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Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
Half of G.O.P. Voters Ready to Leave Trump Behind, Poll Finds  —  Far from consolidating his support, the former president appears weakened in his party, especially with younger and college-educated Republicans.  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is the most popular alternative.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
New York Times:
A Culture Warrior Goes Quiet: DeSantis Dodges Questions on Abortion Plans  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida faces political pressure from Republicans to further curb abortions — and risks to his re-election campaign and any presidential aspirations if he goes too far.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
The Jan. 6 Panel's Hearings Are (Mostly) Falling on Voters' Deaf Ears
Discussion: HotAir and Breitbart
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
DeSantis convenes top donors, fellow GOP govs as 2024 chatter builds
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
NBC News:
Cipollone corroborated virtually everything from Hutchinson, Jan. 6 panel member says  —  WASHINGTON — Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone corroborated virtually all of the revelations from previous witnesses, including former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, in lengthy testimony …
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
Exclusive: Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne to meet with January 6 investigators
Discussion: Raw Story
POLITICO Playbook: Jan. 6 panel zeroes in on Trump tweet  —  With help from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross  —  PHOTO OF THE DAY  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE TWEET DRIVING TODAY'S BIGGEST STORY — Today at 1 p.m. Eastern, the House Jan. 6 committee “plans to make its most complex case yet,” …
Sara Jean Green / The Seattle Times:
Man suspected of hate crime for allegedly threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal  —  A 48-year-old South Seattle man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a hate crime for threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, according to King County prosecutors.
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:   ‘Go Back to India’: Armed Man Arrested Outside Progressive Congresswoman Jayapal's House After Threatening to Kill Her
Kiera Feldman / Los Angeles Times:
He worked from home and died suddenly.  Five days passed before his body was found  —  Dominic Green signed out of work as he always did, exactly at 4:30 p.m.  —  “Good afternoon everyone, my shift has ended,” the 28-year-old emailed from his desk in the living room of his Los Angeles apartment on a winter Wednesday afternoon.
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
Starbucks Closing Some Stores, Citing Safety Concerns in Certain Cafes  —  Coffee chain said it is permanently closing 16 cafes after workers reported drug use by members of the public and crime concerns  —  Starbucks Corp. said Monday that it is closing 16 U.S. stores after workers reported …
News engagement plummets as Americans tune out  —  Engagement with news content has plunged during the first half of this year compared to the first half of 2021 and in some cases has fallen below pre-pandemic levels. … Despite a slew of major stories, readers have retrenched further in 2022.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon's Gambit May Have Just Put Him in New Legal Jeopardy  —  The former Trump strategist thought he had a winning move.  It turned out to be a blunder.  —  What started as a Steve Bannon public relations stunt may have just ended as a spectacular self-own.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
This may be Democrats' only chance to blunt a red wave in November  —  (CNN)To avoid the worst-case scenario in November, Democrats must defy one of the most powerful trends shaping modern congressional elections.  Recent polls have provided them a glimmer of optimism that they might do just that.
Washington Post:
Biden's low poll numbers are exactly what we should expect
Discussion: Breitbart
LeBron James Says He'd Question Returning To America If He Were Brittney Griner  —  LeBron James says Brittney Griner's been in captivity for way too long without the U.S. bringing her home, so if he were the WNBA star, he'd question returning to America.  —  Bron made the comments during …
Page Six:
Bradley Cooper dating Huma Abedin—and Anna Wintour played matchmaker: sources  —  A star couple is born: Huma Abedin and Bradley Cooper are dating, insiders told Page Six.  —  The top aide to Hillary Clinton — and former wife of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
What happened after Pete Buttigieg went on Fox News Sunday  —  Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg went on Fox News Sunday over the weekend and gave a good answer to a question he was asked about pro-choice protests against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Jill Biden apologizes after citing ‘bodegas’ and ‘breakfast tacos’ to praise Hispanic diversity  —  (CNN)First lady Jill Biden's office issued an apology Tuesday morning after Biden faced criticism for citing “bodegas” and “breakfast tacos” to praise Latino diversity.
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
First lady Jill Biden apologizes for comparing Hispanics to tacos during Texas visit
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
White House Privately Signaling It's Moving Forward With Anti-Abortion Court Pick  —  Despite outcry from Democrats and reproductive rights groups, Biden isn't backing off plans to nominate Chad Meredith, a source tells HuffPost.  —  President Joe Biden is not backing off plans to nominate …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
The power and peril of being Adam Schefter, the ultimate NFL insider  —  Even after a string of controversies, Schefter's star is only rising at ESPN.  No pictures, please.  —  Listen  —  Gift Article  —  Adam Schefter did not want to be photographed.
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Joe Biden's Dobbs Response Has Been Breathtakingly Awful  —  Why can't the president show some fight?  —  This weekend, the Washington Post published an article that chronicled the lumbering strategy of Joe Biden's administration in the aftermath of the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade.
New York Times:
4,000 Beagles Are Being Rescued From a Virginia Facility.  Now They Need New Homes.  —  The authorities have about two months to find homes for the dogs, after they were found at a facility that had violated dozens of federal regulations.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Don Moynihan / Can We Still Govern?:
Debunking the false comparisons between European and American abortion policies  —  Why are conservatives talking approvingly about European abortion policies anyway?  —  With the Dobbs decision, a curious thing has happened.  I'm not talking about SCOTUS stripping away a previously established …
Discussion: UPI
‘Even if it hurts’: Biden's Middle East trip could bring short-term pain for long-term gain  —  President Joe Biden had different plans for engaging the Middle East.  But the world has a way of intervening.  —  Biden had spent the last 18 months mainly ignoring the region …
Felicity Lawrence / The Guardian:
Uber paid academics six-figure sums for research to feed to the media  —  High-profile professors in Europe and the US were engaged as part of lobbying campaign, leak shows  —  Uber paid high-profile academics in Europe and the US hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce reports …
Rob Garner / NASA:
NASA's Webb Delivers Deepest Infrared Image of Universe Yet  —  NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has produced the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe to date.  Known as Webb's First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 is overflowing with detail.
Marianne Levine / Politico:
Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead gun regulation agency  —  The Senate approved Steven Dettelbach's nomination Tuesday to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, making him only the second Senate-confirmed director in the gun regulatory agency's history.
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Putin set to visit Iran next week  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran next week, the Kremlin said Tuesday, a day after the U.S. warned that Tehran could provide Moscow with drones for its action in Ukraine.  —  During a trip to Tehran next Tuesday …
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New York Gov. Hochul's Husband Works for Corporate Giant Accused of Union-Busting
Uri Blau / ProPublica:
Pegasus Spyware Maker NSO Is Conducting a Lobbying Campaign to Get Off U.S. Blacklist
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Times of Israel
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Some Consumers Are Giving Inflation the Bird—With a Whole Chicken
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Get Ready for Another Month of Bad Inflation Numbers
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Democrats' desire to turn the page on Biden in 2024 is highly unusual
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
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U.S. Central Command:
Strike conducted in Syria
Samuel Benson / Deseret News:
Q&A: Rusty Bowers opens up on Trump, the Jan. 6 committee and his Latter-day Saint faith
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
It's time to start showing the videos of police shooting white people
Nicole Goodkind / CNN:
The euro and the US dollar are at parity for the first time in 20 years
Discussion: Forbes, UPI and Al Jazeera