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Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor  —  Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell Axios.
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters' Towns, Study Finds  —  Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic white population were the most likely to produce insurrectionists.  —  When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Robert A. Pape / Washington Post:
What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us  —  Opinion by Robert A. Pape  —  Robert A. Pape is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The unserious comparisons between Colorado's voting laws and Georgia's new one  —  From the moment Major League Baseball pulled its All Star Game out of Georgia over the state's new voting law, conservative defenders of the law have predicted impending hypocrisy.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Built on a lie’: Jen Psaki annihilates Peter Doocy's misleading question on Georgia voting  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday pushed back against the assertion that Georgia's new voting laws are less restrictive than Colorado's laws.  —  Psaki was asked the question …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Patagonia giving $1 million for voting rights after new Georgia law
Discussion: Savannah Morning News
Medium:
Letter From Former Senior National Security, Military, and Elected Officials Calling On Congress To Create A Bipartisan 1/6 Commission  —  Frmr Nat'l Security, Military, & Elected Officials  —  We are former senior national security, military, and elected officials who have represented or served Democrats …
Discussion: CBS News
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Axios:
DeSantis milks “60 Minutes” spat  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally with his eyes on the White House, is dialing up a dispute with “60 Minutes” — seizing on a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media.  —  Why it matters: It's a political gift akin …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Story Cannot Always Be the Reaction of the Republican Party
Discussion: HotAir and RedState
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
Politico:
Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) built a public profile as an unapologetic, unambiguous, omnipresent booster of President Donald Trump.  —  But as his own political career skids toward disaster amid allegations that he had sex with a minor and paid for sex …
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Gaetz Fundraises Off Of Alleged Sex Trafficking Investigation
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and New York Post
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and comeback, dies at 84  —  Congressman Alcee Hastings, whose life was marked by perseverance, calamity and a comeback, has died.  He was 84.  —  Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer …
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
U.S. considering joining boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics, State Department says  — The potential diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games comes as the Biden administration works to rally allies to mount international pushback on China.  — The Olympic Games are due to take place between Feb. 4 to Feb. 20.
Discussion: The Week, OutKick and Political Wire
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Rick Scott slams Biden for backing MLB Georgia boycott, being silent on moving Olympics out of China
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema Defends Filibuster as Pressure Mounts From Progressives  —  Arizona Democrat says the problem is senators' behavior, not the chamber's rules  —  PHOENIX— Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has emerged as the staunchest Democratic defender of the filibuster, brushing off fire …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Doormen Who Stood By After Brutal Attack on Asian Woman Are Fired  —  One was seen on video closing the door to the Midtown Manhattan building after the attack, as the victim, a Filipino-American woman, lay on the street outside.  —  The lobby staff members who closed the door …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Coming (Cancel) Culture War  —  The Republican plan to make 2022 about wokeness run amok is less stupid (and even more cynical) than it sounds  —  The battle lines have been drawn.  Democrats are running on an agenda of steady leadership, vaccinating people, distributing $1400 relief checks …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Trump White House provided reporters with a gusher of leaks.  With Biden, everything's changed.  —  After two and a half months of Joe Biden's presidency, something is missing from the news coverage of his administration: Leaks.  —  Juicy details about the president's behind-the-scenes conduct and decision-making?
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Actual Comedians Roast Greg Gutfeld's New Fox News ‘Comedy’ Show  —  “It's like watching a guy going through a divorce doing an impression of Bill Maher,” one comedian told us.  And that was one of the kinder critiques.  —  The morning after Fox News premiered its deeply unfunny foray …
Carol Robinson / al.com:
$500,000 Jefferson Davis chair stolen in Selma will be a toilet unless Confederate group hangs banner, email claims  —  A Confederate monument valued at $500,000 was stolen in March from a Selma cemetery, officials confirmed today.  —  This morning, a group that claims to have taken the monument …
Matt Pusatory / wusa9.com:
Police: Active shooter dead in Frederick, 2 hurt  —  The two victim are in critical condition, according to the Frederick police chief.  —  FREDERICK, Md. — Two people are in critical condition and a suspect is dead after a shooting in Frederick.  —  Police in Frederick responded to an an active shooter in the city Tuesday morning.
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Washington Post:
Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.  —  There are plenty of fish in the swamp, but some of the best-connected ones live in a 200-gallon aquarium at Reince Priebus's house.  —  “It's not just saltwater fish, but an actual reef,” Priebus explained in a recent phone call.
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
CDC director cites Illinois bar superspreader event as reason for continued caution  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky cited a new report showing that one bar reopening led to dozens of new COVID-19 cases as a reason for social distancing.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List  —  CALEXICO, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two Yemeni men within the last 2 months that were identified on a terrorism watch list.
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Tumbles Nearly 300 Spots In Billionaire Ranks  —  The former president, who prides himself on his business acumen, refused to divest his assets upon taking office.  Had he sold out in 2017 and reinvested in the market, he'd be an estimated $1.6 billion richer.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden set to announce he's moving deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday that he is moving up his deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by almost two weeks.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why half-hearted conservative boycotts rarely take root  —  One of the first times that Donald Trump publicly called for a boycott, it was not over a key civil rights or humanitarian issue.  It was, instead, about an annoying TV ad.  —  “Get rid of this commercial,” Trump said in a video recorded at Trump Tower in 2011.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?  —  This week's Supreme Court orders list again featured a dog that noisily did not bark: abortion.  There was no action on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which concerns whether a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia's New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion  —  A reminder from a January phone call that the reform bill by congressional Democrats may not have the proper protections.  —  What would have happened if the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, had responded, “OK …
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Montana Governor Who Rescinded Mask Mandate Now Has COVID  —  QUARANTINED  —  Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, who rescinded the state's mask mandate weeks after taking office, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The 59-year-old Republican got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Thursday …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Pfizer CEO says Trump told him vaccine ‘will help me’ with election  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says in an interview set to run Friday that former President Trump told him before last year's election that a coronavirus vaccine could help his chances.  —  On clips from “The Carlos Watson Show” …
Discussion: IJR
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Pastor running for governor lives in luxury $1.6M home — tax free  —  It's a stately home for the pastor of a humble church.  —  In 2015, Phil Rizzo — who leads City Baptist Church in Hudson County — and his wife, Jennifer, paid $1.55 million for a five bedroom, seven bath home …
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal  —  In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington's lifting of sanctions and Iran's limiting of uranium enrichment.  —  BRUSSELS — The United States and Iran agreed through intermediaries on Tuesday …
 
 
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
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MSNBC:
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Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Biden's Child Tax Credit Has a Fatal Flaw
Discussion: The National Interest
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden says psychedelic toad venom kept him sober for a year
Discussion: The Federalist
Mona Zhang / Politico:
Koch-backed group joins marijuana push after Zoom with Snoop Dogg
Discussion: REVOLT
CNN:
US Air Force test to launch ultra-fast hypersonic missile fails
Discussion: UPI and The National Interest
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Myre / NPR:
After A Major Hack, U.S. Looks To Fix A Cyber ‘Blind Spot’
The Daily Beast:
Why Republicans Can't Seem to Lay a Glove on Biden
American Greatness:
Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick
Discussion: NPR, Real Clear Politics and Politico
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Republican Party Isn't Rebranding After 2020
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's DHS may restart border wall construction to plug ‘gaps’
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
If It's Not Jim Crow, What Is It?