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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 …
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.
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: Insider and NPR
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BBC:
Putin warns of tough Russian action if West crosses ‘red line’
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mic, CBS News, Daily Kos, The Week and HuffPost
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
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyeing Tax Rate as High as 43.4% in Next Economic Package  — People earning $1 million would pay 39.6% plus Obamacare levy  — Total tax rates for New Yorkers, Californians could top 50%  —  President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate …
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Stocks fall on reports that Biden wants to hike taxes on capital gains
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Will Seek Tax Increase on Rich to Fund Child Care and Education
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
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.
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
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 …
New York Times:
With Few New Clotting Cases, Johnson & Johnson Pause Could Be Lifted Soon  —  Top federal health officials said in interviews this week that the number of rare blood clotting disorders in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has remained small.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal health officials …
Mary Chastain / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Report: Politico Tells Reporters to Not Call the Border Situation a Crisis  —  Weird.  Politico used “border crisis” during President Barack Obama's administration.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe  — Buffer  — Pocket  — Blogger  — Yahoo Mail  — Viber  — Skype
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
With Trump's backing, Walker freezes Senate GOP field in Georgia  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's backing of football great Herschel Walker to run for the Georgia Senate seat has been enough to effectively freeze the GOP field in place — even though some Republicans privately worry …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Current
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 …
Discussion: Summit News and The Daily Caller
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
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
In Defense of Teenage Knife Fighting  —  Since when do we need the cops to intervene in the recreational stabbings of our youth?  —  Just when I thought that America couldn't possibly get any softer, people start suggesting that there's a role for the police in preventing knife murders.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
As economy spikes, Republicans are still waiting for the ‘Biden depression’ that Trump predicted  —  Stock market ‘collapse’ also has yet to materialize  —  Throughout last year's campaign, President Donald Trump issued a series of increasingly dark predictions about what would happen if Joe Biden were elected.
Keith Allen / CNN:
Oklahoma passes a law that can protect drivers who run over protesters  —  (CNN)Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill protesters while attempting to flee and which stiffens penalties for demonstrators who block public roadways …
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Lone Arizona Republican votes ‘no,’ blocking passage of bill targeting mail voting  —  A bill that would stop some voters from getting a ballot automatically mailed to them each election failed in Arizona's state Senate Thursday after a single Republican joined Democrats in voting against the legislation.
Lauren Frayer / NPR:
How India Went From A Ray Of Hope To A World Record For Most COVID Cases In A Day  —  MUMBAI — Sagar Kishore Naharshetivar has been driving a van around southern India with his father lying in the back, hooked up to an oxygen tank.  His father has COVID-19 and needs treatment.
Discussion: Vox and Foreign Policy
Shashank Bengali / New York Times:
India sets a global record for daily infections.  —  India's rapidly worsening coronavirus outbreak is now expanding on a scale beyond any previously measured in more than a year of the pandemic: The health ministry reported more than 310,000 new infections on Thursday, the most recorded in any country on a single day.
Washington Post:
Biden spells out U.S. climate goal, urges other world leaders to go big  —  “The cost of inaction keeps mounting,” the president said in detailing a new national target to cut emissions.  “The United States isn't waiting.”  —  In one of the most surreal summit meetings ever …
 
 
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Behind the ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag: America's history of police violence
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General: Afghan military will collapse without some US help
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The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Hawley votes against anti-Asian hate crime bill
Discussion: The Federalist, Forbes and Townhall
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Raya Jalabi / Reuters:
The legal war between the Saudis and their former spymaster
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Did We Forget Our Democracy Is Still Under Threat?
Discussion: Bulwark+