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Arizona Republic:
Hand count in audit affirms Biden beat Trump, as Maricopa County said in November  —  Jen Fifield Robert AnglenArizona Republic  —  A monthslong hand recount of Maricopa County's 2020 vote confirmed that President Joe Biden won and the election was not “stolen” from former President Donald Trump …
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Ben Giles / KJZZ:
Arizona Election Audit Confirms Biden's Win In Maricopa County, But Also Casts Doubts  —  A widely criticized, GOP-led review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County concluded that Joe Biden received more votes for president than Donald Trump.  —  According to a draft copy of the findings obtained by KJZZ …
New York Times:
Republican Review of Arizona Vote Fails to Show Stolen Election  —  The much criticized review showed much the same results as in November, with 99 more Biden votes and 261 fewer Trump ones.  —  PHOENIX — After months of delays and blistering criticism, a review of the 2020 election …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Texas secretary of state's office announces audit of 2020 election results after Trump calls for one  —  The Texas secretary of state's office announced late Thursday it would audit the results of the 2020 election in the state's four largest counties, hours after former president Donald Trump called …
Melissa Blasius / KNXV:
First look at draft of election audit report ahead of Friday release  —  What will be the major takeaways of the audit report on the Maricopa County election set to be presented tomorrow?  A draft copy obtained by ABC15 shows a glimpse at findings ahead of the release.
Discussion: Mediaite
Hank Stephenson / Arizona Agenda:
We got the Senate audit report  —  And it says — no joke — that Biden won  —  The Arizona Senate is set to release its report on the Maricopa County 2020 election audit tomorrow, but we got our hands on a copy early.  —  Volume 1: Executive Summary and Recommendations  —  Volume 2: Methodology and Operations
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Zero Day
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Draft report of GOP-backed ballot review in Arizona confirms Biden's win
Discussion: Arizona Mirror and Raw Story
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Texas, Spurred By Trump, Announces Election Audit in 4 Counties
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Select Committee to Investigate …:
SELECT COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS INDIVIDUALS TIED TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT IN THE DAYS SURROUNDING JANUARY 6TH  —  Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that he has issued a round of subpoenas for documents and testimony to four individuals with close ties to the former President …
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee subpoenas 4 from Trump's inner circle  —  The select panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection is issuing subpoenas to four current and former top aides to President Donald Trump, including his most recent chief of staff Mark Meadows.  —  The committee issued its first subpoenas …
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 …
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed top Trump advisers, ramping up its investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol subpoenaed four of President Donald J. Trump's closest advisers on Thursday, ramping up its scrutiny of what the former president …
CNN:
White House moving to release information on Trump to congressional investigators
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
House Jan. 6 committee issues subpoenas for Trump aides and advisers, including Meadows and Scavino
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump moving political HQ back to Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
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 …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It's Too Early to Consign Joe Biden to the Ash Heap of History  —  But not too early for Democrats to start panicking.  —  Is Joe Biden's Presidency actually “dead,” “failed,” and all but “over,” as you have surely heard by now?  The Republicans and their conservative allies in the commentariat …
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Philip Klein / National Review:
Majority Says Biden Isn't ‘Mentally Sharp’: Poll
Discussion: HotAir
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Ancient Footprints Suggest Humans Arrived In Americas During Ice Age  —  Human footprints found in New Mexico are about 23,000 years old, a study reported, suggesting that people may have arrived long before the Ice Age's glaciers melted.  —  Ancient human footprints preserved in the ground across …
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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump's election challenges distracted from covid response, White House adviser told colleagues  —  Emails obtained by House panel detail priorities as virus surged last year  —  White House officials prioritized former president Donald Trump's attempt to challenge the election …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden's Approach To Immigration Is Causing A Huge Internal Rift And Leading To A Lot Of Confusion  —  Unlike his predecessor, President Joe Biden doesn't obsess publicly over the southern border and the immigrants seeking to cross it.  But on rare occasions, he is blunt about what he wants to happen there.
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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 and The Hill
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Adam Kinzinger: Republicans Are ‘Frigging Crazy’  —  In each edition of my newsletter, I'll bring readers inside The Atlantic, and discuss the issues that concern us the most.  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to get future issues of Notes from the Editor in Chief.
Discussion: Raw Story and Bulwark+
Washington Post:
CIA station chief in Vienna recalled amid criticisms of management and handling of ‘Havana Syndrome’ cases  —  The CIA has removed its top officer in Vienna following criticism of his management, including what some considered an insufficient response to a growing number of mysterious health incidents …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Althouse
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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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
A Foul Play by Progressives Over Israel's Iron Dome
Discussion: CNN, Alpha News, Townhall and HotAir
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
El Farolito can't open taqueria in North Beach under chain ban, city says  —  But if the owners make “sufficient changes” on the concept, they could potentially still move ahead  —  El Farolito, the iconic San Francisco-born string of taquerias, cannot open a new location in North Beach under …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Ron Klain hasn't retweeted Jennifer Rubin since Politico reported on lovefest between Biden WH, WaPo columnist  —  Before last week, the WH chief of staff retweeted Rubin ‘more than three dozen times since mid-May’  —  Biden's media coverage under scrutiny amid crises
Fiona Kelliher / Mercury News:
COVID-19: California considering school vaccine mandate for children over 12, top health official says  —  California is exploring the possibility of a statewide mandate requiring children ages 12 and older get vaccinated in order to attend schools, the state's top public health official said Wednesday.
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Jan. 6 Video Suggests ‘Russia Insider’ Entered Capitol  —  Russia Insider founder Charles Bausman breached the walls of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, according to research conducted by a Europe-based open-source intelligence (OSINT) group into video captured during the insurrection.
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:
Leaked Documents Show Coast Guard's Plan To Grill Service Members Over Religious Vaccine Exemption  — Guidance reportedly crafted by military attorneys urged Coast Guard chaplains to grill service members on their religious beliefs and practices, draft documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show.
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 …
Patagonia / Press - Patagonia Works:
Patagonia Supports Budget Reconciliation Package, Investments in Climate and Paid Leave  —  To pay for this critical legislation, Patagonia is willing to pay a higher corporate tax rate and we urge Congress to also consider ending subsidies for the extractive industries.
 
 
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Whistleblower emails reveal partisan rot at Ford Foundation, that gets “nonpartisan” tax perks
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
January 6 rioter who took beer from Pelosi's office pleads guilty
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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NBC News:
Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Why Aren't Americans Protesting in the Streets?
Discussion: WCAX-TV and CNN
Claire Atkinson / Insider:
Sources say Brian Williams' contract at NBC News is set to expire soon and that he could leave
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics
David Karpf:
An Open Letter to the American Political Science Association regarding John Eastman and the Claremont Institute
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Craig Spencer / The Atlantic:
No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People
Discussion: HotAir