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1:55 PM ET, March 8, 2021


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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Fully vaccinated people can have small gatherings indoors with other vaccinated people but need to wear masks in public, the C.D.C. says.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued long-awaited guidance to Americans fully vaccinated against Covid-19 …
Discussion: CNN, CNBC, Townhall, Fox News and KYMA-TV
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
Fully vaccinated individuals can socialize without masks, distancing, CDC says  —  The new guidance says those fully vaccinated should still wear masks in public.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images
Washington Post:
Fully vaccinated people can visit with nearby grandchildren, dine indoors with one another, CDC says  —  Long-awaited recommendations loosen restrictions on how people can socialize.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
CDC releases guidance on safe activities after Covid-19 vaccination … People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may safely gather with small groups from other households without wearing masks or physical distancing, even if those people have not yet had their shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.
Discussion: CBS News, WPRI-TV and Fox News
Allison Aubrey / NPR:
CDC Says It's Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities
Mike Allen / Axios:
Manchin's next power play  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), America's ultimate swing voter, told me on “Axios on HBO” that he'll insist Republicans have more of a voice on President Biden's next big package than they did on the COVID stimulus.  —  The big picture: Manchin said he'll push …
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
John Roberts issues lone dissent in Supreme Court campus free speech case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts was the lone dissent in a Supreme Court campus free speech case, arguing that a former college student had no standing to protest the school restricting his religious freedoms.
Discussion: ABC News and The Federalist
John Kruzel / The Hill:
Supreme Court rejects final Trump bid to nullify 2020 election results  —  The Supreme Court on Monday denied a bid by former President Trump to nullify his electoral loss in Wisconsin, rejecting the former president's final pending appeal over the results of the 2020 election.
New York Times:
Inside the Lincoln Project's Secrets, Side Deals and Scandals  —  A civil war broke out in the group as it antagonized Donald Trump, with leaders splintering over financial arrangements and revelations of online harassment by a top official.  —  A few days before the presidential election …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Meet the GOP voters who could decide whether the U.S. reaches herd immunity  —  Almost one-third of Republicans tell pollsters they 'definitely won't' get vaccinated.  —  Margaret, an 80-year-old retiree who lives outside Tulsa, has spent the past year living in fear of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Graham deals with Trump “dark side” to “harness the magic”  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham told “Axios on HBO” that Donald Trump has a “dark side” but he tries to “harness the magic” because he succeeded where Republican candidates like John McCain and Mitt Romney failed.
New York Times:
Josh Hawley Is ‘Not Going Anywhere.’ How Did He Get Here?  —  The senator's objection to the election results surprised some supporters.  But interviews with dozens of people close to him show his growing comfort with doing what it takes to hold on to power.
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Pence to give speech in SC, his 1st since leaving office  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In his first public address since the end of the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to South Carolina, set to speak to a conservative Christian nonprofit in the state that plays …
Josh Rogin / Politico:
In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab.  No One Listened.  —  On January 15, in its last days, President Donald Trump's State Department put out a statement with serious claims about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The statement said the U.S …
Alexander Reid Ross / The Daily Beast:
These ‘Dirtbag Left’ Stars Are Flirting With the Far Right  —  Their podcasts and shows are full of Boogaloos, “deep state” conspiracies, and even “great replacement” talking points.  Which side is this, again? … Over the past year, as the far right trafficked in wild anti-masker …
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
Biden directs fresh review of Title IX rule on campus sexual assault  —  President Biden is directing the Education Department to review a controversial regulation governing how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault, with an eye toward unraveling a new system put …
The Bulwark:
H.R. 1 for Dummies  —  A layman's guide to understanding what the For the People Act is and why America needs it.  —  With the latest COVID relief package passed, H.R. 1—the For the People Act—becomes the most salient pending piece of legislation.  Our democracy is on borrowed time …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“They Thought They Had Identified Another Political Star”: Sources Say Andrew Cuomo's Tortured Pandemic Memoir Fetched a Seven-Figure Advance  —  Crown shelled out a hefty sum for Cuomo's COVID-19 victory lap, industry sources say.  But since the governor became subsumed in scandal, sales have started to lag.
Discussion: HotAir, Townhall, Twitchy and Fox News
POLITICO Playbook: Does Fox care more about Dr. Seuss or stopping Biden's agenda?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Congress is about to pass and President JOE BIDEN is about to sign into law the greatest expansion of the welfare state since LBJ.  —  The bill extends far beyond stimulus payments …
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Meghan and Harry's nauseating two-hour Oprah whine-athon was a disgraceful diatribe of cynical race-baiting propaganda designed to damage the Queen as her husband lies in hospital - and destroy the Monarchy  —  Sickening.  —  Shameful.  —  Self-pitying.  —  Salacious.  —  Scandalous.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The stimulus shows why the left should stop worrying and learn to love the suburban voter  —  Contrary to the left's fears, the road to redistribution runs through the suburbs.  —  Democrats passed an unapologetically progressive stimulus bill through the Senate this weekend …
Angry White Men:
In Unearthed Audio, Laura Loomer Calls Herself ‘Pro-White Nationalism’  —  In December 2017, anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer appeared on a podcast for the white supremacist website Amerika.  In unearthed audio, Loomer can be heard making racist and demeaning comments about Muslims and Palestinians.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP voting bills take power from locals & Brad Raffensperger, give to lawmakers  —  By Patricia Murphy - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tia Mitchell - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  It's Crossover Day at the state Capitol …
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Sen. Roy Blunt won't run for reelection in latest blow to GOP  —  Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri announced on Monday that he will not run for reelection in 2022, a surprise decision from the No. 4 GOP leader that comes amid a slew of retirements from top Senate Republicans.
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
What Is Happening to the Republicans?  —  In becoming the party of Trump, the G.O.P. confronts the kind of existential crisis that has destroyed American parties in the past.  —  One of the oldest imperatives of American electoral politics is to define your opponents before they can define themselves.
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
An FBI official told Congress the bureau can't monitor Americans' social media.  That's not true.  —  WASHINGTON — A senator had a simple question for the FBI's counterterrorism chief at a hearing last week about the Capitol riot.  —  Didn't the FBI see all those postings by extremists …
Discussion: emptywheel
American Greatness:
Hitting Woke Herd Immunity?  —  We have become an absurd society obsessed with race but without any mechanism to develop a logical category of victimization and reparation.  —  Two recent polls suggest wokism is beginning to recede on a variety of fronts, from less trust in Black Lives Matter …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Tech spent years fighting foreign terrorists.  Then came the Capitol riot.  —  “Nobody's going to have a hearing if a platform takes down 1,000 ISIS accounts.  But they might have a hearing if you take down 1,000 QAnon accounts.”  —  years before a mob of armed and very-online extremists took …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP scam is getting worse — for Republican voters. A new study shows how.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Reuven Blau / THE CITY:
How the City Failed Three Men Who Died of COVID-19 in Jail: Watchdog
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Republican Study Committee urges party to zero in on border crisis, link to Biden's ‘radical’ policies
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Iowa City Press-Citizen:
Iowa's Johnson County Democrats calls for replacing caucuses with a presidential primary
Discussion: The Hill
Wesley Yang / Chronicle of Higher Education:
A New Group Promises to Protect Professors' Free Speech
Discussion: National Review
Rachel M. Cohen / New Republic:
Inside a Long, Messy Year of Reopening Schools
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Examiner:
End the victimized culture of grievance
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Do We Even Have A Republic Anymore?  —  The idea of a republic is that the people …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema and the Thumbs-Down That Enraged the Left
Discussion: The Nation and Salon
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Conservative group to invest $10M on effort to tighten election security laws in 8 swing states
Discussion: National Review
Accountant faces pressure to turn on Trump in criminal probe
Discussion: Insider
Ben Smith / New York Times:
They Had a Fun Pandemic. You Can Read About It in Print.