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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event  —  Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump rips McConnell at Mar-a-Lago  —  Former President Donald Trump ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before a Republican National Committee donor retreat Saturday evening, deriding him as a “dumb son of a bitch.”  —  Trump veered off his prepared text during …
Charles Sykes / Politico:
No, the GOP and the Dems Haven't Actually Swapped Brains  —  Even after the lunacy of the past four years, the GOP's recent behavior is jaw-dropping, an extraordinary transformation that feels like the Republican Party has experienced some sort of bizarre brain swap.
Discussion: Insider
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel escorted out of RNC retreat  —  During this weekend's highly anticipated donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee in Palm Beach, Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted off the premises while his primary opponent, Jane Timken …
Discussion: Politico and Insider
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Trump in 2024? He says only that ‘a Republican’ will win
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Maskless Florida woman who coughed on Pier 1 customer gets 30 days in jail  —  A Florida woman who, without wearing a mask, purposefully coughed on another customer in a Pier 1 store last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.  —  Debra Hunter, 53, will serve time in Duval County jail …
Discussion: New York Times
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Twitter Censors Criticism of BLM Founder Buying $1.4 Million Home In Predominantly White Neighborhood  —  We have been discussing the expanding censorship on Twitter and social media.  The latest example involves the story of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37 …
Discussion: We Love Trump and RedState
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Associated Press:
China admits that it's COVID-19 vaccine isn't very effective: official  —  BEIJING — In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost.
David Cohen / Politico:
China hasn't been forthright on Covid, Blinken says  —  “That's why we need to get to the bottom of this,” he said of Covid's origins.  —  Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China's lack of transparency during the pandemic made the situation worse than it would have been otherwise.
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Blinken: China's early ‘failure’ on Covid cooperation helped speed pandemic
Discussion: Insider and New York Post
Associated Press:
‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear site  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power Sunday just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium faster, the latest incident to strike …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Covid-19 hospitalizations among younger people are rising in the US — especially in one region  —  (CNN)The US just hit a record high of about 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines reported administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Andrew Ryan Globe / The Boston Globe:
For years, the Boston Police kept a secret: the union president was an alleged child molester  —  Despite 1995 evidence, Patrick Rose kept his badge, worked on child sexual assault cases, and ascended to power in the police union.  He went on to allegedly molest five other children.
Discussion: Raw Story
Akilah Johnson / Washington Post:
For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection  —  BOSTON — The line started outside, on a street usually teeming with people waiting to enter college bars, and snaked up the stairs of an old firehouse to the Brazilian Worker Center, where shots of the coronavirus vaccine …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida Republicans see opening as Gaetz's legal peril rises  —  TALLAHASSEE — Rep. Matt Gaetz insists he's not resigning amid an ongoing federal investigation, but Republicans in his deep red Florida district are already eyeing his seat.  —  Several Republican elected officials and others …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Stringer Theory The comptroller's reward for a career in public service?  Third place in the polls.  —  Last fall, Scott Stringer wasn't just confident.  “He was cocky,” said one person close to him.  “He was very aggressive about it, like, 'I am going to be the next mayor …
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New York Times:
‘Sense of Disappointment’ on the Left as the N.Y.C. Mayor's Race Unfolds
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
John Harwood / CNN:
Biden strengthens Obama's legacy while seeking his own  —  How Biden promised to change health care on the campaign trail  —  (CNN)With sweeping economic recovery plans, President Joe Biden seeks his own legacy like the New Deal or Great Society.  But he's also bolstering Barack Obama's.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Respectfully, Justice Breyer, court enlargers aren't the problem  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer is an engaging, intellectually serious advocate of judicial modesty and compromise.  Some years ago, he put forward an admirable concept he called “active liberty.”
Discussion: TheBlaze, Alternet.org and Daily Kos
David Smith / The Guardian:
The scandal that wasn't: Republicans deflated as nation shrugs at Hunter Biden revelations  —  Trump and his allies foresaw a ticking timebomb centred on the president's son - but it has not turned out that way  —  Where's Hunter?  —  The rhetorical question about Joe Biden's troubled son …
Discussion: unz.com
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price  —  Krasnik voted to be “free of L.G.B.T.” two years ago to satisfy conservative voters.  Now, the mayor regrets the move, which has led to censure from other European countries and put funding at risk.
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
'You Can't Trust Anyone': Russia's Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret  —  The country's official coronavirus death toll is 102,649.  But at least 300,000 more people died last year during the pandemic than were reported in Russia's most widely cited official statistics.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Of hate, crimes and hate crimes: Anti-Asian violence is not quite what city pols want it to be  —  Flipping through the paper on Friday, you could read about:  —  A young Asian man who was at the Home Depot in East New York when a man brandished a two-by-four and asked his girlfriend, “Why you with that little d—k Asian n—
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's Trojan horse presidency  —  Joe Biden was elected president after a campaign rooted in rhetoric emphasizing unity, moderation, and compromise.  But with every day that passes, the veneer of centrism that got him elected over rivals such as Sen. Bernie Sanders becomes more distant of a memory.
Discussion: Instapundit and Townhall
Washington Post:
Maryland enacts landmark police overhaul, first state to repeal police bill of rights  —  BREAKING: Maryland's Democratic-majority legislature on Saturday overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes of three historic police accountability bills, becoming the first state in the nation to do away …
Discussion: Politico
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Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
Case count, masks and ventilation are key
Discussion: National Review
Sen. Bryce Bennett / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
American Greatness:
The Chamber of Swamp  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has cut loose any moorings with anything …
Politico:
Trudeau government threatens Halifax Security Forum over proposed Taiwan award
Discussion: Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Secret ‘Project Bernanke’ Revealed in Texas Antitrust Case
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors
Washington Examiner:
Biden's gun control policies would treat everyone like a criminal
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed
Discussion: The Atlantic
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
Racism is a public health threat, according to the CDC director
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Black Army Medic Pepper-Sprayed in Traffic Stop Accuses Officers of Assault
Marc Caputo / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Gaetz Show gets weirder
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada Republicans vote to censure SOS Cegavske over voter fraud allegations
Discussion: Raw Story
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93
Axios:
Scoop: Biden eyes Russia adviser criticized as soft on Kremlin
Ryan Prior / CNN:
How to speak to someone who's hesitant to get vaccinated