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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
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York after statements challenging 2020 election results
Discussion: ABC News
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 White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden catches his white whale
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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Brett Bachman / Salon:
DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state  —  Universities may lose funding if staff and students' beliefs do not satisfy Florida's GOP-run legislature  —  Public universities in Florida will be required to survey both faculty and students …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos and PennLive
CNN:
More than 50 unaccounted for in deadly Surfside, Florida, building collapse, official says  —  Video shows moment building collapses in Florida  —  Surfside, Florida (CNN)An intense search and rescue effort is underway after part of a 12-story residential building collapsed early Thursday …
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Miami Herald:
99 feared missing in rubble of collapsed condo in Surfside as search, vigil continue  —  Lightning streaked the gray skies in Surfside Thursday afternoon as search-and-rescue teams delicately picked their way through a pile of rubble nearly two stories high — the remains of a partial collapse …
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 …
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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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: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
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
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The White Scare: The critical race theory debate echoes with history  —  It was hard not to recognize the parallels.  —  On the dais, an elected official with a demonstrated history of grandstanding who hoped to leverage cultural anxiety for political benefit.
Discussion: Politico, HotAir and New York Magazine
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
DHS is concerned about Trump reinstatement conspiracy theory, top official says  —  The conspiracy theory that Donald Trump will be reinstated as president in August has sparked concerns at the Department of Homeland Security, a top official there told members of Congress on Wednesday.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and KVIA-TV
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
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.
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’
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Contracts call for probe into Wisconsin vote ‘illegalities’  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Retired police officers hired by Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are being paid $3,200 a month to investigate “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” in the 2020 presidential election …
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.
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI tears innocent New Yorker's life into shreds after Jan. 6  —  Joseph Bolanos was a pillar of his community.  President of his Upper West Side block association for the past 23 years, he looked out for his neighbors during the pandemic.  He dropped off masks and kept extra heaters in his rent-controlled apartment for seniors.
American Greatness:
Deprogramming of January 6 Defendants Is Underway  —  The entire investigation is an attempt to prosecute people based on their beliefs.  Those who purge their views and admit their wrongthink will be given mercy.  Those who don't will pay dearly.  —  “My lawyer has given me names of books …
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Can Congress Insure Fair Elections?  —  The legal scholar Rick Hasen discusses the dangers of election subversion and voter suppression.  —  At a bleak moment for voting rights in the U.S.—Republican-controlled state governments across the country, spurred in part by former President Trump's false claims …
Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Bipartisan crackdown on Big Tech sent to House floor  —  Six bipartisan anti-Big Tech bills passed at the committee level Thursday and now head to the House floor, marking Washington's most significant and serious attempt to reshape the tech industry.  —  The six sweeping antitrust bills aimed …
Discussion: Politico and National Review
 
 
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Associated Press:
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated
Discussion: New York Times and Mercury News
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Redistricting Holds Key to House Majority
Discussion: Forbes and Roll Call
Dan Casey / The Roanoke Times:
Bedford County church's QAnon event and upcoming militia ‘muster’ stoke questions
Discussion: Raw Story
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Florida judge blocks USDA debt relief payments to farmers of color
Discussion: CBS News and Florida Politics
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Senate committee approves legislation to put Supreme Court hearings on camera
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Top U.S. Officials Consulted With BlackRock as Markets Melted Down
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
App Taps Unwitting Users Abroad to Gather Open-Source Intelligence
YouGov:
How Trump has redefined conservatism
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