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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says  —  ‘Peril,’ by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, reveals that Gen. Mark A. Milley called his Chinese counterpart before the election and after Jan. 6 in a bid to avert armed conflict.
Discussion: Insider
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:   Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says
Manu Raju / CNN:
Democrats cut deal with Manchin to get party behind long-shot voting overhaul bill  —  (CNN)Senate Democrats are proposing new legislation to overhaul voting laws after months of discussions to get all 50 of their members behind a single bill, allowing their caucus to speak with one voice …
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Revised Democratic voting bill drops controversial provisions, tweaks others as pressure for action mounts  —  A group of Democratic senators — including key centrist Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — is set to introduce a pared-down voting rights, campaign finance and government ethics bill Tuesday …
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
My Thoughts on Manchin's Compromise Bill  —  When it comes to voting rights, being asked to compromise is typically a warning sign.  There is no middle ground between the arsonist and the firefighter.  Just as we don't ask the media to compromise their right to publish news stories …
Hans Nichols / Axios:   Scoop: Sinema's secret spreadsheets
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats to Propose Compromise Voting Rights Bill
Politico:
Democrats confront their Manchin and Sinema dilemma
Sam Tabachnik / Denver Post:
Bob Enyart, conservative firebrand and pastor, dies of COVID-19  —  Conservative firebrand Bob Enyart, the pastor of the Denver Bible Church and indelible talk show host, has died from COVID-19, his radio co-host announced Monday on Facebook.  —  “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest …
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Melissa Reeves / KUSA-TV:
Radio host, self-proclaimed ‘right-wing religious fanatic’ Bob Enyart dies of COVID-19  —  A former director of Colorado Right to Life, he used his cable television show to mock AIDS victims.  —  WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Self-proclaimed “right-wing religious fanatic” radio host Bob Enyart of Colorado …
Discussion: The Guardian
Friendly Atheist:
Bob Enyart, Who Mocked AIDS Victims and Spread COVID Lies, Has Died of COVID
Discussion: The Wrap
David Zweig / The Atlantic:
Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show  —  Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public  —  About a year ago, teenager Anastasia Vlasova started seeing a therapist.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP could be left red-faced after California recall  —  It's recall day in California, and by just about all accounts — including their own — Republicans are headed for defeat.  —  Top GOP contender Larry Elder's campaign is already bogusly blaming his loss (which hasn't actually happened yet) on voter fraud.
Discussion: New York Times, HuffPost and Townhall
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Larry Elder Preemptively Concedes Defeat, Launches Voter-Fraud Site
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
Discussion: VICE
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race. Then Larry Elder came along.
BuzzFeed News:
She's One Of Congress's Leading Progressives — Just Not In Her Own Office, Staffers Say  —  WASHINGTON — Last May, Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act, aimed at curbing layoffs during the pandemic by having the federal government pay people's salaries.
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Katherine Tully-McManus / Politico:
Dems bite their tongues on Manchin and Sinema
Discussion: New Republic and Washington Post
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Memo shows how Homeland Security restricted flow of ‘election-related’ intelligence ahead of 1/6  —  Ex-FBI official warns of potential for more violence at right-wing rally  —  (CNN)A few months before rioters stormed the US Capitol, the Department of Homeland Security restricted the flow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Smart / New York Times:
Covid Hospitalization Crisis Reaches Fever Pitch in Southern I.C.U.s  —  Share of I.C.U. beds occupied in each hospital  —  Circle size is proportional to I.C.U. capacity.  —  Wash.  —  Maine  —  Mont.  —  N.D.  —  Ore.  —  Vt.  —  Minn.  —  N.H.  —  Idaho  —  Wis.  —  S.D.
Discussion: Vox, NBC News and Outside the Beltway
Sarah Spellings / Vogue:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance  —  For her first appearance at the Met Gala, representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to make a political statement.  It was only right.  And since she was at fashion's glitziest night, surrounded …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Words matter.  So these journalists refuse to call GOP election meddling an ‘audit.’  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” when referring to an effort by the state GOP to investigate the 2020 election:  —  Words matter.
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: 60% of voters back Biden vaccine mandates  —  A majority of Americans — including suburban voters — support vaccine mandates for federal workers as well as private companies, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Democratic Senate chairman threatens to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for Afghanistan withdrawal testimony  —  Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez threatened to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after he declined to appear in front of the committee during …
Olivia Beavers / Politico:
GOP's Jan. 6 problem returns to its doorstep  —  The Saturday rally defending some rioters arrested during the Capitol insurrection is reminding the GOP of an uncomfortable reality: Part of its base believes the Jan. 6 attack was justified.  —  Saturday's rally comes as some conservative …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Al Qaeda could rebuild in Afghanistan in a year or two, U.S. officials say.  —  Al Qaeda could rebuild inside Afghanistan within one to two years, top intelligence officials said Tuesday, noting that some members of the terror group have already returned to the country.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Joe Biden Became Irish  —  While it is cliche for political figures to portray themselves as being “as American as apple pie,” President Joe Biden has long advertised another selling point: He's also as Irish as a pint of Guinness (despite being, like his predecessor, a teetotaler).
Discussion: Insider and The Hill
Paula Aceves / New York Magazine:
The Fake Vaxx Card Next to You In the city, counterfeit proof is easy to buy as weed.  —  One steamy night in early August, 20-year-old Henry and his friends prepared to hit the Greenwich Village bar scene, armed with fake IDs that said they were of legal drinking age.
Washington Post:
Poverty fell overall in 2020 due to massive stimulus checks and unemployment aid, U.S. Census says  —  The official poverty rate rose slightly to 11.4 percent in 2020, but Census says after accounting for pandemic relief aid, the poverty rate fell to 9.1 percent.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Times
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
New York Times stealth-edits report on Hunter Biden laptop story, scrubs ‘unsubstantiated’ following backlash  —  The FEC ruled that Twitter did not break election laws for suppressing the New York Post's reporting
Washington Post:
Biden wants 70 percent of the world to get vaccinated.  It's not even close. … President Biden plans to call on global leaders to make new commitments to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including fully vaccinating 70 percent of the world's population by next September, according to a list of targets obtained by The Washington Post.
 
 
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Facebook reportedly bent its own rules for Trump and celebrities
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Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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American Greatness:
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David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
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Biden's winning the Afghan messaging
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