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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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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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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.
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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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
House Democrats Vote Against Hamas Sanctions
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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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?
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.
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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
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: Meduza.io and Medium
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Taboo on the COVID Lab-Leak Theory Lifts
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: TheGrio, HuffPost, CNN and Raw Story
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
National Review:
Overturn Roe  —  The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear Mississippi's appeal in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to decide the fate of the state's Gestational Age Act.  That law, passed in 2018 and held in limbo ever since by the courts, bans abortions after 15 weeks except …
Discussion: CNN, Tangle and Washington Examiner
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
Alyssa Fowers / Washington Post:
Calculate how much you will get from the expanded child tax credit  —  President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package included a massive one-year increase to the child tax credit.  The expansion could benefit as many as 83 million children and reduce the number of children living …
Discussion: CBS Denver, Vox and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Seriously, just tax the rich
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
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Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
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Sonny Bunch / The Bulwark:
Cancel Envy  —  How an Amazon glitch helps explain the ways our siloed information environments reinforce …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Nevada GOP candidate for governor who hadn't been vaccinated tests positive for coronavirus
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trumper On FBI Capitol Wanted List Attends Giuliani Event For GOPer Who Pushed Big Lie
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Capitol Rioters' ‘Trump Defense’ Comes Up Again And Again. Will It Make A Difference?
Politico:
Feds have asked about Giuliani's consulting on Romania
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