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New York Times:
Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress  —  The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.  —  WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks …
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Washington Post:
Trump Justice Dept. secretly subpoenaed records of two Democrats on House Intelligence Committee  —  The Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘William Barr was truly out of control’: Legal experts stunned by Trump's DOJ spying on Democrats  —  Legal experts blasted the Trump-era Department of Justice after a bombshell report on the department spying on Democrats in Congress.  —  “As the Justice Department investigated …
CNN:
Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Bill Barr could lose his law license over Trump DOJ spy scandal: Legal expert says ‘expect a lot of legal fallout’
Linda So / Reuters:
Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers  —  Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal.  The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.
Discussion: HotAir, Morning Shots and Raw Story
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon legislators expel Rep. Mike Nearman, who helped armed protesters enter Capitol  —  The Oregon House voted 59-1 Thursday to expel Rep. Mike Nearman, the first time it has ejected a sitting representative.  —  Lawmakers removed Nearman because he let far-right demonstrators …
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Connor Radnovich / Statesman Journal:
Oregon House expels Rep. Mike Nearman for role in state capitol riot
Discussion: Bill Post and Hackwhackers
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats  —  FEC investigation failed to uncover link to Rally Forge, a firm with close ties to Turning Point USA  —  digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
For Biden, Trump Is an Easy Act to Follow in Europe
New York Times:
The F.D.A. tells Johnson & Johnson to throw out about 60 million doses made at troubled plant.  —  WASHINGTON — After weeks of review of a troubled Baltimore factory, federal regulators have decided that about 60 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine produced there must …
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Sam Metz / Associated Press:
Nevada schools reckon with race, triggering polarization  —  RENO, Nev. (AP) — One year after protests over racial injustices and police violence swept the country, clashes over how to teach students about racism and its role in U.S. history are raging in school districts across Nevada and elsewhere …
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Racism didn't exist in the military before Biden, US Senator says with straight face  —  ‘Growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago’  —  A White senator from the South told America's first Black defense secretary on Thursday that President Joe Biden's …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
Dianne Feinstein Is an Embarrassment  —  The senior California senator's defense of the filibuster is shameful—but she's not alone, and she's got more company than just Manchin and Sinema.  —  She's said it before.  Now she's said it again.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
After her arrest, she found her explicit photos sent to a strange number.  A state trooper answered the line.  —  Minnesota State Trooper Albert Kuehne sat in his cruiser in March 2020 and scrolled through a phone belonging to a 25-year-old woman he'd just detained on suspicion of drunken driving.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Governor Abbott: I'll build a southern border wall in Texas  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosted a Border Security Summit in Del Rio on Thursday.  During the summit, he made a major announcement - Texas will build a southern border wall.  Abbott also stated his intention for local law enforcement …
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Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Texas Gov: I'm Going To Build My Own Border Wall
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Already Dying in the States  —  While Senator Joe Manchin is demanding that both parties agree on any further federal voting-rights legislation, a new study quantifies how completely Republicans have excluded Democrats from the passage of the restrictive voting laws proliferating in red states.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trumpists Are America's Jacobites  —  “He loved authority and business.  He had a high sense of his own personal dignity,” one commentator observed.  “He was not altogether destitute of a sentiment which bore some affinity to patriotism ... His second wish was to be feared and respected abroad.
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“I'm not finished”: Harris' border-czar tour flop continues  —  Something tells me this won't assuage fears from Democrats that Kamala Harris is out of her depth in dealing with the border crisis.  The Biden administration can't ask for a friendlier venue than Univision for its immigration policies …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Why We Can't Move On From Jan. 6  —  If you weren't appalled by what happened that day, you have given up on American democracy.  —  I started the new year with a bang, at a gathering in the Washington home of a European diplomat.  I was interested in how Europe was processing America's political scene …
Discussion: Associated Press
Deb Haaland / Washington Post:
My grandparents were stolen from their families as children.  We must learn about this history.  —  Deb Haaland, the U.S. interior secretary, is the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary.  —  As I read stories about an unmarked grave in Canada where the remains …
Discussion: Indian Country Today
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
The world is horrified by the dysfunction of American democracy  —  It's official: America is no longer a “shining city upon a hill.”  —  Data released Thursday from Pew Research shows that our allies are beyond delighted that the Trump presidency has ended.  Confidence in U.S. leadership has soared.
Discussion: UPI, Foreign Policy and NBC News
Medium:
Astroturfing, Dr. Evil, and N.Y.C.'s Elite Schools  —  Last week, The New York Post published an exclusive article, by investigative reporter Dana Kennedy, about 3 groups of anonymous concerned parents who “plan to troll elite NYC schools with anti-woke billboards.”
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Ilhan Omar was attacked for saying war crimes allegations should be investigated … Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., asked a question of the secretary of state this week about international law and justice.  Since then, she has been the subject of bad faith scorn from her fellow Democrats and threatened with pariah status by Republicans.
Yousef Munayyer / Jewish Currents:
What Does “From the River to the Sea” Really Mean?  —  IN RECENT WEEKS, as Palestinians rose up in their homeland, in the wider Middle East, and around the world, you probably heard the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”  In cities across the globe …
Naomi Fry / New Yorker:
Julian Casablancas Wants a Better New York  —  The singer led the city's rock revival.  As a supporter of the mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, he's thinking much bigger.  —  For nearly two decades, Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of the Strokes and the Voidz, has been synonymous with New York City …
The Spectator World:
Exclusive: Chip Roy seeks to ban China from purchasing US land  —  Texas congressman Chip Roy is introducing legislation Friday to ban members of the Chinese Communist party from purchasing American land, The Spectator has learned.  —  The bill, 'called the 'Securing America's Land …
Connie Schultz / USA Today:
Magnets, vaccines and the toll the conspiracy of misinformation takes on our ability to protect ourselves  —  This morning I walked around our house with a magnet to test a theory that had made its Ohio debut in our statehouse on Wednesday and quickly ricocheted across the country.
Discussion: WOIO and Washington Post
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Rupert Murdoch writes down value of The Sun to zero  —  Pandemic hits circulation and advertising at tabloid newspaper that helped build media baron's empire  —  Rupert Murdoch has written down the value of The Sun newspapers to zero, acknowledging the tabloid brand that helped build …
 
 
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Charlotte Mitchell / Daily Mail:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Senate Republicans Move To Require Congressional Approval for New Iran Deal
Discussion: Politico and National Review
Laura A. Bischoff / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he opposes controversial anti-vaccine bill
Financial Times:
James Biden abandons UK energy venture after White House review
Discussion: The Hill
United States Department of State:
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Axios:
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CNN:
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