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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: House GOP set to dump Cheney for Stefanik
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Marjorie Taylor Greene might have helped Liz Cheney survive this long
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Insider and Forbes
John McCormack / National Review:   Liz Cheney Digs In, as Support Sinks over Blunt Trump Talk
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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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
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 …
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 …
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
Americans divided on whether Trump should be permanently banned from social media
Discussion: Bloomberg and Vanity Fair
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: Raw Story, The Hill and The Week
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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
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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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
U.S. birth and fertility rates dropped to another record low in 2020, CDC says
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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
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
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 …
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
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: USA Today and 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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
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Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool — and that's a problem
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
CNN:
Biden's plan to fight domestic terror will mark shift from Trump