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David Siders / Politico:
'It's almost like insanity': GOP base continues to lash out over Trump's defeat  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Nowhere has the post-Trump era been more painful for the Republican Party than in Georgia, where Trump loyalists' war on Republican elected officials is still raging, at great cost.
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Bolton puts out a poll to sandbag Trump  —  John Bolton, Donald Trump's former national security adviser turned outspoken critic, has commissioned a new poll to illustrate that the former president's grip on the Republican Party is loosening.  —  The poll, released on Tuesday morning …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Trump: Georgia Republicans ‘afraid to be called racist’ before passing voter law
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Axios:
Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93  —  Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.  —  The big picture: President Biden …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Remembering Walter Mondale
Discussion: CNN
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93
Wall Street Journal:
Satellite Images Show Russia's Expanding Ukraine Buildup  —  Combat aircraft, other military equipment seen in Crimea and along the Ukraine border as estimates of Kremlin forces grow  —  Russia has moved warplanes to Crimea and bases near Ukraine to an extent greater than has previously been disclosed …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Bush: Today's GOP is ‘isolationist’ and ‘nativist’  —  Former President George W. Bush described the modern-day GOP as “isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist” in an interview Tuesday that was packed with implicit criticism of the most recent Republican president.
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Today's GOP is ‘isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist’
Discussion: The Week, IJR and HotAir
Patricia McCormick / Washington Post:
The Girl in the Kent State Photo  —  In 1970, an image of a dead protester immediately became iconic.  But what happened to the 14-year-old kneeling next to him?  —  Last May, when Mary Ann Vecchio watched the video of George Floyd's dying moments, she felt herself plummet through time and space …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
DHS watchdog declined to pursue investigations into Secret Service during Trump administration, documents show  —  The chief federal watchdog for the Secret Service blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the agency's handling of the George Floyd protests …
U.S. Mission Russia / U.S. Embassy & Consulates …:
Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the United States for consultations this week: “I believe it is important for me to speak directly with my new colleagues in the Biden administration in Washington about the current state of bilateral relations between the United States and Russia.
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David Fickling / Bloomberg:
The Pandemic Will Be More Deadly This Year  —  Consider the surging case count in India.  A false sense of complacency is discouraging any course correction, and numbers could get worse still.  —  Covid-19 is going to kill more people in 2021 than it did last year.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Dozen Megadonors Gave $3.4 Billion, One in Every 13 Dollars, Since 2009  —  A new study shows the role of the super rich in politics since the Supreme Court loosened restrictions on political spending more than a decade ago.  —  A dozen megadonors and their spouses contributed a combined $3.4 billion …
Discussion: Political Wire
Star Tribune:
Who are the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial?  —  Though the jurors will remain anonymous, here's what we know about the jury seated for Derek Chauvin's trial in the killing of George Floyd.  —  Video (04:31) : Video by Mark Vancleave.  For the first time in Minnesota …
NBC News:
There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol.  Why hasn't this evidence been used in court? … WASHINGTON — FBI officials have repeatedly said they gathered no credible intelligence in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection suggesting that pro-Trump extremists intended to storm the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Georgia Faith Leaders to Urge Boycott of Home Depot Over Voting Law  —  Black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in the state are planning a “warning shot” for other Republican-led states that are trying to limit voting access.  —  A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. takes on new role as top adviser inside the Trump family  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has elevated his son Donald Trump Jr. to an unofficial new role inside his orbit as he weighs the idea of a comeback presidential bid in 2024 that would require him to maintain …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
California Exit Interview: One couple's final straw came when voters rejected Prop.  15  —  Alison Grady and Ernest Brown made a spreadsheet of places they wanted to live a few years ago, and Oakland came out on top.  Within a day of moving to The Town, Brown found a salsa dance class near Lake Merritt …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Washington Football Team won't find a better name than it already has  —  The Washington — get this — Rubies?  The Washington Demon Cats?  Yeah, there's a legend about some creature that haunts federal government buildings here.  Still.  —  The Washington Red Hogs?
bellingcat:
Senior GRU Leader Directly Involved With Czech Arms Depot Explosion  — In 2018, Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider identified the two persons whom UK police charged with the Novichok poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal as GRU officers Col. Alexander Mishkin and Col. Anatoly Chepiga.
Discussion: Raw Story
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Policy group hires Mark Halperin years after sexual harassment scandal  —  Political journalist Mark Halperin, whose career crumbled in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has joined No Labels, a D.C.-based bipartisan policy group, Punchbowl News reports.
Discussion: The Wrap and Balloon Juice
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia police asked federal drug agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests last June, emails show  —  The Philadelphia Police Department enlisted federal drug agents to infiltrate crowds of protesters during racial justice demonstrations in the city last spring, a move that critics say may have circumvented …
Politico:
Liberals warn Biden against lengthy talks with GOP  —  Joe Biden's entreaties to Republicans on his infrastructure bill are picking up steam.  But progressives are warning the president not to get too attached to his GOP friends.  —  “I personally don't think the Republicans are serious …
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
India's devastating outbreak is driving the global coronavirus surge  —  Those on the country's front lines say the wave is worse than anything they have seen before.  —  NEW DELHI — More than a year after the pandemic began, infections worldwide have surpassed their previous peak.
Virginia Langmaid / CNN:
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent Covid often all for show, CDC advises  —  (CNN)The risk of surface transmission of Covid-19 is low, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.  Far more important is airborne transmission — and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good..
Discussion: Instapundit
Jamal Simmons / The Hill:
It's not ‘woketivism,’ it's good business  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should put away his worry beads about big business.  Corporate leaders haven't gone soft on liberalism.  Instead, Republicans have gone “wobbly” on democracy and that's not good for business.
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Democratic leaders condemn ‘phony’ effort to censure Maxine Waters  —  House Democratic leaders defended embattled Rep. Maxine Waters for a second day following her command to protesters near Minneapolis to “get more confrontational” if ex-police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty in the death of George Floyd.
Discussion: Politico and Townhall
Jamila R. O'Hara / The Harvard Crimson:
A ‘Fundamental’ Shift: Harvard Institute of Politics Marred by Tensions, Turnover as Kennedy School Asserts Increased Control … Four months before he lost his battle with brain cancer in 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward M.  “Ted” Kennedy '54-'56 penned a letter to then-Harvard President Drew G. Faust …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood  —  The White House on Tuesday formally declared its support for a House bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C., saying it would provide the residents of the District with “long overdue full representation in Congress.”
Ken Alltucker / USA Today:
No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart beginning this week  —  Consumers will be able to buy rapid coronavirus tests without a prescription this week at three national chain retailers, an expansion that comes as the nation's vaccination effort accelerates …
Discussion: The Week and Balloon Juice
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
America was always where she felt she belonged  —  Long before Suncha Kim settled into her adopted country of America, she knew it was where she and her family belonged.  —  She would visit street markets in Seoul to exchange Korean won for dollars, which she then used to buy pizza at a U.S. military base.
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
67 percent of Americans unaware of John Durham probe: Poll  —  A whopping 67 percent of Americans are unaware of special counsel John Durham's investigation into decision-making at the FBI and Justice Department surrounding the probe into former President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren invites billionaire critic Leon Cooperman to testify at Senate hearing on taxes  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants one of her biggest critics to face lawmakers in a hearing next week.  — Warren, a progressive Democrat from Massachusetts, is inviting billionaire investor Leon Cooperman …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
The NRA is decimated and the GOP is out of power.  It may not be enough for gun control.  —  The worst day of Chris Murphy's career, as he tells it, came eight years ago this week.  That's when the Senate defeated a gun control bill forged after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his state.
Discussion: Breitbart
Nick DePaula / ESPN:
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant estate elect not to renew partnership with Nike  —  With Kobe Bryant's five-year, post-retirement endorsement extension with Nike having expired this month, Vanessa Bryant and the Kobe Bryant estate elected not to renew the partnership, she confirmed to ESPN in a statement Monday night.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Judge upholds 20-year sentence for former South Carolina officer who killed Black man
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
John King Jr., former Obama education secretary, enters race for governor of Maryland
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
How the Pandemic Did, and Didn't, Change Where Americans Move
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Mail Owner Files Antitrust Suit Against Google, Citing Royals Coverage
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
‘The Squad’ Pushes To ‘Defund The Police’ While Spending Thousands On Private Security To Protect Themselves
American Greatness:
From ‘Insurrectionists’ to ‘Interruptionists’  —  More than 100 days after the January 6 melee …
 Earlier Items: 
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
CNN on a post-Trump sugar crash
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Newlines Magazine:
How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia's Role In It
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight
Discussion: Politico