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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff  —  As the House investigation into the Jan. 6 attack heats up, some of the planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C. …
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Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Economy, Biden's Approval, and How to Fight Back
Discussion: RedState and Second Nexus
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks  —  In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players.  Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.  —  Frances Haugen first met Jeff Horwitz …
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Mike Wright / Telegraph:   Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Facebook exec warns of “more bad headlines”
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making  —  Employees allege content rules aren't enforced for Breitbart and other right-wing publishers for fear of public blowback, and management expresses wariness of appearing biased, according to internal documents
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's “Axios on HBO”  —  Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's “Axios on HBO,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told “ABC This Week” that it's “molecularly impossible” for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.
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Politico:
Biden hosts Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture  —  President Joe Biden hosted Sen. Joe Manchin in Delaware on Sunday as the two sought to finalize an agreement on Biden's domestic agenda, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.  —  The president huddled …
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Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:   What Democrats need to do to avoid self-destruction
Ryan Grim / Bad News:   Kyrsten Sinema's long march through the institutions
New York Times:
Inside Amazon's Worst Human Resources Problem  —  A knot of problems with Amazon's system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.  —  A year ago, Tara Jones, an Amazon warehouse worker in Oklahoma, cradled her newborn, glanced over her pay stub …
CNN:
Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat  —  (CNN)Sean Parnell may have the backing of former President Donald Trump, but the Pennsylvania Republican also has significant personal baggage that is raising concerns about the GOP's ability …
NBC Bay Area:
EXCLUSIVE: Two SF Prosecutors Quit & Join Effort to Oust Former Boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin  —  Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit they have quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney's office and joined the effort to recall …
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort
Discussion: Breitbart
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
A 19th-Century Law Dismantled The KKK.  Now It Could Bring Down A New Generation Of Extremists.  —  In a Virginia courthouse this week, a historic trial will begin that aims to unravel the real motivations of the far-right activists behind the 2017 Charlottesville riot.
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated.  They Refused.  —  The willingness of some workers to give up their livelihoods helps explain the country's struggle to reach herd immunity.  —  Under the threat of losing their jobs, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers finally got a Covid-19 vaccine.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Rotten Core of the Republican Party  —  Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.  —  Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot.  “Democrats,” he said …
Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Banks suspended from Twitter for misgendering trans government official Dr. Rachel Levine  —  Twitter suspended the account of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks on Saturday after the Republican congressman intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
I Was Hacked.  The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Mexico, the government hacked the cellphones of journalists and activists.
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Trump Blasts Fox News For Supposedly Airing ‘Untruthful Anti-Trump Commercials’  —  Former President Donald Trump blasted Fox News on Sunday, claiming the network “continually allow[s] horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run.”  —  “What good is it if FOX News speaks …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Why is Trump running for president again?  To stay out of jail  —  Throughout his epic, scandal-ridden career, Donald Trump has compiled an astonishing record of impunity, constantly staying one jump ahead of prosecutors, plaintiffs and creditors.  —  He is the only president to be impeached twice …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Bar Association criticizes TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court  —  The TV ad is no-holds-barred.It bluntly attacks a decision of the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  And on Saturday, the state Bar Association said the spot went too far.The ad says the Democratic contender …
Reuters:
Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians ‘homeless’ for visa purposes  —  Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.  —  The move allowed Russians to apply …
Axios:
1 big thing: Schlapps see '24 Trump run  —  The chairman of the American Conservative Union told Margaret Talev for “Axios on HBO” he accepts “Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed,” but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — and greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats' problem is not focusing on issues most vital to independents, 2 prominent pollsters say  —  Joel Benenson has a feeling of deja vu watching President Biden's agenda grind into a long, drawn-out negotiation as middle-of-the-road voters recoil at the process taking place in Congress.
Discussion: Twitchy
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe claims Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, furthering what some call her ‘Big Lie’  —  McAuliffe accused Brian Kemp of having ‘disenfranchised’ 1.4 million voters despite reviews finding this accusation false  —  Dave Matthews, Stacey Abrams, & DNC Chair Jaime Harrison host a …
Discussion: Townhall
CNN:
Afghanistan hurtling toward collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say  —  Afghanistan will shortly collapse into chaos unless the international community acts rapidly, Swedish and Pakistani ministers warned on Saturday.  —  Afghanistan plunged into crisis after the hardline Islamist Taliban movement drove …
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America  —  (CNN)A member of a scientific coalition advising Puerto Rico's government on the coronavirus pandemic recently joked about the island's high Covid-19 vaccination rate, attributing it to the proliferation of drug store chains on the island.
Discussion: abc7NY
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Neil Cavuto Desperately Pleads With Fox News Audience to Get Vaccinated: 'I'm Begging You,' Think of ‘Those Around You’  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto urged network viewers to get vaccinated in his first on-air comments since he was diagnosed with a breakthrough coronavirus case.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Jake Tapper Emphatically Calls Out Republicans for ‘Violations of Basic Decency’ for Mocking Alec Baldwin's Movie Set Shooting  —  CNN's Jake Tapper blasted Republicans for their joyful exploitation of the tragic shooting incident involving Alec Baldwin on the set of the film, Rust.
 
 
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ABC News:
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Former Saudi official calls Mohammed bin Salman a “psychopath,” says Saudi crown prince fears what he knows
Discussion: Bloomberg
Associated Press:
Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own
Discussion: HotAir, Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
LZ Granderson / Yahoo News:
Condi Rice wants to ‘move on’ from Jan. 6. What does that even mean?
Geeti Rahimi / TOLOnews:
Tehran to Host Regional Meeting on Afghanistan
Washington Post:
Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps
Discussion: RedState
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Tech Transparency Project:
YouTube's Filter Bubble Problem is Worse for Fox News Viewers
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
True conservatives should support filibuster reform
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Fox News
Washington Post:
Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit. These West Virginians may pay the price if he gets his way.
Discussion: Raw Story
Insider:
The January 6 insurrection, in all its heart-pounding detail, from 34 people who lived through it
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism