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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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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's biggest problem has nothing to do with Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is purportedly again at risk of losing her position as House Republican Conference chair, the third-ranking member of the House GOP leadership.  For most Republicans, the reason is that she crossed President Donald Trump …
Wall Street Journal:
Purging Liz Cheney  —  GOP leaders shouldn't have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  This should be a hopeful moment for House Republicans.  While they're playing defense in the minority for now, their prospects for picking up the five net seats they need …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Purging Liz Cheney for Opposing Trump's Insurrection
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The pro-Trump Republican trying to upstage Cheney
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban  —  The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos
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Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:
Judge orders DOJ release Trump obstruction memo  —  A federal judge has ordered the Department of Justice to turn over a memo cited by then-Attorney General Bill Barr as his reasoning not to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice as part of a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
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 …
Ariel Zilber / Associated Press:
Derek Chauvin juror LIED about protest: Cop's hope of appeal boosted after picture emerges of juror at BLM rally wearing ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ T-shirt despite telling court he'd never been on a march  — Brandon Mitchell was one of 12 jurors who convicted Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin …
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JONATHAN TURLEY:
Juror 52: Does Chauvin Have A New Challenge Over Juror Brandon Mitchell?  —  The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was undermined this week after the previously anonymous Juror #52 went public with interviews to discuss his experience on the jury and support the movement to curtail police abuse.
Chao Xiong / Star Tribune:
Chauvin juror defends participation in March on Washington after social media post surfaces
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.
Discussion: Reason and HotAir
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mass Georgia voter cancellations begin using info from other states  —  Turnout helps reduce size of voter purge from record highs  —  Georgia election officials plan to start canceling voter registrations as soon as this week, on a smaller scale than in past years and, for the first time …
Discussion: Democracy Docket
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
'We're terrorized': LA sheriffs frequently harass families of people they kill, says report  —  Los Angeles sheriff's department has routinely retaliated against victims' relatives who speak out, NLG and ACLU say in report  —  Los Angeles sheriff deputies frequently harass the families …
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Biden's new goal: 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th  —  President Biden will announce Tuesday a new goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated and at least one shot administered to 70% of individuals by the Fourth of July holiday, senior administration officials told reporters.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
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.
Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today:
Corporations aren't ‘woke,’ they just know their customers.  Watch and learn, Republicans.  —  Why are corporations for democracy, against racism and invested in fighting climate change?  They're trying to please people and turn profits.  —  Have corporations been absorbed by the “woke mob …
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Cathy Young:
“Political Correctness” Déjà Vu  —  Do concerns about “wokeness” and “cancel culture” recycle a 1990s panic over “political correctness,” or are we dealing with same problem of far-left illiberalism?  —  One trope used to dismiss concerns about overzealous “wokeness,” …
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: Politico, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Ian Haworth / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘People Are Going To Be Very, Very Happy When I Make A Certain Announcement!’  Donald Trump Hints At 2024 Run  —  One question at the forefront of the minds of supporters and critics alike of former President Donald Trump is whether he will return to the campaign trail and run for president once more in 2024.
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
US report: Taliban will likely curtail Afghan women's rights  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies are warning that any gains in women's rights in Afghanistan made in the last two decades will be at risk after U.S. troops withdraw later this year.
Discussion: ABC News
CNN:
Biden's plan to fight domestic terror will mark shift from Trump  —  Here's how DHS Secretary Mayorkas plans to address domestic terrorism  —  (CNN)The Biden administration will release i ts highly anticipated national strategy for fighting domestic terrorists in the coming weeks …
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Reuters
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?
Discussion: Political Wire
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
The Intercept:
DOJ Threatened MIT Researchers With Subpoena in Collaboration With Bolivian Coup Regime … A Justice Department trial attorney repeatedly contacted Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers asking, eventually under threat of subpoena, about research they had conducted …
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.
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 …
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas.  Then It Turned on Itself.  —  The Republican Party trounced the Democrats at every level in Texas in November, only to see its politicians turn on one another over the pandemic and voter-fraud conspiracy theories.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications …
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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Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
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Rebecca Boone / Associated Press:
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Evie Fordham / Fox News:
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Laura Packard / The Nation:
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
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CNN:
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Noga Tarnopolsky / Washington Post:
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