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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Two Fox News Contributors Quit in Protest of Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 Special  —  Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, stars of a brand of conservatism that has fallen out of fashion, decide they've had enough.  —  The trailer for Tucker Carlson's special about the Jan. 6 mob at the Capitol landed online …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As two Fox contributors quit over Tucker Carlson, an alarming truth is revealed  —  It is fitting that two Fox News contributors have severed their ties with the network over Tucker Carlson's glorification of Jan. 6 at exactly the moment when more than 150 scholars are sounding a loud, clanging alarm about the future of our democracy.
Discussion: MSNBC and Mediaite
The Dispatch:
Why We Are Leaving Fox News
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: The case for why Biden is screwed
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Two Fox News commentators resign over Tucker Carlson series on the Jan. 6 siege
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
5 dead, more than 40 injured after SUV plows into crowd at Christmas parade in Wisconsin  —  Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday evening, officials said — a violent end to the otherwise festive scene …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
A car plowed through the Waukesha Christmas Parade and people are injured, according to witness  —  Christopher Kuhagen Mary Spicuzza Molly BeckMilwaukee Journal Sentinel  —  WAUKESHA - A car plowed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade Sunday evening, leaving multiple people injured, according to witnesses on scene.
ABC News:
5 dead, over 40 injured after car plows into crowd at Wisconsin Christmas parade
CBS News:
European thinktank adds U.S. to list of “backsliding” democracies for 1st time  —  Stockholm — The United States has joined an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time, the International IDEA think-tank said on Monday, pointing to a “visible deterioration” that it said began in 2019.
Discussion: Raw Story, Al Jazeera and Japan Times
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Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding’ democracy for first time in report by European think tank  —  The United States for the first time was added to a list of “backsliding democracies” in a report released Monday by the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.
Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
Leaked Texts: Jan. 6 Organizers Say They Were ‘Following POTUS’ Lead'  —  Rally planners coordinated closely with the White House before Jan. 6 and readied a dinner party while the Capitol was under siege, according to leaked group text messages obtained by Rolling Stone
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
Bezos and Obama's Surprise $100 Million Marriage  —  A nine-figure gift from Jeff Bezos to the Obama Foundation, midwifed by Jay Carney, marks another evolution in Bezos' remarkable career as the Amazon founder seeks new causes (and friends) in politics and philanthropy.  —  Jason Armond via Getty Images)
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Will Tap Jerome Powell for New Term as Fed Chairman  —  Reappointment signals continuity in economic policy with central bank leader who remains popular among lawmakers in both parties  —  President Biden is set to nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term leading …
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Eoin Higgins / The Flashpoint:
Company Man: The Data Behind Glenn Greenwald's Twitter Loyalty to Fox News  —  He's hardly tweeted a critical word about the network since April 2020  —  Conservative provocateur Glenn Greenwald takes pride in his consistency and principles—especially when it comes to taking the media to task.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden's Big Squeeze … It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the fate of American democracy may hinge on President Joe Biden's success.  If his approval rating sinks too far below 50 percent, it becomes more likely than not that the next election will reinstall into power his exiled predecessor …
Discussion: Insider and Balloon Juice
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Trump Fan Who Organized Buses To D.C. Sentenced To 60 Days In Capitol Riot Case  —  Frank Scavo, a Pennsylvania Trump supporter, cooperated with the FBI and pleaded guilty in his misdemeanor case.  —  A Jan. 6 defendant who prosecutors say had a “front-row seat” to the deadly attack …
Washington Post:
N.Y. prosecutors set sights on new Trump target: Widely different valuations on the same properties  —  The Trump Organization owns an office building at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan.  In 2012, when the company was listing its assets for potential lenders, it said the building was worth $527 million …
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
How to be an anti-racist  —  Diversity training doesn't work — here's some stuff that does  —  Stanford political scientist Hakeem Jefferson remarked the other day that “what's so wild to me about all of these arguments for ‘popularism’ is that popularists never seem to entertain the idea …
Grace Ashford / New York Times:
Assembly Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ Cuomo Engaged in Sexual Harassment  —  The New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee's findings reinforced an earlier state attorney general's report on former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.  —  An eight-month impeachment investigation of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo …
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Politico:
Cuomo impeachment probe bolsters claims on book deal, sexual harassment and nursing homes
Discussion: National Review and New York Post
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR:
In a first test of its planetary defense efforts, NASA's going to shove an asteroid  —  NASA is about to launch an unprecedented mission to knock an asteroid slightly off-course.  —  In the first real-world test of a technique that could someday be used to protect Earth from a threatening space rock …
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Meghan Bartels / Space.com:   NASA's DART mission will move an asteroid and change our relationship with the solar system
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Neither party's top 2024 candidate can admit he might not run  —  President Biden keeps saying he will run for reelection in 2024.  Disgraced former president Donald Trump wants everyone to know he is leaning toward a run.  ("I am certainly thinking about it and we'll see," Trump said in a recent interview.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Man charged with carrying loaded firearm to the Capitol on Jan. 6  —  An Indiana man charged with carrying a loaded firearm to the Capitol on Jan. 6 told investigators that if he had found Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “you'd be here for another reason,” according to court documents posted over the weekend.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Post:
Armed father-daughter duo march alongside anti-Rittenhouse protesters — to protect them  —  KENOSHA, WI — Protesters upset over the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse marched in Kenosha on Sunday — in the presence of a Second Amendment-supporting father-daughter duo armed with AR-15s they said were to protect the demonstrators.
Discussion: Althouse
Bloomberg:
U.S. Poised to Release Oil From Reserve Along With Other Nations  —  President Joe Biden is preparing to announce a release of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in concert with several other countries as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the plan, Bloomberg News reports.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate's Jan. 6 ethics probe into Cruz, Hawley drags on  —  House Democrats swiftly moved to punish Paul Gosar within days of his violent social media post.  The Senate's investigation into two Republicans who challenged the 2020 election is a much different matter.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Targeted by Georgia GOP, McBath switching to safe Democratic district  —  U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath will run for Congress in a neighboring suburban district after Republicans redrew her congressional seat to be a conservative bastion, a move that will set up a potential showdown …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
White House doctor is hiding Joe Biden's brain drain  —  President Biden went for a colonoscopy Friday and his doctor pronounced his brain is fine.  —  So now he and his inner sanctum have let it be known he plans to run again in 2024, when he would be 82.  —  No one really believes any of it.
Discussion: Power Line and Insider
 
 
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Reuters:
Xi tells Southeast Asian leaders China does not seek ‘hegemony’
Discussion: HotAir and Bloomberg
Andrea Hsu / NPR:
Companies are telling unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
White House: About 95 percent of federal workers have complied with vaccine mandate
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Biden surprises with USPS board shake-up; key DeJoy allies to be replaced
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
TikTok censored me for defending Kyle Rittenhouse
Discussion: Instapundit
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Pinochet's ghost haunts divisive Chilean election
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Fauci warns about ‘prematurely’ dropping mask mandates as DC lifts requirement
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / New York Times:
Man Who Threatened Democrats Online Could Face Years in Prison
Discussion: Raw Story
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Self-Pitying Jan. 6 Rioter-on-the-Run Sucks Up to Russia on State TV
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and YouTube
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Rep. Welch announces Democratic bid for seat of retiring Sen. Leahy of Vermont
Discussion: Fox News, Joe.My.God. and Politico
Sacramento Bee:
Equal opportunity extremism: How women seized the moment in California's far-right radical politics
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Robert Tracinski / Quillette:
The Enemy of My Enemy  —  During a recent conference of nationalist conservatives …
 

 
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
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