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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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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 …
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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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic
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.
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NBC News:
Investigators in Rep. Matt Gaetz inquiry looking into Bahamas travel, sources say  —  As part of their probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz, federal investigators are looking into his travel to the Bahamas with women and specifically whether those women were paid to travel for sex which could violate federal law …
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.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Tiny Particle's Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics  —  Experiments with particles known as muons suggest that there are forms of matter and energy vital to the nature and evolution of the cosmos that are not yet known to science.  —  Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle seems …
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Most U.S. infections are now caused by a contagious virus variant, the C.D.C. says.  —  A highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in Britain has now become the most common source of new infections in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: HotAir
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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
Daniel Funke / The latest factchecks PolitiFact.com …:
Unpacking the edits in ‘60 Minutes’ report on Ron DeSantis, Florida vaccines  — FLORIDA - FACEBOOK FACT-CHECKS - CORONAVIRUS  —  A CBS correspondent questioned Gov. Ron DeSantis on the state's partnership with Publix to distribute vaccines in Palm Beach County.
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Tom Jones / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ misses the mark in its story about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and COVID-19 vaccines
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
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 …
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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Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
The GOP's continuing Donald Trump problem  —  Donald Trump isn't finished inflicting pain on the Republican Party.  Republicans' unwillingness to deal with their Trump problem, as late as his second impeachment, could well cost them dearly in 2022 and beyond.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Boehner Blasts Trump, Saying He ‘Incited That Bloody Insurrection’
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 …
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Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
National Archives will share Trump tweets censored on Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: The Editorial Board and Raw Story
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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
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
NRA chief Wayne LaPierre acknowledges he did not disclose bankruptcy plans or luxury yacht trips to other top officials  —  Wayne LaPierre, who positioned the National Rifle Association as an uncompromising lobbying powerhouse over the past three decades, admitted Wednesday …
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.
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 …
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 …
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Nasty notes left for Trump staffers came from celebs, not Obama aides, Dave Chappelle says  —  When former President Donald Trump first moved into the White House in January 2017, his staffers said they found nasty notes stuffed into the drawers and cabinets — a claim Obama aides fiercely denied.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Before becoming a terrorist leader, ISIS chief was a prison informer in Iraq for U.S., records show  —  In confidential interrogation reports, Iraqi detainee M060108-01 is depicted as a model prisoner, “cooperative” with his American captors and unusually chatty.
Discussion: Lawfare
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.
Bloomberg:
White House Considering Nearly Doubling Obama's Climate Pledge  — Biden may call for cutting U.S. emissions by 50% from 2005  — Goal expected later this month ahead of U.S. climate summit  —  The White House is considering a pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Former Campaign Manager Is Advising Caitlyn Jenner  —  WORLDS COLLIDE  —  Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale is advising Caitlyn Jenner on a potential run for governor of California, a person with knowledge of the matter confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday evening.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CBS shake-up: Two TV station executives exit following L.A. Times investigation  —  CBS has ousted two powerful TV station executives following allegations of racist and abusive behavior.  —  Peter Dunn, who served as president of the TV Stations group since 2009, and David Friend …
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable  —  Peter Thiel is “pro-crypto” and “pro-Bitcoin maximalist,” but he also thinks the cryptocurrency may be undermining America.  —  Thiel, the venture capitalist and conservative political donor …
 
 
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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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Ben Paviour / NPR:
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Bloomberg:
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Gregory Svirnovskiy / Vox:
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Anna Bross / The Atlantic:
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Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Goodbye to Gate 35X, cursed portal to the rest of America