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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 …
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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.
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
How Facebook Fails 90 Percent of Its Users  —  In the fall of 2019, Facebook launched a massive effort to combat the use of its platforms for human trafficking.  Working around the clock, its employees searched Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram for keywords and hashtags …
Associated Press:
Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
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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Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn't involved in planning Jan. 6 rally before U.S. Capitol riot  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday he did not help plan a Jan. 6 rally that preceded an attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved the deaths of at least five people and injuries to hundreds more.
Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
AOC Calls for Expulsion of Any Members of Congress Involved in Planning January 6 Riot  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for the expulsion of any member of Congress who helped plan the storming of the U.S. Capitol after a bombshell report alleged that several Republican lawmakers had co-ordinated with rally organizers.
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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Politico:
What's still in the Dem megabill? Cheat sheet on 12 big topics
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Hostage families to Biden: ‘Bring our fellow Americans home’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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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Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:   Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory? Look at Virginia's Schools—For More Than 75 Years
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
James Carville: ‘I hate guys like Glenn Youngkin’
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr. Is Hawking Shockingly Tacky ‘Alec Baldwin Kills People’ T-Shirts  —  The Trump son also posted a photoshopped pic of Baldwin wearing one of the Ts, three days after the accidental and fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.  —  It's only been three days since Alec Baldwin accidentally shot …
Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Community, but Says He's 'Not Bending to Anybody's Demands' … Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new stand-up video, saying that he is willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Montanans used to live and let live.  Now bitter confrontations cloud Big Sky Country.  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — By the time the third teenager had died by suicide since the start of the school year, the Flathead Valley was desperate for unity.  —  The community had been jittery for months.
Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
[Exclusive] [PIC] Ron DeSantis Accused of Attending Drinking Party With Students At High School Where He Taught  —  After college and before law school, Ron DeSantis spent a year teaching history at a high school in Georgia.  According to a source with close knowledge of the matter …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Goes All In on Vaccine Skepticism No more playing coy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of a Major Conservative Group  —  What internal recordings and documents reveal about the Council for National Policy — and the future of the Republican Party  —  In October 2015, Donald Trump was still a laugh line for right-wing Christian activists.
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
How a secretive conservative group influenced ‘populist’ Trump's tax cuts
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Deficit shrinks in the first year of Joe Biden's presidency  —  When it comes to the deficit, we've endured a consistent pattern for four decades.  As the deficit shrinks in the Biden era, the pattern remains intact.  —  American workers gain upper hand to demand better working conditions
Discussion: Washington Times
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Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Cowboys for Trump Founder Turns on Trump in Conference Speech Over Capitol Riot Charges  —  Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who is facing charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, has turned on the former president in a conference speech for abandoning January 6 rioters and failing to deliver on a campaign promise.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and IJR
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Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment  —  Ms. Renkl is a contributing Opinion writer who covers flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South.  —  NASHVILLE — Into these perfect October afternoons, when light gleams on the red dogwood berries and the blue arrowwood berries …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed?  Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings.  —  “In our hearts, I think people don't quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.  —  Following a series of endorsements over the last month by scientific panels advising federal agencies …
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Caller and Althouse
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump team and Fox News alleged dead voters.  Most cases were either debunked or actually involved Republicans.  —  President Donald Trump and those around him threw a multitude of voter-fraud conspiracy theories at the wall after the 2020 election.  And few were as pervasive as the idea …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Is Being Investigated by the Manhattan D.A., Sources Say  —  Two former models have met with prosecutors following claims of rape and sexual assault against the former “best friend” of Jeffrey Epstein.  —  Last week the mandarins of high finance assembled at the Beverly Hilton …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Biden's latest tax-the-rich scheme would be an unworkable and possibly unconstitutional mess  —  The Biden administration's idea to tax billionaires' unrealized capital gains may sound good to the tax-the-rich crowd.  In practice, it would be an unworkable and arguably unconstitutional mess that could harm everyone.
Revolver:
Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol  —  Experience Revolver without ads … In a House hearing on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) questioned AG Merrick Garland about a mysterious man, Ray Epps …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Admin Taps School Board Association Honcho For Post In Wake Of Infamous Letter  —  The Department of Education earlier this month tapped the president of the National School Board Association to serve on a federal board that tracks student progress, the latest indication …
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.
Clare Ansberry / Wall Street Journal:
Young People Say Disconnect Keeps Them From Church  —  Half of people between 13 and 25 surveyed by a nonprofit said they felt out of sync with their houses of worship on race, gender, immigration and more  —  Several religious denominations have seen memberships fall in recent years, including among young adults and teens.
Discussion: Raw Story
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Texas Republicans found another way to empower the white vote  —  Last week, the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved new maps redrawing congressional and state legislative districts that effectively carve out districts to hold on to conservative white power.
 
 
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
Here's the FBI's Internal Guide for Getting Data from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
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Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Will Biden Rescue Vulnerable Student Borrowers From Default?
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Lois Weiss / New York Post:
De Blasio's bid to rid NYC of Trump name could cost taxpayers over $30M
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Examiner:
The Biden Left's totalitarianism
Issues & Insights:
Epic Fail: Vaccination Rates Now Lower Than When Biden Took Office
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Jacob Gardenswartz / The American Independent:
Republican leaders support jobless benefits — for the unvaccinated
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
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Mitch Hotts / Macomb Daily:
Macomb County GOP on board with Trump election conspiracy theory
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom Burt / Microsoft On the Issues:
New activity from Russian actor Nobelium
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
What Cancel Culture Is—and Isn't
John Lucas / The Federalist:
How The Rachel Levine ‘Four-Star Admiral’ Photo-Op Will Damage U.S. Security
Discussion: USA Today, IJR and Insider
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

 
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