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Oversight Board:
Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension, finds Facebook failed to impose proper penalty  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
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Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the social network's decision to ban Trump  —  Long-awaited ruling has implications for how social media companies govern speech by public officials and other powerful people  —  Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld the social network's decision …
The Guardian:
Donald Trump's Facebook suspension upheld by oversight board - live  —  The oversight board also offered recommendations to Facebook on how to handle situations where political leaders violate the platform's community guidelines.  —  “The Board stated that it is not always useful to draw …
Discussion: Just The News, Snopes.com and Althouse
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
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Social Network's Ban of Trump  —  A company-appointed panel ruled that the ban was justified at the time but added that the company should reassess its action and make a final decision in six months.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Facebook-appointed panel of journalists …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Facebook Ban Hurt Trump in Surprising Ways  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  Joe Poldruhi wasn't sure what to believe about his local congressional race.  He hadn't heard it straight from Donald Trump.  —  I had come to Ohio's 16th District to report on Trump's vengeance-fueled decision …
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Trump ban upheld by Facebook's independent Oversight Board  —  Facebook's independent Oversight Board on Wednesday announced that former President Donald Trump will remain banned from the company's platform after a four-month suspension.  —  The decision is a victory for liberals and could set …
Axios:
Trump and inner circle hang on Facebook verdict
Politico:
'It really f—ks the other ‘24 wannabes’: How Facebook could give Trump a huge boost
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
Americans divided on whether Trump should be permanently banned from social media
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Vanity Fair
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What the Oversight Board Should Do With Trump
Discussion: National Review
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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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 …
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The effort to dump Liz Cheney is the consequence of a party that lost its way
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: House GOP set to dump Cheney for Stefanik
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Second-ranking House GOP leader backs ouster of Cheney
Kadia Goba / Axios:
Scoop: McCarthy trashes Cheney on hot mic
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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 …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
The U.S. Birthrate Has Dropped Again.  The Pandemic May Be Accelerating the Decline.  —  Over all, the birthrate declined by 4 percent in 2020.  Births were down most sharply in December, when babies conceived at the start of the health crisis would have been born.
Discussion: Reuters and The Hill
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Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979
Discussion: National Review
Rich Mendez / CNBC:
U.S. birth and fertility rates dropped to another record low in 2020, CDC says
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 …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
The Untold Story of How Jeff Bezos Beat the Tabloids  —  When a gossip rag went after the CEO, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire.  In an exclusive excerpt from the new book Amazon Unbound comes an unrivaled tale of money, sex, and power.
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 …
Discussion: Insider and Algemeiner.com
New York Times:
Why Democratic Departures From the House Have Republicans Salivating  —  A growing number of Democrats in battleground districts are retiring or leaving to seek higher office, imperiling the party's slim House majority and President Biden's expansive agenda.
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Politico:
Earmark intrigue splits Senate Republicans
Discussion: National Journal and The Hill
Signal Blog:
The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you  —  Companies like Facebook aren't building technology for you, they're building technology for your data.  They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility into people and their lives.
Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
Biden's $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan Is Supported by Nearly 60% of Voters  —  While just 1 in 4 Republicans back the package, they expressed more support for the proposal's individual provisions  — 86% of Democrats support Biden's plan, compared with 54% of independents and 25% of Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
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 …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Eddie Gallagher now says SEALs intended to kill unarmed fighter and ‘nobody had a problem with it’  —  ‘Our intention was to kill him.  Everybody was on board.’  —  Nearly two years after being found not guilty of killing an unarmed ISIS fighter, retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher …
Discussion: ABC News
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Fugitive QAnon Fan Runs Up $10,000 Diner Tab—and Bails  —  QAnon promoter Richard Potcner urged National Guard soldiers in the Capitol to order on his tab at a local diner, then crowdsourced to pay the bill.  But he stopped paying.  —  An unlikely partnership between a QAnon influencer and a Washington …
Discussion: Raw Story
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Steyer paid settlements to 5 former campaign staffers  —  Tom Steyer's short-lived presidential campaign has made more than $24,000 in settlement payments to five former campaign staffers in recent months.  —  The payments, which haven't been previously reported, came after two of the former …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization  —  Jenna Ellis, a former member of Donald Trump's legal team, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.  —  Former President Donald Trump has been fixated …
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
Medium:
Open Letter on the History, Impact, and Future of the Filibuster  —  We are historians, political scientists, and other scholars who study the Senate, American government, American history, and the challenges facing our democracy.  —  With critics of the filibuster advancing arguments for its reform …
 
 
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Strongmen who got cozy with Trump get the cold shoulder from Biden
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
The Pentagon wants to take a harder line on domestic extremism. How far can it go?
Ankush Khardori / New Republic:
Biden Isn't Holding Trump Accountable. Sheldon Whitehouse Is Very Concerned.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Russia's plot to control the Internet is no longer a secret
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Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
U.S. Department of Justice:
Second Member Of “Boogaloo Bois” Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Hamas
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Paul Ryan, It's Time for You to Stand Up to Fox
Discussion: Raw Story
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India