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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to be known for building the metaverse  —  Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump  —  American judge and 86th United States Attorney General  —  In unusually pointed comments about a member of President Biden's Cabinet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says he …
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Politico:
House hopes to defy history in criminal contempt case against Bannon  —  The House's push to prosecute Steve Bannon for defying its Jan. 6 investigators relies on a law that hasn't produced a conviction in decades and could take years to litigate.  —  Welcome to criminal contempt of Congress.
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Obama DOJ official outlines three ‘fundamental problems’ with Trump's Capitol riot lawsuit
Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Set to Recommend Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon
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Washington Post:
Biden tells Democrats that package of up to $1.9 trillion should be new target of talks  —  The president met with key party members as they race to secure a pact.  —  President Biden told Democrats during a private meeting Tuesday that he believed they could secure a deal on a new tax …
NBC News:
Democrats abandon free community college as White House warns social safety net bill will shrink below $2T
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
White House has weighed tapping National Guard to address mounting supply chain backlog
Discussion: Breitbart and Commentary Magazine
Page Six:
Kanye West dons bizarre mask for second Michael Cohen meeting  —  Who was that masked man?  —  Kanye West was spotted meeting again with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen for coffee on the Upper East Side on Tuesday — but this time, West was wearing the same strange prosthetic mask he'd been seen wearing at JFK Airport a day earlier.
Quinnipiac University Poll:
78% Of Republicans Want To See Trump Run For President In 2024, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Now Split On Border Wall As Opposition Softens  — mail_outline  —  Nearly one year after the 2020 presidential election, a majority of Americans (58 - 35 percent) …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special  —  ‘I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting,’ Ted Sarandos says in interview  —  Netflix Inc. Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said he “screwed up” in his efforts to communicate …
Politico:
Why Biden's not doing interviews  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  President JOE BIDEN is not doing one-on-one interviews.  —  In the first nine months of his presidency, he has participated in just 10, none since Labor Day.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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NBC News:
FBI agents swarm D.C. home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  FBI agents swarmed the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington D.C. Tuesday, an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.  —  The reason for their presence wasn't immediately clear.
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Tablet Magazine:
Lectures From Limousine Liberals  —  The same people who sat at home praising essential workers as heroes now repay them with exclusion and sneering condescension
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Charged with Scheme to Deceive Federal Investigators Probing Illegal Campaign Contributions in 2016  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury today charged U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District …
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Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Discussion: CNN
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted
New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at US-Mexico Border  —  Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“Right Now, All I Want Is a Healthy Baby”: Former Congresswoman Katie Hill Is Ready for Her Next Chapter  —  Hill has been laying low since her congressional career blew up in scandal—now she's expecting her first child, and is plotting for the years ahead.
Discussion: RedState
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
In-N-Out blasts S.F. over vaccine mandate shutdown: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’  —  Beloved California burger chain In-N-Out is firing back against San Francisco's vaccine mandate.  The company blasted the city after the Department of Public Health temporarily shut …
Kevin Duggan / AM New York:
SEE IT: Video shows maskless cops in Manhattan shove rider out of subway platform for asking them to cover faces  —  Two police shove a rider out the emergency exit at the 8th Street Station in Manhattan.  —  Instead of “serve” and “protect,” these cops shove and eject!
Discussion: Mediaite
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked  —  A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig seemed to function normally, potentially a new source for desperately needed transplant organs.  —  Surgeons in New York have successfully attached a kidney grown …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto tests positive for Covid-19  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has tested positive for Covid-19.  —  Cavuto, who has been public about his health challenges over the years, including a nearly 25-year journey with multiple sclerosis …
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Geneva Sands / CNN:
Homeland Security secretary tests positive for Covid-19
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin, Sanders to seek deal on Biden agenda  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key figure in the Democratic negotiations over a major human infrastructure spending package, told Democratic colleagues at lunch Tuesday that he will work with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: New York Post
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John Nichols / The Nation:
Bernie Sanders Shows Democrats How to Deal With Joe Manchin
Discussion: Jacobin, Vanity Fair and CBS News
Associated Press:
US high court won't block vaccines for Maine health workers  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates.  —  It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate.
Discussion: Insider, WTOP and Washington Examiner
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks  —  Travis Tritt has canceled shows at venues requiring masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test.  —  The country singer and songwriter announced the move Monday …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Are Passing Rigged Maps and Democrats Are Running Out of Time to Stop It  —  It took Texas Republicans less than 30 days to pass redistricting maps for Congress and the state legislature that will help them retake the US House in 2022 and entrench control of state politics for the next decade.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Bolsonaro Should Face Homicide Charges Over Pandemic, Brazil Lawmakers Say  —  A long-awaited report from Brazil's Senate concludes that Jair Bolsonaro purposely let the coronavirus kill Brazilians in a failed bid for herd immunity.  —  BRASÍLIA, Brazil — A Brazilian congressional panel …
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Meghan McCain Tells All: 'The View's' ‘Toxic Work Environment,’ Why She Really Left and Her Feud With Joy Behar  —  In the 25-year history of “The View,” Meghan McCain is one of the only co-hosts to leave on her own — without being fired.  —  McCain's decision to quit the most-watched show …
NBC News:
Oklahoma's anti-critical race theory law violates free speech rights, ACLU suit says  —  Teachers fear for their jobs after Oklahoma Gov. bans teaching systemic racism in schools  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of civil rights groups sued the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday over a law limiting instruction …
Financial Times:
Evergrande share trading halt pushes HKEX suspensions to record $61bn  —  Hong Kong's reputation has been hit by indebted developer's lack of updates  —  The prolonged suspension of Evergrande's shares has helped push the value of frozen stocks in Hong Kong to a record US$61bn …
Washington Post:
D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School will be renamed.  Which name is hotly debated.  —  The D.C. Council has introduced a measure that would rename Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington to Jackson Reed High — an unusual objection to the Bowser administration, which proposed renaming the school after playwright August Wilson.
Axios:
First look: Trump Republican comes to Rahm's defense  —  One of Donald Trump's staunchest allies, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), will speak out publicly Wednesday in support of one of President Biden's targeted ambassadorial nominees — former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Defense One:
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Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Elijah McClain's Family Reaches Settlement With City of Aurora, Colo.
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers
Discussion: Florida Politics and Kevin Drum
JONATHAN TURLEY:
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John Sexton / HotAir:
The author of The Handmaid's Tale tweeted a column defending the word ‘woman’ and the woke are outraged
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN's John King discloses he is immunocompromised
American Greatness:
The Stupid Money on the Right Rides the Grift Train
Bianca Fortis / ProPublica:
The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find