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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Former Trump administration officials hold call to strategize against former boss' efforts in 2022 and 2024  —  (CNN)Around three dozen former Trump administration officials, disillusioned with their former boss and concerned about his impact on the GOP and the nation, held a conference call …
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabby Orr / CNN:
A year after leaving office, Trump looks to 2022 to rebrand his legacy  —  Drowning in swamp of lies: Acosta on Trump and his allies  —  (CNN)When Donald Trump arrived in Florida one year ago to begrudgingly settle into his post-presidential life, he did not have a plan.
Politico:
How a GOP majority in Congress might handle Biden in 2023  —  Republicans are feeling so good about their chances of retaking Congress this fall that they're already debating their governing relationship with President Joe Biden.  And they're divided over how to handle their potential big wins.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting-rights filibuster  —  Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they would not vote to change the Senate's filibuster rule despite …
Discussion: HotAir, The Atlantic and HuffPost
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NBC News:
Poll numbers are pointing to a midterm shellacking for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — If it's Tuesday ... Senate Democrats are set to embark on their doomed voting rights push. ...  President Biden is plotting a communications reset. ...  Gov. Kathy Hochul is in the driver's seat for New York governor, per new Siena poll. ...
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate Democrats call special caucus meeting ahead of filibuster fight
Discussion: Fox News and The Root
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court justices aren't ‘scorpions,’ but not happy campers either  —  It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays.  All were now wearing masks.  All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Discussion: Althouse
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Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas's six-week abortion ban remains in effect after federal appeals court ruling
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Investor's Uyghur Comments Are Even Worse Than You've Heard  —  On the menu today: Most folks are focusing on the comment from Chamath Palihapitiya, a Sri Lankan-born Canadian and American venture capitalist, that he doesn't care about the Uyghurs in China.  But he went much further, and he said worse things.
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya says ‘nobody cares’ about Uyghur genocide in China
Matthew Lee / USA Today:
Blinken to visit Ukraine as US-Russia tensions escalate  —  WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of its neighbor, the State Department said Tuesday.
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David Gilbert / VICE:
The Dallas QAnon Cult Believes JFK Was Disguised as Trump at Arizona Rally  —  Michael Protzman, who leads the Dallas QAnon cult, promised his followers that Trump's rally would have major revelations.  —  DG  —  At former President Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Saturday …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump superfans dream of a run again, and of JFK Jr. on the ticket
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
U.S. Senate candidate from Louisiana smokes marijuana in campaign ad  —  Gary Chambers, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, unveiled a new ad Tuesday in which he is shown smoking marijuana.  —  In the spot, Chambers, who is seeking to unseat Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) …
Discussion: ABC News and YouTube
Lila Shapiro / Vulture:
The Undoing of Joss Whedon … In the fall of 2002, 160 scholars convened at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.  They were an eclectic group — theologians, philosophers, linguists, film professors — and they had descended on the medieval city for a conference dedicated …
Michael Kaplan / CBS News:
Representative Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend granted immunity in sex trafficking probe  —  Prosecutors granted immunity to an ex-girlfriend of Representative Matt Gaetz before she testified last week in front of a federal grand jury hearing evidence in the investigation of the congressman, according to a source familiar with the matter.
NBC News:
White House plots public reset as Biden's agenda flails  —  With President Joe Biden rounding out his first year in office amid a sinking approval rating and multiple setbacks to his agenda, the White House is planning a new communications strategy, senior administration officials say.
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Brett Hartl / The Hill:   The tragedy of thinking like a senator
Washington Post:
Florida governor proposes special police agency to monitor elections  —  No state has such a force, which Gov. Ron DeSantis wants empowered to arrest voters and others who allegedly violate election laws  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A plan by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would establish …
Discussion: The Guardian and Newsweek
Miami Herald:
2022 election: FL Democrats struggle to recruit candidates  —  Just seven months to the August primary, Democrats have little clue whose names they'll be marking on their ballots for two of South Florida's most competitive congressional races.  —  Evidence is piling up that Democrats …
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
The Silent, Vaccinated, Impatient Majority  —  Politicians rarely set out to piss off their constituents, much less admit to doing so.  So when French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his desire to antagonize France's unvaccinated citizens into receiving COVID vaccinations …
Discussion: Mediaite and Unglossed
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Reuters:
No vaccine, no French Open for Djokovic as rules tighten
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The savvy turn in political journalism  —  For 15 years I have been writing about what I call the savvy style in the American press.  This post is about the moment when a journalist goes there.  Or refuses to.  —  But first: what is the savvy style?  This is from 2011:
Haley BeMiller / Akron Beacon Journal:
Akron Rep. Emilia Sykes enters race for competitive 13th Congressional District  —  Ohio Rep. Emilia Sykes will run for the open the 13th Congressional District, giving Democrats a high-profile contender in what's shaping up to be a competitive race.  —  Sykes announcement on Tuesday came weeks …
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid  —  For months, the jail's doctor has promoted the drug, which health experts say should not be used to treat or prevent Covid-19.  —  Detainees at an Arkansas jail who had Covid-19 were unknowingly treated …
Discussion: CBS News
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
U.S. Political Ideology Steady; Conservatives, Moderates Tie  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The way Americans identify themselves ideologically was unchanged in 2021, continuing the close division that has persisted in recent years between those describing themselves as either conservative or moderate …
Douglas Andrews / The Patriot Post:
The GOP Had Better Wake Up … If you're a Republican in Washington and you want to be liked, get a dog.  Because kowtowing to the Democrats' narrative that the 2020 presidential election was free, fair, and utterly uncontroversial isn't going to earn you any lasting friendships.
 
 
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