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Variety:
Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Injured Director  —  Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.  —  The incident occurred on the set of …
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Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin's ‘prop firearm’ kills one, injures another  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” that killed a cinematographer and injured the director of the movie Rust, being filmed on a set south of Santa Fe, a county sheriff's office spokesman said late Thursday.
New York Times:
Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Crew Member With Prop Firearm, Authorities Say  —  The movie's director of photography was killed and the director was injured on the set of “Rust,” a Western, a sheriff's office in New Mexico said.  —  Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of a Western …
NBC News:
Alec Baldwin shoots prop gun, killing 1, injuring another on set of ‘Rust,’ New Mexico officials say  —  Producer and actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed one woman and injured a man on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico on Thursday, Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies confirmed.
Andrea Widburg / American Thinker:   Anti-gun actor Alec Baldwin shot a woman to death
John McCormack / National Review:
John Eastman vs. the Eastman Memo  —  In extensive conversations with NR, the Trump legal adviser behind a fiercely disputed memo advising Pence to reject Biden electors claims it doesn't reflect his own views.  —  n January 6, President Donald Trump took the stage at the “Save America Rally” …
Nick Arama / RedState:
Biden Mocks Freedom in Twisted Train Wreck of a Town Hall  —  Somehow, someone made the decision to let Joe Biden out and to go to a CNN town hall.  —  I'm not sure who thought this was a good idea.  But even within the friendly confines of CNN, it was a complete train wreck — even by Biden standards.
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Biden pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks  —  China has been amping up the pressure on Taiwan, which it considers its territory  —  Cotton: US allowing ‘China to annex, invade’ Taiwan would be catastrophe of ‘historic proportions’  —  President Joe Biden vowed to protect Taiwan …
Scott Jennings / CNN:
Biden is losing ground because he's not answering the tough questions  —  Biden reveals Sinema's demands on taxes  —  Scott Jennings, a CNN contributor and Republican campaign adviser, is a former special assistant to President George W. Bush and a former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell.
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New York Times:
Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More’
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case  —  The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.  —  The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors …
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz Currently Blocked from Practicing Law  —  Matt Gaetz is facing an investigation for underage sex trafficking and has had fundraising slow down to a drip.  Now he's been deemed ineligible to practice law in Florida.  —  This is one bar tab Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may regret not paying.
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden named staff secretary for President Biden  —  Neera Tanden was named the next White House staff secretary on Friday morning, putting her in the nerve center of the building charged with overseeing the paper flow for President Biden, according to a White House official briefed on the move.
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and CNN
Axios:
Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee  —  Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him.  —  Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader …
Discussion: CNN, FiveThirtyEight and Breitbart
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Tom LoBianco / Vanity Fair:
“He's Making Real Money for the First Time in His Life”: Mike Pence Is Already Cashing In on His Potential 2024 Run
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney?  Consultants Forced to Choose  —  The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy …
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Amy Cheng / Washington Post:
Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin again attacked Western liberalism in a fiery address on Thursday, blasting so-called cancel culture and advances in gay and transgender rights.
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
CDC gives green light to Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Another voice of reason retires  —  The disparate House Democratic caucus is broken into factions: left-wing progressives, mainstream moderates, old bulls, young turks.  Then there is David Price, a wise owl who comes as close as any to winning respect from all.
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Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:   Jackie Calmes proposes a baby step for political reporters
Axios:
Scoop: “How about zero?”  Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors  —  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.
Washington Post:
Where President Biden's economic plan appears to stand right now: From taxes to climate policy to Medicare to immigration  —  Even as negotiations over President Biden's economic package continue, Democratic officials have started signaling which parts of the White House agenda could be cut …
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Email from Loudoun Co. superintendent alerted school board on day of bathroom assault  —  The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools sent a brief, confidential email to school board members on May 28 — the same day a female student at Stone Bridge High School said she was sexually assaulted in bathroom.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement  —  Podcaster Joe Rogan's three-hour interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta last week was an amicable affair, though it got a bit tense when the topic turned to the network's coverage of Rogan's recent bout with covid.  “It's a lie.
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden: I made all the vaccinations happen.  AP fact checker: No, you didn't  —  All it would take is one look at any of the recent presidential approval polls to let you know that not a lot is getting done in Washington these days, and the headlines from around the rest of the country don't look much better.
Discussion: Associated Press
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
The Left and Right each have a Jan. 6 myth  —  Jan. 6, 2021, was a defining moment in Donald Trump's presidency.  It was an ugly day in American history.  —  But what occurred on that day at the Capitol has been skewed by both Left and Right.  In order to advance tribalist narratives …
Katie Bo Lillis / CNN:
Watchdog finds Pentagon appropriately sidelined Trump appointee to key National Security Agency job after alleged security incidents  —  Washington (CNN)Michael Ellis, who was installed as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency during President Donald Trump's final days in office …
Discussion: GovExec.com
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business.  Now Store Shelves Are Empty  —  Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
New York Post:
Democrats aim to make anyone who disagrees with them an enemy of the state  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-The Moon) made the Democratic position clear Thursday: If you're not with us, you're terrorists.  —  During his opening statement for the Attorney General Merrick Garland hearing …
Discussion: Instapundit
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind.  A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’  —  Two days after arriving at a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital with covid-19 in September, Misty Mitchem was put on a ventilator.  Another two days later, she died.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Taliban beheaded female volleyball player, posted photos online, coach says  —  An Afghan volleyball player on the girls' national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head then posted on social media, according to her coach.
Samantha Lock / The Guardian:
Rightwing pundit Candace Owens suggests US invade Australia to ‘free an oppressed people’  —  The high-profile conservative commentator described Australia as a ‘tyrannical police state’ during an episode of her self-titled TV show  —  Outspoken conservative political commentator Candace Owens …
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Americans hate ‘big government’ until they experience the benefits  —  Progressives should build on the basic building blocks of policy to combat the existential dread of “big government.”  —  The Gallup Organization asks Americans annually whether they want government to do more to solve …
 
 
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Glenn H. Reynolds / New York Post:
Dems' vaccine mandates for police are bound to backfire
Corey DeAngelis / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' teachable moment
Discussion: Politico, Crooks and Liars and DCist
New York Times:
Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers
New York Times:
What Keeping American Democracy Alive Looks Like
The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Booted Off Jan. 6 Panel Is Running a Shadow Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  Column: Who will speak for ordinary Americans?
Leighton Woodhouse / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Reality of ‘Anti-Racism’ Across America
David Webb / The Hill:
Pretzel logic  —  In two examples, how the left gets their way while American citizens pay the price.
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions
Jacob Fenston / DCist:
This Is What Climate Change Will Look Like In D.C.
Discussion: Twitchy