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Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93  —  Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.  —  The big picture: President Biden …
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former Democratic senator and vice president whose unusually candid and forward-looking bid for the pinnacle of American politics was blocked by President Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection victory …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93  —  Under Jimmy Carter, he was the first V.P. to serve as a genuine partner of a president.  His own run for the top position ended in a crushing defeat.  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president and champion …
Doug Glass / Associated Press:
Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93  —  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday.  He was 93.
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Walter Mondale, who rose from small-town Minnesota to vice presidency, dies at 93  —  Walter F. Mondale, a preacher's son from southern Minnesota who climbed to the pinnacle of U.S. politics as an influential senator, vice president and Democratic nominee for president, died on Monday.  He was 93.
Discussion: Twitchy
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Walter Mondale reinvented the vice presidency. Both Biden and Harris should thank him for it.
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter's vice president, dead at 93
Discussion: CNN, WOOD-TV and Current
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say  —  Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.
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United States Capitol Police:
Medical Examiner Finds USCP Officer Brian Sicknick Died of Natural Causes
Discussion: RedState and Must Read Alaska
Gerren Keith Gaynor / TheGrio:
Maxine Waters slams GOP attacks over ‘confrontational’ comment: ‘I am nonviolent’  —  Exclusive: In an interview with theGrio, California US Rep. Maxine Waters accuses Republicans of distorting her words, adding “I'm not going to be bullied by them.”  —  Loading the player...
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters for Having ‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’  —  House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that he will move to formally censure House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) …
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida's controversial “anti-riot” bill into law on Monday, a measure that vastly increases law enforcement's powers to crack down on civil unrest.  —  The bill, which passed mostly along partisan lines …
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Greg Allen / NPR:
Florida Adopts Nation's Toughest Restrictions On Protests
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
Howard University's removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe  —  Cornel West is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and serves on the board of academic advisers of the Classic Learning Test.  Jeremy Tate is the founder and chief executive officer of the Classic Learning Test.
Axios:
Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia  —  The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.
Jason Murdock / Newsweek:
Mike Lindell's Platform Frank Fails to Launch Again, ‘Massive Attack’ Blamed  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new social media platform failed to launch for the second time in a week, with users unable to sign up on Monday.  —  On Friday last week, followers of the Donald Trump-supporting businessman …
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories  —  Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories, fueling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm.
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:   China and Russia ‘weaponized’ QAnon conspiracy around time of US Capitol attack, report says
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Faces Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book  —  The New York State attorney general has opened an investigation into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted improperly while writing his book about the pandemic.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State attorney general has opened …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the GOP is fretting about its inability to define Biden  —  For the better part of a year now, Republicans have tried and largely failed to define Joe Biden — or even just to make people dislike him.  And with his 100th day as president approaching, they're admitting as much.
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Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Anger that motivated McVeigh remains dangerous, potent force in divided America: Attorney General Garland  —  People need to remember the human toll each time a shooter opens fire, he said.  —  Merrick Garland confirmed as attorney general  —  His confirmation comes nearly five years …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘Fox is not news’: New CNN morning anchor debuts with blistering takedown of right-wing network  —  On her debut on CNN's morning segment, anchor Brianna Keilar tore into Fox News for its use of partisan chyrons to push far-right narratives against President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Trump wants you to boycott Coke.  His properties are still serving it  —  New York (CNN Business)Over the past few years former President Donald Trump has called for boycotts against a number of companies, so it's hardly unusual to see him add Coca-Cola, Delta and other corporate giants …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Democracy Faces a Rising Threat Splitting Republicans and Democrats  —  The country is increasingly split into camps that don't just disagree on policy and politics — they see the other as alien, immoral, a threat.  Such political sectarianism is now on the march.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Irrational Covid Fears  —  Why do so many vaccinated people remain fearful?  Listen to the professor's story.  —  Guido Calabresi, a federal judge and Yale law professor, invented a little fable that he has been telling law students for more than three decades.
Discussion: HotAir and Power Line
Rick Scott / Fox Business:
Sen. Rick Scott: Dear Woke Corporate America, beware of the backlash that's coming  —  It turns out that power does corrupt, and you have become corrupt  —  Larry Kudlow examines corporate giants appeal to the ‘woke’ mob  —  I hope you are all having fun with your virtue signaling.
Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
China launches app for citizens to report anyone who has ‘mistaken opinions’ or ‘denies the excellence of socialist culture’  — The app and hotline has been released ahead of party's 100th anniversary in July  — It will allow citizens to report others for ‘mistaken opinions’ shared online
Discussion: Summit News
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Manchin to cosponsor PRO Act, union-backed bill that would crush right-to-work laws  —  West Virginia passed right-to-work legislation in 2016  —  Eric Shawn: Sen. Joe Manchin, making Senators mad...or glad?  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will co-sponsor the Senate version of House Democrats' PRO Act …
CNN:
Kimberly Guilfoyle joins Eric Greitens' US Senate campaign in Missouri  —  (CNN)Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens announced Monday that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top official on former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, will serve as the national chair of his Senate bid.
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Spokeswoman: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to visit her ill father  —  LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit her chronically ill father, her office said Monday.  —  News of Whitmer's trip, first reported by the Lansing newsletter Michigan …
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom  —  George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son needs.
Discussion: ArkansasTimes
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order  —  The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien,” “illegal alien” and “assimilation” when referring to immigrants in the United States …
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
The Essential Philip Roth  —  Looking to read one of his books?  Let us help.  —  Probably you cannot accurately measure a writer — or any person — until the moment after his death.  A life can stretch out in front of you, but until it's over, you don't know how the beginning truly informed the end …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
William Barr, Amy Coney Barrett land book deals  —  While some veterans of Donald Trump's administration are having a tough time selling memoirs about their time in power, others with ties to Trump who didn't embrace his election conspiracy theories have sold book deals.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Arizona attorney general eyes Senate race against Mark Kelly  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, is leaning toward challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022 after initially moving toward a run for governor.  —  Brnovich, 54, has won two statewide elections in Arizona …
 
 
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Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
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Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
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