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Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The eruption of fake GOP outrage at MLB is actually very clarifying  —  Opinion by  —  Here's a juxtaposition that neatly captures the state of today's GOP: Republican lawmakers are telling their voters to get angry at corporations that express support for the voting rights of African Americans …
Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent.  Now He's Accused of Doing Just That  —  Matt and I forged an unlikely friendship in Congress, and he was one of the few colleagues who spoke out after a malicious nude-photo leak upended my life.
Rep. Matt Gaetz / Washington Examiner:
The swamp is out to drown me with false charges, but I'm not giving up  —  Washington scandal cycles are predictable, and sex is especially potent in politics.  Let me first remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Dismisses Case on Trump Blocking Twitter Followers as Moot  —  Plaintiffs lawyer applauds precedent of lower-court ruling against ex-president; Justice Thomas criticizes Twitter's permanent ban of Trump after Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a lawsuit …
Discussion: USA Today, Amy Howe and NBC News
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show  —  The Supreme Court rejected an attempt by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to overturn sanctions affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court for his threatening rant …
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Google wins big in Supreme Court clash with Oracle
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Supreme Court vacates ruling that Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking people on Twitter.
McConnell: Corporations Shouldn't Fall for Absurd Disinformation on Voting Laws  —  'There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here.  It's just a fake narrative gaining speed by its own momentum... Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas …
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: ‘Stay out of politics’
“60 Minutes Should Be Ashamed”: Dem Palm Beach County Mayor Says CBS Smeared Ron DeSantis With Publix Segment  —  Do you know how unfair a story has to be to a Republican, especially a Trumpist Republican with national ambitions, for multiple Democrats to step up in his defense?
National Review:
60 Minutes' Dishonest DeSantis Hit Job
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
How the wealthy cut the line during Florida's frenzied vaccine rollout
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Love Infrastructure, Unless It's Paid For, or Not Paid For  —  Republican Senators say they would love to pass a big infrastructure bill.  They are publicly begging Joe Biden to stop his partisan strategy and sit down with them to negotiate a bill both parties can support.
Andrea Shalal / Reuters:
Biden says no evidence higher corporate taxes will drive companies abroad
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Is Major League Baseball Expected to Boycott Georgia, While Other Businesses Aren't?  —  This Thursday, the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament will begin in Augusta, Ga., despite the National Black Justice Coalition calling upon the PGA Tour and Masters Tournament to pull the upcoming event …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Texas governor rejects first-pitch invite over MLB's All-Star snub
U.S. Senator for Florida, Marco Rubio:
Rubio Asks MLB Commissioner if He'll Give Up Augusta Golf Membership
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Burgess Everett / Politico:
2 Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan  —  Joe Manchin wants his party's leaders and President Joe Biden to make significant changes to their sweeping new tax-and-spend legislation — and he's got other Democratic senators with him.  —  The West Virginia Democrat is readying …
Arkansas Online:
Governor vetoes transgender bill, calls measure a ‘product of the cultural war’  —  Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday afternoon he vetoed a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth.  —  Hutchinson, a Republican, said he believed House Bill 1570 interfered with the relationship between doctors and patients.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Arkansas Gov. vetoes bill banning gender-affirming care for trans kids, calling it “extreme”
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and ArkansasTimes
Washington Post:
A QAnon revelation suggests the truth of Q's identity was right there all along  —  The extremist movement's leader had purported to be a top-secret government operative.  But a possible slip-up in a new documentary about QAnon suggests that Q was actually Ron Watkins, the longtime administrator of the 8kun message board.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
New York Times:
White Evangelical Resistance Is Obstacle in Vaccination Effort  —  Millions of white evangelical adults in the U.S. do not intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  Tenets of faith and mistrust of science play a role; so does politics.  —  Stephanie Nana, an evangelical Christian in Edmond …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money, NPR and TheBlaze
Wall Street Journal:
The New Shortage: Ketchup Can't Catch Up  —  The pandemic turned restaurants into takeout specialists, boosting demand for the condiment; ‘Everyone out there is grabbing for ketchup’  —  Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets.
The New York Times Company:
Frank Bruni Stepping Down as Columnist; Named Endowed Chair at Duke University  —  Frank is joining Duke University as an endowed chair in journalism in June.  He will no longer be a columnist but will continue to write his newsletter and will remain a contributing Opinion writer.
Discussion: The Hill
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Small-Time Landlords Struggle to Keep the Lights on as ‘Devastating’ Eviction Moratorium Continues  —  Stephanie Graves had a decision to make: buy new signage so she could open the pool at one of her apartment complexes, or pay the electric bill.  She couldn't afford both.  —  Ultimately, it wasn't a hard decision.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook pledged to suspend political donations, then quietly funneled $50,000 to GOP group pushing voter suppression laws  —  On January 11, Facebook announced that “following last week's awful violence” it was suspending donations from its political committee “for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies.”
Nick Paton Walsh / CNN:
Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic  —  (CNN)Russia is amassing unprecedented military might in the Arctic and testing its newest weapons in a region freshly ice-free due to the climate emergency, in a bid to secure its northern coast and open up a key shipping route from Asia to Europe.
McDonald's, Other CEOs Tell Investors $15 Minimum Wage Won't Hurt Business  —  Big restaurant chains are telling investors that a national minimum wage hike wouldn't be a big deal—even as their corporate lobbying groups in Washington fight plans for a $15 minimum wage.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly may have just revolutionized evictions |  Editorial  —  Philadelphia is on the verge of upending evictions as we know them.Last Wednesday, the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, which houses landlord-tenant court, released a new order following the extension of the CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium through June.
Daniel Kreiss / Wired:
Polarization Isn't America's Biggest Problem—or Facebook's  —  A debate is raging over the social media giant's role in dividing the country.  But it's the US's deeply-rooted inequities that tech should focus on.  —  LAST WEEK WAS a telling time in America.
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Are we entering a ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic?  Experts disagree.  —  The data doesn't look good.  After weeks of decline, the average number of new coronavirus infections reported each day is higher than it's been in a month.  The number of people in hospitals with covid-19 has been stubbornly stagnant since mid-March.
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IMN / Breaking911:
200 Companies Speak Out Against Election Reform Efforts, Including PayPal, Dow, HP, Microsoft, Uber, Under Armour
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void
Kate Gibson / CBS News:
Feds propose banning foreclosures across U.S. until 2022
Discussion: Political Wire
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Gayle Smith, who helped lead the U.S. response to Ebola, will run Biden's vaccine diplomacy.
Discussion: The Week
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The pandemic crime surge is a policing problem
 Earlier Items: 
David Roth / Defector:
Private Choices Have Public Consequences
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Dem Abuses Prompted Georgia Voting Law's Food-and-Drink Rule
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jewish Currents:
How Not to Fight Antisemitism  —  Responsa is an editorial column written by members …
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Biden and the waning of the ‘neoliberal’ era
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Soros group pledges $20 million to pass Biden plan
Discussion: Newsbusters, Breitbart and Fox News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘The 45th’: Why Trump is abandoning his iconic brand for a number
Discussion: Raw Story
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
Cheney snags victories ahead of her next battle with Trumpworld
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and NBC News