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CNN:
Woodward book: Worried Trump could ‘go rogue,’ Milley took top-secret action to protect nuclear weapons  —  The story below contains explicit language  —  Washington (CNN)Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, President Donald Trump's top military adviser …
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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.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Fears That Trump Might Launch a Strike Prompted General to Reassure China, Book Says  —  In a sign of his concerns, the nation's highest-ranking military officer also gathered commanders to remind them of the safeguards in the nuclear launch procedures.  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Cruz set to filibuster any Democratic attempt to raise debt limit
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.
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
Discussion: The Guardian
Friendly Atheist:
Bob Enyart, Who Mocked AIDS Victims and Spread COVID Lies, Has Died of COVID
Discussion: The Wrap
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, Reason and HuffPost
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Eric Ting / SFGATE:
When will we know the outcome of the Gavin Newsom recall election in California?
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Larry Elder Preemptively Concedes Defeat, Launches Voter-Fraud Site
Maeve Reston / CNN:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facing a tight race. Then Larry Elder came along.
Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
Greg Evans / Deadline:
Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61  —  Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live's most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-year private battle with cancer.
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Republican derails Afghanistan hearing by asking who can ‘press the button’ to silence Biden  —  Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch grilled Secretary of State Antony Blinken about who in the White House has the authority to “press the button” to silence President Joe Biden in a strange exchange during …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Biden judicial picks win Senate backing at pace not seen since Nixon
Discussion: Conservative Brief
New York Times:
New York Will Soon Lose 1 House Seat.  The G.O.P. Might Lose 5.  —  A new bipartisan commission is drawing up district lines, but New York Democratic leaders are laying the groundwork to take over the redistricting process.  —  Seven years ago, New Yorkers voted decisively to empower …
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
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.
Stella Bugbee / New York Times:
Moments From the 2021 Met Gala  —  That's a wrap!  —  From YouTube phenoms to Olympians, pop stars to politicians, the hundreds of celebrities who arrived this evening interpreted the theme of “American Independence” with varying degrees of literalism.  Though many chose patriotic shades of red …
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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
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.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Did the Staff at the Met Wear Masks, While the Celebrities Went Without?  —  The photographs from last night's event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City show a host of celebrities — including New York Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney …
Discussion: HotAir, Axios, Decider and WISC-TV
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
DeSantis embraces anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) became a right-wing celebrity by defiantly ignoring public health guidance on large indoor gatherings and masking to slow the spread of COVID.  But, for much of 2021, DeSantis maintained a scintilla …
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: HuffPost, Washington Post and Raw Story
Kurt Bardella / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The GOP is now a zombie of the party that triumphed in the 2003 recall  —  In October 2003, I was working at the CBS affiliate in Bakersfield running the assignment desk and helping produce our political coverage.  It was an exciting time to be in both news and politics.
Nathan Bernard / The Intercept:
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds … Hours before conceding to Republican incumbent Susan Collins on Election Day 2020, Sara Gideon's U.S. Senate campaign blasted out multiple urgent fundraising pleas to its email list.
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Cruz grills Biden judicial nominee over statement calling Kavanaugh ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’  —  ‘You signed your name to that proposition, do you still believe it?’  Cruz asked Ninth Circuit nominee  —  Justice Stephen Breyer on maintaining credibility of the Supreme Court
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia will pay $2M to Rickia Young, the woman police beat in front of her child during unrest
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What if Republicans had a party and Trump wasn't there?
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Announces Department-Wide Policy on Chokeholds and ‘No-Knock’ Entries
Discussion: CBS News and The Daily Caller
Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Proud Boys-Linked ‘Afghan Refugee Hunting Permit’ Found at Michigan Campus
Nicole Narea / Vox:
The fight to resettle Afghans in the US has just begun
Discussion: Washington Examiner
The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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David Horowitz / Front Page Magazine:
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
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Discussion: New York Post, Insider and The Hill
Hans Nichols / Axios:
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