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Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden will keep Trump's historically low cap on refugee admissions.  —  The Biden administration will keep the target of refugee admissions for this year at the historically low level set by the Trump administration, walking back an earlier pledge to welcome more than 60,000 refugees into the United States.
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Associated Press:
Biden speeds refugee admissions, but doesn't lift Trump cap  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency determination that officials said would speed refugee admissions to the U.S., but he did not immediately lift his predecessor's historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year.
Gregg Montgomery / WISH-TV:
Watch Live: Multiple people shot, gunman fatally shoots self at FedEx facility  —  INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said.  — APP USERS: Go online to see a live video feed from the scene
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CNN:
8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say
Associated Press:
Police ID killer in FedEx shooting as 19-year-old man
Wall Street Journal:   Indianapolis Mass Shooting: At Least Eight Dead at FedEx Facility
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals  —  Officers and officials also donated to fundraisers for far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans  —  A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed …
Washington Post:
Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach  —  A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol riot defendant will plead guilty, cooperate with government  —  Jon Schaffer, a heavy metal guitarist and self-described “lifetime member” of the Oath Keepers, on Friday became the first Capitol rioter to plead guilty to charges based on his participation in the attack and has entered …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Lifetime Founding Member of the Oath Keepers Pleads Guilty to Breaching Capitol on Jan. 6 to Obstruct Congressional Proceeding
Discussion: WTTV CBS4Indy
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 Million  —  The lawsuit claims that Mr. Falwell, the university's former president, withheld scandalous and potentially damaging information from Liberty's board of trustees.  —  Liberty University has sued Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 million …
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Reuters:
Liberty University sues former president Jerry Falwell Jr.  —  U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19 shot?  —  United States  —  Gunman's motive still unclear in massacre of eight at Indianapolis FedEx site  —  United States  —  Chicago releases graphic video of police shooting 13-year-old
Matt Loffman / PBS NewsHour:
New poll shows Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-transgender laws  —  The rights of transgender Americans has been a growing topic of debate on sports fields, in state capitols and in Congress.  The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, says more than 30 state legislatures …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A striking new poll on the GOP's nascent push for transgender youth restrictions
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How Kash Patel rose from obscure Hill staffer to key operative in Trump's battle with the intelligence community  —  In the Trump administration's four-year battle with the intelligence community, a recurring character was a brash lawyer named Kashyap P.  “Kash” Patel.
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
After the Riot  —  It's been 100 days since the attack on the Capitol, and those who were inside still struggle with their memories.  —  When a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the world watched as the rioters entered the building, breaking windows and pushing through barriers.
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
In secret Facebook groups, America's best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories  —  WASHINGTON — They're the most elite, lethally trained members of the U.S. military, widely considered the best of the best.  And yet in secret Facebook groups exclusively …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying Biden's Victory Saw Drop in Business Contributions  —  PAC donations fell about 80% for objectors, compared with 35% drop for those who voted to approve results, latest campaign filings show  —  WASHINGTON—Republican members of Congress who voted …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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George W. Bush / Washington Post:
Immigration is a defining asset of the United States.  Here's how to restore confidence in our system.  —  George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States.  —  Next week, I'm proud to publish a new collection of my paintings, entitled “Out of Many, One.”
Discussion: CNN, Politico, IJR and Breitbart
Glenn Greenwald:
Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One  —  The most significant Trump-era alliance is between corporate outlets and security state agencies, whose evidence-free claims they unquestioningly disseminate.  —  1 hr ago
FiveThirtyEight:
It's Not Just Young White Liberals Who Are Leaving Religion  —  Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.  —  Poll(s) of the Week  —  Only 47 percent of American adults said they were members of a church, mosque or synagogue, according to recently released polling that was conducted by Gallup throughout last year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘A nicer version of Trump’: GOP donors flock to DeSantis  —  One evening in February, Ron DeSantis quietly slipped into the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.  —  Over dinner, the Florida governor addressed an audience of deep-pocketed donors convened by the influential Bradley Foundation …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces $1.7 Billion Investment to Fight COVID-19 Variants … Funding from American Rescue Plan will help CDC and Governors monitor, track, and defeat emerging variants that are currently threatening pockets of the country
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Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden  —  A study by a liberal group found a reverse coattails effect in 2020: Down-ballot candidates may have helped elect President Biden, rather than the other way around.  —  Ebony Carter faced an uphill climb when she decided …
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Chuck Schumer Has Changed Why is the former “angry centrist” pushing his party to go bigger, bolder, and more progressive?  —  Late one Wednesday last month, Chuck Schumer padded around his inner office in the Capitol in black socks decorated with palm trees, tended to his fireplace, and conceded a few seconds of self-reflection.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden hits 59 percent approval rating in Pew poll  —  A majority of Americans — 59 percent — approve of President Biden's handling of his job nearly as he approaches 100 days in office, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Friday.  —  The poll found Biden's job approval …
Discussion: TheBlaze and HotAir
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NBC News:
Polls show Biden reaping solid approval ratings with popular policies
Discussion: BizPac Review and New York Times
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 CHRIS SWEDA / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119823990”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews% …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Biden Boom Has Begun  —  Last week, fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits than at any time since March 2020.  Last month, retail sales in the U.S. rose by 9.8 percent, the largest increase in nearly a year.  Factory activity in the state of New York just hit its highest level since 2017 …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Outside the Beltway and CNBC
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Millions of Americans think the election was stolen.  How worried should we be about more violence?  —  A recent survey showed an estimated 50m Republicans believe the false claim, but experts say many Trump supporters appear to be cooling down  —  Three months after an insurrection at the US capitol …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
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Sam Wilson / Helena Independent Record:
Bill restricting ballot collection voted down by Montana Senate
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
A fourth-grade teacher marched on Jan. 6. Does she deserve to get canceled?
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP senators demand DOJ, SBA probe over whether Planned Parenthood applied for PPP loans despite ineligibility
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
The Backstory: Nancy Pelosi's No. 1 lesson on power: 'Nobody's going to give it to you. You've got to take it.'
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Liberty Unyielding
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dominique Mosbergen / HuffPost:
North Carolina Police Issue ‘Critical’ Warning After 2 Transgender Women Found Dead
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and PinkNews
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Senate passes ‘anti-riot’ bill, sends it to DeSantis to sign into law