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Politico:
Senate Republicans turn on Trump over suspend-the-Constitution talk  —  Senate Republicans are slowly but surely distancing themselves from Donald Trump after a call to terminate the Constitution and a meeting with antisemites — though there's no sign any will start actively opposing his 2024 campaign.
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Olivia Olander / Politico:
Trump denies he suggested ‘termination’ of Constitution, without deleting post  —  Former President Donald Trump on Monday denied he wanted to “'terminate' the Constitution,” two days after suggesting “the termination of all rules ... even those found in the Constitution.”
Shelby Talcott / Semafor:
Top evangelicals are backing away from Donald Trump
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and HuffPost
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump insists he doesn't want to ‘terminate’ Constitution
Asta Hemenway / The Daily Beast:
Even Evangelicals Are Sick of Trump's ‘Drama’
Discussion: Raw Story
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
Giuliani pressed on role in Trump 2020 election reversal legal gambits during attorney discipline hearing
Devan Cole / CNN:
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from clients  —  Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for embezzling millions of dollars from four of his clients and obstruction.  —  Avenatti pleaded guilty earlier …
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John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
I'm worried now  —  Subscriptions are falling.  —  During the pandemic, I put everything I wrote in front of the paywall.  Free public thinking seemed like the right thing to do.  Now that the pandemic is (not over but) easing, business realities have forced me to make a hard decision.
Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch to be deposed in $1.6 billion defamation case against Fox  —  The Fox Corp chairman is the highest-profile individual to be questioned in the case, which hinges on Fox's coverage of the 2020 presidential election.  —  Rupert Murdoch, the 91-year-old chairman …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Finally, a bipartisan deal to help the ‘dreamers’ is within reach  —  For three straight election cycles, running as the party of “border security” has largely failed for the GOP.  Though Republicans dumped enormous resources into painting migrants in the most lurid and threatening terms imaginable …
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Politico:
Republican hopes fade as Warnock momentum picks up in Georgia
Rachael Levy / Reuters:
Exclusive: Musk's Neuralink faces federal probe, employee backlash over animal tests  —  Elon Musk's Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Manhattan DA Hires Ex-DOJ Official to Help Lead Trump Investigation  —  The official, Matthew Colangelo, also worked on the New York attorney general's investigation of the former president.  —  The Manhattan district attorney is hiring a former senior justice department official with a history …
Politico:
Germany backtracks on defense spending promises made after Ukraine invasion  —  BERLIN — Germany on Monday walked back its promise to swiftly raise defense spending to at least 2 percent of its economic output — breaching the key commitment made days after Russia's invasion of Ukraine to become a more serious military force.
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Jefferson Morley / JFK Facts:
Major Break Coming in the JFK Assassination Story  —  The CIA is concealing a secret operation that involved accused assassin Oswald.  —  Many Americans wonder why the CIA is still concealing records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which happened nearly 60 years ago.
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:
Court Implodes Trump's Mar-a-Lago Defense (and the Errant Judge Who Bought It)  —  The timeline makes clear how careful and even deferential prosecutors were.  —  On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit finally put to rest the special master nonsense that Donald Trump set …
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Far-Right Attacked Drag Events in 4 States This Weekend  —  Protests against drag events have been an almost weekly occurrence this year.  This weekend was no different.  —  Neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, militiamen, Christian nationalists, and culture warriors in at least four states mobilized …
Elaina Plott Calabro / The Atlantic:
Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Like This?  —  On the ground in the Georgia congresswoman's alternate universe  —  I.  —  she was very late.  A man named Barry was compelled to lead the room in a rendition of Lee Greenwood's “God Bless the U.S.A.” to stall for time.
Breitbart:
SOURCES: McConnell Caves to Pelosi, Schumer, Allows JCPA Media Cartel Bailout Bill to Be Included in Defense Package  —  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has caved to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and will allow the National Defense Authorization Act …
Washington Post:
Trump's committee paying for lawyers of key Mar-a-Lago witnesses  —  Save America PAC has spent millions on Trump-related legal fees, filings show; some say paying for witness's lawyers poses a conflict  —  Former president Donald Trump's political action committee is paying legal bills …
Discussion: Political Wire and Insider
Associated Press:
Ex-Miami congressman Rivera arrested in Venezuela probe  —  A former Miami congressman who signed a $50 million consulting contract with Venezuela's socialist government has been arrested in connection to an ongoing federal criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said.
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Talk show host and Georgia House candidate accused of illegal voting  —  Brian K. Pritchard allegedly voted nine times while on felony probation  —  Conservative North Georgia talk show host Brian K. Pritchard, a candidate for the state House who rails against election fraud …
NBC News:
Hackers linked to Chinese government stole millions in Covid benefits, Secret Service says  —  Hackers linked to the Chinese government stole at least $20 million in U.S. Covid relief benefits, including Small Business Administration loans and unemployment insurance funds in over a dozen states, according to the Secret Service.
CNBC:
Warner Bros. Discovery closes in on ‘Max’ as the name of its combined HBO Max-Discovery+ streaming service  — Warner Bros. Discovery plans to merge its HBO Max and Discovery+ streaming services in the spring.  — Lawyers are vetting the name executives have chosen for the service, “Max,” sources said.
Jared Malsin / Wall Street Journal:
Blasts Hit Russian Air Bases as Moscow Launches Missile Barrage on Ukraine  —  Intense fighting continues in eastern Ukraine as Russia presses its offensive on Bakhmut  —  Explosions hit two Russian air bases on Monday, while Ukrainian officials hinted at a capability to strike deeper within …
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Summer Concepcion / NBC News:
Justice Alito jokes about Black Santa, Ashley Madison during Supreme Court arguments  —  Justice Samuel Alito joked about Black Santa, children in Klan robes and dating websites as the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case weighing a conservative evangelical Christian web designer's bid to avoid working on same-sex weddings Monday.
 
 
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New York Times:
Video Game Workers at Microsoft and Activision Take Steps to Unionize
Discussion: The Verge and MacRumors
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
FBI Ramps Up Spending to Fight MAGA Terrorism
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
New York Magazine:
That AI Chatbot Wrote a Pretty Decent New York Article
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Secretary of State John Scott, Texas' top election official, resigns
David Byler / Washington Post:
Did uncontested races cost the Democrats the House popular vote?
David Cole / New York Times:
The Supreme Court Is About to Ask the Wrong Question About the First Amendment
CNN:
FBI joins investigation into North Carolina power outage caused by ‘intentional’ attacks on substations
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Social Security offices critical to disability benefits hit breaking point
Discussion: The Hill
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Fearing scandal, Air Force blocked generals' foreign consulting deals
 

 
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