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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The politicians who tried to overturn an election — and the local news team that won't let anyone forget it  —  The journalists at WITF, an all-news public radio station in Harrisburg, Pa., made a perfectly reasonable decision a few months ago.  —  They decided they wouldn't shrug off the damaging lies of election denialism.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
'There's a lot of crazy going on': Pro-Trump lawyer blows up key GOP race  —  Lin Wood played a starring role in Georgia's GOP civil war after the 2020 elections.  Now the pro-Trump lawyer is taking his roadshow to South Carolina, where he's campaigning as a “chaos” candidate to lead the state Republican Party.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Sacks / New Yorker:
John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”  —  The first major interview with one of the most revered comedy writers of all time.  —  It's been nearly twenty years since the reclusive, mysterious, almost mythical comedy writer John Swartzwelder left “The Simpsons,” and yet, to this day …
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
State TV: Iran reaches deals to release prisoners; US denies  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will free prisoners with Western ties in Iran in exchange for billions of dollars from the United States and the United Kingdom, state television reported Sunday.  The U.S. immediately denied the report, while the U.K. did not respond.
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Associated Press:
US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Fox News
Wajahat Ali / The Daily Beast:
What Does It Take to Get a White Man Fired From CNN?  —  UNAFFIRMATIVE ACTION … I got four warnings there.  Reza Aslan and Octavia Nasr and Marc Lamont Hill didn't get off with just warnings.  Rick Santorum seems to be just fine.  Can you spot the difference?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
CNN:
Utah GOP vote to censure Mitt Romney fails while senator is booed at convention  —  (CNN)A resolution to censure GOP Sen. Mitt Romney for his two votes to convict former President Donald Trump failed Saturday at the Utah Republican Party organizing convention, where the senator had been booed earlier …
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Francisco Kjolseth / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney booed at raucous Utah GOP convention as speakers attack the Biden agenda
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From the Past, a Chilling Warning About the Extremists of the Present  —  Almost four decades after officials dismantled the Order, a violent far-right group, experts see echoes in the far right of today.  —  They robbed an armored car outside a sprawling Seattle shopping mall.
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Giuliani's Legal Trouble Is Trump's Too  —  You don't need to be a lawyer to know that when federal agents knock on your door with a search warrant and seize your electronic devices, you're in big trouble.  Ever since that happened to former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday …
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Country optimistic after Biden's 1st 100 days: POLL  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction.  —  Biden's infrastructure plan would give much-needed boost to rail system  —  President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill would allocate $80 billion toward …
Discussion: The Hill, Ipsos and The Week
John Harwood / CNN:
Janet Yellen says critics of Biden's tax hikes are asking the wrong question  —  (CNN)Doctors follow the Hippocratic oath: do no harm.  The architects of President Joe Biden's tax increases took a somewhat different approach.  —  They want some proposals, like the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies …
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Sen. Susan Collins pushes back on 28 percent corporate tax rate, saying jobs would be lost
Discussion: CNN
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Believe Science: Get Vaccinated.  Then Relax.  —  Jog without a mask!  Hang out with friends!  Eat in a restaurant!  —  3 hr ago  —  A lot has been lost in the past year.  Among the losses: people's sanity.  —  Consider this bit from Joy-Ann Reid's MSNBC show earlier this week …
Discussion: Townhall and Barred in DC
Ellie Spina / Yahoo Lifestyle:
‘Just hire a fat actor’: Sarah Paulson faces backlash for allegedly wearing a fat suit for her latest role  —  Looking for more celebrity and entertainment news?  —  Sign up for Yahoo Lifestyle Canada's  —  newsletter!  —  The first photos of  —  Sarah Paulson on-set of “Impeachment …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden stocks his White House with Ivy Leaguers  —  Joe Biden, a proud graduate of the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School who has bragged about going to a “state school,” has stocked his top White House staff with nearly twice as many Ivy League graduates as the first iteration …
Discussion: CNN, RedState and Political Wire
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show … The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency's school-reopening guidance released in February.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024  —  Ms. Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has defied coronavirus restrictions and eagerly projects a rugged Great Plainswoman image.  But some of her political moves prompt eye rolls.  —  PIERRE, S.D. …
Myah Ward / Politico:
Tim Scott optimistic about Congress' progress on police reform  —  “I think I bring an equilibrium to the conversation,” the South Carolina Republican senator said.  —  Sen. Tim Scott said a “significant number” of his fellow Republicans are willing to support his efforts to craft police reform legislation.
Discussion: CBS News
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Dems get locked out of Texas special election  —  Democrats' best chance this year to pad their slim House majority suddenly evaporated Saturday night, as Republicans claimed both runoff spots in the special election for a fast-changing House seat outside Fort Worth.
Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban  —  After all votes were counted in Austin, Proposition B soared to victory in a race many thought would be tighter than it ended up.  —  In a hotly contested debate involving the city's homelessness crisis, 57% of voters said they were in favor …
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Alexandra Villarreal / The Guardian:
Austin voters to decide on restoring rules criminalizing homeless activities
Discussion: Breitbart
The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the 10th Anniversary of the Osama bin Laden Raid … Ten years ago, I joined President Obama and members of our national security team, crowded into the Situation Room to watch as our military delivered long-awaited justice to Osama bin Laden.
Discussion: Insider
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Why politically guided science is bad  —  Research should not be an effort to reach one's desired conclusions.  —  8 hr ago  —  The other day, a paper was published in the American Economic Review about incarceration's effect on children.  It caused quite a stir, because it concluded …
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Chinese embassy tweets and deletes antisemitic cartoon  —  The tweet in Japanese reads: “If the United States brought ‘democracy,’ it would be like this.”  —  The Chinese Embassy in Japan last Thursday tweeted an antisemitic cartoon and then deleted it at the behest of Israel's Foreign Ministry.
Discussion: Breitbart and Insider
 
 
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Evie Fordham / Fox News:
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