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Department of Justice:
Former Special Agent In Charge Of The New York FBI Counterintelligence Division Charged With Violating U.S. Sanctions On Russia  —  A Russian Court and Government Interpreter Is Also Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia  —  Damian Williams, the United States Attorney …
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Washington Post:
Former senior FBI official accused of working for Russian he investigated  —  Charles McGonigal, a former counterintelligence chief, is charged with money laundering and other counts connected to oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  NEW YORK — The former head of the FBI's counterintelligence division …
ABC News:
Former top FBI official Charles McGonigal arrested over ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  Oleg Deripaska has been sanctioned by the U.S.  —  A former top FBI official in New York has been arrested over his ties to a Russian oligarch, law enforcement sources told ABC News Monday.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Former Top FBI Official in New York Charged in Money Laundering  —  Prosecutors say Charles McGonigal, who was chief of counterintelligence in the city, took payments from Oleg Deripaska to investigate a rival Russian oligarch.  —  A former high-level F.B.I. official has been indicted …
Department of Justice:
Former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI New York Counterintelligence Division Charged with Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: CBS News
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Four other Oath Keepers found guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy  —  The verdict is the second of three seditious conspiracy cases charged in the U.S. Capitol breach  —  Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted of seditious conspiracy Monday, joining founder Stewart Rhodes …
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CNN:
Oath Keepers members found guilty of seditious conspiracy  —  Three members of the Oath Keepers and a fourth person associated with the far-right militia group were convicted of seditious conspiracy by a Washington, DC, jury on Monday for their role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection.
CNN:
What we know about the suspect in the Monterey Park massacre  —  The 72-year-old man suspected of killing 10 people and wounding 10 others in a shooting at a dance studio in Monterey Park, California, Saturday had previously frequented the establishment, sources told CNN.
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CNN:
Man found dead after police standoff in Torrance was the Monterey Park shooting suspect, sheriff says
Washington Post:
11th person dies after Monterey Park shooting; two other victims identified
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate GOP to McCarthy: Debt fight is all yours  —  Senate Republicans are happy to leave the hard work on averting a cataclysmic debt default this year to the House's new speaker.  —  After Kevin McCarthy blasted last month's Senate GOP leadership-backed $1.7 trillion spending plan …
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Al Weaver / The Hill:
Schumer calls on House GOP to unveil proposed spending cuts in debt ceiling negotiations
NBC News:
Jan. 6 rioter who put feet on desk in Pelosi's office convicted on all counts  —  An Arkansas man who was photographed during the Jan. 6 riot with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, was found guilty on all counts Monday after brief jury deliberations.
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NBC News:
Mike Pompeo criticizes journalist Jamal Khashoggi as an ‘activist’ who received too much media sympathy  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sharply criticizes murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in his new book, questioning his journalism credentials and lambasting …
Jill Lawrence / The Bulwark:
What the ‘Weaponization’ Committee Is Really After  —  'It's a drug they're going to put out on the street for conservative media and conservative voters.'  —  The defeat of election deniers running for important statewide offices last fall suggested a nation edging away from seven years of Trumpism.
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
There's no hiding Biden's fright over classified document scandal
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hires campaign manager as he gears up for 2024 reelection contest  —  1,042  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Sherrod Brown has hired a former communications aide to manage his 2024 reelection campaign, a major formal step toward preparing for what's expected …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
In blocking an AP Black studies course, DeSantis tells us who he is  —  Florida's Republican governor and presidential aspirant Ron DeSantis has made a name for himself by harassing Black voters, setting up a system to sue teachers for teaching race in ways that might offend Whites …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
AP Teacher's Guide Proves DeSantis Right in African-American Studies Clash
New York Times:
How Kevin McCarthy Forged an Ironclad Bond With Marjorie Taylor Greene  —  The close alliance that has developed between the speaker and the hard-right Georgia Republican explains his rise, how he might govern and the heavy influence of the extremes on the new House G.O.P. majority.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Jeffries says GOP has “double standard” on committee assignments  —  House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) nominated Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to the Intelligence Committee in a letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Saturday first obtained by Punchbowl News.
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NBC News:
Democrats name Schiff and Swalwell to Intelligence panel, picking fight with McCarthy
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
M&M's Ditches ‘Spokescandies’ After Tucker Carlson Complained About Their Sexiness  —  ‘SHOES CAN BE POLARIZING’  —  M&M's announced Monday that it will no longer use its famous cartoon character “spokescandies” after apparently getting sick of dealing with waves of conservative uproar about the way the animated chocolates dress.
Janay Kingsberry / Washington Post:
Why the new game ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ is roiling the LGBTQ community  —  Harry Potter fans debate: Is it possible to separate the world they love from J.K. Rowling?  —  A new Harry Potter game's upcoming release has sparked fierce reactions among trans gamers and LGBTQ allies …
More Perfect Union:
Sinema's Private Equity Donations Keep Flowing After Saving Tax Loophole  —  Sinema has received at least $526,000 from donors in the private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital industries after killing proposed taxes last year.  —  Shortly after striking a deal to kill legislation …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jane Herz / New York Post:
Aretha Franklin song ‘Natural Woman’ blasted by transgender activists  —  They're saying a little prayer.  —  One activist group based in Norway is calling for Aretha Franklin's hit 1968 song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” to be removed from both Apple Music and Spotify after they deemed its lyrics offensive.
Rob Stein / NPR:
The FDA considers a major shift in the nation's COVID vaccine strategy  —  The Food and Drug Administration is considering a major shift in the nation's COVID-19 vaccine strategy.  —  The goal is to simplify vaccination against COVID and perhaps adopt an approach similar to what is used for the flu vaccine …
CNN:
George Santos' lies are casting a harsh spotlight on a powerful Republican who endorsed and raised money for him  —  Cascading revelations about New York Rep. George Santos' pattern of lies and deception are putting increased scrutiny on powerful New York Rep. Elise Stefanik …
Discussion: Raw Story and driftglass
CBS News:
Evangelical leaders who supported Trump's presidency are waiting for other candidates in 2024  —  Rev. Franklin Graham, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical leaders and high-profile supporters of former President Donald Trump, says he won't be endorsing anyone in the 2024 Republican primary race.
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
Top pro-Israel Democrat Warns Netanyahu Government ‘Mistakes’ Could Erode U.S. Support  —  'Israel has one friend in the world...Those who risk U.S. support should know what they're doing': Rep. Brad Sherman, one of Israel's strongest supporters in Congress, has a pointed warning for Netanyahu's government …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
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Jim Fitzpatrick / openDemocracy:
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Warren Rojas / Insider:
Matt Gaetz tried playing kingmaker during the House speaker vote after spending 2 years as a political pariah.  Republicans say the grandstanding is unlikely to stop.
Discussion: Raw Story
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John Hanna / Associated Press:
Kansas senator's reelection campaign scammed out of $690K
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
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Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Majority in U.S. Still Say Gov't Should Ensure Healthcare
Discussion: The Hill and Common Dreams
Erin Cox / Washington Post:
Larry Hogan won over Democrats in Maryland. Could he do it nationwide?
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
A 23-Year-Old Mayor Tried Trump's Stolen Election Playbook. Only It Worked.
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Florida teachers told to remove books from classroom libraries or risk felony prosecution
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Finally: A Bain Man Makes It To The White House