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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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Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility  —  Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor's new centrifuges were started  —  Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran's main nuclear facility on Sunday …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’
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 …
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 …
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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.
Eugene Daniels / Politico:   The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more
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 …
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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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Chamber of Commerce getting squeezed on all sides
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
American Greatness:
Can the Great ‘Awokening’ Succeed?  —  Wokeism is creating a future group of politically incorrect Trotskyites on a proverbial rendezvous with a Mexican ice pick, given that by birth they will never be woke enough for the new Stalinism.  —  We all know that we are living in revolutionary times.
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 …
Discussion: Boston Herald and RealClearMarkets
New York Post:
Never Trump conservatives are complicit with Team Biden's moral outrages and norm-breaking  —  Remember Never Trump?  —  For four years, an influential clique of think tankers, Republican operatives and talking heads claimed that any conservative who supported Donald Trump was complicit with a uniquely malevolent presidency.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens  —  A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform  —  Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public …
 
 
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