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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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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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump blames media after Arizona audit finds Biden won  —  Former President Trump on Friday laid into the news media after a draft report of the 2020 election audit in Arizona reaffirmed President Biden's victory in the state's largest county and showed Trump with fewer votes than previously counted.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Not even Arizona's sham audit can dispel reality of Trump's election loss
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Jan. 6 Plotters Had a Mob.  They Also Had a Plan.  —  You can understand a revolution as a time when the unthinkable becomes, suddenly, thinkable.  It is a time when the rules that ordinarily govern political life lose their force and conflict takes the place of consensus …
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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 …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Meet the Trump lawyer who wanted Pence to overturn the 2020 election  — John Eastman authored a memo to convince Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 election.  — Known as an unorthodox legal scholar, he retired amid scrutiny of his role in Trump election fights.
Select Committee to Investigate …:
SELECT COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS INDIVIDUALS TIED TO THE FORMER PRESIDENT IN THE DAYS SURROUNDING JANUARY 6TH
Michael Edison Hayden / Southern Poverty Law Center:   Jan. 6 Video Suggests ‘Russia Insider’ Entered Capitol
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 …
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Emily Crane / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo accused of sexually harassing ex-boss Shelley Ross at 2005 party
Discussion: HotAir, Newsbusters and New York Times
Natassia Paloma / KTSM-TV:
Photographer behind controversial photos speaks exclusively to KTSM  —  EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The photographer behind images depicting Border Patrol agents on horseback told KTSM things are not exactly what they seem when it comes to the photos.  —  The photographs, which were taken Sunday …
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Washington Post:
Facing Black leaders' anger, Biden condemns treatment of Haitians
Ben Collins / NBC News:
‘Vigilante treatments’: Anti-vaccine groups push people to leave ICUs  —  Anti-vaccine Facebook groups have a new message for their community members: Don't go to the emergency room, and get your loved ones out of intensive care units.  —  Consumed by conspiracy theories claiming that doctors …
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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Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Fox News Bans Rudy Giuliani  —  The network is not allowing the former Trump lawyer on the air for at least three months, a move one of his allies described as “cowering to the far left”  —  It turns out there's a limit to just how far from reality you can stray and still be welcome on Fox News.
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
House passes abortion rights bill amid challenges to Roe v. Wade
Discussion: National Review, The Guardian and NPR
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
J.D. Vance Defends Texas Abortion Ban, Calls Rape ‘Inconvenient’
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Biden: Negotiations over economic agenda at a ‘stalemate’  —  President Biden on Friday acknowledged it is going to take time to pass his economic agenda following meetings with key Democratic lawmakers this week to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure package and the Democrats' $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
Discussion: CNN
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Washington Post:
Rep. Karen Bass plans to announce run for mayor of Los Angeles  —  Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is planning to announce that she will run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2022, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, joining a high-stakes race to run the second-most populous city in the country.
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Times
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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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:   White House whoppers
Scientific American:
Why the Term ‘JEDI’ Is Problematic for Describing Programs That Promote Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  —  They're meant to be heroes within the Star Wars universe, but the Jedi are inappropriate symbols for justice work  —  The acronym “JEDI” has become a popular term …
Discussion: Power Line
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: Washington Post and HuffPost
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Flood Insurance Costs Are Set to Skyrocket for Some  —  New federal flood insurance rates that better reflect the real risks of climate change are coming.  For some, premiums will rise sharply.  —  Florida's version of the American dream, which holds that even people of relatively modest means …
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
What is The Cook Political Report?  —  The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.
Discussion: Townhall
 
 
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