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Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
Trump's Next Coup Has Already Begun  —  Technically, the next attempt to overthrow a national election may not qualify as a coup.  It will rely on subversion more than violence, although each will have its place.  If the plot succeeds, the ballots cast by American voters will not decide the presidency in 2024.
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George Packer / The Atlantic:
Are We Doomed?  —  A year after the insurrection, I'm trying to imagine the death of American democracy.  It's somehow easier to picture the Earth blasted and bleached by global warming, or the human brain overtaken by the tyranny of artificial intelligence, than to foresee the end of our 250-year experiment in self-government.
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Right wing builds its own echo chamber  —  Conservatives are aggressively building their own apps, phones, cryptocurrencies and publishing houses in an attempt to circumvent what they see as an increasingly liberal internet and media ecosystem.  —  Why it matters: Many of these efforts …
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New York Times:
Donald Trump's media company deal is being investigated by securities regulators.  —  Securities regulators have opened investigations into the planned merger of a nascent social media company backed by former President Donald J. Trump with a so-called blank-check company that raised nearly $300 million …
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Who Just Gave Trump $1 Billion?  Let's Find Out.  —  Investments in a blank-check company backing the former president could turn out to be IOUs if he wins back the White House.  —  Donald Trump's new social media enterprise announced on Saturday that the blank-check company it set …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump SPAC under investigation by federal regulators, including SEC  — Federal regulators are investigating former President Donald Trump's SPAC deal.  — The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA probes were disclosed in a filing by Digital World Acquisition Corp., the special purpose acquisition company.
Aaron Gregg / Washington Post:   Trump SPAC under investigation by financial regulators
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Social-Media SPAC Deal Being Investigated By SEC
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Trump shell company faces SEC investigation
Politico:
‘Absolute liars’: Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6  —  A former D.C. National Guard official is accusing two senior Army leaders of lying to Congress and participating in a secret attempt to rewrite the history of the military's response to the Capitol riot.
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Fred Hiatt, Washington Post editorial page editor, dies at 66  —  Fred Hiatt, a onetime foreign correspondent who in 2000 became The Washington Post's editorial page editor and greatly expanded the global reach of the newspaper's opinion writers in the era of 9/11, the election of Barack Obama …
Politico:
Democrats fall flat with ‘Latinx’ language  —  As Democrats seek to reach out to Latino voters in a more gender-neutral way, they've increasingly begun using the word Latinx, a term that first began to get traction among academics and activists on the left.  —  But that very effort …
Washington Post:
Sidney Powell group raised more than $14 million spreading election falsehoods  —  In the months after President Donald Trump lost the November election, lawyer Sidney Powell raised large sums from donors inspired by her fight to reverse the outcome of the vote.
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Court ruling stops 2022 candidate filing in new NC districts  —  The North Carolina Court of Appeals has halted candidate filing in U.S. House, state Senate and state House districts, according to the state elections board.  —  Candidate filing starts at noon Monday in federal, state and local races across North Carolina.
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Lee Brown / New York Post:
Chris Cuomo claims CNN boss Jeff Zucker knew about involvement in gov scandal  —  Canned CNN host Chris Cuomo has fired back at the network — accusing his boss of knowing everything about his involvement in trying to quash ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sex scandal.
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Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Protected Chris Cuomo. Then Came a U-Turn.
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden administration expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics this week  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Brian Kemp moves swiftly to neuter David Perdue in primary poised to bloody Georgia GOP  —  Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday struck former Sen. David Perdue fast and hard, foreshadowing a bloody, months-long primary poised to tear the Georgia Republican Party asunder and elevate Democrats to power in a key battleground state.
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
New York City sets sweeping vaccine mandate for all private employers.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping Covid vaccine mandate for all private employers in New York City on Monday morning to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.  —  Mr. de Blasio said the aggressive measure …
New York Times:
Inside Tesla as Elon Musk Pushed an Unflinching Vision for Self-Driving Cars  —  The automaker may have undermined safety in designing its Autopilot driver-assistance system to fit its chief executive's vision, former employees say.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How TikTok Reads Your Mind  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document that offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.  —  There are four main goals for TikTok's algorithm: .户价值, .户 …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Absence of “The Donald”  —  In the several hundred criminal cases brought against individuals involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Department of Justice and FBI have included scores of incriminating communications posted by defendants on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Parler.
Associated Press:
Trump-tied group pushing for voting changes in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wisc.  (AP) — A group formed to support former President Donald Trump's agenda is working with Wisconsin Republicans on a ballot measure that would bypass the state's Democratic governor to change how elections are run in the battleground state.
Washington Post:
‘Rife’ cocaine use reported in U.K. Parliament — just as Boris Johnson announces crackdown on drug crime  —  LONDON — The speaker of Britain's House of Commons says he is calling in police to investigate reports that drug use is “rife” in Parliament — as Prime Minister Boris Johnson dressed …
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
A Utah group is going door to door looking for election fraud.  But they don't want you to know about it  —  Who is behind the Utah Voter Verification Project?  A Tribune investigation uncovers some troubling tactics and connections.  —  (Leah Hogsten |  The Salt Lake Tribune) …
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
Jamie Raskin's Year of Grief and Purpose  —  A son's suicide, an attack on the Capitol and a congressman's renewed sense of mission  —  When Jamie Raskin revisits those shattered days of January, what surfaces in his memory are the sounds.  Among them: a hideous pounding …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Charlie Sykes stuns MSNBC host with lewd description of Thomas Massie's gun photo as like pic of his privates  —  Speaking to MSNBC on Sunday, conservative commentator and Bulwark editor attacked Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) after he posted a Christmas photo of him with his family in their pajamas with a bunch of guns.
Discussion: Morning Shots and HuffPost
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
As covid persists, nurses are leaving staff jobs — and tripling their salaries as travelers  —  Wanderlust, and the money to fund it, made Alex Stow's decision easy.  After working a couple of years in an intensive care unit, he signed up to be a travel nurse, tripling his pay to about $95 …
Politico:
Dems plot escape from Biden's poll woes  —  Rep. Jared Golden is facing one of the toughest reelection battles in the country.  One thing he says doesn't keep him up at night, though, is President Joe Biden's sinking approval rating.  —  “I really don't care at all.
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A White teacher taught White students about White privilege.  It cost him his job. … KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Matthew Hawn checked his phone to see if the wait was finally over.  —  It had been five months since he was fired for teaching about White privilege at a high school in rural Tennessee.
 
 
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Jessica M. Vaughan / CIS.org:
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John Binder / Breitbart:
NY Times: Biden's Refugee Camp ‘Larger than Half the Towns in New Jersey’
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Erin Feher / Datebook:
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Erin Aubry Kaplan / New York Times:
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The White House:
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Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
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Discussion: Power Line
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Fort Worth School Board Racial Equity Committee co-chair owns up to attacks on parents
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Discussion: Fox News
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