The Atlantic • Chris Hayes • February 8 •
The Republican Party Is Radicalizing Against Democracy
The GOP is moderating on policy questions, even as it grows more dangerous on core questions of democracy and the rule of law.
The New York Times • Kenneth P. Vogel, Nicholas Confessore • February 8 •
Using Connections to Trump, Dershowitz Became Force in Clemency Grants
The lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, who represented the former president in his first impeachment trial, used his access for a wide array of clients as they sought pardons or commutations.
Vanity Fair • Peter Hamby • February 8 •
“I Think People Will Get Tired of Him”: For Donald Trump, Sarah Palin’s Fall Shows the Limits of Media Obsession
The former Alaska governor dominated coverage while she was seen as a GOP kingmaker and potential presidential candidate—until reality (or at least reality TV) set in. The spotlight on Trump, too, may dim without a social media megaphone and as new outrage makers, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, grab headlines.
The Washington Post • Julie Zauzmer, Gregory S. Schneider, Erin Cox • February 7 •
Confusion and chaos: Inside the vaccine rollout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Shortage of doses, changing rules and complex sign-up systems left residents deeply frustrated.
FiveThirtyEight • Perry Bacon Jr. • February 8 •
In America’s ‘Uncivil War,’ Republicans Are The Aggressors
In his inaugural address, President Biden described America as in the midst of an “uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative vers…
The Daily Beast • Asawin Suebsaeng, Will Sommer • February 8 •
His Biz Is Shunned, She Resigned, and Everyone Is Being Sued: What Became of Trump’s Election Dead-Enders
Much of the current ruin of Trump’s hardcore election dead-enders came as a direct result of their decisions to become major players in Trump’s failed endeavor to cling to power.
POLITICO • • February 8 •
POLITICO Playbook: Democratic impeachment managers feeling muzzled
And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer embraces the left.
The Washington Post • Jeff Stein, Erica Werner • February 8 •
House Democrats reject plan to sharply curtail $1,400 stimulus payments in coronavirus relief package
Party leaders are newly divided over how to target the next round of stimulus checks.
Associated Press • Steven Sloan • February 8 •
AP-NORC poll: Few in US say democracy is working very well
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a fragment of Americans believe democracy is thriving in the U.S., even as broad majorities agree that representative government is one of the country's bedrock principles,...
The Dallas Morning News • Gromer Jeffers Jr., Tom Benning • February 8 •
Rep. Ron Wright of Arlington dies after 18-day battle with COVID-19
Updated at 5 p.m. to include additional reaction, including from President Joe Biden. Rep. Ron Wright of Arlington died Sunday night less than three weeks...
POLITICO • Holly Otterbein • February 8 •
John Fetterman launches Senate bid in Pennsylvania
The state’s open Senate seat is widely viewed as the best pick-up opportunity in the country for Democrats in 2022.
The New York Times • Carl Hulse • February 8 •
Richard Shelby, Veteran Senator From Alabama, Won’t Seek 7th Term
Mr. Shelby, Alabama’s longest-serving senator, will retire after a career in which he headed four congressional committees and directed billions of dollars to his home state.
Washingtonian • Mimi Montgomery • February 8 •
Where Does Abby Phillip Go From Here?
How CNN's newest star found viral fame.
The New York Times • Richard Fausset, Danny Hakim • February 8 •
Georgia Officials Review Trump Phone Call as Scrutiny Intensifies
The office of Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has initiated a fact-finding inquiry into Donald Trump’s January phone call to Mr. Raffensperger pressuring him to “find” votes.
The Atlantic • Derek Thompson • February 8 •
Hygiene Theater Is Still a Huge Waste of Time
Too many people imagine the fight against COVID-19 as a land war to be waged with sudsy hand-to-hand combat against grimy surfaces.
Washington Free Beacon • February 8 •
New York Times Meltdown Plays Out in Private Facebook Group - Washington Free Beacon
The "resignation" of star New York Times science writer Donald McNeil Jr. has sparked a furious back-and-forth among Times staffers, many of whom are outraged over the Grey Lady’s handling of his departure.
Talk Business & Politics • Roby Brock • February 8 •
Griffin to exit Governor's race, will seek AG post - Talk Business & Politics
The field for Arkansas governor just got smaller. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., announced Monday (Feb. 8) he would no longer seek the state’s top executive post and instead will...
CNN • Daniel Dale • February 8 •
Fact check: How Trump's lawyers twisted the facts in their anti-impeachment filing
In a new legal filing, lawyers for former President Donald Trump accused the House Democrats who are leading Trump's impeachment trial of playing "shamefully fast and loose with the truth."
The Washington Post • Anne Gearan, Matt Viser • February 8 •
White House says Biden is too busy to pay much attention to Trump impeachment trial
As Washington is consumed with the impeachment trial of the last president, the current one tries to look too busy to care.
The New York Times • Mike Isaac • February 8 •
Facebook says it plans to remove posts with false vaccine claims.
The move, which applies to anti-vaccine posts unrelated to Covid as well, targets unpaid posts to the site and particularly Facebook pages and groups.