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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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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:
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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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
Associated Press:
‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear site
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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Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more  —  The president does little press.  His Cabinet does a fair bit.  Underlying it all is one overarching idea: Do things that feel natural.  —  Three months in, Joe Biden's White House has settled on a firm press strategy: First, do no self-harm.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 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.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Why big-spending Biden can shrug off GOP warnings of inflation  —  If persistently rising inflation is coming to the U.S., history suggests it won't happen until after Biden is out of office.  —  President Joe Biden, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, speaks as he gets …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Old Trump health team rivalries resurface in Texas House race  —  “It ticks off the entire Trump network,” said a former White House official.  “The president would not be able to pick him out of a room.”  —  The campaign has prompted one top Trump HHS official, Roger Severino …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic  —  Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist.  —  Rory Levin, a sixth grader in Bloomington, Minn., used to hate going to school.
Kadia Goba / Axios:
House members still reeling from Capitol siege  —  House Democrats still reeling from the Jan. 6 Capitol assault have found a new refuge: a group text chain in which they share everything from their anxieties to recipes and other attention-shifters.  —  What they're saying …
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 …
 
 
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden set to accept fewest refugees of any modern president, including Trump, report says
Discussion: HuffPost
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Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The media's whitewashing of Stephen Miller's white nationalism