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U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved …
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Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds  —  Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.
Washington Post:
U.S. Capitol Police officer cleared of wrongdoing in fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt during Capitol attack  —  A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for fatally shooting Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to breach a set of doors deep in the Capitol during …
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
The Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright will be charged with manslaughter.  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, after appearing to mistake her handgun for her Taser will be charged with second-degree manslaughter …
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Daunte Wright accused of choking and robbing woman at gunpoint, had arrest warrant  —  Wright's case was still pending when he was pulled over Sunday for having an expired license plate.  —  Lawrence Jones: Dems using police tragedy to push radical agenda  —  Daunte Wright …
New York Times:
The C.E.O.s Who Didn't Sign a Big Defense of Voting Rights  —  Hundreds of leaders and companies signed a letter opposing strict limits.  They did not.  —  A big show of corporate solidarity  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies and executives …
Discussion: Insider and CNBC
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New York Times:
Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain  —  Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Hundreds of CEOs, celebrities, corporations join forces to oppose ‘discriminatory’ voting legislation
Discussion: HotAir and NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
CNN:
Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others  —  ‘Bombastic, antagonistic, unapologetic’: A look at Gaetz's political career  —  Orlando, FL (CNN)The first thing some of the women were asked to do when they got to the house parties in the gated community …
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Politico:
New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Democrats signal limited patience for GOP opposition to Biden infrastructure package  —  They are warming to the idea of using budget ‘reconciliation,’ which would allow them to bypass Republicans but could carry other risks  —  Top Senate Democrats on Tuesday signaled they may have no choice …
Discussion: Washington Examiner, CNN and Axios
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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term  —  The Montgomery County Republican has served in Congress for more than two decades.  —  Copy link  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, announced Wednesday morning that this will be his last term serving in the U.S. House.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘A gaslighting chamber of insanity’: Moderate Republicans seethe at Biden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  “It's a f—ing nightmare.”  —  That was the lament of a staffer working for one of the members of the so-called G-10, the group of 10 Republican senators who insist they're itching …
Peter Weber / The Week:
Late night hosts list things more dangerous than Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, including COVID-19  —  “In the last few months, we've gotten all sorts of vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Montero — but for at least a little while, it looks like there's gonna be one less,” Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bad news for journalists: The public doesn't share our values.  But there's hope.  —  Ask almost any group of journalists to name the core values of their profession, and they'll probably deliver a list like this:  —  Oversight.  We're the watchdogs keeping an eye on government officials and other powerful people and institutions.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
New Target for New York's Ascendant Left: Rep. Carolyn Maloney  —  Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that fueled the rise of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is backing Rana Abdelhamid's primary bid.  —  Nearly three years ago, a little-known left-wing organization helped engineer …
Discussion: HuffPost, KDFX-TV, Twitchy and The Hill
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nydems.org:
Statement from NYS Democratic Chairman on the Socialists Challenge to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump didn't bring White working-class voters to the Republican Party.  The data suggest he kept them away.  —  White working-class voters had been moving to the Republican Party for years.  Trump stopped the trend.  —  Republican leaders have been hailing a class realignment of the parties.
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and New York Magazine
QU Poll:
Biden Receives High Marks On Pandemic, Low Score On Mexican Border Situation, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Infrastructure Plan Is More Popular If Corporate Taxes Fund It  —  As President Joe Biden approaches his 100th day in office, he receives a positive 48 - 42 percent job approval rating …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
One in Five Still Shun Vaccine  —  Biden gets high marks for Covid response  —  West Long Branch, NJ - About 1 in 5 American adults remain unwilling to get the Covid vaccine, even as more people are getting the shot.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll also finds that President Joe Biden continues …
Discussion: Fox News, Bloomberg, HotAir and Mediaite
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Anti-Vax Activists Are Quietly Bending State Politics To Their Will  —  At least five states are considering bills based on language written by a fringe group.  Across the U.S., legislators are promoting bad science and COVID denial.  —  Anna Merlan  —  South Carolina State Representative Bill Chumley was feeling vindicated.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal is a moment of truth — and a potentially humbling one — for GOP hawks  —  Shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, President Biden will go further than any recent American president in announcing a full withdrawal from Afghanistan.  President Barack Obama attempted it but failed to deliver.
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today and The Week
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Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Republicans say Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal plan is ‘dumber than dirt’
Anand Giridharadas / The Atlantic:
Welcome to the New Progressive Era  —  Washington in the first days of the Biden administration is a place for double takes: A president associated with the politics of austerity is spending money with focused gusto, a crisis isn't going to waste, and Senator Bernie Sanders is happy.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jeff Coltin / City & State NY:
Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign is being run by a lobbying firm  —  Andrew Yang's two campaign managers, his press secretary, his policy director and multiple senior advisers don't actually work for his New York City mayoral campaign.  They're employed by Tusk Strategies …
Washington Post:
The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.  It turned to a little-known Australian firm.  —  Azimuth unlocked the iPhone at the center of an epic legal battle between the FBI and Apple.  Now, Apple is suing the company co-founded by one of the hackers behind the unlock.
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Republicans prepping smaller counteroffer to Biden's infrastructure plan  —  Republicans are preparing a counteroffer to President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal, a plan that's likely to be in the range of $600 to $800 billion, more targeted in scope and funded by unspecified user fees, according to several GOP senators.
Discussion: Fox News
Darragh Roche / Newsweek:
School Won't Be Named After Obamas Following Protests  —  A school in Waukegan, Illinois, will not be renamed after former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, following protests from members of the Latino community in the city.  —  Thomas Jefferson Middle School …
Discussion: Breitbart, CBS Chicago and HotAir
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Bernard Madoff, Architect of Largest Ponzi Scheme in History, Is Dead at 82  —  His enormous fraud left behind a devastating human toll and paper losses totaling $64.8 billion.  —  Bernard L. Madoff, the one-time senior statesman of Wall Street who in 2008 became the human face of an era …
NATO:
North Atlantic Council Ministerial Statement on Afghanistan  —  In 2001, Allies invoked Article 5 of the Washington Treaty for the only time in NATO's history and went to Afghanistan together with clear objectives: to confront al-Qaeda and those who attacked the United States on September 11 …
Discussion: Insider
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
A minor investigation into the Bidens' Major problem  —  The Goldwater Rule prohibits mental health professionals from diagnosing presidents from afar.  It does not, however, apply to their pets.  And so we must respectfully ask: What's the deal with Major Biden?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Gov. Brian Kemp censured by two county Republican Parties  —  By Patricia Murphy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's footing might be firmer among fellow Republicans …
Discussion: PolitiFact
Politico:
Biden moves to leverage corporate America's falling out with GOP  —  The business community doesn't dislike President Joe Biden's proposal to hike corporate taxes to pay for a massive $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan.  They detest it.  —  But there are some reasons to think corporate leaders …
Discussion: The Guardian, National Review and IJR
Bloomberg:
More Than 817 Million Shots Given: Covid-19 Tracker  —  In the U.S., 195 million doses have been administered; rollout goes global  —  The biggest vaccination campaign in history is underway.  More than 817 million doses have been administered across 152 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg.
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Court Vindicates Black Officer Fired for Stopping Colleague's Chokehold  —  Cariol Horne acted to keep a white officer from using what she saw as excessive force.  Fifteen years later, a judge said her firing was wrong.  —  It was a cold November day in Buffalo when Officer Cariol Horne responded …
Discussion: CBS News, The Hill and The Root
American Greatness:
Get Ready to Rumble With Big Business  —  Woke corporations aren't our friends and we should stop acting like they are.  If they want to play games with our rights, we should beat them like rented mules when it comes to their bottom line.  —  Serious question: Who died …
Brad Devereaux / MLive.com:
'A mask shouldn't have a political party,' says GOP leader who thinks he caught COVID-19 at Republican meeting  —  KALAMAZOO, MI — Jason Watts said days after attending a Republican Party district meeting at a restaurant in Portage, he heard that several others at the meeting contracted COVID-19 and started feeling symptoms himself.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Detroit News
 
 
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Discussion: National Review
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
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Axios:
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Max Eden / City Journal:
Canceled at Georgetown  —  The law school dean sacrifices university policy and basic fairness to mob justice.
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
The veteran air force pilot hoping to oust scandal-hit Republican Matt Gaetz
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