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Washington Post:
Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown  —  The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Scoop: Tears in the Oval Office  —  SCOOP: Playbook has learned that during an intense meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Rep. PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.) broke into tears while arguing her case to President JOE BIDEN that the reconciliation bill should include …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
A year after Trump said he wanted to “get rid of the ballots,” has the press learned anything?
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
The new big lie Republicans want you to believe? That there's a puppeteer at the White House.
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Times
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Our constitutional crisis is already here  —  “Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.”  —  The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years …
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Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval  —  More support than opposition for infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses, high-income households  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand the public's views …
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll  —  A majority of Americans now say that President Biden is not “mentally sharp,” according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.  —  The survey, which like other polls shows Biden's overall approval rating sinking …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup  —  The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill to replenish Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, just two days after it was pulled from a government funding package over objections from progressive lawmakers.
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Philip Klein / HotAir:
Democrats can't hide their Israel problem
Discussion: National Review, Fox News and The Hill
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill  —  Rep. Don Bacon came out in support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, becoming the fifth House Republican to do so.  —  The five Republicans are backing the Senate-passed bill despite the fact …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax ‘framework’ for $3.5T package
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
J.D. Vance Defends Texas Abortion Ban, Calls Rape ‘Inconvenient’  —  J.D. Vance, who is trailing several GOP candidates in the Senate primary, told Spectrum News 1 that “in Texas they're trying to make it easier for babies to be born.”  —  In a local news interview published Wednesday …
Discussion: Spectrum News 1 Ohio
Conrad Swanson / Denver Post:
Lauren Boebert paid rent and utilities with campaign funds, FEC filings show  —  Republican congresswoman later reimbursed her campaign for $6,650  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert paid rent and utility bills with campaign funds in violation of federal campaign finance laws, new filings with the Federal Election Commision show.
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Rep. Lauren Boebert used campaign funds for rent and utilities, new filing shows
Discussion: NBC News
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward: I'm the guy who will bring normal back to Washington.  Where President Trump was unorthodox and chaotic, Biden would be conventional and organized.  Trump ran the White House like a reality show …
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Nearly half of the unvaccinated say they're willing to get a coronavirus shot.  The challenge is trying to get it to them.  —  Yolanda Orosco-Arellano decided she would get the coronavirus vaccine long before it became available.  But securing an appointment for it was less straightforward.
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Sam Baker / Axios:
Some experts see signs of hope as COVID cases fall
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Trump's Plans for a Coup Are Now Public  —  Last year, John Eastman, whom CNN describes as an attorney working with Donald Trump's legal team, wrote a preposterous memo outlining how then-Vice President Mike Pence could overturn the 2020 election by fiat or, failing that …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman  —  Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, Somerset County, Pennsylvania's top cop, is now facing a slew of charges for the alleged attack.  —  A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Pushes Racist ‘Great Replacement’ Theory Yet Again, ADL Renews Call for Fox to Fire Him  —  Back in April, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch claimed that Carlson actually “decried and rejected replacement theory.”  This week, he openly promoted it again.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Blows Up Murdoch's White Supremacy Denial on Air
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics  —  On paper, the deputies are scattered around the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in various assignments.  One is supposed to be working patrol in Lancaster, another in West Hollywood.  A third is assigned to a gang crime unit.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?  —  No one seems to care that Democrats are walking us into a fiscal catastrophe.  —  Here's a question for any American who is capable of thinking past next week: Why, in the ever-loving hell, are you not out in the streets …
Discussion: CNN and WCAX-TV
Maria Cardona / The Hill:
Democrats' do-or-die moment  —  Democratic legislators on Capitol Hill face a do-or-die moment.  The fate of President Biden's agenda (and perhaps his presidency) as well as the economic wellbeing of millions of Americans is at stake.  So are Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.
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CNN:
Anxious Democrats float Plan B: Raise debt ceiling on party-line vote
Craig Spencer / The Atlantic:
No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People  —  For many fully vaccinated Americans, the Delta surge spoiled what should've been a glorious summer.  Those who had cast their masks aside months ago were asked to dust them off.  Many are still taking no chances.
Discussion: HotAir
Rebecca McCray / Curbed:
What Its Like at Rikers, According to People Who Just Got Out “They're not feeding people, there's no water, no showers, no phone calls.”  —  Photo-Illustration: by Curbed; Photo Michael Kirby Smith/The New York Times/Redux/B) The New York Times  —  The ongoing violence and despair …
Discussion: Reason
Media Matters for America:
Charlie Kirk: “Deputize a citizen force, put them on the border” in order to protect “white demographics in America”  —  Steve Bannon and his panel push for Arizona-style “audit” in Georgia  —  Steve Bannon touts QAnon-linked Arizona election announcement: “The decertification process starts tomorrow”
David Karpf:
An Open Letter to the American Political Science Association regarding John Eastman and the Claremont Institute  —  (Members of the APSA can sign on to this letter by clicking here)  —  To the members of the APSA Council:  —  On January 11, 2021, you issued the following statement on behalf …
NBC News:
Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala  —  LA VEGA, Guatemala — Darwin Mendez has tried and failed to reach the United States three times.  Twenty-three years old and $30,000 in debt, he said leaving Guatemala is his only option.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
U.S. Department of Justice:
United States Returns to Iraq Rare Tablet Bearing Portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh  —  The United States has returned to the Republic of Iraq a rare cuneiform tablet bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem considered one of the world's oldest works of literature.
Ruth Styles / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of Haitian migrants who flocked to Del Rio were already working and living comfortably as refugees in CHILE and only set off for the US after Biden scrapped Trump-era deportation policy  — The 15,000 Haitians who turned up in Del Rio did not come from Haiti - they came from mostly Chile
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
The Unraveling of the Murdaugh Dynasty: Unsolved Murders, Insurance Fraud and Missing Millions  —  Since South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh admitted last week to trying to stage his own murder, the story has continued to take new twists  —  HAMPTON, S.C.—A driver can park on the side …
Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Jim Mattis Tells Jury He Came to Doubt Theranos Technology  —  The former defense secretary said he invested $85,000 in the company and pressed the military to adopt its blood-testing devices  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified Wednesday …
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave  — MSNBC's Brian Williams' deal at NBC News is understood to be nearing an end.  — Sources said the veteran news anchor is looking to determine interest at other outlets.
 
 
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Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
K Street Firm Finally Cuts Ties With Saudi Office Implicated in Khashoggi Murder
Discussion: MoveOn
Pew Research Center:
Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Approval of U.S. Supreme Court Down to 40%, a New Low
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Trump Sends Out Three Increasingly Furious Late-Night Statements in 77 Mins
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: New emails reveal Hunter Biden asked for $2 million plus ‘success fees’ to help unfreeze Libyan assets
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Biden Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Tied to Alleged 2016 Clinton Scheme to Co-Opt CIA and FBI to Tar Trump