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Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany met with January 6 committee, sources say  —  (CNN)Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday appeared before the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
January 6 committee wants to ask McCarthy about Trump's state of mind during and after riot  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot is asking Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, to voluntarily provide information to the panel …
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Select Committee Seeks Information from Minority Leader McCarthy
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Liz Cheney Is Using The Jan. 6 Committee To Persecute An Activist Running A Super PAC To Unseat Her
Tara Subramaniam / CNN:
Fact-checking Jim Jordan's letter to the Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: The Bulwark, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Pressed on his election lies, former President Trump cuts NPR interview short  —  Some Republican leaders are trying to move on from former President Donald Trump's failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election that he lost.  —  “While there were some irregularities, there were none …
Read NPR's full interview with former President Donald Trump  —  Former President Donald Trump spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, Jan. 11, in a brief phone interview.  They discussed vaccinations for COVID-19, the 2020 election and the outlook for Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections.
Marc Caputo / NBC News:
Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend testifies to grand jury in sex trafficking probe  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Rep. Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend testified Wednesday before a federal grand jury investigating him for sex crimes, a major development that suggests the Department of Justice may be moving closer to indicting him.
Gaetz's ex-girlfriend arrives at federal courthouse, expected to testify before grand jury  —  (CNN)An ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is seen as a key witness in the investigation into alleged sex trafficking by the Florida Republican, entered an Orlando federal courthouse with her lawyer on Wednesday …
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Trump Rips ‘Gutless’ Politicians — Like DeSantis — Who Won't Say If They've Had Vaccine Booster: ‘Say It’  —  Former President Donald Trump said that politicians who don't disclose their booster shot status when asked in interviews are “gutless.”  —  He made the remarks on One America News in an interview aired on Tuesday night.
Tom LoBianco / Vanity Fair:
“He's the Shadow Front-Runner”: In 2024, Mike Pence Is Gearing Up to Go Rogue
Trump takes thinly veiled shot at ‘gutless’ DeSantis over Covid booster
Gabby Orr / CNN:
As candidates refuse to disavow McConnell, Trump comes to terms with his grip on GOP
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Quinnipiac University Poll:
Political Instability Not U.S. Adversaries, Seen As Bigger Threat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Think Nation's Democracy Is In Danger Of Collapse  — mail_outline  —  In a sharply divided country, Americans agree on this: the bigger danger to the United States comes from within.
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Biden's approval rating drops to new low as Americans sour on his handling of COVID, economy
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Quinnipiac Has Biden at 33 Percent Approval
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Mike Lindell says he has ‘enough evidence’ to put ‘300 million’ Americans in jail for election fraud  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell argued this week that “300 million” Americans belong in jail for election fraud.  —  Lindell's remarks on Real America's Voice were first reported by Right Wing Watch.
The Columbus Dispatch:
Redistricting: Ohio Supreme Court strikes down state House and Senate maps  —  Jessie Balmert Laura A. BischoffThe Columbus Dispatch  —  The Ohio Supreme Court struck down GOP-drawn state House and Senate maps as unconstitutional gerrymandering in a 4-3 decision Wednesday …
U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth / The Herald-Times:
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth won't run for reelection in Indiana's 9th district.  Here's why.  —  U.S. Rep. Trey HollingsworthSpecial to IndyStar  —  At the entryway to your congressional office on my very first day as your representative, I had a plaque installed that reads …
Discussion: Roll Call
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he's ‘extremely unwell’ after testing positive for coronavirus  —  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) announced late Tuesday that he's “extremely unwell” after testing positive for coronavirus, forcing him to postpone his State of the State address.
Office of the Governor:
Gov. Justice tests positive for COVID-19
Todd Ruger / Roll Call:
Republicans stung by a change they made on judicial picks  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned for years that a change Republicans made during the Trump administration for judicial nominees would one day work against them — and Wednesday was that day.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Marsha Blackburn Criticizes Black Judicial Nominee's ‘Rap Sheet’ Of Speeding Tickets
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Romney warns against getting rid of filibuster, citing possible Trump win in 2024  —  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Tuesday issued a warning to Democrats about the potential consequences of getting rid of the filibuster and accused President Biden of going down “the same tragic road” of former President Trump.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Revealed: The Billionaires Funding the Coup's Brain Trust  —  Conservative mega-donors including the DeVoses and Bradleys are pumping big money into the Claremont Institute think tank that fueled Trump's election-fraud fantasies  —  The Claremont Institute, once a little-known …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
GOP Senate candidate in Ohio makes $10.5 million personal investment in campaign  —  Ohio's Republican Senate primary — already one of the most expensive races in the nation — is seeing another multimillion-dollar investment from a self-funding candidate.  —  Matt Dolan, who unlike …
Plain Dealer:
Rob Portman - Ohio needs you. Don't retire. Seek another term
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Scientists believed Covid leaked from Wuhan lab - but feared debate could hurt ‘international harmony’  —  Emails to Dr Anthony Fauci show ‘likely’ explanation identified at start of coronavirus pandemic, but there were worries about saying so  —  Leading British and US scientists thought …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Grid, a ‘Fuller Picture’ News Site, Goes Live  —  The latest media start-up, with millions in funding and a team of more than 20 journalists, aims to bring clarity to weighty issues.  —  Grid, a news site more than a year in the making, went live early Wednesday, with the goal of becoming …
Kaleigh Rogers / FiveThirtyEight:
The Big Lie's Long Shadow  —  Mike Cuffe blends in.  Sitting in a chair that almost matches the color of his suit, which almost matches the gray Montana sky outside, the state senator looked a lot like the other legislators in a state administration committee meeting last February.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Virginia Roberts / BBC:
Prince Andrew to face civil sex assault case after US ruling  —  Prince Andrew has failed in his bid to get a civil case which alleges he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre dismissed by a US judge.  —  Ms Giuffre is suing the prince claiming he abused her when she was 17.
Washington Post:
Omicron will infect ‘just about everybody,’ Fauci says … The omicron coronavirus variant will infect “just about everybody” regardless of vaccination status, top U.S. infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said Tuesday.  —  But those who have been vaccinated will “very likely …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Don't rule out a GOP Senate wave  —  ANALYSIS — As usual, Democrats are fighting among themselves — this time about what to do with the Senate filibuster.  —  Most would like to simply eliminate it, but that is not going to happen in a 50-50 Senate that includes Sens. Joe Manchin III …
John Ortved / New York Times:
Cigarettes Are Making a Comeback  —  Cigarettes, once shunned, have made a comeback with a younger crowd who knows better.  —  On a recent not-so-wintry Thursday in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, when the only snowflakes seen were over text, a gang of 20-somethings stood in a circle outside …
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
‘Crime tourists’: An international spree targets D.C. area's wealthy Asian residents  —  A string of burglaries in the suburbs revealed a crime trend with worldwide reach  —  Detectives crept into the parking lot of a Days Inn in Alexandria one night in March and surreptitiously attached GPS trackers …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Christopher Tremoglie / Washington Examiner:
Even Mark Zuckerberg is leaving California for Texas
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
GOP Rep. Davidson compares vaccine mandates to the Holocaust
Discussion: Mediaite, DCist and Political Wire
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker promoted a ‘mist’ that he claimed would ‘kill any covid on your body’
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
A Simple Plan to Solve All of America's Problems
Maggie Koerth / FiveThirtyEight:
‘Back Alley’ Advice Is Making The Pandemic Worse
Washington Post:
In America, a child is shot every hour, and hundreds die. Here are 13 young lives lost in 2021.
Andrea Long Chu / Vulture:
Hanya's Boys … By the time you finish reading A Little Life, you will have spent a whole book waiting for a man to kill himself.
Discussion: Today in Tabs
Max Hauptman / Task & Purpose:
Judge orders man convicted of sexual assault to join the military or go to jail
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
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Rachel Maddow / MSNBC:
Republicans in at least three states filed forged elector letters; possible pattern seen
Discussion: YouTube
Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
A civil war rehearsal?  US Army will conduct a two-week ‘guerilla war’ training exercise in North Carolina to teach Special Forces how to overthrow …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court takes up a case, brought by Ted Cruz, that could legalize bribery
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Virginia's legislative session will test GOP's ability to roll back Democrats' gains
Discussion: Twitchy