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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forced to Choose Between Trump's “Big Lie” and Liz Cheney, the House G.O.P. Chooses the Lie  —  “Liz is a living reproach to all these cowards,” a friend of Cheney's said, but the cowards have the votes.  —  On January 11, 2017, Donald Trump held his first Presidential press conference following …
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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
MAGAworld pans Stefanik  —  Donald Trump has called Elise Stefanik “a new Republican star,” a “smart communicator” and — perhaps his highest praise — “tough.”  —  But the MAGA faithful aren't so sure.  —  Within minutes of Trump's endorsement of the New York congresswoman for GOP conference chair …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scarred DeSantis staffers form a support group  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There may be turbulence ahead for Rep. ELISE STEFANIK as she wrestles the GOP leadership post from Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) next week.  DONALD TRUMP is sold on the New York Republican after her unbending show …
Discussion: CNN, Slate and Florida Politics
David Siders / Politico:
How Trump is hunting down the GOP's leading families  —  In his attempt to exercise full dominion over the Republican Party, Donald Trump has reserved a special fury for the dynasties that helped shape it.  —  In the civil war between Donald Trump and the GOP's waning establishment …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for reelection  —  By J.D. Capelouto - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wilborn P. Nobles III - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  In a stunning announcement Thursday night …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Why Keisha Bottoms isn't running for election - and who might jump in now  —  Politics is a fickle beast.  In the span of two years, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has gone from one of President Joe Biden's most prominent surrogates — important enough to get vetted as a potential VP pick …
Discussion: UPI, New York Post and The Hill
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Doubles Down on Batsh** Vaccine Fearmongering, Blames Biden For His Inability to Understand Facts  —  Fox News' Tucker Carlson gets great ratings, frequently beating the competition in his timeslot.  You'd think that he would have a vested interest in keeping his audience members alive …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sean Hannity used to rule Fox. But in the post-Trump era, Tucker Carlson is king
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:   Tucker Carlson May Be America's Biggest Public Health Problem
Axios:
Institutionalizing Trumpism  —  Republican officials are rendering an unequivocal verdict: They want to cement former President Trump's politics and policies into the foundation of the GOP for many years to come.  —  Why it matters: The debate over Trump's post-election hold on the GOP is over …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney Confronts a House of Cowards
Discussion: Raw Story and Real Clear Politics
The Daily Beast:
Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey Epstein  —  After a secret meeting between the couple and the wealthy sex offender, Melinda was furious and told friends she wanted nothing to do with Epstein, The Daily Beast has learned. … Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Twitter suspends account that was posting Trump statements  —  Twitter suspended an account on Thursday that appeared to be circumventing their ban on former President Donald Trump by posting messages he shared on his own website.  —  The move was more evidence that the social media behemoth …
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Joe Concha / The Hill:   Social media's ban on Trump: Our ‘silence of the lambs’ moment
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook told to investigate its role in insurrection
Discussion: mailchi.mp
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
F.E.C. Drops Case Reviewing Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women  —  The case had examined whether Donald Trump violated election law with a $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Washington Times
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner has hangar pains after Hannity interview  —  OAKLAND — Move over French Laundry, there's a new social media obsession: Hangar Guy.  —  GOP recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner may have played right into Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's hands when she lamented on Fox News …
Becky Sullivan / NPR:
New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.  —  A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures.  —  Worldwide, the study's authors say …
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia G.O.P.'s Choices for Governor: ‘Trumpy, Trumpier, Trumpiest’  —  As the party prepares to pick its nominee this weekend, the race embodies the collapse of Republican power in a state that has tilted more sharply to Democrats than perhaps any other.  —  MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — One candidate brands himself a “conservative outlaw.”
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Insider:
Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus.  They can identify a case within seconds.  — Dutch scientists have trained bees to smell COVID-19.  — Every time the bees were exposed to an infected sample, they stuck out their tongues.  — The animals could be a low-tech solution for identifying COVID-19 cases.
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats waging all-night fight against restrictive election bill  —  Texas Democrats are waging an all-night fight against a restrictive election bill, vowing to file more than 100 amendments in an effort to derail or limit the impact of legislation that would create criminal penalties …
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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized  —  An infamous Republican political operative's unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.  —  It's a Washington axiom …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Worried Starbucks May Delete Its Page Over Hateful Comments  —  Facebook is scrambling to prevent Starbucks from leaving its platform after the world's largest coffee company said it was dismayed by hateful comments left on its posts about racial and social justice issues.
Brandon Gillespie / Fox News:
Jen Psaki admits Biden taking impromptu reporter questions is ‘not something we recommend’  —  Biden's press secretary also claimed that she often says to the president, 'Don't take questions.'  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted in a CNN podcast published Thursday …
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David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
‘We Build The Wall’ Co-Founder Kolfage Indicted in Tax Case  — Kolfage charged in Florida after facing New York indictment  — Trump pardoned Bannon in ‘We Build the Wall’ fraud case  —  Brian Kolfage, whose work with Stephen Bannon to raise money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN, Raw Story and Insider
Louis Keene / The Forward:
‘They Own The Media’: New Van Morrison song amplifies antisemitic trope  —  Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison released a new song on streaming platforms Thursday whose title espouses a classic antisemitic trope.  —  The lyrics of the song, “They Own The Media,” never indicate who the pronoun in its title refers to.
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
Dimon on Raising Taxes: 'Just Throwing Money, It Doesn't Work'  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon urged lawmakers to spell out — very specifically — targets for building roads, funding college degrees and creating jobs if they embark on a massive spending spree to bolster the economy.
Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay.  Extremely Not Okay.  —  An underprepared industry is losing a generation of journalists to despair, trauma and moral injury as they cover the story of a lifetime.  —  When I told my editors at The Daily Beast that I needed to quit my job …
BBC:
Covid: Putin says Sputnik vaccines ‘reliable as Kalashnikovs’  —  President Vladimir Putin has heralded Russia's vaccine offering as “reliable as a Kalashnikov assault rifle”.  —  The comment was made during a video conference on Thursday with Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.
Discussion: Associated Press
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Pathetic Herd Immunity Failure  —  Could today's version of America have been able to win World War II?  It hardly seems possible.  —  That victory required national cohesion, voluntary sacrifice for the common good and trust in institutions and each other.
Discussion: Washington Post
Taylor Dolven / Miami Herald:
DeSantis ban on vaccine proof may send one company's cruise ships out of Florida  —  If Florida won't allow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for passengers and crew, the company's CEO says it will take its ships elsewhere.
Discussion: Forbes, WZVN-TV and CBS Miami
 
 
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
On the Ground … Diversity Over Discovery  —  Biden's war on merit puts America's scientific edge at risk.
New York Times:
Baltimore Vaccine Plant's Troubles Ripple Across 3 Continents
Discussion: The Atlantic
Futurism:
Scientists Claim to Spot Fungus Growing on Mars in NASA Rover Photos “Fungi thrive in radiation intense environments.”
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Census results show White House doubling down on failure
Cathy Merrill / Washington Post:
As a CEO, I worry about the erosion of office culture with more remote work
Tampa Bay Times:
Recording a cop in Florida? One woman got arrested for it.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Changed Their Shower Habits. How About Yours?
Discussion: The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Defense contractor Honeywell fined $13M for sharing documents with China, other countries
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Florida Democrat Nikki Fried and Matt Gaetz are pals. Political insiders are dishing about how that could complicate her bid to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Washington Post's ‘Toy Weapons’ vs. Cops
Pete Williams / NBC News:
FBI still after ‘worst of the worst’ in Capitol riot as new arrests come at steady pace
Discussion: Cowboy State Daily and Raw Story