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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 …
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 …
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story, more at Techmeme »
New York Times:
Facebook Papers Show Employees Raised Concerns About 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.  —  Sixteen months before last …
Associated Press:
Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection
CNN:   Not stopping ‘Stop the Steal:’ Facebook Papers paint damning picture of company's role in insurrection
Wall Street Journal:   Facebook Increasingly Suppresses Political Movements It Deems Dangerous
The Information:
New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs
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
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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Associated Press:
Baldwin: Killing of cinematographer was ‘tragic accident’
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: Althouse
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Andrew Miller / Fox News:
YouTube deletes rapper's 'Let's Go Brandon' song claiming ‘medical misinformation’
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
Bipartisan legislators demand answers from Fauci on ‘cruel’ puppy experiments  —  “Our investigators show that Fauci's NIH division shipped part of a $375,800 grant to a lab in Tunisia to drug beagles and lock their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies so that the insects could eat them alive,” White Coat Waste said.
Discussion: RedState
Victoria Bekiempis / The Guardian:
Minnesota politician backs fundraiser for alleged Capitol attackers  —  Republican state senator Mark Koran encourages donations to family after four members charged in 6 January riot  —  A Minnesota politician has promoted a fundraiser for several constituents who are charged with participation …
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
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 …
Alissa Walker / Curbed:
A Federal Transportation Official Deletes Twitter Account to Avoid Elon Musk's Fans  —  Those who speak out against Elon Musk have come to expect the online pile-ons from Tesla fans.  Twitter accounts with $TSLA in the bio are known for launching vicious attacks against anyone who dares criticize …
Discussion: The Drive and Slate
Sam Baker / Axios:
Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true  —  This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.
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 and Washington Examiner
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 and Daily Kos
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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
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Surgeon General asked to leave Tina Polsky's office after refusing to wear mask  —  Polsky will begin radiation therapy treatment for cancer next week.  —  Florida's top public health official was asked to leave a state Senator's office this week after refusing to don a mask in her office.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Gregory Zuckerman / Wall Street Journal:
The Unlikely Outsiders Who Won the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine  —  Uğur Şahin and Stéphane Bancel were long underestimated by investors and scientists.  But when Covid-19 threatened the globe, these two unknowns had a solution.  —  It was early October 2019 and Uğ …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
January 6 defendant spoke at far-right rally attended by Proud Boys, despite court order against associating with the group
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
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.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
‘My god what an idiot’: J.D. Vance gets whacked for past Trump comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Congressman Jared Golden / repgolden.medium.com:
My Thoughts on How to Improve the Build Back Better Proposal
Democracy Docket:
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Discussion: Fox News
Rebecca Pierce / Jewish Currents:
The Politics of “Jewface” … SPEAKING ON A RECENT EPISODE OF HER PODCAST …
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. hopes to soon relocate Afghan pilots who fled to Tajikistan, official says
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Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan
Discussion: TheBlaze and National Review
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
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets