Rudyard Kipling.  He was a fine poet, though not a great one, and also a wonderful storyteller.  His works include gems such as The Jungle Book, beloved by children and their parents for generations …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prominent retired generals aided Honoré review of Capitol security  —  Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, tapped by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to review Capitol security in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, is getting assistance from a “task force” of senior retired military officials …
Discussion: Defense One
 
 
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Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
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Anna Kate Munsey / The New Hampshire:
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