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David Morgan / Reuters:
McConnell aims to boost U.S. Republican vaccination rate by countering ‘bad advice’  —  U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed misinformation for the low rates of COVID-19 vaccination among Americans, which are fueling a rise in coronavirus cases, particularly in Republican-dominated states.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: This is a BIF effing deal  —  SCOOP — Our own Alex Isenstadt writes in with some news: Former President DONALD TRUMP began meeting this week with would-be GOP primary challengers to his arch-nemesis, Wyoming Rep. LIZ CHENEY — and a new potential candidate has emerged.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries to sabotage the Biden infrastructure deal  —  Donald Trump tried and failed to pass an infrastructure bill so many times over the course of his presidency that his attempts were reduced to a punchline.  Now out of office, Trump is trying to ensure that his successor, Joe Biden …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and FOX 2
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Our democracy is under attack.  Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.  —  Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy.
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 police officers give a master class on the dangers of right-wing extremism
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Confusing Message  —  The C.D.C. recommends indoor masking for the vaccinated, but only in some places.  —  The C.D.C. has both a polarization problem and a communication problem.  —  Let's start with the polarization problem: The parts of the country that would benefit most from a new crackdown …
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
CDC asks the vaccinated to help save the unvaccinated from themselves  —  The “pandemic of the unvaccinated” has become a big problem for the rest of the country.
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema does not support Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget plan that aims to deliver major components of President Joe Biden's economic agenda that Democrats hope to pass after moving …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: McCarthy a ‘moron’ for opposing mask mandate  —  Tensions between the party leaders in the House rolled to a boil on Wednesday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called her Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), a “moron” for his opposition to wearing masks in the House.
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Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:   America had its first show trial on Tuesday and it was loathsome
Alayna Treene / Axios:
GOP doubters unswayed by Jan. 6 testimony
Discussion: The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The CDC's Unforced Error  —  On the menu today: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Biden administration make a critical error by recommending vaccinated Americans put on the masks again; sorting through who's still not vaccinated and why; figuring out Simone Biles's early withdrawal …
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm - sources  —  Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The dirty little secret about Donald Trump's endorsement  —  (CNN)To hear Donald Trump tell it, his endorsement is the equivalent to a golden ticket to Congress.  —  “88 and 2 (really 1) in ENDORSEMENTS this election cycle, and @FoxNews was critical,” he tweeted in June 2020.  “Has anyone ever done so well?
Discussion: UPI, Dallas Morning News and Politico
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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump-backed candidate loses in Texas special election
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Jake Ellzey wins Texas special election over Trump-backed Susan Wright
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
Politico:
Republicans signal they will advance bipartisan infrastructure deal  —  Senate Republicans are increasingly likely to move forward on a bipartisan infrastructure framework, with a vote planned as soon as Wednesday night and an agreement on key issues.  —  Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: Senate Republicans announce agreement on infrastructure deal's “major issues”
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and Lucianne
Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Lincoln Project's new ad contrasts Republican donors with footage of Capitol riot
Discussion: CNN, Boing Boing and Twitchy
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
The New Moral Code of America's Elite  —  Every striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters.  What the truly exceptional ones have in common is the ability to connect not only with their superiors …
Steven Monacelli / Dallas Observer:
Who's Behind Dallas Justice Now's 'Don't Send White Kids to Ivy League' Controversy?  —  As soon as Casie Tomlin found the FedEx envelope in her mailbox, she knew something looked fishy.  Inside, a flyer from a group called Dallas Justice Now urged parents in Dallas' wealthy — and largely white …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Clyde stands by comparison of Jan. 6 mob to ‘tourists’ when pressed by Democratic Rep. Raskin  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), who infamously compared the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to “a normal tourist visit,” steadfastly stood by his contention Tuesday night during …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Hackwhackers
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Margaret Talev / Axios:
Least persuadable unvaccinated Americans are largely white and Republican  —  Parents are heavily resistant to the vaccine.
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Politico:
DOJ fires warning shot against ‘unusual’ post-election ballot reviews  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday issued another warning aimed at states conducting or considering audits of ballots tallied in last year's election, reminding election authorities that allowing ballots to be mishandled can violate federal law.
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Damon Linker / The Week:
The intellectual right contemplates an ‘American Caesar’  —  Jan. 6 was a badly planned rehearsal for the real deal  —  How does ideological change happen?  Why do certain political ideas and possibilities that appear outrageous and even unthinkable at one moment in history come to be considered options worth taking seriously?
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Issues Proposed Buy American Rule, Advancing the President's Commitment to Ensuring the Future of America is Made in America by All of America's Workers  —  Biden-Harris Administration will increase American-made content in federal purchases and bolster critical supply chains
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Alex Leary / Wall Street Journal:   Biden to Propose Buy American Rule for Government Procurements
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Whistleblowers say they were told to downplay Covid outbreak among migrant kids at shelter  —  WASHINGTON — Two more whistleblowers have come forward to allege that children were mistreated by contractors and senior federal employee managers at a Department Health and Human Services migrant shelter …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's a Great Guy': Trump's Favored Aide Has Troubled Past  —  “Max Miller,” said Donald Trump.  —  “You know Max?”  —  The former president stood behind the microphone at the lectern at one of the most recent of his trademark rallies late last month at the county fairgrounds here and told …
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lauren Boebert throws ‘mask in the face of a floor staffer’ as she fumes over ‘totalitarian’ House rules: report  —  Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert doesn't like masks, as evidenced by her COVID-denialist rhetoric and her history of defying mask mandates in the House chamber.
Discussion: Breitbart
Gawker:
What Do These People Think About Gawker Coming Back?  —  If you are reading this, it means Gawker is back.  We reached out to some of our favorite writers, artists, policymakers, and billionaires to ask them how that makes them feel.  Below are their answers.
 
 
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CNN:
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
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Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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