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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 …
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
Draft report of GOP-backed ballot review in Arizona confirms Biden's win  —  A Republican-commissioned review of nearly 2.1 million ballots cast last year in Arizona confirmed the accuracy of the official results and President Biden's win in Maricopa County, according to a draft report prepared …
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
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and Politico
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
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 …
CNN:
White House moving to release information on Trump to congressional investigators
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Competency Question  —  When Biden was running for president, his message was pretty straightforward …
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Republican US Sen. Chuck Grassley will run for reelection in 2022 Senate race  —  After months of deliberation, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley announced early Friday morning he will run for reelection in 2022 — a decision Republicans believe will give them their best chance to hold onto the coveted Senate seat.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Grassley will seek reelection, boosting GOP's majority hopes
Discussion: Washington Post, The Hill and CNN
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
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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Science:
Evidence of humans in North America during the Last Glacial Maximum
Discussion: Boston.com
New York Times:
C.D.C. Chief Overrules Agency Panel and Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters for Workers at Risk  —  In a highly unusual decision, the C.D.C. director, Rochelle Walensky, reversed a move by agency advisers and endorsed additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for health care workers, teachers and other workers at risk.
Discussion: Townhall, Forbes, UPI and Political Wire
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Fox to Rudy: You're banned  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT: The Arizona Republic scooped the results of the Maricopa County “audit” paid for by “Stop the Steal” and DONALD TRUMP allies: It found that Trump lost the key county by a wider margin than the official election results.
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   Ron Klain hasn't retweeted Jennifer Rubin since Politico reported on lovefest between Biden WH, WaPo columnist
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+
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
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 and The Hill
Bloomberg:
China Bans Crypto Transactions, Vows to Stop Illegal Mining  — Crypto currencies can't be circulated, PBOC says in statement  — Planning agency says crackdown important to meet carbon goals  —  China banned all crypto transactions and vowed to stop illegal crypto mining …
Shelley Ross / New York Times:
Chris Cuomo Sexually Harassed Me.  I Hope He'll Use His Power to Make Change.  —  Ms. Ross is a veteran television journalist and former executive producer at ABC and CBS.  —  I was Chris Cuomo's boss at ABC News nearly two decades ago, and I am a regular viewer of CNN today …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
White House whoppers  —  Joe Biden winning the presidency may turn out very badly for the Democratic Party because success obscures problems that need fixing.  If we're winning, it's working, the thinking goes, so there can't be much wrong with what we're doing.  —  This is delusional.
New York Times:
Sinema's Income Tax Stance Has Democrats Looking Anew at a Carbon Tax  —  With Arizona's iconoclastic senator cool to increased tax rates, the Senate Finance Committee is drafting a carbon dioxide fee to fund a budget bill.  —  WASHINGTON — Opposition from a single moderate Democrat …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Denver Post
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 …
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.
Financial Times:
US arrests finance chief of Russian natural gas group Novatek  —  Mark Gyetvay indicted on tax charges connected to $93m in offshore accounts  —  The US has arrested one of the most influential executives in Russia's natural gas industry over alleged tax misconduct linked to tens of millions of dollars held in offshore accounts.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell warms to Herschel Walker as primary war with Trump fizzles  —  Republicans are hand-wringing over former President Donald Trump's hand-picked candidate Herschel Walker entering a critical Senate race.  Surprisingly, Mitch McConnell isn't one of them.
Discussion: HuffPost
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 …
 
 
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
January 6 rioter who took beer from Pelosi's office pleads guilty
Discussion: Washington Examiner
NBC News:
Hungry and desperate: Climate change fuels a migration crisis in Guatemala
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Breitbart
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Tough-on-Crime Republican DA Charged With Ambushing, Raping Woman
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
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