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New York Times:
Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data  —  A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration revealed on Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials …
Discussion: Insider
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The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops  —  It was a huge election-time story that prompted cries of treason.  But according to a newly disclosed assessment, Donald Trump might have been right to call it a “hoax.”  —  It was a blockbuster story about Russia's return …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The government finally connects the line from Trump's campaign to Russian intelligence  —  So much for the ‘Russia hoax’ hoax  —  From the first moments that the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election compiled by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team became public two years ago …
Justin Hendrix / Just Security:
US Treasury Provides Missing Link: Manafort's Partner Gave Campaign Polling Data to Kremlin in 2016  —  The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate and ex-employee of Paul Manafort, “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information …
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government's Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Has an important ‘missing link’ been added to the Russia scandal?
Stephanie K. Baer / BuzzFeed News:
Video Shows A 13-Year-Old Boy Had His Hands Up When A Police Officer Fatally Shot Him  —  A 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Chicago by a police officer had his hands up when the cop fired his weapon, new videos show.  —  The city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability posted …
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WGN-TV:
Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’  —  CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo may have been wrong.  —  During a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam the night of the shooting …
Jessica D'Onofrio / ABC7:
Adam Toledo shooting: Bodycam video of teen killed by CPD released by COPA; family calls for peace  —  Chicago police shooting video includes bodycam footage, 3rd-party cameras, more … CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police bodycam video that captured the deadly police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo …
Chicago Tribune:
In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands raised before Chicago cop fires fatal shot (warning: graphic content)  —  By JOHN J. KIM / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119823939”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews% …
USA Today:
‘We failed Adam’: Body-camera videos appear to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo put up hands before fatal police shooting
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months  — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated.  — He also said it's possible people will need to get vaccinated against the virus annually.
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Defense Department confirms leaked video of unidentified aerial phenomena is real  —  Pentagon confirms UFO video is real, taken by Navy pilot  —  (CNN)The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of “unidentified aerial phenomena” taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects.
Discussion: Mystery Wire and Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes SALT Cap Repeal Effort: Stimulus Update  — Check here for updates on Biden's $2.25 trillion plan  — White House package spans infrastructure to elderly care  —  Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized calls by a group of House members to repeal …
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Reuters puts its website behind a paywall.  —  Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business.  —  The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday …
Jesse Naranjo / Politico:
Yang under fire for appearance in video suggesting violence toward women  —  Andrew Yang faced an onslaught of criticism Thursday after a video circulated of the leading mayoral candidate laughing when asked if he “choked b—  es.  In the video, someone asks the mayoral front-runner whether a man, “while he's f—ing b—
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Yang widens his lead in latest public poll as PAC forms to boost his candidacy
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Senate passes ‘anti-riot’ bill, sends it to DeSantis to sign into law  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate on Thursday approved an “anti-riot” bill championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, sending it to him for signature into law over the objections of Democrats and civil rights groups …
Tessa Duvall / Courier-Journal:
Louisville cop writing a book to reveal the ‘truth’ behind the Breonna Taylor shooting  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One of the Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots during the attempted search warrant execution that left Breonna Taylor dead in her apartment last year is writing a book about the case.
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Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
One Of The Cops Involved In Breonna Taylor's Death Just Got A Book Deal
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador  —  Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat, is in the final stages of vetting to serve as President Biden's ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Across the administration …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
A New ‘Denim Cycle’?  After a Decade, Jeans Move From Skinny to Loose  —  American shoppers are flocking to high-waisted, loosefitting jeans in droves and companies believe they may become a hallmark of the post-pandemic world.  —  The obituary for skinny jeans has been written …
McCaffrey Blauner / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Told to ‘Shut Your Mouth’ After Ranting Endlessly at Fauci  —  SPARE US  —  During a meeting of the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee on Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) had to intervene in a shouting match between Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Dr. Anthony Fauci by telling Jordan to “shut your mouth.”
Pew Research Center:
Biden Nears 100-Day Mark With Strong Approval, Positive Rating for Vaccine Rollout  —  Share of Americans viewing illegal immigration as a ‘very big’ problem grows  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to better understand the public's views on how the Biden administration …
Discussion: New York Times
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden starts off presidency with positive approval marks, CNBC survey shows
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz  —  The missive arrived at an Orlando-area preparatory school in October 2019, outlining a damaging allegation against a music teacher there.  —  The teacher, in the letter's telling, had had an inappropriate sexual relationship …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Republicans and the Great Replacement  —  The idea that they're being “replaced” is now part of the core GOP ideology  —  In August of 2017, far-right demonstrators marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “You will not replace us!”. … That rally's organizers called it the Unite the Right rally.
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
Washington Post's Josh Rogin Calls Out Media for Ignoring Potential Connection Between Fauci's Research and Covid Outbreak  —  Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin lamented the media's refusal to discuss aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including Dr. Anthony Fauci's role in it, in an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Cruz joins Paul in ditching mask despite CDC recommendations  —  (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer wearing a face mask as he walks the halls of the Capitol complex or goes to the Senate floor for debates and votes.  —  “At this point I've been vaccinated.  Everybody working in the Senate …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Bollinger / LGBTQ Nation:
Tearful mom begs Texas lawmakers not to throw her in jail for supporting her trans child  —  Amber Briggle is “terrified... that my words will be used against me” and her son “will be taken from me.”  —  Amber Briggle testifies in the Texas Senate  —  The mother of a transgender boy testified …
Discussion: Mediaite
The Cook Political Report:
Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index  —  The Cook Political Report is pleased to introduce the post-2020 edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for all 50 states and 435 congressional districts.  Although these district boundaries won't be in place …
Associated Press:
Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference  —  OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons.  —  William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson villainizes journalists on his top-rated show.  Then the threats pour in.  —  As the Fox host's popularity grows, he has found fodder in lesser-known media figures whom he presents as symbols of liberalism-run-amok.  —  Brandy Zadrozny, a reporter for NBC News who covers online extremism …
Discussion: wgbh.org, Twitchy, Raw Story and HuffPost
Chris Dunker / Omaha World-Herald:
Lawmakers blast North Platte Sen. Groene for ‘racist’ comments during debate  —  A handful of state lawmakers criticized Sen. Mike Groene on Thursday for what they said was an offensive comment made by the North Platte senator on Wednesday.  —  During floor debate, Groene inadvertently called …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: We're Doomed!  Send Us Money.  —  Small-dollar fundraising scams exposed.  —  We're doomed!  The end is nigh!  Unless you click here to donate $5 to Not My Party before the midnight deadline.  —  How sick are you of emails, texts, and YouTube ads like this: “We will not win without your support.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway takes sides in Ohio Senate primary  —  Kellyanne Conway, who served as campaign manager and counselor to former President Donald Trump, has been named a senior adviser to Ohio Senate hopeful Bernie Moreno, taking sides in a race that has become a fight over which GOP candidate is closest to the former president.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden promised to stop seizing border wall land.  His DOJ is still doing it.  —  Nearly three months into office, Joe Biden's administration is seizing land near the southern border, fueling fears that the government will continue building one the most enduring symbols of Donald Trump's presidency: a border wall.
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post, CNN and Reason
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How an attempted Canadian kowtow to China backfired  —  When the Halifax International Security Forum awards its top 2020 prize to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen later this month, the Chinese government's effort to thwart that plan will have failed — along with the Canadian Defense Ministry's …
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Decision to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine causes public confidence in vaccine to sink  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  Fieldwork for the latest Economist/YouGov poll on vaccine safety perceptions was in the midst of being conducted when the Centers for Disease Control …
The Daily Poster:
Sinema And Manchin Headlining Event For Anti-Union Group Fighting $15 Wage  —  The pair will discuss “finding bipartisan solutions” at the conference of the major lobby group fighting Dems' minimum wage and labor legislation.  —  Weeks after voting to kill a $15 minimum wage …
 
 
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
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United States Department of State:
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Politico:
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Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
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Bloomberg:
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David Zweig / New York Magazine:
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 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media knows much less than it thinks