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Kadia Goba / Axios:
Scoop: McCarthy trashes Cheney on hot mic  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he's “lost confidence” in Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a moment of candor caught on a hot mic, a tape reviewed by Axios shows.  —  What he's saying: “I think she's got real problems …
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Kevin McCarthy: Master of Strategery  —  Pushing our Liz McCarthy makes it easier to turn 2022 into another referendum on Trumpism.  —  Kevin McCarthy, apparently, thinks that if he can stop Liz Cheney from talking about former President Trump's promotion of the election lies that led to the January 6 riot …
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The pro-Trump Republican trying to upstage Cheney  —  Jim Banks is the head of the House GOP's biggest caucus.  He's also earning another unofficial title: shadow chair of the House GOP Conference.  —  The Indiana Republican, who's made no secret of his future leadership ambitions …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Purging Liz Cheney for Opposing Trump's Insurrection  —  In the few days after January 6, it appeared the Republican establishment that had tolerated four years of naked corruption and frequently undisguised racism had finally lost its patience with Donald Trump.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
McCarthy confirms living arrangements with Luntz after tip to Tucker Carlson  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) confirmed on Tuesday he rented a room from GOP pollster Frank Luntz during the coronavirus pandemic …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Tucker Carlson has a new GOP target
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Why Has Fox News Completely Ignored Trump and Liz Cheney's Battle Over ‘The Big Lie’?
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast and HotAir
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: GOP wants to replace Cheney with another woman
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Liberals Who Can't Quit Lockdown  —  Lurking among the jubilant Americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren't quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions.  For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains …
The Yeshiva World:
Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Has Been Released Early From Prison  —  Sources tell YWN that NY Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has been released from prison and is on his way home.  He was released five years earlier than his six year sentence.  His original release date was March 10, 2026.
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough
Discussion: The Hill, NBC New York and CBS New York
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Democrats can get a voting rights bill through the Senate  —  Senate Democrats have their marching orders: The caucus leadership has vowed to pass a national voting rights bill that will curb changes Republicans have made in the states that will make it harder to vote for too many Americans.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Vox and Raw Story
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / The Hill:   To get things done for the American people, Democrats must end the Senate filibuster
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Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Don Lemon Slams Santorum's Non-Apology For Racist Comments: ‘It Was Horrible’  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon raked former GOP senator-turned-CNN contributor Rick Santorum (R-PA) over the coals on Monday night after Santorum refused to apologize for his racist comments downplaying European settlers' genocide of Native Americans.
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Furious’ Don Lemon Loses His Cool After Chris Cuomo Has Rick Santorum On
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Yamiche Alcindor Is Named Host of ‘Washington Week’ on PBS  —  She succeeds Robert Costa at a program best known as the longtime home of the anchor Gwen Ifill.  —  Last month, when Yamiche Alcindor learned she would become the next moderator of the PBS current-affairs show “Washington Week …
New York Times:
Giuliani's Legal Bills Are Growing.  His Allies Want Trump to Pay Them.  —  As Rudolph Giuliani faces an escalating federal investigation and defamation suits, his advisers believe he should benefit from a $250 million Trump campaign war chest.  —  As a federal investigation …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Rising Diversity Might Not Help Democrats as Much as They Hope  —  Voters of color make up an increasing percentage of the United States electorate, but that trend isn't hurting Republicans as much as conservatives fear.  —  The Census Bureau released two important sets of data last week …
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
David Zweig / New York Magazine:
Experts: CDC's Summer-Camp Rules Are ‘Cruel’ and ‘Irrational’  —  From the peak on January 8 to today, following the trajectory of new COVID cases in the U.S. is like a descent on the Matterhorn.  The mortality rate has taken a similar plunge over the past few months.
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
MI6 spy Christopher Steele ‘produced second dossier on Donald Trump for FBI’  —  The dossier is believed to be raw intelligence that makes claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes  —  The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while he was in the White House, sources told The Telegraph.
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Insider:
Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a 2nd unverified dossier about Trump while he was president, report says
Discussion: HotAir
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Are the Bidens giants?  Are the Carters tiny?  Or are our eyes failing us?  —  On first glance, the photograph seems typical enough.  President Biden and first lady Jill Biden kneel beside their predecessors in the White House, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, during a trip to Georgia last week.
The Guardian:
‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry  —  Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown, after launching space station hub  —  Part of a huge rocket that launched China's first module for its Tianhe space station …
Will Carless / USA Today:
Proud Boys saw wave of contributions from Chinese diaspora before Capitol attack  —  The donations started coming in about 10 p.m. on Dec. 17.  —  A donor named Li Zhang gave $100.  A few minutes later, someone named Jun Li donated $100.  Then Hao Xu gave $20, followed shortly by $25 from a Ying Pei.
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting … I.  —  At 8AM PT on Friday, a bleary-eyed Basecamp CEO Jason Fried gathered his remote workforce together on Zoom to apologize.  Four days earlier, he had thrown the company into turmoil by announcing that …
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse  —  The site's Oversight Board is expected to rule on Donald Trump's case Wednesday.  Breaking Facebook's rules can mean removed posts and blocked privileges, but a vast number of guidelines aren't made public.
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
$100 as an Incentive to Get a Shot?  Experiment Suggests It Can Pay Off.  —  A cash reward works best with Democrats, and relaxing safety guidelines seems to motivate Republicans, a survey study shows.  —  What's the best way to persuade the millions of Americans who are still unvaccinated against Covid-19 to get their shots?
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
White House will make unordered vaccine supply available to other states  —  Unordered doses will go into a federal bank available each week to states where demand continues to outstrip supply.  —  The White House on Tuesday told states that coronavirus vaccine supply they choose not to order …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
What the Republican Party Needs vs. What It Wants  —  A failed congressional candidate in Texas told Republicans truths they needed to hear, but didn't want to.  —  Welcome to the Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about thus and such and whatnot, language and politics and culture, and other things.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Gaby Del Valle / Eater:
The Lie of ‘No One Wants to Work’  —  Amid reports of a restaurant industry “labor shortage,” employees say all they really want are wages that makes the risk worth it  —  After eight years in the restaurant industry, Estefanía decided she'd had enough.
Discussion: HuffPost
Luke Nozicka / Kansas City Star:
White supremacist who killed 3 at Jewish sites in Overland Park dies in Kansas prison  —  A white supremacist who in 2014 killed three people at Jewish sites in Overland Park has died in prison, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.  —  F. Glenn Miller Jr. …
Noga Tarnopolsky / Washington Post:
Netanyahu is desperate, unhinged and totally uninterested in governing  —  Unable to claim a mandate, the Israeli prime minister is trying to cling to power anyway  —  In the end, it took only four days to settle a matter that has hovered over Israel for years: How far would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
CNN:
CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious  —  A briefing on suspected energy attacks on US intelligence officers turned contentious last week, two sources told CNN, as senators demanded more information about the mysterious incidents from the CIA and accountability for how the agency has handled them.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Whatever Happened to ‘the Clinton Kid’?  —  On the morning of April 19, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson posed on the steps of the statehouse in Little Rock, a big grin spread across his face.  He was greeting guests who had come out to kick off “Save AR Students,” a campaign sponsored …
Reuters:
Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise  —  The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she lived in the north of the city, a spokesman for emergency services was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Sidney Powell Can't Be Let Off the Hook for Lies, Dominion Says  — Voting firm says Powell is walking back her conspiracy theory  — It tells court dismissing suit would be ‘propaganda exception’  —  Dominion Voting Systems Inc. blasted former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Intercept:
Claims by Scott Stringer Accuser Unravel as Progressives Flee New York Mayoral Candidate … In the wake of the allegations made by Tara Reade against then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020, Maya Wiley co-authored a thoughtful essay framing how to respond to such claims in a fraught time.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of DOJ memo justifying not prosecuting Trump  —  U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson blasts former Attorney General William Barr's spin on the Mueller report as “disingenuous.”  —  The Justice Department can appeal the judge's decision to force release of the memo.
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines  —  Biden senior adviser says move would spark legal disputes and delay inoculation campaigns  —  One of Joe Biden's top coronavirus advisers has warned that forcing drug companies to abandon intellectual property rights …
Discussion: The Hill
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania man admits he voted for Trump with his dead mom's name: ‘I listened to too much propaganda’  —  Weeks before Election Day, Bruce Bartman mailed his mother's absentee ballot with a check mark next to President Donald Trump's name.  —  The problem was, his mother had been dead since 2008.
 
 
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