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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
Washington Post:
For Republicans, fealty to Trump's election falsehood becomes defining loyalty test  —  Debra Ell, a Republican organizer in Michigan and fervent supporter of former president Donald Trump, said she has good reason to believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
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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
Deroy Murdock / Fox News:
Biden's ‘Jim Eagle’ vs. Jim Crow - here's what Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race  —  The Democrat Party has become America's headquarters for racism and anti-Black bigotry  —  Ben Carson: Does Biden know what Jim Crow is?  —  To see what racism and race-baiting look like, look no further than today's Democrat-Left.
Discussion: TheGrio
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Myah Ward / Politico:
Tim Scott optimistic about Congress' progress on police reform
Discussion: CBS News
Barney Frank / The Hill:
Why Biden's COVID relief package may have changed everything  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  The Biden administration and its Congressional allies have not only achieved immediate political and economic victories with passage of their COVID relief legislation …
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
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Avoiding White Backlash Is a Racial-Justice Issue  —  From the time of the Constitution's ratification until Joe Biden's junior year of college, the United States was governed by a de-jure racial caste system that denied most Black Americans political power and economic opportunity.
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 …
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.
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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.
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: Vox and CNN
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
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. …
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:
Utah GOP state convention delegates defeat move to censure Sen. Mitt Romney
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
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
SpaceX's Elon Musk has become the coolest capitalist of them all  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  In Boca Chica, Texas, Elon Musk's SpaceX is preparing another test flight of the Starship, a new and improved prototype called SN15.  By the time you read this …
Anoa Changa / NewsOne:
Conservatives Launch Lawsuits Attacking Historic Government Aid For Black Farmers  —  White farmers overwhelmingly benefitted from federal aid programs under the Trump administration.  —  Five white farmers last week sued USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in his official capacity …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Sen. Chuck Grassley / USA Today:
Cameras added transparency to Derek Chauvin trial — now add them to all courtrooms  —  Televising the Chauvin trial allowed transparency and allowed citizens to see the workings of justice, which validates cameras in court.  —  America's application of jurisprudence - our court and trial system …
Bruce Thompson / Washington Examiner:
How the White House is hiding the true cost of its spending plans  —  The Biden administration has proposed trillions of dollars of new spending and tax increases.  But these plans have contained little or no budget details, and the White House has used budget sleight of hand to hide the true costs involved.
 
 
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The White House:
Statement by President Joe Biden on the 10th Anniversary of the Osama bin Laden Raid
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Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden economic adviser pushes global corporate tax minimum to counteract proposed US increase
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Joe Biden Is Electrifying America Like F.D.R.
Washington Post:
‘Living in two realities’: Indian diaspora reckons with crisis abroad
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Chinese embassy tweets and deletes antisemitic cartoon
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Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
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Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
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Politico:
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Discussion: ABC News, HotAir and Crooks and Liars
The Hill:
Census confirms Texas and Florida are America's future
Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:
NKorea warns US of ‘very grave situation’ over Biden speech
Glenn Greenwald:
The Left Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump's Secret Rules for Drone Strikes Outside War Zones Are Disclosed
Discussion: CNN
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show