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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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
House Republicans Have Had Enough of Liz Cheney's Truth-Telling  —  Conservative lawmakers are plotting a fresh bid to dethrone Ms. Cheney from her leadership post.  Her transgression: continued repudiation of Donald J. Trump and his false election claims.  —  WASHINGTON — The first time defenders …
Axios:
Trump and inner circle hang on Facebook verdict  —  Donald Trump and his inner circle are anxiously awaiting Facebook's decision about whether to reinstate him to the platform, viewing it as the propellant for an increasingly likely second presidential campaign in 2024.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy  —  President Biden's early success in getting Americans vaccinated, pushing out stimulus checks and generally calming the surface of American life has been a blessing for the country.  But it's also lulled many into thinking …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: House GOP set to dump Cheney for Stefanik  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Lots of action on the McCarthy-Cheney front, but first ...  WILL TWITTER TAKE TRUMP BACK?  — Facebook's oversight board is deciding today whether to allow former President DONALD TRUMP back on.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump's Actions  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Raw Story
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Secret William Barr memo saying not to charge Trump must be released, judge says  —  A federal judge this week rejected the Justice Department's attempts to keep secret a departmental opinion to not charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction at the end of the Mueller investigation …
Discussion: UPI
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of DOJ memo justifying not prosecuting Trump
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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Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Facebook Ban Hurt Trump in Surprising Ways
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Set to Rule on Trump Ban
Discussion: Al Jazeera and FOX 46 Charlotte
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Outside Review of Materials Seized From Rudy Giuliani
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India  —  President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive …
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
Please buy this newspaper: A Daily News reporter begs a local owner to rescue the tabloid from Alden Global Capital  —  Like any good tabloid headline, it's simple, snappy and succinct: DAILY NEWS NEEDS NEW OWNER.  —  And not just any owner: a New York owner, someone who knows the city …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is compiling opposition research on more than 20 potential Republican presidential contenders as the party looks to get an early start on the 2024 cycle.
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
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Jessica Winter / New Yorker:
The Allegations Against Blake Bailey and the Shock of the Familiar  —  As a teacher, Bailey was a type, a stock character, the sort whose behavior is often trailed by public silence.  —  In the opening pages of Philip Roth's novel “I Married a Communist,” from 1998, Nathan Zuckerman delivers …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’  —  Lee Tae-kyung has campaigned tirelessly in South Korea to share the story of the 93,000 people who migrated from Japan to North Korea from 1959 to 1984 and were forced to stay.  —  SEOUL — On a bright August morning in 1960 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Six months after the 2020 elections, a new poll suggests Georgians like the way President Joe Biden is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but they are more divided on his economic proposals …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jared Kushner founds “Abraham Accords Institute”  —  Jared Kushner is founding an organization called the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace, to work on deepening the normalization agreements he helped strike between Israel and Arab countries.  —  The big picture: The Abraham Accords …
Lisa Bonos / Washington Post:
If Bill and Melinda Gates can't make a marriage work, what hope is there for the rest of us?  —  Just imagine how many hours of couples therapy you can afford when you're among the world's richest people.  Or the shared sense of purpose you could forge while raising three children and running …
Michael Tesler / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans' Pessimistic Views On The Economy Have Little To Do With The Economy  —  In 2016, the media extensively covered Trump supporters' “economic anxiety.”  Will this misperception continue in the lead-up to 2024?  —  Since Joe Biden became president, several surveys have found …
Rachel Metz / CNN:
Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool — and that's a problem  —  (CNN Business)You probably haven't seen PimEyes, a mysterious facial-recognition search engine, but it may have spotted you.  —  If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Virginia Republicans are gearing up for their party's gubernatorial nominating convention on Saturday in a race that could signal how the party plans to navigate the post-Trump era.
Discussion: National Review and The Nation
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Massive family reunification effort starts with a mother and son at the border  —  An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted attorney Carol Anne Donohoe as saying her law firm applied in February to bring Sandra Ortíz across the U.S. border and was denied.
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Paul Ryan, It's Time for You to Stand Up to Fox  —  Dear Paul:  —  I'm often asked whether we are still friends.  I usually answer: Yes, but we're taking a break and seeing other people.  —  I'd like to talk to you about some of those other people today, specifically your colleagues at Fox.
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Politico:
Earmark intrigue splits Senate Republicans  —  At least six Senate Republicans plan to submit earmark requests despite a longstanding ban, and more than a dozen others are still considering it.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and Sen. Richard Shelby head to a Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on Jan. 26.
Discussion: The Hill
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Steyer paid settlements to 5 former campaign staffers  —  The payments came well after the campaign had ended, when staffers filed a complaint under a law that allows workers to sue over wage and labor violations.  —  Tom Steyer's short-lived presidential campaign has made more than $24,000 …
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?  —  We recently estimated that the U.S. was close to its “COVID-19 vaccine tipping point” - that is, the point at which vaccine supply may start to outstrip demand.  We also noted that national averages may mask important differences by state.
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
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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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
Yellen Says She Isn't Predicting Higher Interest Rates  —  Treasury secretary says President Biden's proposed spending programs are needed to make U.S. economy competitive  —  WASHINGTON—Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen played down comments suggesting the Biden administration's spending plans might prompt …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Second Member Of “Boogaloo Bois” Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Hamas  —  WASHINGTON - A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support and resources, namely property, services and weapons, to what he believed was Hamas …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
Secretary Antony J. Blinken With Roula Khalaf of The Financial Times
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979
Hannah Sparks / New York Post:
This town used its $228K in COVID relief funds on a giant squid statue
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Israeli Officials Had a Plan to Prevent Tragedy at Mt. Meron. It Was Ignored.
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Manhattan District Attorney Candidates Clash in First Debate
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Is Set to Rule Electric Car Production
John McCormack / National Review:
Liz Cheney Digs In, as Support Sinks over Blunt Trump Talk
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
U. San Diego Law Prof. Tom Smith Vindicated: Blog Criticising Chinese Government Held Protected By Academic Freedom
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
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Robby Soave / Reason:
The CDC's Guidance for Summer Camps Is Insane
CNN:
Biden's plan to fight domestic terror will mark shift from Trump
The Intercept:
DOJ Threatened MIT Researchers With Subpoena in Collaboration With Bolivian Coup Regime
Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today:
Corporations aren't ‘woke,’ they just know their customers. Watch and learn, Republicans.
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mass Georgia voter cancellations begin using info from other states
Discussion: Democracy Docket