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New York Times:
New York Suspends Giuliani's Law License  —  A state appellate court concluded that as Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, had lied about election fraud.  —  A New York appellate court suspended Rudolph W. Giuliani's law license on Thursday after a disciplinary panel found that he made …
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ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani suspended from practice of law in New York  —  A New York court has suspended Giuliani's law license on an interim basis.  —  A New York court has suspended the law license of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, citing in part his work as counsel to former President Donald Trump.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Breaking: Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in New York over false statements about Trump election loss
Washington Post:
Inside the extraordinary effort to save Trump from covid-19  —  His illness was more severe than the White House acknowledged at the time.  Advisers thought it would alter his response to the pandemic.  They were wrong.  —  This article is adapted from “Nightmare Scenario …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, Forbes and Raw Story
ProPublica:
Lord of the Roths: How Tech Mogul Peter Thiel Turned a Retirement Account for the Middle Class Into a $5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.”  He's been a major funder …
Washington Post:
Pelosi announces a select committee will investigate Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that the House will form a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob …
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Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Does a New Florida Law Require State Universities to Monitor Faculty and Student Beliefs?  —  Why is straight reporting on educational reform measures so difficult.  —  “Florida Gov signs law requiring students, faculty be asked to declare their political beliefs,” blares a headline from The Hill.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The most brutal debunking of Trump's fraud claims yet — from Republicans  —  The Republican Party's response to former president Donald Trump and his allies' wild, baseless claims of voter fraud has been anything but courageous.  It's been entirely clear most reputable members of the GOP …
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Tension grips Michigan as Trump's election attacks continue to reverberate
Discussion: Raw Story and Salon
Politico:
Biden endorses Senate's bipartisan infrastructure agreement  —  President Joe Biden on Thursday endorsed the bipartisan infrastructure framework clinched by 10 senators, appearing alongside them at the White House to declare “we have a deal.”  —  The Senate's nascent infrastructure deal faced …
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CNN:
Biden: ‘We have a deal’ on infrastructure with bipartisan group of senators
The Hill:
Despite diverging economic views, we all support the Biden plan
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Theft Perception  —  Examining the Views of Americans Who Believe the 2020 Election was Stolen  —  Democratic Norms, Elections, Political Parties  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — Measuring Support for ‘Stop the Steal’  — Measuring Devotion to Trump and Its Relationship to ‘Stop the Steal’
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Read Britney Spears' Full Statement Against Conservatorship: ‘I Am Traumatized’ … I just got a new phone, and I have a lot to say, so bear with me.  Basically, a lot has happened since two years ago, the last time — I wrote all this down — the last time I was in court.  —  I will be honest with you.
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Financial Times:
US says Chinese scientists asked for removal of virus records from database  —  Deletion of early Wuhan cases evidence of ‘deliberate obfuscation’ of Covid's origins, expert says  —  Records of early Covid-19 cases in Wuhan were deleted from a US database at the request of Chinese scientists, American officials have confirmed.
Discussion: HotAir
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Confirms Removal of Wuhan Virus Sequences From Database
Discussion: New York Post and TheBlaze
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
House investigates possible shadow operation in Trump justice department  —  Judiciary committee want to know if officials violated policies in issuing secret subpoenas against congressional Democrats  —  Top Democrats in the House are investigating whether Trump justice department officials ran …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John McCormick / Wall Street Journal:
Nikki Haley Banks Political Favors in Iowa Ahead of Possible 2024 Bid  —  Former governor and ambassador tries to build political friendships in state that is expected to start GOP nomination process  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—Nikki Haley has sought in recent remarks to emphasize her own political identity …
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Mike Pompeo, other 2024 GOP hopefuls head to New York to meet with donors as possible White House bids loom
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
U.S. to Move Afghans Who Aided Troops to Third Countries  —  The move is meant to place interpreters and others who worked with departing American forces somewhere safe until visas for them to enter the United States are processed.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing …
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Winston Marshall:
Why I'm Leaving Mumford & Sons  —  I loved those first tours.  Bouncing off a sweaty stage in an Edinburgh catacomb we then had to get to a gig in Camden by lunch the next day.  We couldn't fit all four of us and Ted's double-bass into the VW Polo.  I think it was Ben who drew the short-straw …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
App Taps Unwitting Users Abroad to Gather Open-Source Intelligence  —  The Premise app pays users, many in the developing world, to do tasks like taking photos and completing surveys for clients including the U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON—A consumer app has assembled a workforce of hundreds …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden catches his white whale  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  ENGAGED!  — EUGENE DANIELS, a POLITICO White House reporter and co-author of Playbook from South Carolina, and NATE STEPHENS, a social change facilitator from South Dakota.  Pic ... Another pic ... One more pic ... OK, a final pic
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate committee approves legislation to put Supreme Court hearings on camera  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a pair of bills Thursday that would dramatically expand video coverage of federal court trials and other proceedings while putting Supreme Court arguments on camera for the first time.
Discussion: National Review
YouGov:
How Trump has redefined conservatism  —  In 2004, Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Toomey was the face of the conservative insurgency.  An anti-taxes, anti-spending hawk, Toomey was one of many conservative upstarts who primaried a more moderate fellow Republican; in Toomey's case, longtime Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.
Washington Post:
Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen … The slickly produced movie trailer, set to ominous music, cuts from scenes of the 2020 election to clips of allies of former president Donald Trump describing a vast conspiracy to steal the White House.
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
John McAfee, Rest In Power  —  Suicide?  Seriously?  —  2 hr ago  —  Entrepreneur and two-time presidential candidate John McAfee was found in his cell in a Spanish prison yesterday, dead of an apparent suicide.  He was 75.  —  McAfee was incarcerated in Spain last year …
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Florida cracks down on Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn's “deceptive” fundraising with Defending the Republic Inc. (UPDATED)  —  The Kraken releaser is facing a new enforcement action for publishing lies in response to this newsletter's last article.  —  4 hr ago  —  This story contains an update after publication.
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Covid is already deadlier this year than all of 2020.  So why do many in U.S. think the problem's over?  — U.S. Covid cases have fallen far below the winter peak in recent weeks, with new diagnoses now down at a seven-day average of around 11,310 a day, compared to more than 250,000 at the start of the year.
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Top U.S. Officials Consulted With BlackRock as Markets Melted Down  —  The world's largest asset manager was central to the pandemic crisis response.  Emails and calendar records underscore that critical role.  —  As Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin scrambled …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Microsoft Exemption From Antitrust Bill Followed Company Donation to Top Democrat  —  Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline swore off big tech money in 2019  —  Rep. David Cicilline (D., R.I.) exempted Microsoft from a bill he sponsored to regulate big tech three months after he received $5,800 …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year  —  Asheville, N.C., has been among the hardest hit by police departures in the wake of last year's George Floyd protests.  About a third of the force quit or retired.  —  ASHEVILLE, N.C. — As protests surged across the country …
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Florida judge blocks USDA debt relief payments to farmers of color
Discussion: Political Wire
Asher Schechter / ProMarket:
How Insufficient Enforcement Led to Prevalent Tax Evasion and Contributed to American Inequality
Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News:
U.S. life expectancy decreased by an ‘alarming’ amount during pandemic
Discussion: HotAir and WTOP
Abby Smith / Washington Examiner:
Senate approves bipartisan measure to help farmers sell carbon credits
Discussion: Politico
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes hires key political adviser as he edges toward 2022 U.S. Senate run
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Stefanik, Daines push bill to force Biden to open Canadian border, lament that Mexico border is ‘wide open’
Discussion: Townhall
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Anti-critical race theory org launching with over $1M ad buy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Markup:
After Repeatedly Promising Not to, Facebook Keeps Recommending Political Groups to Its Users
Noah Kulwin / New Republic:
An Origin Story for the Netanyahus
Discussion: Bookshop
PNAS:
Out-group animosity drives engagement on social media