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Christina Cameron / House Republican Leader:
McCarthy Statement on January 6 Commission Legislation  —  Washington, D.C. - House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the January 6th commission legislation:
Politico:
Cheney, unbound, settles into the 'bull's-eye of controversy'  —  At her last conference meeting as a House Republican leader, Liz Cheney delivered the morning prayer for the first time.  She chose a Bible verse with a pointed message: “The truth shall set you free.”
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
McCarthy won't support January 6 commission and sides with Republicans downplaying the insurrection
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi slams GOP for ‘cowardice’ over Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and IJR
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House Republicans plan rebellion over mask rules
Discussion: Washington Post and Uphill
CNN:
Top Democrat reverses plan to send letter on Israel arms sale at urging of Biden administration  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is no longer expected to send a letter to the Biden administration calling for the $735 million arms deal between …
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Live Updates: Biden Said to Have Taken Firmer Line on Call With Netanyahu  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Biden is said to have taken a firmer line in his call with Netanyahu.  —  President Biden on Monday delivered a firmer message in private to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Shibley Telhami / The Boston Globe:
Biden's bungled response on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Discussion: Insider, HuffPost and Washington Post
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:   House Democrats to Ask Biden to Halt U.S. Arms Sale to Israel Pending Review
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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Val Demings to run for Senate against Rubio  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Rep. Val Demings is planning to run for the U.S. Senate, rather than governor, providing Democrats with a big-name candidate to take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next year.  —  For months, Demings mulled …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Andrew Giuliani announces 2022 bid for New York governor … Andrew Giuliani has dreams of turning next year's gubernatorial race into another “Fight of the Century.”  —  The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announce Tuesday that he's officially running for the Republican primary …
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Politico:
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania  —  It's not just Ukraine.  Justice Department investigators have asked questions about Rudy Giuliani's work connected to Romania, according to two people familiar with the probe into former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Are the Supreme Court and Biden ready to rumble over Roe?  —  Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the first arguments in Roe v. Wade, a case that not only would transform constitutional law but political divisions in the United States.  Since then, pro-life advocates …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Elena Kagan Has Had Enough of Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial “Scorekeeping”
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and RedState
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Charles Grodin, Star of ‘Beethoven’ and ‘Heartbreak Kid,’ Dies at 86  —  A familiar face who was especially adept at deadpan comedy, he also appeared on Broadway in “Same Time, Next Year,” wrote books and had his own talk show.  —  Charles Grodin, the versatile actor familiar from “Same Time …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
Sinead O'Connor Remembers Things Differently  —  The mainstream narrative is that a pop star ripped up a photo of the pope on “Saturday Night Live” and derailed her life.  What if the opposite were true?  —  Sinead O'Connor is alone, which is how she prefers to be.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Pro-Trump OAN Reporters Are Blatantly Raising Money For A Bogus Election “Audit” In Arizona  —  Two reporters at One America News, a far-right TV station, are running a dark money organization that they say is helping fund a counter-reality “audit” that former president Donald Trump …
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past  —  President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.  —  WASHINGTON — Mike Donilon is one of the most trusted presidential advisers in the Biden White House …
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
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Noah Kulwin / The Baffler:
Narrative Napalm  —  Malcolm Gladwell's apologia for American butchery … THERE ARE INFINITE KINDS OF IRRESPONSIBLE BOOKS that a well-credentialed media insider can write.  —  First are the total farces of fact.  These include former New York Times chief Jill Abramson's mangling …
Deon J. Hampton / NBC News:
Ohio sees boost in shots after it announces $1 million vaccination lottery … CINCINNATI — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's $5 million lottery to encourage vaccinations appears to be an early win.  —  State health officials said Monday that more than 25,400 Covid-19 vaccine shots were administered Friday …
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Trump DOJ tried to unmask a Twitter account behind ‘mean tweets and bad memes’ that teased Rep. Devin Nunes  —  After Rep. Devin Nunes failed last summer to force Twitter to unmask several accounts dedicated to ruthlessly mocking the California Republican, the Justice Department took aim at one of the congressman's anonymous critics.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter
Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
Cancel Envy  —  How an Amazon glitch helps explain the ways our siloed information environments reinforce our persecution complexes.  —  Here's a weird thing that happened this weekend.  —  I was looking at Amazon's app on my phone to see if The Underground Railroad, the new Amazon series directed by Barry Jenkins, was out yet.
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Woke Coke, like Nike, might rightly suffer for political bullying  —  Far too many corporate giants have engaged in ill-informed pandering to left-wing political causes, all while their own stables need major house-cleaning.  They may suffer as they learn that political turnabout is fair play.
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Unvaccinated TikTok Users Believe They Will Be ‘Lone Survivors’  —  TikTok continues to ignore misinformation on its platform, as it gets weirder and more explicitly vaccine-focused.  —  Anna Merlan  —  TikTok users are falsely claiming that vaccinated people will soon die, leaving them to inherit the earth.
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Walters / VICE:
How Doomed Is Matt Gaetz?  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz is in a lot of trouble.  —  That's because his former wingman, Joel Greenberg, just struck a sweeping agreement to cooperate with federal criminal investigators as part …
David Reaboi / The American Mind:
Build Your Own America  —  Stop yelling stop, and start getting to work with your friends.  —  William F. Buckley described his mission with the then-new National Review as “standing athwart History, yelling stop.”  On an institutional level, for the last several decades …
Nicholas Bakalar / New York Times:
Air Pollution Takes a Toll on the Brain  —  Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly.  Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects.  —  Long-term exposure to air pollution has many health consequences, including accelerating brain aging and increasing the risk for dementia.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Capitol Rioters' ‘Trump Defense’ Comes Up Again And Again.  Will It Make A Difference?  —  A few weeks after his arrest for allegedly storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, the man known as the “QAnon Shaman,” Jacob Chansley, floated an idea that dozens of others have tried — that Trump himself deserved some of the blame for his actions.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Nevada GOP candidate for governor who hadn't been vaccinated tests positive for coronavirus  —  (CNN)Hours after launching his campaign for governor, a Nevada Republican who had not yet received the coronavirus vaccine said he had just tested positive for the virus.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 
 
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
U.S. Discourse Is Growing More Pro-Palestinian. U.S. Policy Isn't.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Discourse Blog
Sarah Shevenock / Morning Consult:
U.S. Media's Credibility Rating Stabilizes After Years of Decline
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Rick Scott continues to plead with Donald Trump to stay out of Senate primaries
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper On FBI Capitol Wanted List Attends Giuliani Event For GOPer Who Pushed Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Dark Money Group Faces Ethics Probe After Boasting of Drafting Voter Suppression Laws
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects
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CNN:
LIST: House members who said they were vaccinated against Covid-19
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Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: CNBC, Forbes and Washington Examiner
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: When the media can't move on
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ProPublica:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
DOJ signals scrutiny of popular fundraising gimmick
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Point of Order: George P. Bush supports Donald Trump in 2024, teases primary challenge to Ken Paxton
Discussion: Washington Post