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Washington Post:
Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021  —  President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, people familiar with the plans said, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 …
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Graham: ‘A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous’
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-vet and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said  —  The 26-year veteran police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn. who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, has resigned “in the best interest of the community.”
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Bruce Gordon / Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  BCA Identifies Officer in Brooklyn Center Shooting Incident
Star Tribune:
Officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center is identified as 26-year veteran
KSTP-TV:
BCA identifies officer in Daunte Wright shooting
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Brooklyn Center fires city manager, gives mayor control of the police department following fatal shooting
YouGov:
All US states ranked from best to worst, according to Americans  —  There are endless rankings of the US states: whether they are the best places to live, the best places to do business, how much fun they are.  Such judgements are made by economists, companies, and journalists - but what do Americans themselves think?
New York Times:
U.S. Calls for Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Rare Clotting Cases  —  The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control will stop using the vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they examine the safety issues.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Associated Press:
US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports
Lissandra Villa / TIME:
John Boehner on His New Book, the Rise of Donald Trump and the Future of the GOP  —  John Boehner left office months before the biggest political story of the decade played out: Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, became President, and redefined the Republican Party.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the media ever hold the Trump enablers responsible?  —  The who's who of the Republican Party, including the 2024 wannabe presidential contenders, ventured out to Mar-a-Lago over the weekend to pay homage to disgraced former president Donald Trump, who instigated a violent insurrection.
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Bill Press / The Hill:
Corporate America defies the GOP  —  For those of us in the media, one reason covering politics is both so much fun and so frustrating is the many twists and turns that politicians make on issues, with little concern for being branded as hypocrites.  —  Just when you thought you knew …
Paul Rossi / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated  —  Children are afraid to challenge the repressive ideology that rules our school.  That's why I am.  —  I am a teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan.  Ten years ago, I changed careers when I discovered how rewarding …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Dem pollsters acknowledge ‘major errors’ in 2020 polling  —  A group of top Democratic Party pollsters are set to release a public statement Tuesday acknowledging “major errors” in their 2020 polling — errors that left party officials stunned by election results that failed to come close to expectations in November.
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Robert Zimmerman / behindtheblack.com:   Today's blacklisted Americans: Trump supporters blackballed by employers
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Reading the Republican Autopsy  —  It's real, and it's spectacular.  —  1. The Autopsy Is Happening Right Now  —  In the days after Democrats unseated an incumbent president and won unified control of Congress, the victorious party went though a round of self-analysis and recriminations.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump alumni launch largest post-administration group  —  A constellation of Trump administration stars today will launch the America First Policy Institute, a 40-person nonprofit group with a first-year budget of $20 million, and the mission of perpetuating former President Trump's populist policies.
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Egypt seizes the Ever Given, saying its owners owe nearly $1 billion for Suez Canal traffic jam  —  A few weeks ago, Egypt was frantically trying to get the massive container ship Ever Given out of the Suez Canal.  —  Now, authorities are saying the vessel is not allowed to leave.
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
US to Increase Military Presence in Germany  —  American and NATO officials have grown increasingly concerned about Russia's deployment of additional troops near the Ukraine border.  —  BRUSSELS — The United States and NATO, anxious about a major Russian troop buildup on Ukraine's border …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's defense of his ‘replacement’ rant gives away the game  —  Tucker Carlson is under fire for declaring that Democrats want to “replace” the current voting citizenry with “more obedient voters from the Third World,” to “dilute” the power of U.S. voters.
Orlando Sentinel:
Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida's political scandals  —  Before he resigned in disgrace last year, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg doled out dubious contracts to a number of Republican politicians …
National Review:
Anthony Fauci Has Worn Out His Welcome  —  More than a year ago, Americans welcomed Anthony Fauci into their homes as a sober scientist who was helping them make sense of a deadly new virus.  But he has worn out that welcome.  —  It's true that Fauci has enjoyed an illustrious career …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Biden To Make Historic Census Director Pick With Latinx Statistician Rob Santos  —  In a historic move, President Biden is naming Robert Santos, one of the country's leading statisticians and the American Statistical Association's president, as his intended nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau.
Discussion: The Hill and The White House
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Making 4 Key Mistakes  —  It's not only Georgia.  —  In every state where Republicans control a chamber of the legislature, bills to restrict voting are advancing fast.  Arizona and Texas Republicans have acted especially aggressively to choke off unwanted voters in time for 2022.
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia … President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.  They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prosecutors: Oath Keepers appeared to stash Jan. 6 firearms at suburban Comfort Inn  —  Members of the Oath Keepers, the paramilitary extremists who played a central role in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, appeared to stash firearms at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., prosecutors indicated in a late Monday court filing.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Absentee Vote Logic of the New York Times  —  By making accusations of vote fraud he was not able to prove, both before and after the election, Donald Trump made it easy for his critics to dismiss as dishonest any and all concerns about election integrity.
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
France bans air travel that could be done by train in under 2.5 hours  —  France has a well-developed train network, and the ban only affects five routes.  —  On Sunday, the French National Assembly voted to ban some short-haul flights in favor of train travel.
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Andrew Cuomo's White-Knuckle Ride  —  Amid scandals, accusations and calls for his resignation, the New York governor seems determined to prove that the instincts that have gotten him into trouble can get him out of it too.  —  Andrew Cuomo lives, still, in a 40-room Victorian mansion …
ACU:
The American Conservative Union Announces a Pushback on the Leftward Lurch of U.S. Corporations by Establishing the Center To Protect Voters and Their Voices  —  On behalf of more than 100 million Americans, The American Conservative Union (ACU) is taking a stand against the increasingly divisive …
Discussion: Washington Times
 
 
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Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Democrats send letter to Biden requesting immigration bill in second part of infrastructure package
Post and Courier:
Gov. McMaster Issues Executive Order Preventing Placement of Unaccompanied Minors from the Southern Border in S.C.
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Ben Jealous / The Hill:
As the Chauvin trial continues, the US must reinvent public safety
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Kratzer / Cygnal:
Cygnal Poll: Florida Voters Approve of DeSantis' Handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccine Distribution
Discussion: Townhall and Florida Politics
Jordan Gould / Washington Examiner:
When the social justice mob came for me
Associated Press:
Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon
Bloomberg:
Secrecy and Abuse Claims Haunt China's Solar Factories in Xinjiang
Discussion: Twitchy
The Daily Beast:
Former Navy SEAL Admits He Marched on Capitol on Jan. 6
Discussion: Raw Story