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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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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.
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 …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company  —  A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges …
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.
The Information:
New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs  —  It's not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree not to publish stories about them until a certain date.
Associated Press:
Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection
Discussion: Financial Times and NPR
Wall Street Journal:   Facebook Increasingly Suppresses Political Movements It Deems Dangerous
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  —  Some workers filming ‘Rust,’ where Baldwin discharged prop firearm, were disgruntled; some walked off set  —  The movie set on which Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm in an incident that killed one person and wounded another …
Discussion: WHYY
New York Times:
Live Updates: Assistant Director Declared Gun Safe Before Alec Baldwin Fatally Fired It, Affidavit Says
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Camera crew walked off set of Baldwin movie due to working conditions hours before shooting
Samuel Chamberlain / New York Post:
National School Boards Association disavows letter that led to FBI parent crackdown  —  The National School Boards Association board of directors repudiated a letter its two top officials sent to President Biden that precipitated Attorney General Merrick Garland's order the FBI to investigate complaints …
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Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
Don't be too sure about the Justice Department's ‘duty’ to indict Bannon  —  Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland has a far more complicated decision coming his way than people realize.  —  The Department of Justice, in the person of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia …
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
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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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Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas executive faces voter fraud charges in 2020 election
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
ag.nv.gov:
Attorney General Ford Announces Voter Fraud Charges
Discussion: The Hill
Lauren del Valle / CNN:
Lev Parnas found guilty on campaign finance charges  —  New York (CNN)Rudy Giuliani's former associate Lev Parnas was convicted on six counts related to “influence buying” campaign finance schemes.  —  A jury of eight men and four women found Parnas guilty of scheming with co-conspirators …
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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
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 …
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 …
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
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: Mediaite
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets  —  Home feed promotes rightwing tweets over those from the left, internal research finds  —  Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources.
Washington Post:
Democrats move to finalize new ‘billionaire’ tax plan, targeting 700 wealthiest Americans as key source of revenue for spending plan  —  Senior Democrats are preparing a sweeping new tax plan that would aim to raise hundreds of billions of dollars from the fortunes of America's roughly 700 billionaires …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
The media slant on Joe Rogan and covid has been wrong.  Journalists must do better.  —  Among media critics (and who, after all, is not a media critic — there is so much to criticize), one sees a dangerous trend.  Reporters are increasingly urged to be definitive, to call out “liars” …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump Lashes Out At Meghan McCain, Calling Her An Ungrateful ‘Lowlife’ Bully  —  The former president was responding to McCain's criticism of him as she promotes her new memoir.  —  Video  —  Former President Donald Trump bashed Meghan McCain on Friday as a “bully” and a “lowlife” …
 
 
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. hopes to soon relocate Afghan pilots who fled to Tajikistan, official says
New York Times:
Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
YouTube is about to pull its apps from Roku, and the fight is going all the way to Congress
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Border Patrol Makes About 1.66 Million Arrests at Southern Border in 2021 Fiscal Year
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Democrats near deal on pared-back spending bill. Here is what's likely in — and out.
Discussion: MSNBC
Chris English / LevittownNow.com:
School Board President Says Threats Unjustified, FBI Will Be Alerted
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Walmart Recalls Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Due to Rare and Dangerous Bacteria; Two Deaths Investigated
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Why does a democratic republic founded in opposition to monarchy tolerate billionaires?
Associated Press:
Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA