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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.
USA Today:
Pelosi on Jan. 6: ‘They would have had a battle on their hands’ if the mob had caught her
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Former police officer Kim Potter arrested on manslaughter charge in fatal shooting of Daunte Wright  — Kim Potter, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, was arrested on a charge of second-degree manslaughter.  — Potter's arrest came a day after she resigned …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Self-identified Antifa members arrive in Twin Cities area as Brooklyn Center protests continue
Discussion: RedState
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  —  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.
New York Times:
Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.
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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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
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
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.
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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 …
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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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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, KDFX-TV and Twitchy
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?
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
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
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 …
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.
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
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Democrats propose sweeping overhaul of unemployment programs that were rocked by pandemic fallout  —  Benefits would be larger and extend for a longer period, but Republicans have raised concerns about such changes  —  Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping new proposal …
Discussion: HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
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: CBS Chicago and HotAir
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.
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
Teddy Ng / South China Morning Post:
China warns of military action against Taiwan on eve of US visit  —  Former US senator Chris Dodd and former deputy secretaries of state Richard Armitage and James Steinberg head to Taiwan at Biden's request Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council says China is 'determined …
Michael Gartland / New York Daily News:
From one boro president to another: Adams to get NYC mayoral nod from former Bronx BP Ferrer  —  Former Bronx Borough President Freddy Ferrer will throw his backing behind New York City mayoral contender and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Wednesday, the latest endorsement for Adams …
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Progressive BLM activist accused in ‘violent’ anti-Asian hate crimes  —  One day after eight women were murdered in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian American, Christopher Hamner posted on Facebook that we've “all had bad days but it never justifies hate crimes.”
 
 
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Mike Wilkinson / Bridge Michigan:
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Carolyn Kelley / Harvard Law Today:
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