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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.
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Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Biden's five biggest foreign policy challenges
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Associated Press:
‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear site
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Says Its Foes Targeted Nuclear Plant to Derail Potential Talks With U.S.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Times of Israel
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:   Chamber of Commerce getting squeezed on all sides
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:
‘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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: GOP donors privately pan Trump's ‘horrible’ RNC speech  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A slew of well-heeled Republican National Committee donors descended on Palm Beach this weekend, excited to be schmoozed, eager for access to DONALD TRUMP and other potential 2024 nominees …
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Mark Follman / Mother Jones:   How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It
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 …
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
New York Times:
Officer Near Minneapolis Shoots Motorist, Who Dies, and a Crowd Confronts the Police  —  A young man pulled over for a traffic violation was shot in Brooklyn Center, near where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death of George Floyd.  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A police officer in Minnesota shot …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Media to Buy Owner of Preet Bharara's Podcast  —  Bharara, a former Manhattan U.S. attorney, will join Vox Media as a host and creative director  —  Vox Media said it is acquiring Cafe Studios Inc., publisher of a popular podcast hosted by former Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara …
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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Polls show majority of Republicans mistakenly think the 2020 election wasn't legitimate  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that 55% of Republicans falsely believe Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election was the result of illegal voting or rigging.
Discussion: Associated Press and KDFX-TV
Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
NYC Co-Op Boards Would Have to Explain Why They Deny Buyers, Under New Bill  —  Residential boards would have to give a written explanation when turning down a potential buyer, under state measure  —  State lawmakers are proposing new rules that would require New York City co-op boards …
Associated Press:
China admits that it's COVID-19 vaccine isn't very effective: official  —  BEIJING — In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost.
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The media's whitewashing of Stephen Miller's white nationalism  —  Stephen Miller, the former Trump White House senior advisor and speechwriter from Santa Monica, has gone back to the California conservative playbook for his next act: launching a legal group that co-opts social justice strategies to fight social justice.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Identity Politics Is Destroying America  —  David Horowitz has published a new book titled The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement Is Destroying America.  What follows is an excerpt from David's book, published with his permission:  —  White Male Christians
 
 
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Washington Post:
Congress should stop attacking DeJoy and consider his plan to fix the Postal Service
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Joe Manchin beats his chest for D.C. elites while struggling W. Va. waits for help
Wall Street Journal:
CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation
Discussion: Insider
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Of hate, crimes and hate crimes: Anti-Asian violence is not quite what city pols want it to be
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Maskless Florida woman who coughed on Pier 1 customer gets 30 days in jail
Discussion: Axios and Washington Examiner