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Politico:
Yang accused of being ‘out of touch’ over LGBTQ comments
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
People.com:
George W. Bush Says He Wrote-In Condoleezza Rice in 2020 Election and Clarifies ‘Nativist’ Comment  —  Bush spoke with PEOPLE about his new book of paintings, Out of Many, One, which features a selection of his portraits of American immigrants along with their stories
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Axios:
George W. Bush says he wrote in Condoleezza Rice for president in 2020  —  Former President George W. Bush told People magazine that he wrote in his former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, when he voted for president in the 2020 election.  —  The big picture: Bush also clarified comments …
Discussion: We Love Trump
Vulture:
Scott Rudin, As Told by His Assistants A portrait of a toxic workplace.  —  Like Harvey Weinstein before him, Scott Rudin has been called an “open secret” throughout the entertainment industry.  For decades, the megaproducer — one of only 16 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar …
Washington Post:
A political group's hiring of Mark Halperin draws protests from staffers  —  A nonpartisan political organization is facing blowback from its employees after hiring journalist Mark Halperin, whose career as a prominent TV pundit hit a wall after he faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
The Failing Galaxy Brain  —  There are hundreds of us...*HUNDREDS! … Welcome to Galaxy Brain, where we're off to a very slow start. … I hate to say it but Glenn is right.  After a whole ten days of entrepreneurship I can report that I am not newsletter millionaire.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden wasn't even president when the GOP decided to use the border against him  —  When Donald Trump took his final trip as president to the southwest border in January, the publicly stated purpose was to tout his record.  Privately, however, his Republican allies had hatched a plan …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and FiveThirtyEight
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Nir Hasson / Haaretz:
Over 30 Palestinians Injured, 20 Arrested in anti-Arab Clashes in Jerusalem  —  Earlier, in Zion Square, police attempted to prevent members of the Jewish purity Lehava group and other right-wing activists from attacking Israelis who came to protest the march
Latika Bourke / Sydney Morning Herald:
Jacinda Ardern savaged as British Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’  —  Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size  —  London: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been savaged for sucking up to China and turning her back on the Five Eyes alliance during …
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Biden's climate plan faces global skepticism  —  The U.S. government finds itself in an unfamiliar position midway through President Joe Biden's global climate summit: struggling to deploy the moral authority and financial heft needed to assume global leadership.
Discussion: The New Daily
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrat Manchin backs Republican Murkowski's reelection  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin bucked his own party's political operation in 2020 by endorsing a Republican.  Now, he's doing it again.  —  The West Virginia senator is backing Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski's reelection bid in the face …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Weiss / TIME:
Russia Is Murdering the Kremlin's Biggest Critic in Plain Sight.  Who Will Save Alexei Navalny?  —  Weiss is Editor-at-Large at The Daily Beast and coauthor of New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.  His forthcoming book is a history of Russian military intelligence.
Discussion: BBC, Insider, The Daily Beast and NPR
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BBC:
Putin warns of tough Russian action if West crosses ‘red line’
Discussion: HotAir
Laura Bassett / MSNBC:
Stacey Abrams just taught Senator John Kennedy a lesson on being prepared  —  Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, went viral on Wednesday for embarrassing himself during a Tuesday hearing with Stacey Abrams about Georgia's new voter suppression law.
Rachel Sharp / Daily Mail:
Ma'Khia Bryant's military vet neighbor says his security camera footage proves Columbus cop had NO CHOICE but to shoot her: Second neighbor says knife-wielding 16-year-old 'was in full attack mode and the other girl's life was at stake'  — Home security footage taken from a garage across …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Administration Is Over, but the Trump Crisis Is Not  —  Many Republicans are acting like the Capitol insurrection never happened, and much of Washington is fine with it.  —  When Walter Mondale, the former Vice-President, died on Monday, C-span circulated a video clip of him on the rostrum …
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Concha / The Hill:
On police and race, LeBron James becomes part of the problem  —  Lebron James is professional basketball's greatest player since Michael Jordan.  He's also a political activist, which is his right as an American citizen.  —  But as is the case with so many who have Twitter and other social media accounts …
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Associated Press:
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working.
Discussion: Indian Country Today
The College Fix:
I've lived in Minneapolis my entire life.  I'm leaving Friday.  I no longer recognize my hometown.  —  OPINION: I no longer recognize Minneapolis.  I no longer want to live here.  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minneapolis is my home.  My happiest memories are here.
Washington Post:
Most Americans support greater scrutiny of police as discrimination concerns persist, Post-ABC poll finds  —  Six in 10 Americans say the country should do more to hold police accountable for mistreatment of Black people, far outpacing concerns about those measures interfering …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Councilman Pleads Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud.  He Has No Plans to Quit.  —  Chaim Deutsch, a city councilman from Brooklyn, falsely deducted business expenses, according to federal prosecutors.  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced on Thursday that a New York City councilman …
Politico:
Trump's bleach news conference happened one year ago today.  We've never been the same.  —  One year ago today, President Donald Trump took to the White House briefing room and encouraged his top health officials to study the injection of bleach into the human body as a means of fighting Covid.
Lou Raguse / KARE-TV:
'I wish it didn't have to happen': Alternate juror reflects on Derek Chauvin trial  —  A juror who didn't know she was an alternate in Chauvin's trial details why she supports the former Minneapolis officer being convicted in George Floyd's murder.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — A woman who sat …
Associated Press:
US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Louisiana has stopped asking the federal government for its full allotment of COVID-19 vaccine.  About three-quarters of Kansas counties have turned down new shipments of the vaccine at least once over the past month.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Courage of Our Convictions  —  Critical race theory is fast becoming America's new institutional orthodoxy.  Yet most Americans have never heard of it—and of those who have, many don't understand it.  This must change.  We need to know what it is so we can know how to fight it.
Discussion: Must Read Alaska
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
Idaho Senate Approves Bill to Kill 90 Percent of State's Wolves  —  The bill would allow the state to hire contractors to kill the wolves, which supporters say are threatening the livelihoods of Idaho's ranchers.  —  The Idaho Senate approved a bill this week that would permit the state …
Discussion: Insider
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Why Is Trump Going to War Here?  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  The crowd crammed into an indoor-outdoor bar at a sprawling mall in this teeming suburb south of Cleveland.  The head of the local Republican club took to the mic on a small stage—and pledged vengeance.
Washington Post:
It's time to cut off the gas for Myanmar's military coup leaders  —  AS THE conflict between Myanmar's military and the country's civilian population grows more acute — soldiers have been using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to clear barricaded streets — some are warning …
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Foxconn's giant factory in Wisconsin sounded too good to be true.  Turns out it was  —  New York (CNN Business)When first announced in 2017, Foxconn's plan to build a massive electronics factory in Wisconsin was hailed by then-President Donald Trump as a sign of the rebirth of American manufacturing.
Associated Press:
Andrew Brown shooting: family describe him as a loving father with a sense of humor  —  The 42 year old - who was shot by a deputy sheriff Wednesday - had a hard life, but was known for ‘always having a nice joke’ and a great heart  —  Andrew Brown Jr had an easy smile, which belied hardship …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Deep State Mouthpiece Retaliates Against Staffer Who Uncovered Russia Collusion Hoax  —  Kash Patel Exposed the Russia Collusion Hoax.  The intel and media figures behind the hoax are trying to get their revenge.  —  A frequent media mouthpiece for the intelligence community who published …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels annual ‘slave auction’ fundraiser  —  Annual event sparks condemnation and debate across state  —  In the tiny South Dakotan town called Faith, the high school Rodeo Club planned to hold its annual fundraising event next Monday night at the Legion Hall …
Megan Crepeau / Chicago Tribune:
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing  —  By ARMANDO L. SANCHEZ / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119826845”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews%2Fct- adam-toledo-chicago …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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