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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
'Carol's Journey': What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users  —  In the summer of 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother from Wilmington, North Carolina.  Smith's account indicated an interest in politics …
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Washington Post:
Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs … Relief flowed through Facebook in the days after the 2020 presidential election.  The company had cracked down on misinformation, foreign interference and hate speech — and employees believed they had largely succeeded …
New York Times:
What Happened When Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation  —  Company documents show that the social network's employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote.
CNN:
Not stopping ‘Stop the Steal:’ Facebook Papers paint damning picture of company's role in insurrection  —  (CNN Business)Just days after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6th, Facebook's Chief Operational Officer Sheryl Sandberg downplayed her company's role in what had happened.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked
Associated Press:
Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection
Discussion: Financial Times and NPR
The Information:
New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs
Wall Street Journal:   Facebook Increasingly Suppresses Political Movements It Deems Dangerous
Washington Post:
Ahead of Jan. 6, Willard hotel in downtown D.C. was a Trump team ‘command center’ for effort to deny Biden the presidency  —  They called it the “command center,” a set of rooms and suites in the posh Willard hotel a block from the White House where some of President Donald Trump's …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting  —  Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.
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Wall Street Journal:
Alec Baldwin Film Set Was Hindered by Worker Complaints
Discussion: ABC7 and WHYY, more at Mediagazer »
Peter King / The Hill:
The battle over school boards is a disaster for Democrats  —  The recent announcement by the Justice Department that the FBI would be looking for coordinated patterns of violence at local school board meetings is a broad overreach and an abuse of power that goes beyond the FBI's jurisdiction.
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Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:   National School Boards Association disavows letter that led to FBI parent crackdown
Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:   Don't be too sure about the Justice Department's ‘duty’ to indict Bannon
Washington Post:
Biden's critics hurl increasingly vulgar taunts  —  BOISE — On a quiet street south of downtown Boise, Michael Dick has festooned his front yard with homemade signs, including a large yellow placard that facetiously thanks President Biden for a growing list of grievances — $4-a-gallon gas, inflation, Afghanistan, covid-19.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Fox News
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
YouTube deletes rapper's 'Let's Go Brandon' song claiming ‘medical misinformation’
Discussion: RedState
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Nevada Republican who claimed someone stole dead wife's ballot is charged with voter fraud  —  Donald Kirk Hartle looked troubled last November.  It was a few days after Election Day and the Las Vegas man was telling a local news station that someone had stolen his late wife's mail-in ballot …
Discussion: Insider
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ag.nv.gov:   Attorney General Ford Announces Voter Fraud Charges
Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas executive faces voter fraud charges in 2020 election
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
‘New Democrats’ Break With Their Anti-Welfare Past And Back Biden's Agenda  —  Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington state is the centrist Democrat at the center of everything.  —  WASHINGTON ― When a small group of Democrats held up a procedural vote on President Joe Biden's policy agenda in August …
Discussion: Bloomberg and WITF
CNN:
US nearing a formal agreement to use Pakistan's airspace to carry out military operations in Afghanistan  —  (CNN)The Biden administration has told lawmakers that the US is nearing a formalized agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan …
Washington Post:
Residents in decaying public housing see futures on the line as Democrats trim spending bill  —  BROWNSVILLE, N.Y. — Douglas Covington has had a gaping hole in the ceiling above his toilet for most of the past four years, with the temporary patches from New York City public housing's repairmen typically …
Washington Post:
Would-be speaker Kevin McCarthy walks the Trump tightrope, pursuing a GOP House  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has regaled top donors at private events in recent months with a behind-the-scenes story about a fight he says he had with former president Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph R. Biden Jr / The White House:
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Temporary Certification Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy  —  Section 1.  Policy.  In the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences  —  The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's pitch during …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
What Kind of Mayor Might Eric Adams Be?  No One Seems to Know.  —  The vegan, meditating ex-police officer is on the cusp of becoming New York's new mayor.  Which version of him would show up at City Hall?  —  Eric Adams could not resist the story.  —  In a 2019 commencement address …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Pessimistic Electorate Behind Biden's Approval Ratings  —  In the era of modern polling, only Donald J. Trump has had a lower approval rating than President Biden's at this early stage of his term.  —  What's dragging down President Biden's approval rating?  —  Everyone.  —  And everything.
Discussion: Insider
CNN:
'We're getting all kinds of threats': Judge says defiant US Capitol rioters are fueling threats from Trump supporters  —  New video shows first rioters enter Capitol on January 6  —  (CNN)A federal judge said Friday that defiant US Capitol rioters, who are still defending their role …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
‘My god what an idiot’: J.D. Vance gets whacked for past Trump comments  —  Two super PACs have launched a nearly $1 million coordinated ad buy attacking “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance in Ohio, aiming to tear him down for his previous opposition to Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Rolling Stone's new editor-in-chief wants to restore the 54-year-old publication to its glory days.  But first he'll have to reckon with simmering internal tensions over diversity.
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Democracy Docket:
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Rebecca Pierce / Jewish Currents:
The Politics of “Jewface” … SPEAKING ON A RECENT EPISODE OF HER PODCAST …
Discussion: New York Times
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. hopes to soon relocate Afghan pilots who fled to Tajikistan, official says
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan
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CNN:
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