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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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot  —  The FBI on Thursday arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, on charges related to the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, marking the first known instance of an appointee of President Donald Trump facing criminal prosecution …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Trump State Department Aide Arrested on Capitol Riot Charges  —  The F.B.I. said on Thursday that it had arrested a former State Department aide on charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including unlawful entry, violent and disorderly conduct, obstructing Congress and law enforcement …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McCarthy struggles to manage Trump
Matt Dixon / Politico:
DeSantis and Pence tied in new poll of Trump voters
Evan Perez / CNN:
Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters
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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Wall Street Journal:
Cuomo Advisers Altered Report on Covid-19 Nursing-Home Deaths  —  Changes resulted in a significant undercount of the death toll attributed to long-term-care facility residents  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisers successfully pushed state health officials to strip a public report …
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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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Civil War: Trump attacks Republican strategist Rove, who fires back  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump intensified his war with the Republican establishment on Thursday by attacking Karl Rove, a longtime Republican strategist who criticized Trump's first speech since leaving office …
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
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Paul Gosar Spoke At A White Nationalist Conference. The GOP Doesn't Care.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Paul Gosar: MTG In Lifts
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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Washington Post:
Pressure grows on Biden to end the filibuster  —  Pressure is building on President Biden, a longtime backer of traditional Washington rules, to do away with the filibuster and other procedures, as Democrats press him to seize what could be a fleeting moment of power to enact a progressive agenda.
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CNN:
The most important exception the Senate can make
William Cubbison / Cambridge Core:   Suppressing Black Votes: A Historical Case Study of Voting Restrictions in Louisiana
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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Dems strike new unemployment benefits deal in $1.9T Covid bill  —  Senate Democrats struck a new deal on the unemployment benefits in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, shortly before debate on the bill reached its peak.
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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 …
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Agree to Lower Weekly Jobless Benefits in Covid-19 Aid Bill  —  Senators are working on $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation that includes stimulus checks, jobless aid and other measures  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats have agreed to lower the weekly unemployment benefits …
Discussion: Forbes, NPR, The Hill, Slate and Eater NY
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 …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
GOP seizes on women's sports as unlikely wedge issue  —  Republicans are laying claim to an unlikely mantle: the party of women's sports.  —  Eager to find a winning culture war issue, former President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders are increasingly touting themselves as champions …
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.
Daily Mail:
MSNBC's Joy Reid sparks outrage by saying conservatives would ‘trade all the tax cuts in the world to be able to openly say the n-word’ - after claiming Texas was reopening because white people want black people back ‘making them steaks’  — MSNBC host Joy Reid's comments have been slammed …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers  —  The Biden administration is defending the president's decision to prioritize vaccinations for teachers and school staff.  —  Critics charge it will deepen inequalities around vaccine access and allege President Biden is bowing to pressure from teachers unions.
Discussion: Associated Press and HotAir
Spectrum News Central NY:
Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins: “I Am So, So Disappointed”  —  Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins told Capital Tonight she is disappointed that society is still dealing with sexual harassment in 2021.  —  When asked if she told the governor as much, she replied, “No, I haven't told him that.”
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
U.S. Optimism About COVID-19 Situation Reaches New High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the U.S., Americans have become markedly more upbeat in their views of the trajectory of the situation, and their worries about access to testing and medical supplies and services have eased.
Discussion: CNN, Los Angeles Times and The Hill
Washington Examiner:
Then they came for Dr. Seuss  —  It was not long ago that Vice President Kamala Harris found it advantageous to go on Twitter and wish the late prolific poet Dr. Seuss a happy birthday.  “Happy birthday, #DrSeuss!” she wrote, further quoting him, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
‘I...really struggled through this one’: A Republican senator chose history over oil and gas  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted to confirm Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination as the first Native American interior secretary  —  Rep. Deb Haaland's bid to become the first Native American interior secretary …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden White House Chief Learns From Obama Mistakes to Sell Covid-19 Plan  —  Ron Klain is advancing an administration strategy to engage Republicans while preparing to pass the president's policies without their support  —  WASHINGTON—White House chief of staff Ron Klain is trying to avoid …
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Politico:
Biden World gives a shoulder shrug to the raging culture wars  —  There's a war on The Muppets.  And “The Cat and the Hat!”  —  But Biden is busy.  He has no time for all that.  —  Over the past few weeks, Republicans have simmered over the “cancellation” of seemingly innocent family favorites …
CBS News:
You've been vaccinated — the CDC is finalizing guidance on what's safe for you to do  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finalizing guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines should and shouldn't do, according to two sources at the agency familiar with its drafting.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos, The Hill and IJR
SBG San Antonio / KDBC:
Gov. Abbott to announce bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints  —  SAN ANTONIO (WOAI/KABB) — Governor Greg Abbott will hold a press conference Friday, regarding a bill to prohibit social media companies from ‘censoring Texans’.  According to a press release …
Discussion: KXAN-TV and The Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Christopher Rugaber / Associated Press:
Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery
David Aaro / Fox News:
Kentucky bill would make it a crime to insult police officers
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Chief Of World-Renowned Medical Journal Has Repeatedly Bashed US, Praised China For Coronavirus Response
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
The occupation of Washington and liberals' deepest fear
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
The Times of Israel:
Man wielding knife overpowered outside Jewish school, kosher store in France
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden meeting Quad amid own pivot toward Asia
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The Princetonian:
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Chris Spargo / RADAR:
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Zack Stanton / Politico:
The Rise of the Biden Republicans
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Trump Appointee At VOA Parent Paid Law Firm Millions To Investigate His Own Staff
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
What Does National Security Even Mean Anymore, After January 6th and the Pandemic?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars