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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Feds investigating alleged scheme to illegally finance Collins' reelection bid  —  The FBI is investigating what it describes as a massive scheme to illegally finance Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 reelection bid, Axios has learned.  —  What's happening: A recently unsealed search warrant application shows …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: An insider's guide to Biden and Israel  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING LAST NIGHT: “New York attorney general adds ‘criminal capacity’ to probe of Trump Organization,” CNN: “New York Attorney General LETITIA JAMES is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office …
Discussion: New York Times and EURACTIV.com
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probes Defense Contractor's Contributions to Sen. Susan Collins
Discussion: Bloomberg
CNN:
New York attorney general adds ‘criminal capacity’ to probe of Trump Organization  —  (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney's office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James' office said Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Investigation of Trump Organization now exploring possible criminal conduct, N.Y. attorney general's office says  —  NEW YORK — New York Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the Trump Organization is now considered a criminal matter, James's office said Tuesday night …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The real reasons for why Kevin McCarthy is afraid of a January 6 commission  —  (CNN)Days after a bipartisan agreement was reached in the House to form a commission to examine the roots and events of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that he opposes the bill.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Sources: McConnell opposed to current Jan. 6 commission  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told his fellow Republicans during a closed-door caucus lunch Tuesday he can't support a Jan. 6 commission in its current form, two sources familiar with his remarks tell Axios.
Peter Stevenson / Washington Post:
At least 7 GOP senators say they're open to a commission focused on Jan. 6  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday announced his opposition to a bipartisan deal for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  —  But he doesn't have the final say.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House Democrats' 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked  —  For the second time in four years, Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) drew one of the toughest assignments: investigating what went wrong in a disappointing election.  —  The 2017 after-action review followed …
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Washington Post:   Democrats think voters will reward them for sending checks. What if they're wrong?
ABC News:
Biden floors electric Ford truck in test drive as he pushes infrastructure plan  —  Biden went pedal to the metal while modeling green energy with a test drive.  —  Biden endorses cease-fire in Middle East amid mounting pressure  —  The administration has been focusing on quiet diplomatic efforts behind the scenes.
Discussion: Insider
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Arizona auditors now say voter data is intact, after sparking GOP feud  —  ‘Exasperated’: GOP Arizona election official reacts to Trump's election lie  —  (CNN)Auditors hired by the Arizona state Senate backtracked Tuesday from claims that a key database had been deleted …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Source: U.S. helped avert Israeli ground invasion of Gaza; hopes rise conflict could end soon  —  The Biden administration is increasingly hopeful that the deadly conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants is in its final stages, and U.S. officials are confident their mostly behind …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2  —  The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Obama on UFO videos: 'We don't know exactly what they are' … Former President Barack Obama on Monday offered a blunt assessment of the videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon that have continued to gain attention in the United States.  —  “What is true, and I'm actually being serious here …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office's covert internet operations program  —  The post office's law enforcement arm has faced intense congressional scrutiny in recent weeks over its Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP) …
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
A ‘Community for All’? Not So Fast, This Wisconsin County Says.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
A GOP congressman compared Capitol rioters to tourists.  Photos show him barricading a door.  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.) last week downplayed the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, comparing the mob's breaching of the building to a “normal tourist visit.”  —  But photos from that day show …
Discussion: New York Times, TheGrio, HuffPost and CNN
Leighton Akira Woodhouse / leightonwoodhouse:
“Disinformation” is the New Disinformation  —  The media's dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis tells us much more about the media than about the hypothesis.  —  6 hr ago  —  There was no Facebook back in 2003.  YouTube wouldn't exist for another two years, Twitter for another three.
Discussion: unz.com, Meduza.io and Medium
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
The Inside Story of the Biden-Harris Debate Blowup  —  President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have appeared so in lockstep that it's hard to remember how tense their early campaign days were.  —  POLITICO illustration/photos by AP and courtesy of Kamala Harris
Noah Caldwell / NPR:
America's Satanic Panic Returns — This Time Through QAnon  —  The first time sociologist Mary de Young heard about QAnon, she thought: “Here we go again.”  —  De Young spent her career studying moral panics — specifically, what became known as the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s …
Discussion: Raw Story
NRC:
Eleven children receiving NRC trauma care killed in their homes by Israeli air strikes  —  Global Middle East Palestine Children  —  The Norwegian Refugee Council confirmed today that 11 of over 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the last week were participating …
Discussion: Insider and Washington Post
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
Judge Tosses Michigan Election Lawsuit That Trump Was Still Clinging To  —  END NOTE  —  Last week, more than six months after the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump released a statement claiming that a pending lawsuit in Michigan would, finally, uncover massive election fraud.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and RedState
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They Want Enough Money to Keep Up the Fight”: New York Media's Top Union Erupts in Conflict Over Cash  —  The NewsGuild of New York, overextended from a spate of organizing, is running into opposition from members over footing the bill.  As one source put it: “The Guild basically wants Times employees to underwrite the revolution.”
Joshua Vaughn / The Appeal:
Ed Gainey Wins Democratic Nomination for Pittsburgh Mayor  —  The state representative will almost certainly be the city's first Black mayor, and his victory follows a year of nationwide social upheaval over police and racial justice issues.  —  State Representative Ed Gainey won …
T. Becket Adams / And another thing:
Twitter's Holocaust problem  —  Accounts cheering the slaughter of Jews are in the clear so long as they occasionally delete their pro-genocide tweets.  —  9 hr ago  —  Twitter plays by a bizarre set of rules.  —  Verified users who tweet in support of the slaughter of Jews …
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Washington Times
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Rick Scott continues to plead with Donald Trump to stay out of Senate primaries  —  Will a scorned ex-President play in Senate primaries?  Scott hopes not.  —  U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to express hope that former President Donald Trump won't engage against Senate incumbents in 2022.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
For some Navy pilots, UFO sightings were an ordinary event: ‘Every day for at least a couple years’  —  When the Navy pilot first spotted the strange object hovering in restricted airspace off the Atlantic Coast, he was stunned — no exhaust plume, no visible engine and all the makings of something secret …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Progressives Ask Biden Not To Name Pharma Allies To Top Patent Posts  —  Liberal groups want the president to ignore corporate-friendly voices and build on his decision to waive intellectual property protections for the COVID-19 vaccine.  —  An array of progressive groups sent President Joe Biden …
 
 
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Seriously, just tax the rich
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper On FBI Capitol Wanted List Attends Giuliani Event For GOPer Who Pushed Big Lie
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
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