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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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New York Times:
Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.  —  Joel Greenberg, a former elected official in Florida, has been talking to federal investigators since last year about the conduct of Representative Matt Gaetz and others.  —  A former local official in Florida indicted …
Politico:
New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip  —  MIAMI — The group took off for their Bahamas weekend getaway on three separate flights.  Most of the passengers, which included at least five young women, flew out of Orlando on two separate private planes.  Matt Gaetz flew commercial.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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David Mark / Washington Examiner:
Kevin Brady, architect of Trump tax cut law, to retire from the House  —  Embed:  —  Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican who helped write key portions of the 2017 tax cut law pushed by then-President Donald Trump, won't run for reelection in 2022.  —  Brady was first elected …
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.
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USA Today:
Pelosi on Jan. 6: ‘They would have had a battle on their hands’ if the mob had caught her  —  WASHINGTON - On her 100th day as speaker of the 117th Congress, Nancy Pelosi discussed the dramatic events that opened her tenure, when a mob that stormed the Capitol wanted to kill her.
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 …
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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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
History will cast a shadow over Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Biden Can Redeem His Mistake
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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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Washington Examiner:   Vaccine passports? We'll pass
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, KDFX-TV and Axios
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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?
Adam Bouzi / Politico:
European allies: Iran's uranium move ‘a serious development’  —  France, Germany and the UK chided Iran for boosting its uranium enrichment while negotiating over a nuclear deal.  —  France, Germany and the U.K. on Wednesday expressed dismay at Iran's decision to enrich uranium at 60 percent purity …
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Jerusalem Post:
Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility
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 …
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
BLM's ‘Marxist’ Co-Founder Raked In $20,000 A Month As Chairwoman Of Jail Reform Group  — Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation co-founder Patrisse Cullors raked in upwards of $20,000 a month serving as the chairwoman of a Los Angeles jail reform group in 2019, campaign finance records show.
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Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:   Going grifting via Black Lives Matter
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis wants voters' signatures to match.  Would his pass the test?  —  If the Florida governor gets his way, mail-in ballot signatures would have to match the most recent signature on file with the state.  His own signature history shows how autographs evolve.  —  Updated Just now
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: New York Magazine and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
The veteran air force pilot hoping to oust scandal-hit Republican Matt Gaetz  —  Bryan Jones will challenge the congressman, who is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking, in the next primary  —  A veteran air force pilot is laying the groundwork to challenge the scandal-hit congressman Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: The Hill, The Root and CBS News
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.
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: National Review, The Guardian and IJR
Anna Peele / Vulture:
The Soul of Bravo A year of national reckonings on race and inequality has tested how real the Housewives should be.  —  In 2020, Leva Bonaparte considered a job opportunity.  Bravo had been pursuing the hospitality executive for years in an attempt to get her to join the cast of Southern Charm.
Public Policy Polling:
McAuliffe Has Commanding Lead in Primary  —  PPP's newest Virginia poll continues to find Terry McAuliffe with a strong advantage in the primary for Governor.  McAuliffe is at 42% with the rest of the Democratic hopefuls in single digits.  Jennifer Carroll Foy and Jennifer McClellan each get 8% …
Discussion: The Hill and Blue Virginia
Debbie Kaminer / New York Daily News:
There's no vaccine for hypocrisy  —  The latest battle in the COVID-19 culture wars involves “vaccine passports,” with some Republican leaders taking a surprisingly anti-business and pro-regulation stance.  Despite the term's ubiquity, there is no one official vaccine passport …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Self-identified Antifa members arrive in Twin Cities area as Brooklyn Center protests continue  —  ‘I saw leaf-blowers out there, different kinds of ... makeshift shields and things,’ said Mike Tobin.  —  FOX reporter Mike Tobin: Some rioters identified themselves as Antifa
Discussion: RedState
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.
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, The Hill, CNN and Twitchy
ProPublica:
“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War  —  Steven Carrillo's path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. … Co-published with FRONTLINE.  —  The Insurrection  —  The Effort to Overturn the Election
Discussion: Defense One
 
 
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Max Eden / City Journal:
Canceled at Georgetown  —  The law school dean sacrifices university policy and basic fairness to mob justice.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Why some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress want to bring back a tax break for the rich
Front Page Magazine:
The Biden White House: A Diversity of Racists and Anti-Semites
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Caron Nazario saw Eric Garner, his ‘uncle,’ die in police hands. Then officers assaulted him six years later.
Discussion: The Bulwark, The Week and Politico
CNN:
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Discussion: WisPolitics.com
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The Insurrectionary Ideology of National Conservatism
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane
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