The Washington Post • Toluse Olorunnipa, Michelle Lee • February 6 •
Trump’s election fraud falsehoods have cost taxpayers $519 million — and counting
Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen have forced local, state and federal agencies to spend millions enhancing security, fending off lawsuits and repairing property damage. The costs are mounting daily.
The New York Times • Matthew Rosenberg • February 6 •
Pushing QAnon and Stolen Election Lies, Flynn Re-emerges
Recast by President Trump’s most ardent supporters as a MAGA martyr, Michael T. Flynn has embraced his role as the man who spent four years unjustly ensnared in the Russia investigation.
The New Yorker • Isaac Chotiner • February 6 •
How San Francisco Renamed Its Schools
The president of the San Francisco Board of Education discusses the controversies around reopening and renaming her district’s schools, including questions about how to view the legacies of complex historical figures.
The New York Times • Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman • February 6 •
Trump Lawyer Asks to Pause Impeachment Trial if It Runs Into Sabbath
The request by David Schoen, one of former President Donald J. Trump’s lawyers, could upend plans for a fast trial.
The New York Times • Katie Rogers, Michael D. Shear • February 6 •
Biden Wants Harris to Have a Major Role. What It Is Hasn’t Been Defined.
President Biden is rarely seen without Kamala Harris, a tangible result of his efforts to treat her as an equal stakeholder. But for now he does not intend to assign her a specific portfolio.
The Washington Post • Dan Diamond, Lisa Rein, Juliet Eilperin • February 6 •
Trump left behind a damaged government. Here’s what Biden faces as he rebuilds it.
Civil servants have hunkered in a defensive crouch as Trump and his allies demanded political loyalty, tested their professionalism and called them the intransigent “deep state.”
Just Security • Ryan Goodman • February 6 •
EXCLUSIVE: New Video of Roger Stone with Proud Boys Leaders Who May Have Planned for Capitol Attack
Footage obtained by Just Security from Parler shows Roger Stone and Proud Boys leaders Enrique Tarrio and Ethan Nordean (a.k.a. Rufio Panman) participating together in a demonstration the night before the December 12th “Stop The Steal” rally in Washington DC.
The New Yorker • Isaac Chotiner • February 6 •
Marty Baron Considers His Time at the Washington Post
The soon-to-retire executive editor defends the idea of journalistic objectivity. “It’s not neutrality, it’s not both-sides-ism, it’s not so-called balance,” he says.
ProPublica • February 6 •
Why Opening Restaurants Is Exactly What the Coronavirus Wants Us to Do
Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control.
The New York Times • C. J. Chivers • February 3 •
Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean
The border with Mexico extends well beyond the desert. Tighter enforcement on land has driven record numbers of migrants to attempt dangerous crossings by water.
The New York Times • Ross Douthat • February 6 •
Opinion | Why the U.S. Needs the Romney Family Plan
America needs more babies. Public policy alone cannot deliver them, but it can help.
The New Republic • February 4 •
The Democratic Party Has a Fatal Misunderstanding of the QAnon Phenomenon
Their belief that this surreal conspiracy has arisen because of the poor education of its adherents is based in classism, not reality.
BuzzFeed News • Jason Leopold • February 6 •
The Official Overseeing Biden's Daily Briefings Previously Defended The CIA's False Intelligence About Torture
Intelligence officials praise Morgan Muir and his record, but a former Senate investigator said Muir cannot be trusted to “convey accurate information.”
The New York Times • Michael M. Grynbaum • February 6 •
Lawsuits Take the Lead in Fight Against Disinformation
Defamation cases have made waves across an uneasy right-wing media landscape, from Fox to Newsmax.
Slate • Mark Joseph Stern • February 6 •
Kagan Warns the Supreme Court’s New COVID Decision May Kill People
The new ultraconservative majority appeared to radically expand “religious liberty” at the expense of public health.
The Wall Street Journal • Russell Gold, Ben Foldy • February 5 •
The Battery Is Ready to Power the World
After a decade of rapidly falling costs, the rechargeable lithium-ion battery is poised to overhaul the car industry, disrupt the power grid and challenge the dominance of oil and gas.
BuzzFeed News • Ryan Mac • February 5 •
Parler Wanted Donald Trump On Its Site. Trump’s Company Wanted A Stake.
Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered Trump 40% of the company if he posted exclusively to the platform. The deal was never finalized.
Missoula Current • Missoula Current • February 5 •
Montana House endorses bill to end Election Day voter registration
Republicans in the Montana House Thursday endorsed a bill to end Election Day voter registration, saying it will take pressure off local election officials that day and still allow people to register and vote up to the previous day.
Arizona Republic • Andrew Oxford • February 6 •
Trump campaign paid Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem $6,000 during effort to overturn election results
Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said the payment was reimbursement for crowd control and security costs at a meeting he convened at a downtown Phoenix hotel.
POLITICO • February 6 •
POLITICO Playbook: The media does its own Friday news dump
And what the Democrats’ QAnon strategy could mean for the midterms.