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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 …
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 …
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Trump's New Blog Is a Trap  —  The only way to win is not to play … A Quick Thought on Facebook's Oversight Board Decision  —  This morning the Board delivered its long-awaited decision with this slippery, misleading headline: Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, IJR and New York Times
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 …
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 and Vanity Fair
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
What the Oversight Board Should Do With Trump
Discussion: National Review
Politico:
Cheney isn't fighting McCarthy push to replace her in leadership  —  Liz Cheney is not fighting to hold onto her job as House GOP conference chair, even as top Republican leaders openly campaign to replace her in the No. 3 spot.  —  To the frustration of many fellow Republicans …
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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 …
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
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
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.
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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
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton recalling all treadmills after reports of injuries, one death  — Peloton announced Wednesday voluntary recalls of both its Tread+ and Tread treadmill machines over safety concerns.  — The company is advising customers who already have the products to immediately stop using it and contact Peloton for a full refund.
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
CPSC and Peloton Announce: Recall of Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Death and 70 Incidents; Recall of Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury
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.
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 …
Aída Chávez / The Nation:
The Biden State Department Nominee Who Worked for Saudi Arabia and Big Oil  —  Financial disclosure forms reveal that one of the President's nominees, Jose Fernandez, worked for Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and fossil fuel companies like Chevron.  —  President Joe Biden's Clean …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Strongmen who got cozy with Trump get the cold shoulder from Biden  —  The Biden administration has zinged Russia and China over human rights and alleged thuggery against their neighbors, cut off some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and stiff-armed Turkey's increasingly authoritarian leader.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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.
Bloomberg:
Amazon Work Rules Govern Tweets, Body Odor of Contract Drivers  —  The thousands of people driving those ubiquitous Amazon-branded blue vans aren't employed by the Seattle leviathan.  They work for small, independent businesses with contracts to transport packages for Amazon.
CREW:
Trump family travel cost $140,000+ in just the first month post-presidency … Trump's adult children have cost taxpayers a lot of money over the years, but this time, it's different.  CREW got records from the Secret Service that show that in just the thirty days after Donald Trump left the presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Eddie Gallagher now says SEALs intended to kill unarmed fighter and ‘nobody had a problem with it’  —  Nearly two years after being found not guilty of killing an unarmed ISIS fighter, retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher has made an earth-shattering admission: Neither he nor any of the other SEALs …
Discussion: Raw Story and ABC News
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
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