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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  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III said Wednesday that under no circumstances would he vote to eliminate or weaken the legislative filibuster in his most definitive statement yet …
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 …
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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.
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: The College Fix
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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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.
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 …
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will take a step back into public life and a possible 2024 run with the launch Wednesday of the Advancing American Freedom advocacy group, designed to merge traditional conservative thinking with Trumpism.
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Billy Binion / Reason:
New Mexico Abolishes Qualified Immunity  —  New Mexico has officially ended qualified immunity, making it the third state to curb the legal doctrine that often shields state actors from accountability for alleged misconduct.  —  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed House Bill 4 …
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Daniele Selby / Innocence Project:   New Mexico Is the Second State to Ban Qualified Immunity
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
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How right-wing media keeps smearing George Floyd with the racist ‘no angel’ narrative  —  In an appalling bit of shorthand, the riveting courtroom drama in Minneapolis has come to be called “the George Floyd trial.”  —  Floyd died in police custody last spring and is obviously not the one on trial.
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Ann Coulter:
MINNEAPOLIS VS. THE EVIDENCE
Discussion: NPR
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Say it ain't so, Amtrak Joe  —  TWITTER TO ARCHIVES: NO @REALDONALDTRUMP FOR YOU — 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 today …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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
Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters:
Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law granted political asylum by Britain  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law said he has been granted political asylum in Britain, where he arrived last July after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on his home city …
New York Times:
Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’  —  An Operation Warp Speed report last June flagged staffing and quality control concerns at Emergent BioSolutions' factory in Baltimore.  The troubled plant recently had to throw out up to 15 million doses.
 
 
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Bobby Burack / OutKick:
Ben Domenech To Get Tryout Week on Fox News at 7 pm
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben Paviour / NPR:
Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize ‘Social Equity’
Discussion: VPM.org and Insider
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
A third of COVID survivors suffer neurological or mental disorders: study
Min Jin Lee / New York Times:
A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World
Isaac Saul / Tangle:
Why I'm *not* leaving Substack  —  In response to reader inquiries.  —  3 hr ago
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
The 2022 Senate race no one is talking about
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyes Russia Retaliation After Meddling, Hacking Review
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy Sandefur / In Defense of Liberty:
Fifth Circuit Decision in ICWA Case Hands Major Victory to Indian Children
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Eric Kaufmann / Manhattan Institute:
The Social Construction of Racism in the United States
Discussion: National Review
Anna Bross / The Atlantic:
Statement From Atlantic Media on Unauthorized Access of Its Servers
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.
Discussion: Washington Post