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Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's Not OK': The Entirely Predictable Unraveling of Madison Cawthorn  —  HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — In August of 2015, 16 months after the accident that nearly killed him and left him unable to walk, Madison Cawthorn exchanged text messages with the friend who had fallen asleep at the wheel and careened into a concrete wall.
Discussion: Twitchy and Raw Story
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CNN:
GOP looks to marginalize Cawthorn if he wins Tuesday primary  —  (CNN)Republicans are publicly and privately rooting for Rep. Madison Cawthorn to lose his North Carolina primary race on Tuesday.  But they're also preparing for an alternate scenario: how to deal with the embattled freshman …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Musk Says His Twitter Takeover Is ‘On Hold,’ Then Says He's ‘Still Committed’  —  Mr. Musk said he wanted to confirm Twitter's findings that spam and fake accounts make up less than 5 percent of its users.  —  Elon Musk escalated the drama surrounding his $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter on Friday …
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Washington Post:
Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter deal is temporarily on hold  —  The Tesla CEO, who has been seeking Twitter investors as his EV company sheds $400 billion in value, later says that he's ‘still committed’ to the acquisition  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk tweeted early Friday that his $44 billion bid …
Washington Post:
More Republicans are working to undermine Trump endorsements  —  Some GOP leaders have been actively campaigning — or quietly maneuvering — against Trump's picks in a way that could threaten his sway over the party  —  Before a roomful of Republican donors Monday, House Minority Leader …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Pence to headline Georgia rally for Kemp in new break with Trump
Margaret Atwood / The Atlantic:
I Invented Gilead.  The Supreme Court Is Making It Real.  —  In the early years of the 1980s, I was fooling around with a novel that explored a future in which the United States had become disunited.  Part of it had turned into a theocratic dictatorship based on 17th-century New England Puritan religious tenets and jurisprudence.
Discussion: Substack and Raw Story
Assistant Secretary / HHS.gov:
Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage  —  To address infant formula shortages in the wake of Abbott Nutrition's voluntary recall of certain powdered infant formulas, the Biden-Harris Administration is working to ensure that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country.
Discussion: NPR, CNN, Alabama Daily News and Raw Story
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall:
The Biden Administration is Shipping Pallets of Baby Formula to the Border
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Austin speaks with Russian counterpart for first time since start of war in Ukraine  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday spoke with his Russian counterpart, the first such conversation between the two officials since the Kremlin's attack on Ukraine began in February, according to the Pentagon.
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Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
The Jan. 6th Committee Escalates  —  Plus: The abortion word police.  —  Happy Friday (with the possible exception of those of you who own Twitter stock, or thought Elon Musk was going to be the savior of free speech).  —  Drudge gives a quick snapshot of how things are going this morning;
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 panel's historic subpoenas to House GOPers — and what's next
heinrich.senate.gov:
N.M. Congressional Democrats Call On President Biden To Expedite Solar Tariff Investigation Impacting Jobs, Investments In New Mexico  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.) …
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Canary Media:
Chart: US solar installations could fall 50% or more under new tariffs
Discussion: Segue Sustainable …
Kevin Robinson-Avila / Albuquerque Journal:   Solar industry in crisis over US trade dispute
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Robert C. McFarlane, Top Reagan Aide in Iran-Contra Affair, Dies at 84  —  As national security adviser, he pleaded guilty in an illegal scheme to aid Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s.  Guilt-ridden, he attempted suicide.  —  Robert C. McFarlane, a former decorated Marine officer who rose …
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Jerrold Schecter / Washington Post:   Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, Reagan national security adviser, dies at 84
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
We wanted to endorse in Republican primaries this year.  We can't.  —  With Pennsylvania voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, it's as if the primaries are occurring on two different planets.On the Republican side …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Elon Musk Trolls Twitter  —  Programming note: Money Stuff was supposed to be off today, but then my boss, Elon Musk, called me in to work anyway.  —  Oh Elon  —  No, absolutely not:  —  None of this!  Come on.  — “Temporarily on hold” is not a thing.
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Electability Argument Falling Flat in 2022  —  For the last six years, the one thing that has kept the Democratic Party unified and motivated is Donald Trump.  Fear and loathing got Democrats to turn out in the 2018 midterms, and kept those voters engaged in 2020.
Politico:
Zinke's wife declaring primary residence in California as he runs in Montana  —  Ryan Zinke, the former Trump Interior secretary now running for Congress again in Montana, has long faced questions about whether he lives in the state or in California.  —  Now, new tax records uncovered …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
‘He absolutely betrayed me’: Steve Schmidt tells all about John McCain  —  This week on Playbook Deep Dive, we sat down over Zoom with Steve Schmidt, the architect of the late Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential run, to hear what amounts to an untold chapter of that exhaustively chronicled campaign.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
White House prepares to ration vaccines as Covid funding impasse looms  —  A painful and foreboding reality is setting in for the White House as it enters a potentially dangerous stretch of the Covid fight: It may soon need to run its sprawling pandemic response on a shoestring budget.
president.columbia.edu:
Jelani Cobb Appointed Dean of Columbia Journalism School  —  Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:  —  It is with great pleasure that I write to announce my appointment of Jelani Cobb as the next Dean of Columbia Journalism School, as of August 1, 2022.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: New Trump venture  —  Donald Trump has found a new way to milk his ex-presidency — and test another — hitting the lucrative motivational speaking circuit with more fervor than any other active U.S. politician in history. … - It's privately run — and, according to organizers, it's driving huge audience interest.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO  —  President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”.
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New York Times:
Ukraine begins a trial of a Russian soldier accused of a war crime, a first since the conflict began.
Associated Press:
Detention of WNBA's Griner in Moscow extended for 1 month  —  MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month.  —  Alexander Boykov told The Associated Press he believed the relatively short extension …
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
How Not To Change Your Mind  —  The curious case of Bill Kristol's ideological transformation  —  If you live long enough, and haven't been lobotomized, you'll change a lot of your views and opinions.  Life does that.  The world changes; you change; and for most people …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
The Pro-Democracy Argument Against Roe Falters When It Meets Reality  —  A significant part of the case against Roe v. Wade is that the Supreme Court was wrong to intervene in 1973 to recognize a constitutional right to abortion while the democratic process was still playing out.
 
 
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New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Salon:
“Traditional” Catholics and white nationalist “groypers” forge a new far-right youth movement
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Washington Post:
Georgia county under scrutiny after claim of post-election breach
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
CNN:
US intelligence community launches review following Ukraine and Afghanistan intel failings
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Judy Woodruff Announces Plans To Step Down As Anchor Of ‘PBS NewsHour,’ Will Transition To Reporting And Special Projects