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Washington Post:
As Giuliani coordinated plan for Trump electoral votes in states Biden won, some electors balked  —  On Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the electoral college vote, Republican electors convened in the capitals of five states that Joe Biden had won.  They declared themselves “duly elected and qualified” …
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan GOP co-chair said Trump campaign asked for GOP elector push: CNN
Discussion: CNN
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR reporting on Supreme Court mask controversy merits clarification  —  An inaccurate verb choice made the reporting unclear  —  On Tuesday morning, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had declined to wear a mask in court …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
I Am Embarrassed for the Supreme Court  —  Having asked for institutional transparency for the sake of the Supreme Court's legitimacy last week, I am now just embarrassed.  In case the Supreme Court Color War of 2022 isn't occupying 100 percent of your attention this week, let me catch you up …
Tamar Hallerman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Fulton DA requests special grand jury for Trump probe  —  Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI raid on House Democrat's home related to Azerbaijan probe, source says  —  An FBI spokesperson said any law enforcement activity was “court-authorized.”  —  The FBI on Wednesday raided Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and campaign office in Texas as part of a wide-ranging …
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Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Trump held secret meetings in days before Capitol attack, ex-press secretary tells panel  —  Stephanie Grisham gave more significant details than expected about what Trump was doing before 6 January, sources say  —  The former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told …
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John Yoon / New York Times:
An American Airlines flight turns back over the Atlantic because of a passenger mask dispute.  —  An American Airlines flight to London from Miami turned around about an hour into its journey on Wednesday night because of a passenger who refused to follow coronavirus masking rules, the airline said.
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Russian-Backed Actors Responsible for Destabilization Activities in Ukraine  —  WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four individuals engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine.
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Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
The Stakes of Russian Aggression for Ukraine and Beyond
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
Mitch McConnell Says Black People Vote Just as Much as ‘Americans’  —  COME AGAIN?  —  If only politicians thought before they talked.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) seemingly implied on Wednesday that Black Americans are not true Americans.  Following a failed vote on Democrats' John Lewis …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell's plan is working
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Peloton to halt production of its Bikes, treadmills as demand wanes  — Peloton is temporarily halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand wanes and the company looks to control costs, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
'Let's ban algebra, too!' adds Fla. legislator who is clearly not three kids in a trench coat  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators are working hard to pass a bill that, as the Associated Press observed, would “prohibit public schools and private businesses from making white people feel 'discomfort …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Wire
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
Due to COVID Concerns, ESPN Will Not Staff Winter Olympics in China  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 and other COVID-related restrictions, ESPN will not be sending any news personnel to the Winter Olympics in China …
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
BYU is under federal investigation for how it disciplines LGBTQ students  —  The private religious school says it's exempt from Title IX requirements.  But students say it's time for a change.  —  (George Frey |  Special to The Tribune) Students and others gather in front …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Time is running out for Biden's Justice Department to prosecute Trump for 10 possible crimes detailed in the Mueller report  — The five-year deadline is closing in to charge Donald Trump with crimes detailed by Robert Mueller.  — Trump benefited in office from a DOJ policy against prosecuting a sitting president.
Matt Robison / The Editorial Board:
Reality check: President Joe Biden's year-one grade?  A+  —  Any other answer is insane.  —  As President Biden marked the anniversary of his first year in office Wednesday, the reviews have come in.  A raft of pundits and pollsters describe him as “limping,” “struggling” even “failing.”
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn Cleans Gun During Veterans Hearing  —  The North Carolina Republican lived up to his claim to fame on Wednesday of being the youngest current member of Congress.  —  The House Veterans' Affairs Committee took Wednesday as an opportunity to hold a virtual hearing on how toxic chemicals are killing U.S. soldiers.
Donald Shaw / The Brick House Cooperative:
Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge  —  President Joe Biden yesterday nominated a slate of judges, including a controversial selection in Jennifer Rearden, who was first nominated for the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Permits Continued Enforcement of Texas Six-Week Abortion Ban  —  Court denies providers' request to allow challenge to S.B. 8 to proceed in federal court  —  WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court allowed Texas' six-week abortion ban to remain in effect indefinitely …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies abortion providers' request to return Texas case to judge who blocked state's six-week ban
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience  —  Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Discussion: Insider, Politico and Bloomberg
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
An anti-Black backlash — with no end in sight  —  We are in the midst of an aggressive, sustained backlash against recent shows of Black political power.  The Senate's rejection of a comprehensive voting rights bill on Wednesday night both leaves in place some of the most pernicious elements …
Hannah Rabinowitz / CNN:
Judge denies InfoWars host motion to dismiss  —  (CNN Business)A federal judge on Thursday denied InfoWars host and right-wing conspiracy theorist Owen Shroyer's attempt to dismiss the four charges against him in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot.  —  Shroyer has been charged …
Discussion: Insider and UPI
Justice News:
Belarusian Government Officials Charged With Aircraft Piracy For Diverting Ryanair Flight 4978 To Arrest Dissident Journalist In May 2021  —  Senior Belarusian Officials Conspired to Use a False Bomb Threat to Unlawfully Divert a Passenger Flight Carrying American Citizens in Order to Arrest Belarusian Dissident
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Mind the Facts.  Trump Fans Feel Like a Majority  —  Donald Trump's obsession with inflated estimates of the crowd sizes at his various live events has been a long-running joke in American politics.  This was exhibited most famously in his bitter argument with the National Park Service …
Discussion: The Atlantic and National Review
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Pelosi plays cleanup for Biden  —  BIG MEDIA MOVE THIS MORNING: BOB COSTA, the star politics reporter for the Washington Post and BOB WOODWARD's recent co-author, is joining CBS as chief election and campaign correspondent.  More from the NYT
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hochul Amassed a Campaign Fortune.  Here's Who it Came From.  —  Gov. Kathy Hochul's record-setting $21.6 million in donations flowed from a who's who of New York's special interests.  —  Last November, when many of Manhattan's skyscrapers sat half-empty, Gov. Kathy Hochul made a high-stakes wager …
New York Times:
A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No- Strike’ List.  The U.S. Bombed It Anyway.  —  A military report warned that striking the giant structure could cause tens of thousands of deaths.  —  Near the height of the war against the Islamic State in Syria, a sudden riot of explosions rocked the country's largest dam …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Associated Press:
Rittenhouse seeks return of gun used during Kenosha protest  —  KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, is seeking the return of the gun and other property that police seized after his arrest.
Discussion: CBS Chicago
Theresa Vargas / Washington Post:
In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia's kids  —  His executive order, which gives parents the power to choose whether children wear masks in school, ignores reality  —  When children test positive for the coronavirus at my children's Virginia elementary school, parents don't normally get much information.
Discussion: RedState, Forbes and Liberty Unyielding
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Those least likely to worry about getting covid (Republicans) have been those most likely to get covid  —  Since early in the pandemic, there have been a variety of ways in which views of the situation fall along partisan lines.  For example, Republicans have consistently expressed less concern …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
 
 
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Cameron Cawthorne / Fox Business:
Hunter Biden, former Biden aide invested in Chinese company tied to Communist Party, NBA China
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Donna Edwards jumps into the race for her old Md. congressional seat
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Mediaite
Frank Gluck / The News-Press:
DeSantis administration puts Florida health director on leave for encouraging vaccinations for his staff
Representative Mondaire Jones:
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by improperly disclosing stock sales
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Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Money pours into Arizona secretary of state race after 2020 ballot review
Discussion: Washington Times
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Hot Package: Billy Ray, Adam McKay Team For ‘J6,’ Film About January 6 Assault On Capitol
Discussion: Gawker
Dylan Goetz / MLive.com:
Flint schools extends virtual learning period indefinitely
Discussion: National Review
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America is overdosing on the apocalypse
Discussion: Vox
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Filings Reveal Another Billionaire Behind the Big Lie
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire