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Media Matters for America:
We're all trying to find the guy who did this — Fox News struggled to shift coverage of Buffalo mass shooting away from the racist theory it frequently promoted  —  Fox News' silence on the “great replacement” theory spoke volumes … Fox News programming went virtually silent …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion How Elise Stefanik and the GOP sanitize ‘great replacement’ ugliness  —  Nothing gets Republicans like Rep. Elise Stefanik angrier than reciting their own words back to them at a politically inconvenient moment.  So it is that the New York lawmaker is lashing out at critics who have noted …
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
Why Tucker Carlson Should Want the Buffalo Manifesto Made Public  —  The alleged teenage mass shooter in Buffalo, New York, wrote and posted a 180-page manifesto.  I read the whole thing, and the only part that surprised me was the banality of his stated intention to eat “corn beef hash” …
Washington Post:
Store guard confronted Buffalo suspect during March visit, online account says  —  Two months before Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, he was confronted by a security guard at the store during a trip on which he compiled detailed plans of the location …
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Washington Post:
Only 22 saw the Buffalo shooting live.  Millions have seen it since.  —  Tech companies have vowed to remove killers' first-person footage of massacres.  But extremists and the morbidly curious have used the Internet to ensure a video of haunting brutality stays online.
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?  —  The spread of the Omicron variant has given scientists an unsettling answer: repeatedly, sometimes within months.  —  A virus that shows no signs of disappearing, variants that are adept at dodging the body's defenses …
Discussion: HotAir
Bloomberg:
Musk Says Twitter Deal at Lower Price Is ‘Not Out of the Question’  —  Elon Musk stoked speculation that he could seek to renegotiate his takeover of Twitter Inc., saying a viable deal at a lower price wouldn't be “out of the question.”  —  Twitter shares briefly pared losses in afternoon trading.
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Like Throwing Money Down a Hole’: Kara Swisher Breaks Down Elon Musk's Chaotic Bid to Take Over Twitter  —  Kara Swisher thinks — well, knows — that Elon Musk is having second thoughts about buying Twitter for $44 billion.  —  “He has to be.  This price is too high,” she told me on the latest episode of The Interview.
Blake Hounshell / New York Times:
Republican ‘Chaos’ in Pennsylvania Threatens to Upend the Midterms  —  The G.O.P. thought it had 2022 all figured out.  Then along came Kathy Barnette and Doug Mastriano.  —  To a degree surpassing any other contest in the 2022 midterms so far, Donald Trump has poured his personal prestige …
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Washington Post:
How Trump's pact with the Club for Growth turned into a grudge match
Discussion: New York Times
Politico:
GOP blame game erupts in Pennsylvania governor's race
Discussion: New York Times and Vanity Fair
Andrew Pantazi / The Tributary:
Florida judge orders officials to use new congressional redistricting map  —  A Tallahassee judge has ordered Florida elections officials to begin using a new court-ordered congressional redistricting map, lifting an automatic stay that had halted his order when the state appealed last week.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian:
Putin involved in war ‘at level of colonel or brigadier’, say western sources  —  President helping determine movement of Russian soldiers, say sources, as head of UK armed forces says Ukraine is winning  —  Vladimir Putin has become so personally involved in the Ukraine war …
Herb Scribner / Axios:
DeSantis signs law banning protests outside private homes  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that will make protesting outside of a person's home illegal. … - The law “requires specified warning before arrest.” … - “This bill will provide protection to those living …
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Jordan Highsmith / wtsp.com:
Gov. DeSantis signs law making picketing, protesting outside a person's home illegal
Discussion: Associated Press and WFLA-TV
Associated Press:
White House moves to loosen remittance, flight rules on Cuba  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Monday that it will expand flights to Cuba and lift Donald Trump-era restrictions on remittances that immigrants can send to people on the island.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
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Briar Napier / Oil City News:
Sen. Cynthia Lummis apologizes after ‘two sexes’ comment evokes jeers, boos at UW commencement  —  A University of Wyoming commencement speaker has apologized after a controversial statement she made in reference to sex and gender Saturday evoked jeers by some in attendance.
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Turkey says it will not approve Sweden and Finland joining Nato  —  Turkey's justice ministry said it objected on grounds that the two countries had failed to respond positively to extradition requests  —  Turkey has said it will not approve Sweden and Finland joining it as Nato members …
CNN:
Barnette said she was leading buses to DC for ‘our 1776 moment’ on January 6, 2021  —  (CNN)Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Kathy Barnette said she was bringing three buses of “pissed off patriots” for the January 6, 2021, “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the US Capitol riot.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Rolling Stone
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Kathy Barnette Refuses to Support GOP Nominee for Senate if It Is Not Her
Melissa Chan / NBC News:
New York's red flag law should have helped thwart the Buffalo mass shooting.  What went wrong?  —  Less than a year after a white teenager in upstate New York was investigated for making a threatening statement at school, he legally purchased a firearm, which he is accused of using to gun …
Discussion: New York Times, ABC News and The Root
Abbott / PR Newswire:
Abbott Enters into Consent Decree with U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Sturgis, Mich., Plant; Agreement Creates Pathway to Reopen Facility  — After FDA approval, Abbott could restart the site within two weeks; from the time of restart it would take six to eight weeks before product is available on shelves
Insider:
Trump's campaign committee dodges penalty as federal watchdog deadlocks on complaint it laundered hundreds of millions of dollars  — The Federal Election Commission has “evenly divided” on a case involving Donald Trump's 2020 re-election committee.  — A complaint alleged …
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:   Federal Election Commission deadlocks, won't punish Trump
Theo Francis / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Strikes Down California Law Mandating Women on Boards  —  Decision follows a similar ruling last month on a separate law requiring racial or ethnic diversity on boards  —  A state judge struck down a California law requiring companies in the state put female directors on their boards …
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Brian Melley / Associated Press:
Judge: California's women on boards law is unconstitutional
Discussion: CBS News and The Root
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Ben Bernanke Sees ‘Stagflation’ Ahead  —  The former chairman of the Federal Reserve has a new book out on Tuesday explaining the powers of the Fed and Congress to juice or slow our economy amid a supply-chain crunch and sky-high demand.  —  Standing in his kitchen one morning in Washington …
Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Doug Mastriano aide who blocked press at campaign event was at Capitol on Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON — A staffer with Doug Mastriano's Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign who helped block media access to an event over the weekend was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, where he appeared to smile …
Washington Free Beacon:
Leaker, Liar, Turncoat, Nut Job  —  No Books.  No Money.  Just the Truth.  That's the title of the meandering Substack post Steve Schmidt threw up last week at the tail end of a two-day Twitter bender.  In that time, he didn't take more than an hour away from the keyboard …
Orange County Register:
Laguna Woods church shooter was motived by hate of Taiwan, sheriff says  —  The man accused of killing one and injuring four others with gunfire inside a Laguna Woods church on Sunday while a Taiwanese Presbyterian group was meeting was motivated by tensions between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan …
Jackson Richman / Mediaite:
WHCA Threatens Reporter Who Interrupted Psaki Briefing With Possible Expulsion in Scathing Email  —  A reporter who interrupted Friday's White House press briefing has been threatened with suspension or expulsion from the White House Correspondents Association were he to do the same again.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
As N.Y.C. approaches the high alert level for the virus, the city recommends but doesn't mandate masks.  —  City health officials urged New Yorkers to wear medical masks indoors and to take other precautions.  —  Citing high community transmission and rising hospitalizations from a fifth wave …
Fox News:
Jury selected in Durham-Sussmann trial: Opening arguments, testimony from Democratic lawyer Marc Elias to come  —  Sussmann is charged with making a false statement to the FBI and has pleaded not guilty  —  Trey Gowdy: Sussmann trial about ‘duped’ FBI protecting its brand
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
New York Times:
Biden Approves Plan to Redeploy Several Hundred Ground Forces Into Somalia  —  The president also signed off on targeting about a dozen Shabab leaders in the war-torn country, from which Donald J. Trump largely withdrew in his final weeks in office.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden has signed …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Disastrous Legacy of the New Democrats  —  On December 21, 2000, shortly before leaving office, President Bill Clinton signed the New Markets Tax Credit Program into law, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001.  He called it “the most significant effort ever …
Quartz:
Miami's mayor backed MiamiCoin crypto—then its price dropped 95%  —  On Feb. 2, the city of Miami cashed out its cryptocurrency MiamiCoin for the first time, depositing $5.25 million into city coffers.  Miami mayor Francis Suarez hailed it as a “historic moment” and predicted the cryptocurrency …
 
 
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CNN:
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National Review:
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