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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden, predicting a deal on his agenda, gives inside details of talks  —  BALTIMORE — President Biden on Thursday night sought to use a 90-minute nationally televised town hall to breathe life into his domestic agenda, making a final push for Democratic lawmakers to unite behind trillions of dollars in new spending.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sounds like Sinema's about to make a deal on reconciliation
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Slate
New York Times:
Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill ‘and Maybe More’
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
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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
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” …
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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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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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
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
CDC gives green light to Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Why Virginia is the biggest test yet for whether Trump still motivates Democrats  —  High-profile Democrats head to Virginia to campaign in the governor's race; Just one problem, says Alice Stewart: ‘Their names are not on the ticket.  It is Terry McAuliffe who is on the ticket, and he is not doing well.’
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Corey DeAngelis / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' teachable moment
Discussion: Politico, Crooks and Liars and CNN
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Mastodon's Founder Says Trump's New Social Network Is Just Mastodon  —  ‘Truth Social’, which will launch officially later in the year, is seemingly using Mastodon's codebase without credit.  —  Joseph Cox  —  Former President Donald Trump's new social network ‘Truth Social’ is seemingly …
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Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
DWAC, the Trump Social-Media SPAC, Quadruples
Discussion: Salon and Crooks and Liars
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.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and The Federalist
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.
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
Jacob Fenston / DCist:
This Is What Climate Change Will Look Like In D.C.  —  The Lincoln Memorial, on an island surrounded by churning Potomac waters; Nationals Park, a bathtub surrounded by mid-rise office buildings flooded by the Anacostia River; the Pentagon, accessible by boat, with State Route 110 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway underwater.
Discussion: Twitchy
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Samantha Lock / The Guardian:
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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
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Jacob Bliss / Breitbart:
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Eva Xiao / Wall Street Journal:
NBA's Enes Kanter Calls for a Free Tibet, Sparks Chinese Backlash
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.
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
My Daily Life Is a Game of Roulette
Discussion: FactCheck.org
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Prosecutors: Clark County man touted in Republican election fraud allegations voted his dead wife's ballot
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions