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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.”
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi slams GOP for ‘cowardice’ over Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Politico
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
McCarthy won't support January 6 commission and sides with Republicans downplaying the insurrection
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House Republicans plan rebellion over mask rules
Discussion: Washington Post, Forbes, Mediaite and Uphill
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: Political Wire
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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Shibley Telhami / The Boston Globe:
Biden's bungled response on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Discussion: Insider, HuffPost and Washington Post
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?
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: When the media can't move on  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  WHEN THE MEDIA CAN'T MOVE ON.  Republicans on Capitol Hill are alarmed, to say the least …
Discussion: spectator.us and CNN
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
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Biden and an iconic American truck join forces in the fossil fuel culture war  —  When Ford Motor Co. surveyed American truck owners last year, the automaker received a clear message: “Keep your hands off my truck.”  Only 40 percent said they'd be “excited” about an electric pickup.
 
 
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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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Nevada GOP candidate for governor who hadn't been vaccinated tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
White House environmental justice advisers express opposition to nuclear, carbon capture projects
Discussion: HotAir
CNN:
LIST: House members who said they were vaccinated against Covid-19
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Baer / Wall Street Journal:
Fidelity's Pitch to America's Teens: No-Fee Brokerage Accounts
Discussion: CNBC, Forbes and Washington Examiner
ProPublica:
REPUBLISH  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.
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