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ProPublica:
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world's richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes.  He achieved the feat again in 2011.
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ProPublica:
Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%  —  We are disclosing the tax details of the richest Americans because we believe the public interest in an informed debate outweighs privacy considerations.  —  Today, ProPublica is launching the first in a series of stories based …
Discussion: HotAir, Twitchy and National Review
ProPublica:   You May Be Paying a Higher Tax Rate Than a Billionaire
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds  —  The U.S. Capitol Police had specific intelligence that supporters of President Donald Trump planned to mount an armed invasion of the Capitol at least two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot …
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Senators reveal further Capitol riot security failures in bipartisan report
New York Times:
Biden Justice Department Seeks to Defend Trump in Suit Over Rape Denial  —  Donald Trump is facing a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Mr. Trump of raping her.  —  During the presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr., then the Democratic candidate …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Biden Justice Department defends Trump in suit over rape denial  —  The Biden administration is pressing on with a controversial Justice Department defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a writer who accused him of raping her at a New York City department store in the 1990s.
The Daily Beast:
What if This Is Just the Tip of Trumpworld's Iceberg of Crazy?  —  We're only starting to find out now just how much influence the conspiracy-peddlers wielded in Trump's White House—and how much they'll wield in his future.  —  It was unhinged, even by Trumpworld standards.
Erica Orden / CNN:
DOJ argues it should substitute for Trump as defendant in E. Jean Carroll lawsuit  —  New York (CNN)The Justice Department argued in a brief filed Monday that it should be permitted to substitute itself for former President Donald Trump as defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought …
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. continues appeal on behalf of Trump in defamation case brought by sexual assault accuser
Discussion: USA Today, CBS News and Al Jazeera
Paul Butler / Washington Post:   The best way for Garland to protect the Justice Department is to stop defending his predecessor
Justin Haskins / The Hill:
By rejecting Democrats' election overhaul bill, Joe Manchin may have saved America  —  On Sunday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an op-ed by Sen. Joe Manchin in which the West Virginia Democrat announced his opposition of the For the People Act, a bill that aims to impose a variety …
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Joe Manchin's focus on West Virginia could doom voting rights  —  I believe Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., when he says he believes in the institutions and traditions of the Senate.  I believe him when he says he wants to find common ground with the Republicans he works with in the Senate chamber each day.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Some Democrats wonder when Schumer will get tough with Manchin
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Hundreds Arrested After FBI Reveals It Secretly Ran Encrypted Messaging App for Criminals  —  ‘TROJAN SHIELD’  —  Hundreds of alleged criminal underworld figures have been arrested around the globe after using an encrypted messaging app that was secretly being controlled by the FBI and Australian intelligence.
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Newsmax turned down embattled Republican Matt Gaetz for a job -spokesperson  —  Conservative media outlet Newsmax, a favorite of former President Donald Trump's, rejected embattled Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz's request for a job, a spokesperson for the website said on Monday.
Ron Johnson Senator from Wisconsin:
Sen. Johnson and Colleagues Request Answers from DOJ on Unequal Application of Justice to Protestors  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), sent a letter on Monday …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Bryan Metzger / Politico:
Why the GOP Just Got Blown Out in a Congressional Race  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—  Two weeks before the GOP had its first chance to pick up a seat in Congress since Joe Biden became president, the Republican Party of New Mexico hosted a three-day event dubbed “Operation Freedom.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup's trend since 1996.  This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015 …
Discussion: Forbes and Joe.My.God.
R.R. Reno / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates  —  Even those who aren't woke seem damaged by the experience, and they're deprived of role models.  —  I'm not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America's elite universities.  That marks a change.  A decade ago I relished the opportunity …
Jacob Soboroff / NBC News:
More than 2,100 children separated at border ‘have not yet been reunified,’ Biden task force says … More than 2,100 children separated at the border by Trump administration's “zero tolerance” program “have not yet been reunified” with their parents, according to the task force working to reunite the families.
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Right-wing ‘Boogaloo’ militants plotted violence against cops so Trump would invoke Insurrection Act: Court docs  —  An Air Force sergeant accused of killing law enforcement officers last year in California was part of an extremist cell plotting “war” against police, according to newly revealed court filings.
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS San Francisco
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment  —  If the right to bear arms was intended to preserve slavery, why did civil-rights leaders insist that black Americans should be armed to protect themselves?  —  Left-wing academic Carol Anderson's new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news.
Discussion: The Bulwark
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama criticizes Republicans for embracing 2020 falsehoods  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama said Republicans have been “cowed into accepting” a series of positions that “would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” telling CNN's Anderson Cooper he is worried …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to Address Short-Term Supply Chain Discontinuities  —  100-Day Review Outlines Steps to Strengthen Critical Supply Chains  —  Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing key findings …
Discussion: Insider
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed  —  When Fulton County, Ga., poll manager Suzi Voyles sorted through a large stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden.
Discussion: The Western Journal
CNN:
Exclusive: New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless Biden conspiracies  —  (CNN)Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Harris border-czar flop: Guatemala president blames Biden, AOC objects  —  Maybe Kamala Harris should have gone to the border instead.  Joe Biden put the Vice President in charge of handling the migrant crisis, but later claimed he meant that Harris would lead the diplomatic effort to resolve it.
The Texas Tribune:
An anti-abortion program will receive $100 million in the next Texas budget, but there's little data on what's being done with the money  —  Critics say the fast-growing Alternatives to Abortion program is secretive and a “waste” of money.  But the program has strong supporters …
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
The four best ways Team Biden can show America the Donald Trump era is really over  —  Trump treated our Constitution and laws as doormats.  Biden must reassert the primacy of the law and the importance of transparency in our democracy.  —  Tame the COVID-19 pandemic?  Check.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Illegal border crossings most in over decade — with four months to go  —  The number of migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year is already the most since 2006 — with four months left to go, according to preliminary Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data obtained by Axios.
 
 
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Ronald J. Pestritto / RealClearPublicAffairs:
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Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
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Julia Harte / Reuters:
From Vermont to Kentucky, some Republicans expand voting access in 2021
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Washington Post:
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Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden warned as a court slaps down race-based COVID relief
Marley Parish / Pennsylvania Capital-Star:
Pa. GOP lawmakers stay quiet on who paid for their trip to see Arizona audit. What's the impact?
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Fox News:
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Derek Lacey / USA Today:
New Super PAC formed with one goal: Fire Madison Cawthorn
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Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Material Related to Andrew Cuomo's Book
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:
Trump's Deranged Theory That Democrats Would Replace Biden Might Have Helped Him Lose 2020