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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.
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., CNN, Roll Call and Raw Story
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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
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
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.
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 …
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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  —  The former veep and his wife are living their best lives: traveling widely, making bank on the speaking circuit, and residing in one of Indiana's toniest suburbs.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lauren Gardner / Politico:
CDC gives green light to Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy
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: Crooks and Liars
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
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.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sounds like Sinema's about to make a deal on reconciliation
Discussion: Politico, Slate and Townhall
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
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.
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 …
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions  —  Dozens of men crammed together for days in temporary holding cells amid a pandemic.  Filthy floors sullied with rotten food, maggots, urine, feces and blood.  Plastic sheets for blankets, cardboard boxes for beds and bags that substituted for toilets.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  Column: Who will speak for ordinary Americans?  —  In 1959 the British novelist C.P. Snow delivered a lecture at the University of Cambridge entitled “The Two Cultures.”  Snow's topic was the gradual separation of scientific knowledge from humanistic knowledge …
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
David Webb / The Hill:
Pretzel logic  —  In two examples, how the left gets their way while American citizens pay the price.  —  The accusation will be that this is conspiracy.  The difference between conspiracy and what is real is often what is possible or obvious in the outcome.  I'm not into conspiracies.
New York Times:
What Keeping American Democracy Alive Looks Like … Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’  —  In the wake of the “Stop the Steal” campaign, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the wave of voter suppression bills making their way through Republican legislatures across the country …
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.
New York Times:
Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers  —  Russia's boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms.  —  The messages, sent by Russia's powerful internet regulator, demanded technical details …
NBC News:
Human remains found in Florida reserve confirmed to be Brian Laundrie, FBI says  —  FBI: Human remains found in Brian Laundrie search  —  Partial remains found by authorities searching for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancé, were confirmed to be his after a review of dental records.
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Booted Off Jan. 6 Panel Is Running a Shadow Probe
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The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director
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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
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My Daily Life Is a Game of Roulette
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Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Schumer endorses Walton for Buffalo mayor
Nature:
Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations
Discussion: UPI
Meghan Faulkner / CREW:
USPS mismanaged DeJoy's conflicts of interest and tried to cover it up
Discussion: Forbes
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.
Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money