Politico • https://www.facebook.com/politico • February 11 • politico.com
Nikki Haley’s Time for Choosing
The 2024 hopeful can’t decide who she wants to be—the leader of the post-Trump GOP or a “friend” to the president who tried to sabotage democracy.
CNN • Jamie Gangel, Kevin Liptak, Michael Warren and Marshall Cohen, CNN • February 12 • cnn.com
New details about Trump-McCarthy shouting match show Trump refused to call off the rioters
In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the US Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did.
Vanity Fair • Caleb Ecarma • February 12 • vanityfair.com
“I Will Destroy You”: Biden Aide Threatened a Politico Reporter Pursuing a Story on His Relationship
Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo lashed out at journalist Tara Palmeri, spurring conversations between Politico’s brass and the White House—and raising questions about behavior tolerated in the Biden administration.
The New York Times • Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman • February 12 • nytimes.com
For the Defense: Twisted Facts and Other Staples of the Trump Playbook
The lawyers representing the former president in his impeachment trial are the latest in a rotating cast that has always had trouble satisfying a mercurial and headstrong client.
The Washington Post • Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey • February 12 • washingtonpost.com
Impeachment trial shows him under attack, but Pence remains loyal to Trump
After four years of obedience as vice president, Pence has no plans to condemn Trump — despite chilling new evidence suggesting the former president knew his No. 2 was in danger when he publicly disparaged him.
POLITICO • Burgess Everett • February 12 • politico.com
The most influential Democrat you never hear from
Kyrsten Sinema's defense of the Senate’s age-old rules is likely to frustrate progressives eager to use every tool at their disposal to advance their priorities.
The Washington Post • Peter Hermann • February 11 • washingtonpost.com
Two officers who helped fight the Capitol mob died by suicide. Many more are hurting.
The families of Officers Jeffrey Smith and Howard Liebengood want their deaths recognized as “in the line of duty.”
Axios • Lachlan Markay • February 12 • axios.com
Scoop: Lincoln Project co-founder resigns
Steve Schmidt is the latest and most high-profile departure from the anti-Trump super PAC.
The Washington Post • Amy Gardner, Tom Hamburger, Josh Dawsey • February 12 • washingtonpost.com
Graham’s post-election call with Raffensperger will be scrutinized in Georgia probe, person familiar with inquiry says
The Nov. 13 call will be examined as part of a Fulton County criminal inquiry into efforts to influence the election results in the state — a revelation that comes as the U.S. senator is serving as a juror in Trump’s impeachment trial.
Intelligencer • Jonathan Chait • February 12 • nymag.com
Firing Actors for Being Conservative Is Another Hollywood Blacklist
What is the principled difference between barring communists and barring conservatives?
ProPublica • February 12 • propublica.org
“I Don’t Trust the People Above Me”: Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection
Interviews with 19 current and former officers show how failures of leadership and communication put hundreds of Capitol cops at risk and allowed rioters to get dangerously close to members of Congress.
The Daily Beast • Scott Bixby • February 12 • thedailybeast.com
Donors Fume: ‘It’s Bullshit’ Biden Hasn’t Called About Ambassadorships
“People are starting to second-guess whether or not they’re qualified, whether or not they overshot the countries that they’re qualified for,” one party bundler said.
The New Yorker • Kate Klonick • February 12 • newyorker.com
Inside the Making of Facebook’s Supreme Court
The company has created a board that can overrule even Mark Zuckerberg. Soon it will decide whether to allow Trump back on Facebook.
The 19th • Amanda Becker • February 12 • 19thnews.org
Inside the Lincoln Project’s ‘toxic’ workplace | The 19th
Interviews with nearly two dozen people with knowledge of the group’s workings reveal a culture of infighting, sexist language and disparate treatment.
The New York Times • Jesse McKinley, Luis Ferré-Sadurní • February 12 • nytimes.com
New Allegations of Cover-Up by Cuomo Over Nursing Home Virus Toll
In a private conversation, the governor’s top aide admitted that data was withheld on nursing homes, where more than 10,000 New Yorkers have died during the pandemic.
POLITICO • Kyle Cheney • February 12 • politico.com
House Republican pleads for Pence, Trump aides to speak out on Jan. 6 insurrection
"If you have something to add here, now would be the time," Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) wrote in a statement released late Friday.
CNN • Oliver Darcy, CNN Business • February 12 • cnn.com
White House suspends deputy press secretary for one week for threatening reporter over story about him
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that one of her deputies, TJ Ducklo, had been suspended for one week without pay after a Vanity Fair story revealed Ducklo had threatened a reporter who was working on a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter.
Yashar's Newsletter • Yashar Ali • February 12 • yashar.substack.com
Scoop: FBI Investigating Allegations Against John Weaver, Sources Say
The FBI is investigating allegations against longtime GOP political consultant and Lincoln Project co-founder John Weaver, according to two sources who said they were contacted by FBI agents.
The Washington Post • Greg Sargent • February 12 • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Democrats have one big weapon left against Trump. Will they use it?
Trump may have intended physical harm to Mike Pence. We need to nail that down.
The Wall Street Journal • Peggy Noonan • February 11 • wsj.com
A Vote to Acquit Trump Is a Vote for a Lie
And why didn’t his supporters in Congress go out on Jan. 6 and speak to the crowds, their people?