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Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Minimum Tax Resurfaces as Democrats Hunt for Money  —  Senators offer updated plan to impose minimum levies on profitable corporations; key moderate lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema endorses proposal  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats announced a 15% minimum tax on large companies' income on Tuesday …
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Sarah Donaldson / ABC News:
Manchin speaks out about his tough bargaining with Biden, fellow Democrats  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” the West Virginia Democrat said.  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday when when asked …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin waffles on billionaire tax
Discussion: Bloomberg and Political Wire
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Sinema backs corporate minimum tax proposal
Discussion: UPI, Bloomberg, Insider and NPR
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Manchin: I Convinced Biden That IRS Monitoring $600 Bank Transactions Is “Screwed Up” And Won't Be In The Final Bill
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
At least five former Trump White House staffers are talking to the House January 6 committee  —  Pelosi: Those who defy Jan 6 subpoenas should go to jail  —  (CNN)At least five former Trump administration staffers have voluntarily spoken with the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, CNN has learned.
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Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Birx Estimates Trump Admin Could Have Prevented 30 to 40 Percent of COVID Deaths
Discussion: Vanity Fair and IJR
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Scott Atlas defends COVID work, slams Deborah Birx testimony as ‘Orwellian attempt to rewrite history’
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes sexual assault by US senator  —  Revelation of incident ‘buried’ by Abedin contained in new memoir Both/And, to be published next week  —  Huma Abedin, a longtime close aide to Hillary Clinton, has written in a new book that she was sexually assaulted …
Emily Alford / Jezebel:
Dave Chappelle Says Hannah Gadsby Is ‘Not Funny.’ The Laughter At Her Show Taping Suggests Otherwise  —  “Not only did I laugh, but I laughed so hard I might have peed a little,” one audience member told Jezebel.  —  Alerts  —  As Dave Chappelle moves into his third week of defending his Netflix special …
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Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media … In November 2018, the staff of Facebook's fledgling Civic Integrity department got a look at some eye-opening internal research — presented under an image of two goats locking horns.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 committee to seek testimony from Trump lawyer who drafted strategy to overturn election  —  John Eastman crafted a legal analysis to help the outgoing president try to overturn the 2020 results.  —  Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2017.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee expected to subpoena lawyer who advised Trump, Pence on how to overturn election
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and CNN
Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Men shot by Rittenhouse can be described as ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules ahead of trial  —  Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyers can refer to the men he shot as “rioters” and “looters,” but prosecutors still may not call them “victims” at any time during the teen's upcoming murder trial, a judge ruled Monday.
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas House committee to investigate school districts' books on race and sexuality  —  Rep. Matt Krause, a candidate for state attorney general, asks school superintendents to confirm whether any books on a list of 850 titles are in their libraries and classrooms.  —  Copy link
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Justin George / Washington Post:
Two Metro cars with known defects continued operating until safety inspectors alerted the agency, officials say  —  The details raise questions about the urgency, awareness and response of Metro toward wheel assembly failures  —  Days after a train derailment triggered a federal investigation …
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94  —  A self-appointed warrior against hypocrisy, he revolutionized comedy in the 1950s by addressing political and social issues.  —  Mort Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues …
CNN:
'It's absolutely getting worse': Secretaries of state targeted by Trump election lies live in fear for their safety and are desperate for protection  —  (CNN)"I am a hunter — and I think you should be hunted," a woman can be heard saying in a voicemail left for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in September.
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Changes to Iowa voting laws have caught some off guard, with the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2 election already passing a week ago.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate  —  The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is “mostly settled” and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
Discussion: The Hill
Rep. David N. Cicilline / The Hill:
To ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster  —  On Nov. 3, 2020, Americans went to the polls in record numbers and voted to give Democrats control of the House, Senate, and the White House based on the promise that we would finally deliver on the most pressing issues facing our country …
Reed Galen:
Virginia on the Brink  —  I grew up in Northern Virginia; right along border between McLean and Falls Church.  My springs were spent at McLean Little League.  I spent the fall rooting for a football team whose name no longer exists.  —  My Saturday mornings were spent at Temple Rodef Shalom, struggling through Hebrew school.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Data Has Revealed A Coordinated Campaign Of Hate Against Meghan Markle  —  Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have long cited social media toxicity as a factor in their decision to step back from royal life.  And now, an analysis of more than 114,000 tweets about the couple …
Discussion: TheGrio
cnas.org:
The Poison Frog Strategy  —  Preventing a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwanese Islands … Introduction  —  How could Taiwan and the United States respond if China seized one of Taiwan's outlying islands, such as Pratas/Dongsha (hereafter Dongsha) in the South China Sea?
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles  —  Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
‘Reasonable questions’ over financing of Donald Trump's Scottish resorts, court hears  —  There are “reasonable questions” surrounding the money used by Donald Trump to purchase his Scottish properties and the continuing source of the wealth used for their financing, a court has heard.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped  —  A law firm that employed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has made a cottage industry out of aggressively fighting victims of alleged sexual abuse in schools, being paid huge sums …
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
The pandemic has been a political non-event  —  Joe Biden is among those who have overestimated the clamour for change  —  That history is “one damn thing after another” is such a good line, it's almost a shame it isn't true.  For the most part, history is the sum of all that does not happen.
Media Matters for America:
Pushing election lies, TPUSA audience member asks Charlie Kirk when they can “use the guns” and “kill these people”  —  Audience member to Charlie Kirk: “When do we get to use the guns? ...  That's not a joke.  I'm not saying it like that.  I mean, literally, where's the line?
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Why I'll Keep Saying ‘Pregnant Women’  —  Who can get pregnant?  It sounds like a trick question.  For centuries, English speakers have talked about “pregnant women” without a second thought, but a vocal and growing movement wants to replace that phrase with the more inclusive pregnant people.
Philip Klein / National Review:
McAuliffe's Infamous ‘Parents’ Quip Wasn't a Gaffe — It's How Democrats Think  —  Terry McAuliffe made an extraordinary in-kind contribution to the campaign of his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, when he declared during their debate that, “I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Republican legislator charged with poaching and firearms violations
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
Republicans Are Manufacturing Fake Fraud
Zaid Jilani / New York Times:
John McWhorter Argues That Antiracism Has Become a Religion of the Left
Discussion: Althouse
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge