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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.
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Biden to keep in place Trump's refugee cap
Associated Press:
Police ID killer in FedEx shooting as 19-year-old man  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police scoured a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and searched the suspected gunman's home Friday looking for a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family members of the eight victims spent agonizing hours awaiting word on their loved ones.
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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
CNN:
8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say
Wall Street Journal:
Indianapolis Mass Shooting: At Least Eight Dead at FedEx Facility
Discussion: KDFX-TV
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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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 …
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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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeos violated rules on use of State Department resources, IG finds  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules governing the use of taxpayer-funded resources when he and his wife, Susan, asked State Department employees to carry out tasks for their personal benefit …
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.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Forming Caucus To Promote ‘Anglo-Saxon Political Traditions’  —  Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are starting a right-wing caucus in Congress that seeks to “follow in President Trump's footsteps,” which could prove yet another thorn in the side …
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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
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
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, IJR, Breitbart and Politico
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Ann M. Simmons / Wall Street Journal:
Russia to Expel 10 U.S. Diplomats From Embassy in Moscow
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TASS and Bloomberg
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87  —  A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity.  —  Vartan Gregorian, the ebullient Armenian immigrant who climbed …
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
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Your browser does not support the audio element.  —  Legislative Democrats in Oregon have agreed to relinquish a powerful advantage in redrawing the state's political districts for the next 10 years in exchange for a commitment from Republicans to stop blocking bills with delay tactics.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Democratic lawmaker Vernon Jones challenges Kemp in GOP primary  —  A former Democratic state legislator who switched parties after he endorsed Donald Trump launched an insurgent challenge Friday against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, setting the stage for a race that will test the former president's influence in Georgia.
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
‘Huge mistake’: DeSantis slams federal response to Johnson & Johnson blood clot issues  —  POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the federal government's actions Friday with regards to the recent pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and the recommendations …
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 …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden officials rescind Trump's okay for Texas's $100 billion-plus Medicaid plan  —  Friday decision is seen as an effort to push Texas officials toward expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to cover more low-income residents  —  The Biden administration on Friday rescinded approval …
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
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 …
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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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Black Lives Matter co-founder hits back against critics questioning property purchases
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Leaving Afghanistan, and the Lessons of America's Longest War
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CNN:
Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he's been treated unfairly
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Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales calls Israel ‘apartheid state’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden hits 59 percent approval rating in Pew poll
Discussion: NBC News and TheBlaze
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Andrew Yang, Celebrity Politician
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden
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