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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.
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
As Newsom leads California recall polls, Larry Elder pushes baseless fraud claims
Axios:
“Big Lie” hits California recall election
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
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
‘Succession’ actor Alan Ruck drives Biden motorcade van during California stop  —  Alan Ruck, one of the stars of the HBO show “Succession,” was a volunteer driver in President Biden's motorcade on Monday night in California, the White House confirmed Tuesday.
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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 …
Daily Mail:
America's No.1 champagne socialist AOC defends going to $35k-a-ticket Met Gala with boyfriend because her Tax the Rich dress ‘sent searches about our f-ed up tax code soaring’ - AND it was her ‘duty as a working-class woman’  — Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, 31, attended the $35,000-a-head Met Gala while wearing a ‘Tax the Rich’ dress
Discussion: New York Magazine, spiked and RedState
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Sarah Spellings / Vogue:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sent a Message With Her First Met Gala Appearance
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.
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
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Census Figures Show Americans' Incomes Fell in 2020
Discussion: CBS News and CNN
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Cruz grills Biden judicial nominee over statement calling Kavanaugh ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’
Discussion: Washington Post
Nathan Bernard / The Intercept:
Ten Months After Senate Election Loss, Sara Gideon Still Has $10 Million in Unused Campaign Funds
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What if Republicans had a party and Trump wasn't there?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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The Daily Beast:
Palace: Yes, the Queen Really Did Send Congrats Note to Kim Jong Un
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