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Joe Manchin III / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin: I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster  —  Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, represents West Virginia in the Senate.  —  When Americans vote to send their two senators to Washington, they trust that they will work to represent the interests of their state on equal footing with 98 other senators.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Manchin says there is ‘no circumstance’ where he would vote to get rid of or ‘weaken’ the filibuster in blow to Biden agenda
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden to unveil long-awaited executive action on guns  —  President Joe Biden will unveil a package of executive actions to curb gun violence on Thursday — a step that is likely to be cheered by increasingly impatient advocates despite being relatively modest in scope.
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Associated Press:
Biden to announce executive actions to combat gun violence  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, according to a person familiar with the plans, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office.
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyes Russia Retaliation After Review of Meddling, Hacking
Discussion: Insider
al.com:
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill admits affair, won't run for U.S. Senate: 'There's no excuse'  —  After initially denying reports of an affair, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill on Wednesday afternoon told AL.com that he had “an inappropriate relationship” with a 44-year-old woman …
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Tiny Particle's Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics  —  It's not the next Higgs boson — yet.  But the best explanation, physicists say, involves forms of matter and energy not currently known to science.  —  Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle seems to be disobeying …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why Not Fewer Voters?  —  The fact is that voters got us into this mess.  Maybe the answer isn't more voters.  —  Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is …
Discussion: Washington Post
CBS News:
Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say  —  Federal investigators are looking into a Bahamas trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 as part of an inquiry into whether the Florida representative violated sex trafficking laws, multiple sources told CBS News.
Discussion: Insider, The Week and Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
A Medical Student Questioned Microaggressions.  UVA Branded Him a Threat and Banished Him from Campus.  —  Kieran Bhattacharya is a student at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine.  On October 25, 2018, he attended a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions.
Laura Bassett / The Cut:
An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeet  —  Back in the fall, I received an unexpected text from a man I had just started seeing.  “Are u on wikifeet?”  —  Assuming he was joking, I laughed and said no. Then he sent me a link to my wikiFeet page.
CNN:
Pence signs a seven-figure book deal, but Trump and other administration alums face a tough market in publishing  —  Washington (CNN)Mike Pence has signed a multimillion-dollar, two-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, making him one of the first alums of former President Donald Trump's inner circle …
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Giuliani targets Cuomo and plans 2022 gubernatorial bid
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer  —  Ronald Fischetti will represent the firm in Manhattan district attorney's probe into former president's business dealings  —  The Trump Organization has hired Ronald Fischetti, an experienced New York criminal-defense attorney …
Discussion: Raw Story
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
In her own words: Woman describes Cuomo's alleged groping at mansion  —  Woman says governor's ‘sexually aggressive’ behavior increased over time  —  ALBANY — The call came on a weekday in late November.  The governor inexplicably had a technical issue with his mobile phone and needed assistance at the Executive Mansion.
CNN:
Georgia's GOP lieutenant governor says Giuliani's false fraud claims helped lead to restrictive voting law  —  Georgia's Lt. governor says elections law was a result of Trump's misinformation  —  (CNN)A top Georgia Republican said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani's false claims of election fraud …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA won't prosecute lawmaker arrested during election law signing
Discussion: Associated Press, ABC News and The Hill
Reuters:
U.S. prepared to lift sanctions inconsistent with Iran nuclear deal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is prepared to remove sanctions on Iran to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, including those that are inconsistent with the 2015 pact, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, without providing details.
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Gregory Svirnovskiy / Vox:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's incredible fundraising haul reveals what the GOP is really about  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene raised more than $3 million in the first quarter of 2021.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  In preparation for what is likely to be a contentious reelection fight …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Forbes
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Politico:
MTG's eye-popping fundraising haul
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
G.O.P. Group Warns of ‘Defector’ List If Donors Uncheck Recurring Box  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you're a DEFECTOR.”  —  The political arm of House Republicans is deploying …
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Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
Corporate America isn't welcoming former Trump Cabinet officials with open arms, headhunters say  —  The toxicity of the former president's brand is choking off traditional money-making opportunities for members of his inner circle.  —  Before she joined the Trump administration as transportation secretary …
Wall Street Journal:
Sen. McConnell Backs Off Warning to Corporate America on Politics  —  Republican leader has criticized companies for speaking out against Georgia voting law  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday backed off his warning that businesses should stay away from politics …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Capitol riot defendant flips to help prosecutors against Proud Boys  —  (CNN)At least one of the Capitol riot defendants has flipped against the Proud Boys, agreeing to provide information that could allow the Justice Department to bring a more severe charge against the group's leadership, according to an attorney involved in the case.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ misses the mark in its story about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and COVID-19 vaccines  —  The investigative journalism show is highly respected, but not infallible.  A sloppy moment on Sunday's show is raising serious concerns.  —  CBS's “60 Minutes” is the finest …
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Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Just Knows He's an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin's Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior  —  Even as other Hollywood bullies are being sidelined, the uber-producer behind ‘The Social Network’ and Broadway's ‘To  Kill a Mockingbird’ has been given a pass for his volcanic temper.
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic … Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic.  The recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Boehner Blasts Trump, Saying He ‘Incited That Bloody Insurrection’  —  In his new book, John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker, sharply rebukes the former president for his role in the “mob violence” at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker …
Adam Piore / Newsweek:
Can Blood from Young People Slow Aging?  Silicon Valley Has Bet Billions It Will  —  The Spanish firm Grifols set off a kerfuffle last year when it nearly doubled the going price for blood donations for a COVID-19 treatment trial.  Brigham Young University in Idaho had to threaten …
Discussion: Page Array
Min Jin Lee / New York Times:
A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World  —  This past year, I've spent most of my time in my drafty office in Harlem, where the water leak from the lintel above the south-facing window has reappeared after some bad weather.  The elementary school across the street has been closed.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Held Discussions for $4 Billion Takeover of Clubhouse  — Talks no longer active between Twitter, social media startup  — Clubhouse is seeking to raise funding at a similar valuation  —  Twitter Inc. held talks in recent months to acquire Clubhouse, the buzzy audio-based social network …
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
A third of COVID survivors suffer neurological or mental disorders: study  —  LONDON (Reuters) - One in three COVID-19 survivors in a study of more than 230,000 mostly American patients were diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months, suggesting the pandemic could lead …
Eric Kaufmann / Manhattan Institute:
The Social Construction of Racism in the United States  —  Foreword  —  In the 1980s, people all around America became convinced that day care centers were secretly practicing demonic ritual sex abuse on children.  These allegations stayed in the national news for the better part of a decade.
Discussion: National Review
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
The 2022 Senate race no one is talking about  —  Joe Biden comfortably carried Sen. Maggie Hassan's New Hampshire.  But Democrats quietly believe she's one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents.  —  The Senate race that's shaping up to be the biggest political bellwether in 2022 isn't on the list of the biggest toss-up races.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
National Archives can't resurrect Trump's tweets, Twitter says  —  Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump's past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday …
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians  —  The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.  This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance …
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Goodbye to Gate 35X, cursed portal to the rest of America  —  Let's get right to it: It was a bus station.  A bus station in an airport.  It was two places you'd rather not be, melded into one place.  —  There was no flourish to its badness.  Gate 35X at Reagan National Airport …
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
New York City's Deadliest Day From Covid-19 Hit One Year Ago  —  On April 7, 2020, 815 residents succumbed to the disease, the city's highest daily toll in the pandemic  —  In early March of last year, Jorge Morales was keeping customers caffeinated at Mike's Coffee Express …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Arkansas Governor's Trans-Bill Veto Raises Questions about Corporate Pressure  —  During an appearance with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, Arkansans Republican governor Asa Hutchinson vociferously denied that he had been in contact with corporate interests in his state about the …
 
 
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Say it ain't so, Amtrak Joe  —  TWITTER TO ARCHIVES: NO @REALDONALDTRUMP FOR YOU …
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Bobby Burack / OutKick:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Paviour / NPR:
Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize ‘Social Equity’
Discussion: VPM.org and Insider
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
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Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
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Ann Coulter:
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Timothy Sandefur / In Defense of Liberty:
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Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
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Anna Bross / The Atlantic:
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