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BuzzFeed News:
We Found Joe Biden's Secret Venmo.  Here's Why That's A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone.  —  BuzzFeed News found President Joe Biden's Venmo account after less than 10 minutes of looking for it, revealing a network of his private social connections, a national security issue for the United States …
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New York Times:
Beneath Joe Biden's Folksy Demeanor, a Short Fuse and an Obsession With Details  —  As Mr. Biden settles into the office he has chased for more than three decades, aides say he demands hours of debate from scores of policy experts.  —  WASHINGTON — The commander in chief was taking his time, as usual.
CNN:
Since-deleted video shows Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office during 2019 Capitol Hill visit  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A cop's anger at GOP lies about Jan. 6 should put Republicans on the defensive  —  Opinion by  —  As the despicable GOP whitewashing of the Jan. 6 insurrection continues apace, House Democrats are set to force a vote on the creation of a commission to examine the assault.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney doesn't go far enough
Discussion: IJR, USA Today and The Hill
Chad Arthur / Democracy Corps:
Home → Battleground Surveys → Trump's Engaged Party Defining The Battle For 2022  —  We conducted a large, mostly cell phone survey with an oversample of Republicans in the 2022 battleground for the U.S. Senate, governorships, and House, and it is painfully clear Don-ald Trump …
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David Mastio / USA Today:
After ousting Liz Cheney, Republicans prove they're a bigger threat than 9/11 hijackers  —  The Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump is like throwing gasoline on a fire.  It guarantees further violence.  —  The only person who clearly died from the violence on Jan. 6 …
Kelly Tyko / USA Today:
Trader Joe's is one of the first stores to drop mask requirement for fully vaccinated customers after CDC mask update  —  Trader Joe's has updated its mask policy and will not require customers who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask.  —  The specialty supermarket is believed …
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Jason Campbell / Media Matters for America:
Fox News says new CDC recommendations on mask wearing are just a distraction
Discussion: CNN, Washington Examiner and CNBC
New York Times:
Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year
abc7NY:   Mask-wearing update in NY, NJ and CT: What to know
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Lies on Social Media Inflame Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  —  Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.  —  In a 28-second video, which was posted to Twitter this week by a spokesman …
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David Harris:
An open letter to Trevor Noah
Discussion: Breitbart
Bernie Sanders / New York Times:
The Approach the Israel-Palestine Conflict Needs
Discussion: Common Dreams
Hagai El-Ad / Washington Post:
Israel has chosen a two-tiered society. Violence is the inevitable result.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump voter in Colorado faces stunning voter fraud allegations  —  A couple of days after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect last fall, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced that he'd be willing to pay up to $1 million as a reward to those who could produce evidence of voter fraud.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Man arrested in wife's murder now accused of voting for Trump in her name
Discussion: Denver Post
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Former Gaetz Confidant Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Cooperate  —  Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, admitted to sex trafficking a minor and agreed to help in prosecutions of others.  —  A former confidant of Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to 6 counts, cooperate with federal investigators in plea agreement
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Florida Politics
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Gaetz associate agrees to cooperate in federal investigation
Discussion: The Hill
Insider:
Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to 6 felony counts including sex trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft
CNN:
Congressional Democrats have a 100% vaccination rate  —  Washington (CNN)Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors except under special circumstances …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Democrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) on Friday began asking Democratic colleagues to sign onto a resolution to censure three House Republicans who tried to minimize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection this week.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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John Harwood / CNN:
Neera Tanden joins White House as a senior adviser after withdrawing Cabinet nomination  —  Neera Tanden releases statement on pulling her nomination  —  (CNN)Neera Tanden, the new administration's only Cabinet nominee rebuffed by the Senate, has become a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, a White House official told CNN.
Discussion: The Guardian
Department of Homeland Security:
Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland  —  The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States.  The Homeland is facing threats that have evolved significantly …
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Examiner
Mikael Thalen / The Daily Dot:
Trump hotel purposely spiked prices to keep out QAnon supporters, hacked police data reveals  —  The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. purposely spiked its prices in March in an effort to keep out supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, hacked police data reveals.
Politico:
'Doesn't matter': Democrats reject GOP's debt limit demands  —  Senate Republicans dramatically changed their party rules to take a hard line on the debt limit in the coming months.  Democrats don't care.  —  In fact, the Democratic majority says it has no intention of negotiating …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
On the Hypocrites at Apple Who Fired Antonio Garcia-Martinez  —  Much easier to ruin a career than mess with a corporate cash cow  —  I'm biased, because I know Antonio Garcia-Martinez and something like the same thing once happened to me, but the decision by Apple to bend to a posse …
Adam S. Minsky / Forbes:
College Cancels Student Loan Debt Using Money From Biden's Stimulus Bill  —  President Biden's recent stimulus bill provided funding for colleges and universities to cancel student loan debt, and some student loan borrowers are beginning to see the benefits.
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden gets mugged by events  —  Harold Macmillan, a British prime minister of the 1950s and '60s, was reputedly asked what made his job most difficult, and he replied, “Events, my dear boy, events.”  This echoed his wartime boss, Winston Churchill, who once commented that he governed against “the opposition of events.”
 
 
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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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Holmes Lybrand / CNN:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Glenn Greenwald:
Liz Cheney Lied About Her Role in Spreading the Discredited CIA “Russian Bounty” Story
Discussion: Townhall
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Politico:
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