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Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills  —  More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills …
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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 …
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CNN:
Incident at Iran's Natanz facility a ‘terrorist action,’ nuclear chief says  —  Tehran (CNN)Iran's Atomic Energy Organization condemned an incident at the Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday, calling it a “terrorist action,” according to the Iranian telegram channel of the Revolution Guard Corps, or IRGC.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KDFX-TV
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel
Discussion: The Hill and The Times of Israel
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Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It  —  “He tells them what to do.  He tells them why they're angry.”  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.
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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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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump rips McConnell at Mar-a-Lago
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.
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 …
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors' million-dollar real-estate buying binge
Joe Concha / The Hill:
NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing ‘to balance the conservative majority’  —  “Breaking News: President Biden will create a panel to study expanding the Supreme Court in an effort to balance the conservative majority created by Donald Trump.”
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Respectfully, Justice Breyer, court enlargers aren't the problem
Discussion: Alternet.org and TheBlaze
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: Axios and Washington Examiner
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Cheney calls Gaetz allegations ‘sickening,’ stays mum on calls for resignation  —  Cheney declines to say if she was surprised by the allegations  —  Gaetz slams ‘lying’ media  —  U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday she found the sexual misconduct allegations against fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz …
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida Republicans see opening as Gaetz's legal peril rises
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Joe Manchin beats his chest for D.C. elites while struggling W. Va. waits for help |  Will Bunch  —  Jeanne Peters moved to Wood County, W. Va., from Atlanta more than two decades ago seeking to launch an e-commerce business while breathing in some of what has kept families in the isolated Mountain State …
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—
David Cohen / Politico:
China hasn't been forthright on Covid, Blinken says  —  The world still needs “to get to the bottom of” the origins of Covid-19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday, and that means China still owes the world some answers.  —  “I think China knows that in the early stages of Covid …
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Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
Case count, masks and ventilation are key  —  “There are three factors to consider,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, who studies the airborne transmission of Covid-19.  —  “How prevalent is the virus in the population?
Discussion: National Review
CNN:
‘We cannot go back to normal’: Boston's Mayor Kim Janey sees a mandate for racial equity in post-Covid era  —  Boston (CNN)For 200 years, Boston has been led by an unbroken string of White men — until now.  Kim Janey, a Black woman who traces her roots in the city back generations …
Discussion: The Hill
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: KDFX-TV and Florida Politics
Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times:
My Family's Global Vaccine Journey  —  We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics.  Which of us would be inoculated last?  —  In early February, my sister posted a video in our family's WhatsApp group.  —  It was a seven-minute CNN report on Malawi …
Wall Street Journal:
CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation  —  Companies from PayPal to AMC have signaled they will support joining effort for voter access, people say  —  Dozens of chief executives and other senior leaders gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next …
Discussion: Insider
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The media's whitewashing of Stephen Miller's white nationalism  —  Stephen Miller, the former Trump White House senior advisor and speechwriter from Santa Monica, has gone back to the California conservative playbook for his next act: launching a legal group that co-opts social justice strategies to fight social justice.
Washington Post:
Congress should stop attacking DeJoy and consider his plan to fix the Postal Service  —  LAST YEAR was a rough one for the U.S. Postal Service.  Relentlessly bashed by then-President Donald Trump, the Postal Service landed in election-year controversy when Mr. Trump's choice for postmaster general …
David K. Li / NBC News:
Police accused of threatening, pulling gun on Black Army lieutenant during Virginia traffic stop … Virginia police pulled guns on a Black Army officer during a traffic stop and threatened to execute him in a parking lot, according to the serviceman's lawsuit and video of the encounter.
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 …
 
 
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Blinken to return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine, Afghanistan
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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The Hill:
The GOP commitment to democracy
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Kate Abnett / Reuters:
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David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
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Sen. Bryce Bennett / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
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
John Harwood / CNN:
Biden strengthens Obama's legacy while seeking his own
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's Trojan horse presidency
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed
Discussion: The Atlantic
Andrew Ryan Globe / The Boston Globe:
For years, the Boston Police kept a secret: the union president was an alleged child molester
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story