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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Axios:
McCarthy comes out against bipartisan deal on Jan. 6 commission  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will oppose a bipartisan deal announced last week that would form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, his office announced Tuesday.
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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:
Peter Stevenson / Washington Post:
At least 7 GOP senators say they're open to a commission focused on Jan. 6
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy inadvertently demonstrates the utility of a Capitol riot commission
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 …
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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 …
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New York Times:
Tlaib confronts Biden on Israel, saying U.S. support is enabling Netanyahu to commit crimes against Palestinians.  —  Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, confronted President Biden on Tuesday over his support for Israel amid its bombing campaign against Hamas in Gaza …
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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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Andrew Guiliani targets Cuomo's $5M book windfall while announcing 2022 NY gubernatorial bid
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats Vote Against Hamas Sanctions  —  House Democrats overwhelmingly voted on Tuesday afternoon against applying sanctions on Hamas, the Iranian-backed terror group that has fired thousands of missiles at Israel during the past two weeks amid a deepening regional conflict.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Pence slams Biden for ‘weakness’ in Israel-Hamas conflict
Discussion: HotAir, ABC News and The US Sun
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In Arizona, Republicans accidentally created a robust demonstration of the shoddiness of their fraud claims  —  Bill Gates is vice chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, one of four Republicans on that body.  On Monday afternoon, he made his frustrations with the ongoing …
Discussion: Raw Story, CBS News, HotAir and IJR
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Sarah Mimms / BuzzFeed News:
Pro-Trump OAN Reporters Are Blatantly Raising Money For A Bogus Election “Audit” In Arizona
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Julie Tulbert / Media Matters for America:
Don't believe right-wing media — overturning Roe v. Wade is a big deal  —  Right-wing media — and Trump — also used this strategy during the run-up to Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation … RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ZACHARY PLEAT & ALEX WALKER  —  As President Donald Trump prepares …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Are the Supreme Court and Biden ready to rumble over Roe?
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.
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 …
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
The freshmen in Congress who have missed the most votes  —  The top five are all House Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
State Dept. ends policy denying US citizenship to children born through in vitro, surrogacy  —  Children of several same-sex parents were denied citizenship by the Trump admin.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, FILE
Discussion: The Hill
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
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
CIA's Last Classified Fax Machines Are About to Retire  —  A secure email system dubbed Gray Magic will replace the legendary analog technology.  — INTELLIGENCE - TECHNOLOGY - ACQUISITION - INDUSTRY  —  The Central Intelligence Agency still uses fax machines to share secret information with its private contractors.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
U.S. Discourse Is Growing More Pro-Palestinian.  U.S. Policy Isn't.  —  This time is different.  —  The pattern of events is familiar: Some narrow instance of Palestinian dispossession awakens resistance against the broader reality of apartheid.  Hamas asserts its centrality to that resistance through terroristic violence.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
 
 
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Joe Parkinson / Wall Street Journal:
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James Politi / Financial Times:
Larry Summers accuses Federal Reserve of ‘dangerous complacency’ over inflation
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The White House:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
State losses plague Democrats ahead of redistricting
Discussion: Reuters and Breitbart
Sarah Shevenock / Morning Consult:
U.S. Media's Credibility Rating Stabilizes After Years of Decline
Nicholas Bakalar / New York Times:
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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
Politico:
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: When the media can't move on
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ProPublica:
REPUBLISH  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
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