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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: GOP wants to replace Cheney with another woman  —  House Republicans are moving closer to ousting Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership, and are already considering replacements — including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), congressional aides tell Axios.
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 …
CNN:
Cheney: What Trump did ‘is a line that cannot be crossed’
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Why Has Fox News Completely Ignored Trump and Liz Cheney's Battle Over ‘The Big Lie’?
Discussion: LifeZette and The Daily Beast
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 …
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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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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Tucker Carlson has a new GOP target  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING THIS MORNING — The NRCC announced a few minutes ago that it added 10 House Democrats to its list of takeover targets, bringing the total to 57.  It's a show of confidence that the 2022 environment …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week, HotAir and CNN
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 …
Discussion: Washingtonian, TVNewser and The Wrap
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WETA:
Yamiche Alcindor Named Moderator of Washington Week
Discussion: The Hill, Variety and Deadline
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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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
BuzzFeed News:   Flynn, Bannon, Manafort, Ivanka: Private Emails From Inside The Mueller Investigation
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
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.
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 …
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. …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com and Snopes.com
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: Althouse
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How three major news organizations all got a story about Rudy Giuliani wrong  —  Incorrect information from government sources apparently led three separate news organizations to publish the same erroneous claim about Rudolph W. Giuliani last week that all three later corrected.
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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.
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.
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: CNN
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Hawley defends Jan. 6 fist pump  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who led efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in Congress, on Tuesday defended his fist pump to protesters outside of the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  A photo that shows Hawley outside …
Discussion: The American Independent and IJR
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Treasury: States can seize stimulus payments to provide criminal restitution  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  States can seize third-round stimulus payments from those convicted of crimes in order to provide restitution for victims and their families, according to the Treasury Department.
Discussion: The National Interest
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 …
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 …
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Texas Democratic Party leader who called Tim Scott an ‘oreo’ resigns  —  The Texas Democratic Party official who called Sen. Tim Scott an “oreo” is resigning after multiple state leaders condemned his “disgusting” comments.  —  “I am deeply and sincerely sorry for my inappropriate and hurtful use …
Aniruddha Ghosal / Associated Press:
‘Horrible’ weeks ahead as India's virus catastrophe worsens  —  NEW DELHI (AP) — COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be “horrible.”
Discussion: UPI
Associated Press:
How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it  —  Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages.  —  When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers.
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
Gun Safety is the Best Issue to Bust the Filibuster  —  If we are going to call the question on the filibuster, let's do it on a wildly popular issue that will save lives  —  For the first 100 days or so of the Biden Administration, everyone in Washington has been talking about but working around the filibuster.
Discussion: The Week
 
 
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Eric Adams, the Machine Mayor
Discussion: New York Post
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas. Then It Turned on Itself.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Townhall
Ari L. Maas / City Journal:
On the Ground … Bearing False Witness  —  Leading civil rights organizations lend their voices to false claims about police.
Caroline Lewis / Gothamist:
Most Of New York City Remains Undervaccinated As COVID Restrictions Lift
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Biden's Modest Tax Plan
Discussion: Insider and Wall Street Journal
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
John Nichols / The Nation:
Expand the US House of Representatives
Tom Costello / NBC News:
FAA warns of spike in unruly, dangerous passenger behavior
Discussion: HotAir
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Democrat Bee Nguyen Announces Run For Secretary Of State
Laura A. Bischoff / USA Today:
Ohio state senator sees nothing wrong with driving while video conferencing
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
NRA Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story