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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. …
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 …
Discussion: UPI and CoinDesk, more at Mediagazer »
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Washington Post:
The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook's CEO chose growth over safety … Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam's ruling Communist Party to censor anti-government dissidents or risk getting knocked offline in one of Facebook's most lucrative Asian markets.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’  —  Before I tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day …
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
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
A whistleblower's power: Key takeaways from the Facebook Papers
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
How Facebook Failed the World
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:   Facebook knew it was being used to incite violence in Ethiopia. It did little to stop the spread, documents show
Associated Press:
AP source: Manchin agreeable to wealth tax for Biden plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package.
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
What drives Sinema? A different view of politics
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and WTOP
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 …
Discussion: HotAir, BizPac Review and Joe.My.God.
ProPublica:
“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students' Reports of Sexual Assaults  —  Note: This story includes descriptions of sexual violence and attempted suicide.  —  When Elizabeth Axley first told Liberty University officials she had been raped, she was confident they'd do the right thing.
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
McAuliffe pivots to schools  —  In the closing weeks of their closely watched Virginia gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe is going after Glenn Youngkin on unlikely ground — public education — as he tries to reverse the Republican's surprisingly strong challenge.
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John Lucas / The Federalist:
How The Rachel Levine ‘Four-Star Admiral’ Photo-Op Will Damage U.S. Security  —  While maneuvering his Third Army to relieve Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Gen. George Patton would have been outranked by ‘first transgender admiral’ Rachel Levine.  —  To great public fanfare …
Discussion: Insider
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CBS News:
Florida's top health official booted from meeting after refusing to put on mask  —  Miami — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed.
Discussion: HuffPost, Axios and The Hill
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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  —  Saad Aljabri was number two in Saudi intelligence until, he says, Mohammed bin Salman forced him out.  Now, MBS is Saudi Arabia's crown prince, and Aljabri is in exile.
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown launching campaign for Maryland attorney general  —  U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's County Democrat and former lieutenant governor, will run for attorney general of Maryland next year.  —  Brown, 59, is the first major Democratic candidate to jump …
BBC:
Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders  —  Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency.  —  Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting.
New York Times:
How Amazon Mishandled Paying Dozens of Workers on Leave  —  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 …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Biden administration to announce plan for accelerating authorization of at-home Covid tests  —  The Biden administration on Monday will announce several steps aimed at making rapid, at-home Covid testing more widely available while lowering costs, according to details shared with NBC News.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Reuters and HuffPost
Washington Post:
Inside PhRMA's fight to kill Democrats' drug pricing plan  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Please share your suggestions for what Theo should make with the dozens and dozens of apples he picked the other weekend — and also your tips!  And if you have to choose between sending a recipe …
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
Boris Epshteyn / Newsweek:
Biden Administration Plans to Kill America's Energy Sector  —  The progressive environmental Left, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Green New Deal radicals, seems poised to suffer a significant defeat at the hands of its own party.  —  According to recent reports …
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Lower premiums, more choices on Obamacare exchanges for 2022 as Democrats battle to extend generous subsidies  —  (CNN)Consumers shopping for health coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges can likely find lower premiums and more choices for 2022 — as well as generous government assistance …
Fatma Khaled / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Planning $5K Bonus for Unvaccinated Police to Relocate to Florida  —  Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that he is hoping to sign legislation that would give unvaccinated police officers a $5,000 bonus to relocate to his state.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Disgraced former governor is recast as MAGA warrior in Senate bid  —  Missouri's open Senate race features a crowded cast of conservative characters.  There's the self-described “farm girl,” the auctioneer on a bus tour, a state attorney general suing China, and the guy who stood on his lawn and pointed an AR-15 at protesters.
Discussion: Raw Story
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Ignoring Sanctions, Russia Renews Broad Cybersurveillance Operation  —  The new campaign came only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of spy operations it had conducted around the world.  —  SEA ISLAND, Ga. — Russia's premier intelligence agency …
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges Would Face Tougher Stock-Trading Rules Under Bipartisan Bill  —  House hearings set; planned actions follow Wall Street Journal reports on financial conflicts in the judiciary  —  Federal judges would be required to report stock trades over $1,000 within 45 days and post …
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.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Republican spin on Biden is off the mark  —  The Republican spin about Joe Biden's presidency has taken hold: He ran as a centrist who'd promulgate bipartisan, moderate policies and appointments, but instead, they say, he's governing as a partisan left-winger, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and CNN
 
 
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Jack Newman / Daily Mail:
Conservative pundit Candace Owens attacks Alec Baldwin over accidental shooting calling it ‘poetic justice’ for his previous criticism of Donald Trump
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
What Cancel Culture Is—and Isn't
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘An outrage against democracy’: JFK's nephews urge Biden to reveal assassination records
Discussion: The Hill
Lloyd Billingsley / Front Page Magazine:
Dr. Dog Torturer  —  Fauci funds barbaric torture of beagles in a Tunisian lab.
Bloomberg:
The Chinese Companies Polluting the World More Than Entire Nations
LD Wilder / Wilder Visions:
Why Are VA's HBCUs Discriminated Against?
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
John Kerry Holds $1 Million Stake in Equity Fund Linked To Uyghur Labor Abuse
Discussion: Instapundit
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Real? Absolutely. Resilient? You bet. But some wonder: Is India Walton ready?
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
Discussion: The Hill
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
It's His Town Now As he coasts to general-election victory, the post-technocrat, post-progressive Eric Adams mayoralty has already begun.
Haaretz:
A Stain Upon Israel
Discussion: Just Security
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
What We Learned, at the Town Hall
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
A 19th-Century Law Dismantled The KKK. Now It Could Bring Down A New Generation Of Extremists.