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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 …
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
Discussion: The College Fix and Breitbart
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden postpones release of JFK assassination files, citing pandemic-related delays  —  President Biden has further postponed the release of secret government files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, citing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Jesse O'Neill / New York Post:
Biden delays release of JFK assassination records, blaming COVID-19 pandemic
Discussion: HotAir
Daniel Boguslaw / The Intercept:
As Sen. Joe Manchin's Star Rose in West Virginia, the FBI and IRS Probed His Closest Allies … In June 2010, the body of Sen. Robert Byrd lay in repose on the floor of the U.S. Senate, offering his colleagues a final opportunity to pay their respects.  For years, Byrd had lorded …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Raw Story
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: RedState, Twitchy and Althouse
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Biden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling  —  President Biden's public remarks Thursday that the United States would come to Taiwan's defense if it were attacked by China left White House officials scrambling to explain it did not represent a shift in U.S. policy.
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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.
Emily Kopp / CQ.com:
NIH grantee in Wuhan faces questions, deadline for more information  —  A U.S. partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology manipulated a coronavirus to generate up to 10,000 times the viral load, violating provisions of its National Institutes of Health contract that forbade unregulated research …
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Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan
Discussion: TheBlaze and National Review
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
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Associated Press:
Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As supporters of Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, battling police and forcing lawmakers into hiding, an insurrection of a different kind was taking place inside the world's largest social media company.
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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
Washington Post:
Sinema's silence on spending bill vexes many Democrats while she digs in on talks out of public view  —  Senate Democrats left their weekly lunch on Tuesday proclaiming that every person in the room — from Vermont's Bernie Sanders to West Virginia's Joe Manchin III — was unified on the urgency …
Discussion: HotAir, PolitiFact and AM New York
Jonathan Shelley / WPTA21:
Rep. Banks: ‘Twitter has suspended my official account’ … FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Rep. Jim Banks says his official congressional account has been suspended by Twitter.  —  In a tweet from his personal account — which the Republican from Columbia City also uses frequently …
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.
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 …
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 …
Daren Butler / Reuters:
Turkey to expel U.S. envoy and nine others, Erdogan says  —  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had told his foreign ministry to expel the ambassadors of the United States and nine other Western countries for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
License plate scanners were supposed to bring peace of mind.  Instead they tore the neighborhood apart.  —  A battle among homeowners in the Colorado mountains shows how a new generation of surveillance technology is reshaping American neighborhoods  —  The Paradise Hills neighborhood sits …
CNN:
January 6 defendant spoke at far-right rally attended by Proud Boys, despite court order against associating with the group  —  (CNN)An Arizona political commentator charged in the US Capitol riot spoke at a small right-wing rally in Phoenix last month that was attended by over a dozen Proud Boys …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Virginia's gubernatorial race tests the fear-of-Trump factor as a political motivator  —  Terry McAuliffe has never been accused of understatement, and as he kicked off a bus tour Friday morning in Arlington, the former governor described the importance to Democrats of his race …
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Social-Media Platform Joins Crowded Conservative Media Field
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill McCarthy / PolitiFact:
Newsmax, Fox News air outdated, out-of-context photos of empty shelves in segments bashing Biden
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Letitia James Isn't Saying Whether She's Running for Governor. But She Is Hiring.
Alissa Walker / Curbed:
A Federal Transportation Official Deletes Twitter Account to Avoid Elon Musk's Fans
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New York Post:
Worker in charge of Alec Baldwin's prop gun was replacement hire amid on-set chaos, safety concerns
Natalie Allison / Politico:
‘My god what an idiot’: J.D. Vance gets whacked for past Trump comments
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Democracy Docket:
Virginia USPS Challenge
Discussion: CNN, Bipartisan Report and Fox News
Rebecca Pierce / Jewish Currents:
The Politics of “Jewface” … SPEAKING ON A RECENT EPISODE OF HER PODCAST …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. hopes to soon relocate Afghan pilots who fled to Tajikistan, official says
Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
Don't be too sure about the Justice Department's ‘duty’ to indict Bannon
CNN:
US nearing a formal agreement to use Pakistan's airspace to carry out military operations in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico