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CNN:
Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump  —  (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, who's facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate as the ex-President and his allies continue to distance themselves from the Florida congressman.
Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills  —  More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills …
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Mitch McConnell's Threat Backfires As Big Business Meets To Cut Off GOP Cash  —  More than 100 corporate and business leaders responded to Mitch McConnell's threat by meeting to discuss cutting off the GOP.  —  The Washington Post reported: … The companies on the call included Delta …
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Cindy McCain set to land Biden ambassadorship  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is preparing to name Republican CINDY MCCAIN to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.
New York Times:
Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage  —  The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.  —  The Natanz nuclear facility in Iran mysteriously lost power on Sunday in what Iranian officials called …
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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why We're Freaking Out About Substack  —  A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.  —  Danny Lavery had just agreed to a two-year, $430,000 contract with the newsletter platform Substack …
New York Times:
Minnesota Officer Shoots Driver, and Protesters Clash With Police  —  A young Black man died after an officer shot him during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, near where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death of George Floyd  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A 20-year-old Black man died …
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Star Tribune:
Violence flares after Brooklyn Center police fatally shoot man, 20, inflaming tensions during the Derek Chauvin trial  —  Man, 20, killed after being pulled over for traffic violation in Brooklyn Center  —  A Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon …
Associated Press:
Man Shot by Minnesota Police in Traffic Stop Dies
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents  —  First dog Major Biden bites second person in White House  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's German shepherd, Major, will receive training after two biting incidents involving workers at the White House, according to first lady Jill Biden's spokesman.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration plans to name former senior NSA officials to White House cyber position and head of CISA  —  The Biden administration plans on Monday to name a former senior National Security Agency official as the first national cyber director and another former NSA official to head …
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
‘Like the Tiger King Got Elected Tax Collector’: Inside the Case That Ensnared Matt Gaetz  —  Joel Greenberg, a onetime local official in Florida, is accused of an array of crimes, including bribery, stalking and corruption.  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. — Long before the F.B.I. began to scrutinize …
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden Republicans?  Some in GOP open to president's agenda  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jay Copan doesn't hide his disregard for the modern Republican Party.  —  A solid Republican voter for the past four decades, the 69-year-old quickly regretted casting his 2016 ballot for Donald Trump.
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Trump campaign boosted by unsuspecting state GOPs  —  Federal regulators are probing financial reporting discrepancies stemming from an effort to funnel $75 million through state Republican parties to the national GOP effort to reelect Donald Trump, Axios has learned.
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Welcome to Galaxy Brain  —  Why I'm leaving (The) New York (Times).  —  Hello!  Hi!  I have a new job — you're looking at it.  Welcome to Galaxy Brain, my humble internet outpost.  I am terribly excited.  Before I arrived here, I spent a few great years as a writer at large for the New York Times Opinion section.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
I Thought My Job Was To Report On Technology In India.  Instead, I Got A Front-Row Seat To The Decline Of My Democracy.  —  I love writing about tech.  But covering how a Hindu nationalist government is using it to destroy a secular democracy isn't what I signed up for.  —  Copy
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:
Jack Ma's Ant Group Bows to Beijing With Company Overhaul  —  People's Bank of China said Ant representatives were summoned to a meeting Monday  —  Ant Group Co., the financial-technology giant controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, will apply to become a financial holding company overseen …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Facing GOP opposition, Biden seeks to redefine bipartisanship  —  To hear President Biden and his team tell it, a successful bipartisan bill need not attract a single Republican vote.  —  Biden pushed his $1.9 trillion covid relief bill through the Senate with the support of all 50 Democrats …
Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
Virginia governor calls for investigation into police pepper-spraying of Black Army officer  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Sunday he is directing Virginia State Police to investigate a traffic stop during which two police officers held an Army second lieutenant at gunpoint in the southeast part of the state.
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's lucrative book deal is not the only instance where the governor's office mixed private activities and government staff.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Hawley hauls in $3M after attempt to block election results  —  The Missouri senator collected more than 10 times what some of his colleagues have raised at a similar point in their terms.  —  Sen. Josh Hawley drew widespread attention for leading the Jan. 6 effort to block the acceptance of the Electoral College results.
Jonathan Alter / New York Times:
Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?  —  President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country.  He's off to a good start.  —  Mr. Alter is a journalist and the author of “The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”  —  “History doesn't repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes,” Mark Twain (supposedly) said.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Biden pollster urges blunt tax talk  —  The top pollster for Joe Biden's presidential campaign is advising the White House to do something that often makes Democrats nervous: Talk loudly and proudly about raising taxes on the rich.  —  Why it matters: John Anzalone tells Axios his extensive polling …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden set to accept fewest refugees of any modern president, including Trump, report says  —  Since his days on the campaign trail, President Biden has tried to cast himself as diametrically opposed to former president Donald Trump when it comes to welcoming refugees into the United States.
 
 
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