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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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CNN:
Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to three people familiar with the plans.
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Graham: ‘A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) slammed President Biden's plans to fully withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, calling the decision “dumber than dirt and devilishy dangerous.”
Discussion: 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  —  ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center.
KSTP-TV:
BCA identifies officer in Daunte Wright shooting
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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?
Discussion: National Review
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
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.
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
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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan's big employers speak out against moves to restrict voting rights  —  LANSING — Michigan's corporate leaders spoke out strongly Tuesday against GOP-sponsored legislation in the state Legislature that would place new restrictions on voting.  —  The leaders of three-dozen major …
Ben Jealous / The Hill:
As the Chauvin trial continues, the US must reinvent public safety  —  On the third day of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial for the killing of George Floyd, the city council of Ithaca, NY, unanimously embraced a dramatic proposal to reimagine public safety.
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.
Erik Wasson / Bloomberg:
Senate GOP Nearing Decision on Whether to Embrace Earmarks  — Key Republican Shelby says lawmakers should have option  — House GOP voted last month to allow member designated projects  —  Senate Republicans are nearing a decision on whether to embrace the return of earmarked spending …
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
Associated Press:
Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon  —  BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation's third-largest state geographically.
 
 
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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
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Cruz's cash: Texas senator hauls in over $5.3M so far this year
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change
Discussion: New Republic, CNBC and The Daily Caller
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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
The Daily Beast:
Former Navy SEAL Admits He Marched on Capitol on Jan. 6
Discussion: Raw Story
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Democrats, led by Biden, are aiming big on health care