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Washington Post:
CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in most cases  —  The relaxation of restrictions incentivizes people to get the shots and paves the way for a full reopening of society.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
AP source: Govt to ease up guidance on indoor mask-wearing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will ease indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to safely stop wearing masks inside in most places, according to a person briefed on the announcement.
Bloomberg:
Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom  — Payment came shortly after attack got underway last week  — FBI discourages organizations from paying ransom to hackers  —  Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday …
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Politico:
John Podesta's got a message for Joe Biden: Drop the Republicans
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns  —  Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene aggressively confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday and falsely accused her of supporting “terrorists,” …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How Palm Beach is preparing for a possible Trump indictment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: PALM BEACH MAKES CONTINGENCY PLANS IN CASE TRUMP IS INDICTED — Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility …
Washington Post:
The GOP has lost its way.  Fellow Americans, join our new alliance. … The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump's “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party  —  As the party ties itself ever tighter to Trumpism, some Republicans worry about the implications for 2022 and far beyond.  “I don't think it's a healthy moment for the party,” said one congressman.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The stampede away from the GOP begins
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Reuters
CNN:
Cheney on Trump: 'He's going to unravel the democracy to come back into power'
New York Times:
Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government  —  The campaign included planned operations against President Trump's national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and F.B.I. employees, according to documents and interviews.
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Body-cam footage shows Capitol rioter celebrating as D.C. cop is beaten and Tasered: ‘I got one!’  —  Surrounded by rioters who had dragged him down the U.S. Capitol steps, beaten him and Tasered him, D.C. police officer Michael Fanone screamed in pain.  —  “I got one!” one of the rioters yelled triumphantly.
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Washington Post:
A sprawling investigation: What we know so far about the Capitol riot suspects
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Examiner
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: Newly obtained bodycam footage shows moment DC police officer attacked by pro-Trump rioters
Devan Cole / CNN:
Sally Yates: I never thought that I'd be saying, ‘Yeah, go Liz Cheney’
Discussion: The Hill and KIFI-TV
Associated Press:
Israel begins firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has begun firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza, and scores of families are fleeing their homes, Palestinian witnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.  —  The use of artillery fire marks …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Hamas Starts Wars It Always Loses
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
Playing American Race Politics in the Middle East
Discussion: The Federalist and HotAir
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Gaetz associate signals he will plead guilty in federal case, a worrisome development for the congressman  —  A Florida politician who is central to the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz for possible sex trafficking of a minor signaled Thursday that he will plead guilty in his own federal case …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Rebekah Jones, the COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn't  —  The former dashboard manager alleges a vast data conspiracy in Florida; not a word of it is true.  —  This is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed …
Discussion: Reason, Twitchy and Townhall
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Cooperation of Trump Confidante, Subpoena Manhattan Private School  —  Officials examine tuition payments for the grandchildren of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg  —  New York prosecutors have subpoenaed a Manhattan private school as they seek the cooperation …
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
President of Key Teachers' Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall  —  About half the nation's schools are not fully open despite rising vaccination levels, and teachers' unions are getting much of the blame.  Randi Weingarten hopes to carve a path forward.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Assault on Federal Law Enforcement Officer During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach  —  Defendant, Stationed in Virginia, Defied, Pushed and Resisted Capitol Police to Help Other Rioters Break into the U.S. Capitol  —  Note: A full copy of the charging documents can be viewed here.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?  —  The suburban gentry of Chevy Chase, Maryland, had some difficulty making sense of Brett Kavanaugh's descent into villainy that fall.  He had always seemed so nice and nonthreatening to his neighbors, so normal—the khaki-clad carpool dad who coached …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Raw Story and Insider
New York Times:
White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.  —  The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.  —  WASHINGTON — Mysterious episodes that caused brain injuries in spies, diplomats …
Associated Press:
Trial for 3 ex-cops charged in Floyd's death pushed to March  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd will be pushed back to March 2022, in part to allow the publicity over Derek Chauvin's conviction to cool off, a judge ruled Thursday.
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Deena Winter / Wall Street Journal:   Judge Delays Trial in George Floyd Case
Declan Garvey / The Dispatch:
'I Probably Won't Ever Speak to Her Again'  —  Rep. Elise Stefanik's path to House Republican leadership.  —  8 hr ago  —  When the Harvard Institute of Politics decided after January 6 to boot Rep. Elise Stefanik from its Senior Advisory Committee, it likely hurt the 36-year-old Republican more than she publicly let on.
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Beast and CNN
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Biden Was Worst Presidential Polling Miss in 40 Years, Panel Says  —  Surveys overstated Democrats' support up and down the ballot, as some voters were less inclined to participate in polls  —  Public opinion surveys ahead of the 2020 presidential election were the most inaccurate in 40 years …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Twitchy
Mother Jones:
Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country  —  In a private meeting last month with big-money donors, the head of a top conservative group boasted that her outfit had crafted the new voter suppression law in Georgia and was doing the same …
Discussion: New York Times and YouTube
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  At first blush, the minimum-wage crowd manning the drive-thru at a Wendy's in the small town of Wadesboro, N.C., wouldn't seem to have much in common with the cosmopolitan staffers of Washingtonian, a magazine that serves the D.C. area.  But for a time earlier this month …
Discussion: Forbes
Washington Post:
Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use  —  Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
 
 
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Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
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Joe Manchin's surprisingly bold proposal to fix America's voting rights problem
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Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans
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Jew walking to synagogue is stabbed - in Lod
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Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia to join GOP-led states ending extra jobless aid payments
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ethan Chen / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Splitting of the Ticket Split
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and HuffPost
Political Kiwi:
Civil Unrest in Kenosha Likely Helped Donald Trump
Discussion: HuffPost and Page Array
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The High-Pressure Business of Selling Woke Corporate Armor
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out
Discussion: HotAir
Adam Barnes / The Hill:
124 retired generals and admirals question Biden's mental health