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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Roots of Democratic Disarray  —  If anyone tells you they know how the battle among congressional Democrats will be resolved, wish them a good day and walk away very quickly.  They managed to pass an infrastructure bill in the Senate — with Republican support! — and are now in total disagreement …
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Politico:
Pelosi goes all in with domestic agenda on the line  —  Nancy Pelosi has never been in a bind like this before.  —  The speaker is on the cusp of muscling through a pair of bills that amount to trillions of dollars in investments that, if they make it to President Joe Biden's desk, will reshape both her and the president's legacies.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Why the GOP is threatening to block a debt limit extension they say is needed  —  Republicans say the debt limit must be extended.  They support the contents of the bill to which that extension is attached.  And they're promising to block that vote.  Here's why.
Politico:
As Dems race forward, Manchin pumps brakes: ‘There is no timeline’  —  Democratic leaders and President Joe Biden are speeding up their work on Biden's massive jobs and families plan.  Joe Manchin keeps throttling momentum back.  —  The president wants Manchin and other holdouts to find …
Discussion: Insider and Washington Examiner
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
The Biden effect: GOP starts linking down-ballot Democrats to an increasingly unpopular president  —  Amid president's eroding poll numbers, Republicans begin hitching potentially vulnerable Democrats to Biden  —  Chaffetz: Biden's crises, cratering poll numbers are ‘self-inflicted wounds’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Democrats' Spending Fight Carries High Stakes for Their Candidates  —  Failure of moderates and progressives to reach a deal would fuel Republican attacks on their competence — with consequences as soon as November in Virginia, and in the midterms next year.
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant  —  A member of the far-right Proud Boys texted his F.B.I. handler during the assault, but maintained the group had no plan in advance to enter the Capitol and disrupt the election certification.
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Politico:
Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty
Discussion: New Republic
New York Times:
‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation  —  As a Republican review of 2020 votes in Arizona sputtered to a close, Donald Trump and his allies signaled that their attack on the election, and their drive to reshape future elections, were far from over.
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Arizona recount results raise stakes for GOP-backed ballot reviews in other states
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump on what would prevent 2024 bid: ‘I guess a bad call from a doctor’  —  Former President Trump suggested in an interview Friday night that only a “bad call from a doctor” would prevent him from seeking another White House bid.  —  Trump, who has openly flirted with launching another …
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Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apologizes after tearful ‘present’ vote on Israel Iron Dome funding bill  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) penned a lengthy and emotional open letter apologizing to her constituents on Friday for effectively abstaining in a vote over funding …
Discussion: CNN, The Times of Israel, UPI and TheBlaze
Kaitlin Sullivan / NBC News:
I got the Moderna vaccine.  Can I get a Pfizer booster?  —  Efforts to give a Covid-19 booster shot to certain adults in the United States have officially begun, following a week of intense deliberation from government advisory committees.  —  Early Friday, Centers for Disease Control …
Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Government Seeks Arrest of Top Scientists in Funding Dispute  —  Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to jail 31 scientists on charges of organized crime and money laundering  —  Mexican prosecutors have asked a federal judge to jail 31 renowned Mexican scientists on charges …
Associated Press:
Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane in the main square of Herat city in western Afghanistan, a witness said Saturday, in a gruesome display that signaled a return to some of the Taliban's methods of the past.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
‘Gutfeld!’ beats all late-night shows on their widely hyped ‘Climate Night’  —  Greg Gutfeld also trounced his cable news competitors on MSNBC and CNN  —  Tucker roasts ‘dumbest’ CNN hosts on ‘Gutfeld!’  —  Fox News' “Gutfeld!” beat all the other late-night shows Wednesday …
Jim Parker / KVIA-TV:
Fort Bliss woman soldier assaulted at Afghan refugee camp  —  DONA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico — The FBI is investigating the assault of a female Fort Bliss soldier by several male Afghan refugees at the Army's Doña Ana Complex camp where thousands are currently being housed, officials told ABC-7 on Friday.
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall:   A Female U.S. Soldier Has Been Assaulted by Afghan Refugees in New Mexico
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Assault on female US service member by male Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss under FBI investigation
New York Times:
The Surveillance Apparatus That Surrounded Britney Spears  —  An account by a former employee of the security team hired by Ms. Spears's father created the most detailed portrait yet of the singer's life under 13 years of conservatorship.  —  Britney Spears's father and the security firm …
Sarah Toy / Wall Street Journal:
Schools With Face-Mask Requirements Had Fewer Covid-19 Outbreaks, CDC Study Finds  —  Two studies suggest that masks can help prevent classroom outbreaks and pediatric cases in the community  —  Face-mask requirements in schools drastically reduce the spread of Covid-19 among children …
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
Pediatric covid-19 cases rose faster in counties without school mask requirements, CDC says
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
National Review:
Biden's Shameful Attack on Border Patrol  —  After saying nary a discouraging word about the Taliban as they chased us from Afghanistan and held us to an exit deadline that meant abandoning American citizens, green-card holders, and Afghan allies behind enemy lines, Joe Biden has finally found …
governor.ny.gov:
In Preparation for Monday Vaccination Deadline, Governor Hochul Releases Comprehensive Plan to Address Preventable Health Care Staffing Shortage  —  Plan Includes Preparation of State of Emergency Declaration to Supplement Workforce Supply at Health Care Facilities
Discussion: CBS News, The Daily Beast and Bloomberg
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Seven-seven-what?  After 74 years, D.C. braces for a new area code.  —  The plethora of timeless symbols that define Washington include the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and a venerated area code that evokes power and prestige: 202 — the digital entryway to the nation's capital.  —  For now.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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James Fallows / the:
The Next Real-Time Test for the Press
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Mitchell Schmidt / madison.com:
Republicans advance bill banning critical race theory in schools
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Schmidt: Republicans are driving chaos, promising order with easy scapegoats
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Elder energizes California GOP but steers party against the tide
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal:
China's Xinjiang Crackdown Reaps Millions of Dollars in Assets for the State
Alex Traub / New York Times:
Reporting on the Issues That Set Our Brains on Fire
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
The White House:
Joint Statement from Quad Leaders
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Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Harris hires two senior advisers
Discussion: KION546
Ian Austen / New York Times:
China Frees 2 Canadians After U.S. Deal Over Huawei Executive
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Trapped in Kabul, Prominent Afghan Women Fear Retribution Under Taliban Rule
Jere Hester / THE CITY:
Award-Winning New York News Start-up THE CITY Seeks Editor in Chief
Insider:
One of the most secretive and powerful groups in GOP politics just had its cell phone numbers leaked.  Here's what its members said about Trump 2024 when we started calling.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Think tank: Trump faces ‘substantial’ legal risk in Georgia case
Discussion: myfox8.com and HillReporter.com