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Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, targets former Trump DOJ official  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is planning to ramp up its efforts to force Trump administration officials to cooperate with its inquiry and on Wednesday it issued …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump cronies who defy subpoenas may be prosecuted.  Here's why that matters.  —  The right wing in this country, particularly under Donald Trump, has pulled off a spectacular trick.  It has persuaded many neutral observers that its chronic anti-democratic bad acting is a natural …
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Subpoenas Former Justice Department Official Jeffrey Clark  —  Bolton, MS—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson today announced that the Select Committee has issued a subpoena to Jeffrey Clark, a former Department of Justice official reportedly involved in efforts to overturn …
Discussion: Townhall, UPI and POLITICUSUSA
Reuters:
‘There have to be consequences:’ Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters  —  A federal judge in Washington has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.
Discussion: Twitchy
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   100 Capitol Rioters Have Pleaded Guilty. Here's What They Did And What They're Facing.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How close were we to an actual stolen election — stolen by Trump?
Discussion: Raw Story, CNN and New Republic
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Rosen, former acting AG under Trump, appears before Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: Washington Post
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
As Budget Bill Hangs in Limbo, Kyrsten Sinema Heads to Europe  —  With the Senate out of session, Ms. Sinema, the Democratic senator from Arizona, has been in Europe on a fund-raising trip.  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the moderate Arizona Democrat who has objected to the size and scope …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're going to make her life unpleasant': Activists aren't finished with Kyrsten Sinema
Discussion: Boston.com
John Sexton / HotAir:
Bernie Bros vow to make Sen. Sinema's life ‘unpleasant’ starting today
Discussion: Instapundit
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Couric covered up RBG's contempt for taking the knee: Anchor says she edited 2016 interview to ‘protect’ the elderly justice after she said people who kneel for the anthem were ‘dumb and disrespectful’  — Katie Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg's controversial comments …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Critical race theory is a potent issue in the Virginia governor's race  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin doesn't get the most applause during his rallies when he talks about lowering taxes or assails President Biden.  The loudest cheers come when Youngkin promises …
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Washington Post:
Democrats send heavy hitters to boost McAuliffe, amid anxiety over his race
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and WTOP
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker cancels fundraiser with supporter who had swastika in her Twitter profile  —  Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser with a conservative film producer who until Wednesday used a rendering of a swastika as her Twitter profile picture.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Two new polls should really light a fire under Democrats  —  A big problem Democrats face right now is that congressional sausage making is so repellent and ugly that it risks alienating voters precisely when Democrats need them to be open to the details of their proposals.
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and ex-USC dean indicted on bribery charges  —  Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of taking bribes from a former USC dean in exchange for supporting millions of dollars in L.A. County contracts …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.  —  WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced …
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and Boston.com
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Top conservative lawyers steer clear of Trump's latest legal fight  —  Washington (CNN)A number of high-powered lawyers who have represented Donald Trump in the past are sitting out his latest legal battle, as the former President prepares to assert executive privilege to block congressional investigators …
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Whatever Joe Biden and the Democrats decide will be the best outcome democracy can produce while being sabotaged  —  Cut these Democrats some slack.  —  The thing you are not hearing from the Washington press corps is this: The Democrats are the party of the American majority.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia ballot inspection case dismissed after no fraud found  —  A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday by Donald Trump supporters who sought to inspect absentee ballots from last year's presidential election, a decision that came a day after Georgia investigators told the court they were unable …
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Black Trans “Hamilton” Cast Member Has Filed A Discrimination Complaint Against The Show  —  When Hamilton first opened on Broadway, the musical became nothing short of a sensation, racking up Tony Awards and being widely championed as a celebration of a diverse and progressive America.
Discussion: Deadline, CBS News and The Daily Beast
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix Staff Raised Concerns About Chappelle Special Before Its Release  —  The company is dealing with an internal outcry unprecedented in its history.  —  Netflix Inc. employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle's new comedy special “The Closer” days before its release …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slippery slope of the GOP's anti-vaccine-mandate push  —  For a while in this space, we've been focused on a looming question: How long before Republicans' coronavirus vaccine skepticism and anti-mandate fervor makes the next logical jump: to the other vaccines that have been mandated for many years?
The Advocate:
Late Gov. Edwin Edwards' wife had his remains exhumed and cremated; his children are angry  —  About 10 weeks after former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards died, his widow had him dug up from a Baton Rouge cemetery so she could have him cremated.  —  For now, Trina Edwards is keeping his remains …
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
Robot Dogs Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs  —  Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting “robot dog.”  Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs.
Discussion: Input, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
Sandy Nurse Meets the Moment  —  The emerging leftist leader's journey from Zuccotti Park to City Hall - and everywhere in between … After launching an upstart bid for city council that galvanized New York City's ascendant progressive left, Sandy Nurse and her campaign were left to pick …
Tom Hanson / KCLO-TV:
Case sealed in arrest of South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Gary Cammack of Union Center serves District 29 which includes Butte, Meade, and Pennington Counties.  He was elected Senate Majority Leader in 2021.  —  According to a state website …
Hayley Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Reagan ranch, backdrop for legendary figures, threatened by Alisal fire  —  The Alisal fire in Santa Barbara County is threatening the former vacation home of President Reagan.  —  Threatened by fire  —  Flames were nearing Rancho del Cielo, the 688-acre ranch known as the “Western White House …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump's Pick for Arizona Governor Just Had Dinner With QAnon's Ron Watkins  —  Ron Watkins is a very busy man.  Since resigning as the administrator of the message board 8chan, where he facilitated the rise of QAnon, he's become an election integrity expert, started his own website about aliens, and launched a career as an NFT artist.
Discussion: Raw Story and Arizona Republic
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why it matters that Jim Jordan wants to ‘ban all vaccine mandates’  —  Jim Jordan wants a ban on “all vaccine mandates,” not just those related to Covid-19.  It's an inevitable endpoint to a ridiculous political position.  —  Maddow: Look past conspiracy nonsense and weirdos to appreciate modern medical science
Discussion: Alternet.org
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Facebook clamps down on its internal message boards.  —  Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it was making some of its internal online discussion groups private, in an effort to minimize leaks.  —  Many Facebook employees join online discussion groups on Workplace …
Cap / madison.com:
Michael Gableman should resign, or be removed, immediately  —  Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is a bumbling political careerist who gave up his seat on the state's highest court bench because his tenure had been so disgraceful that he would never have been re-elected.
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Delta knocks down false report that vaccinated pilot died in-flight  —  New York (CNN Business)Delta Air Lines took the unusual step of publicly disputing a viral rumor spread by an anti-vax podcast, which claimed one of Delta's pilots recently died mid-flight days after getting a vaccine.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling Him To Account.  —  Administrators at Yale Law School spent weeks pressuring a student to apologize for a “triggering” email in which he referred to his apartment as a “trap house …
Discussion: Slate, Reason, HotAir and The Daily Wire
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
A year of country music controversies has left some fans disappointed — and wondering whether they should keep listening  —  This month, after causing an online stir with photos of his toddlers wearing anti-President Biden T-shirts on Instagram, country superstar Jason Aldean doubled down …
Pew Research Center:
Diversity and Division in Advanced Economies  —  Most embrace diversity but see conflicts between partisan, racial and ethnic groups  —  This Pew Research Center analysis focuses on attitudes toward diversity and conflict around the world.  For this report, we conducted nationally representative surveys …
Discussion: Washington Times
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Starbucks Temporarily Closes 2 Stores That Are Trying to Unionize  —  “It's disruption.  No one is against the company remodeling their stores.  But why now?”  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley  —  Starbucks has temporarily closed two stores involved in a union drive in Buffalo, New York …
Jamil Smith / Vox:
Bryan Stevenson on tracing the legacy of American enslavement to modern-day mass incarceration  —  The attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative joins Vox Conversations to discuss the newly expanded Legacy Museum, the conservative crusade against critical thinking, and why working to end racism isn't enough.
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Minneapolis Police Caught on Video ‘Hunting’ Activists  —  Local civil rights leaders demand firings, denounce “terrorism at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department”  —  “You see a fucking group” in the street, a Minneapolis police sergeant in a riot helmet told his fellow officers: “Fuck 'em up, gas 'em, fuck 'em up.”
Geoffrey Dickens / Newsbusters:
LOPSIDED: Dems Swamp Republicans (115 to 16) on Evening News Budget Stories  —  Text to Speech  —  Is there any surprise our national debt keeps climbing when the voices calling for fiscal responsibility are almost completely drowned out by the national media?
Discussion: Breitbart
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Greg Abbott's vaccine demagoguery: Welcome to ‘lethal partisanship’  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's reckless, politically motivated ban on all covid-related mandates will lead to many more needless deaths in a state that has suffered too many already.  But the Republican's extremism …
Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Mark Squilla Staffer Charged in South Philly Voter Fraud Conspiracy  —  Prosecutors say Marie Beren, who is no longer with Squilla's office, used her role as a de facto judge of elections in three South Philly voting divisions to cast fraudulent votes for candidates at all levels of government.
 
 
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