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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Top US general rejected Trump suggestions military should ‘crack skulls’ during protests last year, new book claims  —  General's response to Gaetz's question leaves him shaking his head  —  Washington (CNN)The top US general repeatedly pushed back on then-President Donald Trump's argument …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Raw Story and Insider
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump Wanted Military to ‘Beat the F*ck’ Out of George Floyd Protesters, ‘Just Shoot Them,’ Says New Book  —  Former President Donald Trump had an aggressive reaction to his fellow Americans protesting the death of George Floyd, reportedly telling his team that he wanted the military to “beat the f*ck” out of them, “just shoot them.”
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
‘Neither I, Nor OAN, Are Suggesting Anyone Should Be Executed,’ Says Guy on OAN Who Suggested People Should Be Executed For Election Fraud  —  On Thursday, One America News host Pearson Sharp attempted to clarify on-air remarks suggesting that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Trashes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: 'He's Not Just a Pig, He's Stupid'
Discussion: HuffPost, The Sun and Forbes
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Arizona audit could lead to ... mass executions? What have you done to America, Sen. Fann?
Discussion: Raw Story
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework … Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris announced their support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:   Joe Biden Is Confirming Judges Faster Than Decades Of Past Presidents
Associated Press:
‘We have a deal’: Biden announces infrastructure agreement
Associated Press:
Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated  —  Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren't vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day — now down to under 300 — could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.
New York Times:
Pence, Diverging From Trump, Says He Was ‘Proud’ to Certify Election  —  In a speech, former Vice President Mike Pence went the furthest he has gone yet in distancing himself from Donald Trump and the Capitol riot.  But he still praised the former president and his agenda.
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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 …
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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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: The Daily Beast, Daily Kos and Axios
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Caroline Anders / Washington Post:
In push against ‘indoctrination,’ DeSantis mandates surveys of Florida college students' beliefs
Jonathan H. Adler / Reason:
Does a New Florida Law Require State Universities to Monitor Faculty and Student Beliefs?
Winston Marshall / Medium:
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 …
Politico:
A heart transplant at 18.  The White House at 31.  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice and Daniel Payne  —  White House deputy director of photography CHANDLER WEST wears his heart on his sleeve …
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Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
Exclusive: 48 Republican Senators Demand Withdrawal of Pistol Brace Ban That Would Affect Millions  —  Forty-eight Republican senators signed a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday slamming the Biden Administration's plan to ban most pistol braces.
Matt Fuller / The Daily Beast:
Congressmen Squirm as ‘World-Class Sleazeball’ Gaetz Continues to Roam  —  Members of Congress—Democrats and Republicans—are pretending like nothing is wrong, like their colleague isn't credibly accused of paying for sex with a minor.  —  Matt Gaetz is currently stuck somewhere between …
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Defund the military?  GOP's anti-woke crusade dips into dicey territory.  —  If there's one thing Republicans have made clear over the past year, it's that defunding those who protect us is a dangerous — and politically toxic — idea.  The GOP has utilized a small but passionate portion …
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Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Meetings.  Why?  —  Does this conversation need to be a meeting?  Does anything?  —  Humanity has spent millenniums confined within the earthly limbo of meetings.  —  Ancient Egyptians, to name one subset of mankind, had multiple hieroglyphs to convey the concept of “council.”
Hilda Bastian / The Atlantic:
The mRNA Vaccines Are Extraordinary, but Novavax Is Even Better  —  At the end of January, reports that yet another COVID-19 vaccine had succeeded in its clinical trials—this one offering about 70 percent protection—were front-page news in the United States, and occasioned push alerts on millions of phones.
Discussion: KVIA-TV
New York Times:
U.S. to Search Former Native American Schools for Children's Remains  —  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new initiative that would delve into the records of the federal schools to which Native American children were forcibly relocated for 150 years.
FiveThirtyEight:
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.
Discussion: HotAir and Florida Politics
Neo / The New Neo:
Biden threatens to beat up Corn Pop and nuke American gun-owning insurrectionists  —  Biden loves to threaten people and then to brag about threatening people.  For example, the tale of Corn Pop: … Or there was the time Biden said he would have “beat the hell” out of Trump had they been in high school together.
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
TSA self-defense course for flight attendants, paused during covid, relaunches amid reports of unruly behavior  —  After a pandemic hiatus, the Transportation Security Administration is relaunching a self-defense training course for flight attendants and pilots that includes suggestions …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump is launching a series of ‘revenge rallies’ — and Republicans are worried  —  'It's only a matter of time until the fun kills people, or our chances of winning a totally winnable election, or both'  —  The last time Donald Trump took to the campaign trail in support of Republican candidates …
J. Christian Adams / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' partisan power grab fails — for now  —  On Tuesday, the Democrats' bill to federalize elections failed.  Our constitutional republic was the big winner.  —  S. 1 fell short of the 60-vote threshold required.  Thank goodness for the filibuster.
The New York Times Company:
Ryan Mac Joining Technology Team  —  Ryan is joining The Times from BuzzFeed to cover tech accountability.  Read more in this note from Ellen Pollock, Pui-Wing Tam, Jim Kerstetter and Joe Plambeck.  —  We're thrilled to announce that Ryan Mac is joining The New York Times to cover tech accountability.
Lindsay Kornick / Fox News:
Biden's bizarre behavior at press conference causes ‘Creepy Joe’ to trend on Twitter  —  Biden, lawmakers strike bipartisan $1.2T infrastructure deal  —  President Joe Biden trended on Twitter for what many are calling a “creepy” interaction with the press during a press conference on Thursday.
 
 
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Rogerlsimon / theepochtimes.com:
No Joke: Joy Behar Reveals Hidden Truth of Leftist Bigotry
Discussion: Instapundit and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Gaza's Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Column: Senior Democrats (75 and older) have a message for Feinstein and Breyer: It's time to go
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Walks Back U.S. Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory
Discussion: NOQ Report
Associated Press:
Eligibility rule keeps transgender runner out of trials
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Contracts call for probe into Wisconsin vote ‘illegalities’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
FBI tears innocent New Yorker's life into shreds after Jan. 6