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CNN:
Mike Pence must testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump leading up to January 6, judge rules  —  A federal judge has decided that former Vice President Mike Pence must testify to a grand jury about conversations he had with Donald Trump leading up to January 6, 2021 …
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New York Times:
Pence Must Testify to Jan. 6 Grand Jury, Judge Rules  —  The ruling in Washington was the latest setback to efforts by former President Donald J. Trump's legal team to limit testimony to grand juries investigating him on various matters.  —  A federal judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence …
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
The Dangerous Journey of John Eastman
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Covenant school shooter was under care for emotional disorder and hid guns at home, police say  —  Editor's Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence.  —  CNN —  The 28-year-old who killed three children and three adults at a private Christian school in Nashville …
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Sandra Stojanovic / Reuters:
Video shows police storming building, killing Nashville school shooter  —  Video released on Tuesday showed Nashville, Tennessee, police officers storming a private Christian grade school on Monday before confronting and fatally shooting an attacker who killed three 9-year-old students and three adult staff members.
Washington Post:
Activist group led by Ginni Thomas received nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations  —  Funding for group that battled ‘cultural Marxism’ was channeled through right-wing think tank, Post investigation finds  —  A little-known conservative activist group led by Virginia “Ginni” Thomas …
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Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Christie sees a lane in the GOP primary: Trump destroyer
CNN:   Inside the backchannel communications keeping Donald Trump in the loop on Republican investigations
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
Trump makes a big move in the Granite State
Discussion: Political Wire
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What the Republican Push for ‘Parents’ Rights' Is Really About  —  You may have heard the phrase “parents' rights.”  —  It sounds unobjectionable — of course parents should have rights — which is probably why it's become the term of choice for the conservative effort to ban books …
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
The inside story of why a Florida school removed a movie about Ruby Bridges  —  Ruby Bridges is a civil rights hero.  At just six years old, Bridges was the first Black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans, fulfilling the promise of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Discussion: VICE and Balloon Juice
Jonathan Edwards / Washington Post:
Fla. parent files complaint about second-graders watching ‘Ruby Bridges’
Discussion: Progress Pond and Political Wire
Omari Daniels / Washington Post:
Adnan Syed conviction reinstated by Maryland appellate court panel  —  A Maryland appellate court panel on Tuesday reinstated the murder conviction of “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed, deciding a lower court had violated the right of the victim's family to attend a critical hearing in the case.
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Baltimore Sun:
Maryland appellate court reinstates Adnan Syed's convictions, orders new hearing
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Adnan Syed murder conviction reinstated by Maryland appeals court
Discussion: New York Times
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Delays Bid to Overhaul Israel's Judiciary as Protests Rage
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Netanyahu Cannot Be Trusted
Discussion: Haaretz and Washington Examiner
Aleks Phillips / Newsweek:
Tucker Carlson Has the American People on His Side, Poll Shows  —  A majority of American voters agree with Tucker Carlson that the events of the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol were less violent than have been portrayed by the media.  —  According to exclusive polling for Newsweek …
Patrick Ruffini / The Intersection:
Why this extremely viral poll result might not be real  —  It's unlikely that Americans are half as patriotic as they were four years ago.  Here's what's happening instead.  —  This chart from the March Wall Street Journal/NORC poll was destined to go viral.
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Rot of nation's core values quantified by single poll
Discussion: Fox News and Not the Bee
Alex Burness / Bolts:
“Back to 1902”: Virginia Governor Revives Lifetime Ban on Voting  —  Governor Glenn Youngkin just gave himself a lot more power to pick and choose Virginia voters.  The Republican governor's administration told state lawmakers in a letter last week that he was rescinding his predecessors' policy …
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity's attempt to coach Trump backfires — again  —  Despite the Fox host's prompts, Trump declined to give him the answers he sought.  And they pertain to some central questions in a key legal fight.  —  Donald Trump's long-awaited return to Fox News's airwaves on Monday night …
Maria Verza / Associated Press:
Official: 39 dead in fire at migrant facility in Mexico  —  More than three dozen migrants have died in a fire at an immigration detention center in northern Mexico near the U.S. border, an official said Tuesday.  Images from the scene showed rows of bodies lying under shimmery silver sheets outside …
NBC4 Washington:
Suspect Accused of Stabbing Senate Staffer in DC Got Out of Prison Day Before, Records Show  —  A man accused of stabbing a U.S. Senate staffer in Northeast D.C. on Saturday was released from federal prison 24 hours earlier, court records show.  —  Glynn Neal, 42, was arrested and charged …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
'We're Going Away': A State's Choice to Forgo Medicaid Funds Is Killing Hospitals  —  Mississippi is one of 10 states, all with Republican-led legislatures, that continue to reject federal funding to expand health insurance for the poor, intensifying financial pressure on hospitals.
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
“I'll Walk Away From Anything”: Kara Swisher Calls the Shots  —  The ultimate media insider is juggling podcasts, writing a memoir, and texting with “half the planet.”  ("She has a coffee before bed," says Ben Smith.)  Swisher opens up to Vanity Fair about her career, including leaving The New York Times …
Max Parrott / The Lever:
To Crush Unions, Starbucks Targets Employee Communications  —  In a federal court case over Starbucks' alleged anti-union retaliation, the coffee giant is deploying a maneuver that labor experts say could have a chilling effect on workers' organizing efforts and potentially set a disastrous precedent …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
'It's a powerful effect': Austin fires back at GOP senator's blockade of military promotions  —  Sen. Tommy Tuberville is holding up personnel moves over the Pentagon's new abortion policies.  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin went on offense Tuesday against one Republican senator's blockade …
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
The Man Who Leads Senate Prayer Is Fed Up With ‘Thoughts And Prayers’  —  “When babies die at a church school, it is time for us to move beyond thoughts and prayers,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black said in his opening prayer.  —  After another mass shooting took the lives of six people …
The Guardian:
Putin prepares Russia for ‘forever war’ with west as Ukraine invasion stalls  —  The Russian president has managed to rally people around the flag with talk of a fight for national survival  —  ne evening in late December, as Muscovites strolled along their city's brightly lit streets …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Reuters:
FTX's Bankman-Fried charged with bribing Chinese officials in new indictment  —  U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday unveiled a new indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing the founder of now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange of conspiring to bribe Chinese government officials with $40 million worth of payments.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney Eliminates Its Metaverse Division as Part of Company's Layoffs Plan  —  The unit, once seen as developing a new form of storytelling, had about 50 employees  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers  —  White-Collar Recession: Why Job Cuts Are Hitting Professional Workers
Protect Democracy:
Towards Proportional Representation for the U.S. House  —  “Each American lives in a congressional district in which every two years they may vote for a single official to alone represent their district in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This reality is so familiar to most that it perhaps …
Aamna Mohdin / The Guardian:
Guardian owner apologises for founders' links to transatlantic slavery  —  Scott Trust to invest in decade-long programme of restorative justice after academic research into newspaper's origins  —  The owner of the Guardian has issued an apology for the role the newspaper's founders …
 
 
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Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Congress had a lot to say about TikTok. Much of it was wrong.
Discussion: National Review
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
A Campaign Aide Didn't Write That Email. A.I. Did.
Discussion: Political Wire and BuzzFeed News
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden Overall Approval at 40%, Key Issue Ratings Lackluster
Daniel Strauss / New Republic:
No Labels' Pitch to Donors Pretends Joe Biden Doesn't Exist
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Jonathan Levinson / OPB:
Despite setbacks, far-right extremists are winning positions in mainstream Northwest politics
Discussion: Political Wire
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
A Long-Term Deal to Raise the US Debt Ceiling Is Looking Unlikely
Lee O. Sanderlin / Baltimore Sun:
FBI offers $10K reward for info on Roy McGrath, now an ‘international flight risk’
Discussion: Political Wire
Candy Woodall / USA Today:
Chris Christie says President Biden fumbled Nashville shooting response with ice cream joke
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Why Republicans Abandoned Their Economic Message
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Christian Paz / Vox:
The House GOP's investigations are flopping
Discussion: Washington Examiner
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
The California newspaper that has no reporters left
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The IRS Makes a Strange House Call on Matt Taibbi
 

 
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