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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Post reporters' phone records  —  The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role …
Jessie Balmert / Cincinnati.com:
Ohio GOP calls on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for impeaching ex-President Trump  —  Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River  —  COLUMBUS - The Ohio Republican Party's leaders called on Rep. Anthony Gonzalez to resign for voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, a stunning rebuke of one of their own.
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Washington Post:
Trump's out-of-power agenda: Retribution against foes, commanding the spotlight and total domination of GOP  —  Former president Donald Trump is moving to handpick members of the House GOP leadership team — relentlessly attacking Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican …
Politico:
Stefanik privately pledges to serve only through 2022 in House GOP leadership
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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Erica Pandey / Axios:
Biden: Disappointing jobs report shows recovery is a “marathon,” not a “sprint”
Discussion: RedState
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
April's expected hiring boom goes bust as nonfarm payroll gain falls well short of estimates
Tom Hebert / Americans for Tax Reform:   OOPS: Every House Democrat Endorsed By U.S. Chamber Voted for Job-Killing Biden Bucks
New York Times:
The virus is an airborne threat, the C.D.C. acknowledges.  —  Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact …
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Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:   Why Covid's Airborne Transmission Was Acknowledged So Late
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
FARA filings spotlight Giuliani's foreign entanglements amid probe  —  Federal investigators executed search warrants last week as part of an investigation into Rudy Giuliani and whether he may have acted as an unregistered foreign agent while serving as the personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Raw Story
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The Daily Beast:
Feds Probing Rudy Giuliani's Push to Get a Visa for a Shady Ukrainian Prosecutor
Discussion: Raw Story and emptywheel
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Ted Cruz said his election objections weren't about blocking Biden.  Then someone asked about it.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) was not about to let an upstart like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) outmaneuver him in pandering to Donald Trump's base of support.  So when Hawley announced a few days …
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Final nail in Liz's coffin?  Cheney 'secretly orchestrated Washington Post op-ed by all ten living former Defense Secretaries - including her father - warning against Trump's efforts to politicize the military', new report claims  — Liz Cheney organized op-ed by former Defense Secretaries, according to report
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The White House:
Visitor Logs … The White House will post visitor log records on this page pursuant to President Biden's voluntary disclosure policy.  Visitor log disclosures will occur on a monthly basis.  Read more about visitor logs in our press release announcing the policy.
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
4 Years After an Execution, a Different Man's DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon  —  Lawyers' request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied.  —  For 22 years, Ledell Lee maintained that he had been wrongly convicted of murder.
Discussion: The Appeal, Insider and Slate
Ben Leonard / Politico:
McSally's former deputy campaign manager pleads guilty to stealing campaign funds  —  Anthony Barry faces up to five years in prison.  —  Then-Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sen. Martha McSally speaks to supporters at the AZGOP Headquarters on November 2, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
The ‘headache’ Trump left behind for Biden on the White House lawn  —  (CNN)The project that's currently tearing up the White House's South Lawn initially landed on Donald Trump's desk.  —  The White House was in need of substantial upgrades to its future security apparatus …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Here's what Florida's new elections law actually does  —  On Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an elections bill that makes it more difficult to vote.  —  The Florida law is part of a cross-country Republican effort - in the wake of President Donald Trump's lies …
Wall Street Journal:
Police-Overhaul Bill Draws Bipartisan Agreement on Key Issues  —  Congressional aides reach compromise on military equipment, no-knock warrants and chokeholds; differences remain on prosecution and liability of individual police officers  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic and Republican staff …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Pradheep J. Shanker / National Review:
Tucker Carlson's Faulty Complaint about Coronavirus Vaccines  —  The cable-news host has misinterpreted data to support a dangerous strain of vaccine skepticism.  —  ocial media have been a source of fabulous exchanges of data, ideas, and suggestions during this coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: HotAir
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Message Washington Needs to Hear Right Now: STOP!  —  NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he lesson of today's jobs report is that President Biden should be spending less time fantasizing about becoming Franklin Roosevelt, and more time trying to avoid becoming Herbert Hoover.  —  It all happened so fast.
Associated Press:
4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges for Death of George Floyd; Derek Chauvin Also Charged in Separate Indictment …
Robert Barnett / Foreign Policy:
China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country's Territory … In October 2015, China announced that a new village, called Gyalaphug in Tibetan or Jieluobu in Chinese, had been established in the south of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).  In April 2020, the Communist Party secretary of the TAR …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Elon Musk: Memelord or Meme Lifter?  —  The billionaire has been posting content creators' work without credit.  Some are frustrated; others, simply puzzled.  —  Elon Musk — the Tesla chief executive, SpaceX founder and soon-to-be “Saturday Night Live” host — is an open admirer of memes.
United States Department of State:
United States Joins Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online  —  The United States endorses the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, formally joining those working together under the rubric …
Financial Times:
Macron slams ‘Anglo-Saxons’ hindering vaccine exports  —  Brussels calls on manufacturers such as US to supply share of domestic production  —  France's president sought to turn the tables on the Biden administration following its call for vaccine patent waivers, accusing “Anglo-Saxon” …
Discussion: Associated Press and Al Jazeera
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West embarrasses himself in one-man push-up contest  —  Video evidence shows retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West can move his body as if doing a push-up but it is unclear whether or not he can still do one correctly.  —  West challenged a reporter to a push-up contest on Wednesday …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump's mental health chief lands civil service post at DEA  —  Elinore McCance-Katz spoke out against coronavirus response, saying risks had been exaggerated.  —  The Trump administration's controversial mental health chief, who criticized last year's coronavirus response as overblown …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Why a Black ‘Superman’ movie could be bigger than ‘Black Panther’  —  Superman is an American legend.  At this point, it may not be too much of a stretch to call him the American legend, an archetype from which all iterations of the superhero mythos flow.  He is a homegrown demigod …
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition  —  Mariame Kaba, a New York City-based activist and organizer, is at the center of an effort to “build up another world.”  —  The murder of George Floyd last spring provoked an unprecedented outpouring of protests …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Wuhan-Lab Theory Is Not Far-Fetched.  Just Look at China's Reckless Rocket Program  —  On the menu today: The Chinese space program is about as careful and safety-conscious as the Chinese viral-research program; a deep look at the mounting evidence pointing to a lab leak …
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Oklahoma governor signs bill banning schools from teaching critical race theory  —  Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Friday banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools and universities.  —  “Now more than ever, we need policies that bring us closer together - not rip us apart.
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
European Allies Ask U.S. to Slow Afghan Withdrawal, Officials Say
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Idaho governor signs bill allowing culling of wolves
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
Caitlyn Jenner struggles to go from OMG moment to a campaign for California governor
Discussion: Twitchy and Washington Post
Ben Jacobs / Washington Examiner:
Colonialism or democracy?  —  Democrats increasingly believe that the American electoral system is skewed against them.
Discussion: HuffPost
Financial Times:
Olympics sponsors duck questions over Beijing 2022 as boycott calls grow
Discussion: Washington Post
WSFA-TV:
Portion of Highway 80 to be named after John R. Lewis
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. rule would aim to crack down on ‘ghost guns’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, CNN and UPI
Peter Stone / New Republic:
How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Eric Adams Says He Has Something to Prove. Becoming Mayor Might Help.
YouTube:
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Danya Hajjaji / Newsweek:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Insists Capitol Rioters Weren't Trump Supporters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Max Fisher / New York Times:
‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation
Discussion: Angry Bear