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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe  —  Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach.  The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The mask slips, revealing the truth about the GOP voter suppression game  —  Republicans are responding to their 2020 losses by doing everything they can to restrict the size of the electorate wherever possible, in ways they think will advantage them.  To disguise this ugly game …
Discussion: CBS News
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Florida Republicans rushed to curb mail voting after Trump's attacks on the practice.  Now some fear it could lower GOP turnout.  —  Republican operatives worth their salt remember well the Sunshine State's 1988 U.S. Senate race.  —  Floridians went to sleep that Nov. 8 believing …
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Biden set to raise refugee cap to 62,500 after blowback, source says  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is set to raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500 this fiscal year, according to a source familiar with the discussions, after receiving swift criticism last month when President Joe Biden kept the lower Trump-era cap in place.
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Politico:
Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal  —  Weeks after abandoning the number, President Joe Biden once again set a 62,500 cap on refugees allowed into the United States for the rest of this fiscal year, the White House announced on Monday.  —  The number delivers …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Clarence Thomas, Long Silent, Has Turned Talkative  —  The Supreme Court's orderly telephone arguments, prompted by the pandemic, have given the public a revealing look at its longest-serving member.  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a decade without asking …
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News and Althouse
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Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Over Thomas dissent, high court rejects West Point case
Discussion: Washington Post, UPI and SCOTUSblog
Bonchie / RedState:
The Biden Administration's Latest Hypocrisy on the Courts Will Have You Seeing Cross-Eyed
Discussion: Fox News, Townhall and The Dispatch
SFGATE:
Disneyland's new Snow White ride adds magic, but also a new problem  —  Let's get this out of the way first: Snow White's Enchanted Wish, the revamped ride that replaced Snow White's Scary Adventures in Disneyland, is really good.  The attraction preserves much of the charm of what originally opened …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rudy Giuliani slams raid on apartment as ‘out of control,’ says feds trying to ‘frame’ him  —  Giuliani fights allegations he violated Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)  —  Federal probe into Giuliani raises questions about lack of attention on Hunter Biden: Caldwell
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Norman Eisen / USA Today:
Rudy Giuliani raids signal accountability is coming for the Donald Trump era  —  The FBI raids of Giuliani's home and office should worry former President Trump and all who followed his lead in playing fast and loose with the law.  —  Former President Donald Trump and his cronies should beware.
Politico:
Senate Dems agonize over voting rights strategy  —  Senate Democrats made a major commitment to muscle through Speaker Nancy Pelosi's ethics and voting reform bill.  Yet many say they have no idea how to pass it and wonder what exactly the end game is for a signature Democratic priority.
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden is talking to Republicans, but for only so long
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Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis signs bill banning vaccine ‘passports,’ suspends local pandemic restrictions
Discussion: The Hill, Reason and USA Today
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
ESPN's Kevin Merida named L.A. Times executive editor  —  The Los Angeles Times has named veteran journalist Kevin Merida as its top editor and tasked him with transforming the storied 139-year-old newspaper into a digital powerhouse that thrives for decades to come.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines.  What Are They Thinking?  —  Several days ago, the mega-popular podcast host Joe Rogan advised his young listeners to skip the COVID-19 vaccine.  “I think you should get vaccinated if you're vulnerable,” Rogan said.  “But if you're 21 years old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden administration picks Richard Cordray to oversee federal student loans  —  The Biden administration is planning to install Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as the head of the nation's $1.6 trillion portfolio of federal student loans …
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New York Times:   Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell: 1619, American slavery starting point, not an important date in history  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he doesn't think 1619 is one of the most important points in U.S. history.  —  That's the year the first enslaved Africans …
Discussion: ABC News, Jezebel and The Root
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Sharpton responds to Tim Scott: ‘The practice of America was built on racism’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Al Sharpton on Monday argued that “the practice of America was built on racism,” while addressing GOP Sen. Tim Scott's (S.C.) claim last week that “America is not a racist country.”
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Lin Wood Is Just Asking Questions  —  On a late pandemic Friday night, the Richland County Republican Party held its convention in a drab, windowless conference room, with the AC blowing full blast.  —  Among the overwhelmingly maskless congregants was Lin Wood, candidate for state party chairman …
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Kimberly Wehle / The Hill:
Is America slipping to autocracy?  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden delivered a 65-minute speech to a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) historically flanking him.
Discussion: IJR
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
San Francisco archbishop suggests Pelosi, Biden be denied Communion  —  He warned public figures who support abortion ‘should not come forward to receive Holy Communion’  —  Planned Parenthood files lawsuit over South Carolina abortion ban  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hometown bishop …
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John Hanna / Associated Press:
Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican legislators in Kansas failed Monday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's school sports.
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Blade
Sue Halpern / New Yorker:
Facebook and the Normalization of Deviance  —  The trouble with waiting to address problems long after you know that they exist.  —  When the sociologist Diane Vaughan came up with the term “the normalization of deviance,” she was referring to nasa administrators' disregard of the flaw …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney stokes GOP rift with ‘big lie’ rebuke of Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday escalated her feud with former President Donald Trump and his supporters in Congress, issuing a less-than-subtle swipe at the former president's latest attempt to claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
There's not just one kind of vaccine hesitancy  —  Around 10% of Americans aren't very eager to get the vaccine, but they're not really hesitant either — they're just waiting to get it until they get around to it, according to new Harris polling.  —  Why it matters: Making vaccination …
Discussion: Forbes, CNBC, WINK NEWS and Political Wire
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
The COVID Culture War Will Never End  —  Pandemics end; culture wars are forever.  —  3 hr ago  —  1. The COVID Culture War  —  Donald Trump responded to the pandemic by turning COVID into a culture war.  He demonized mitigation efforts, peddled a constant stream of misinformation …
Discussion: New York Times
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Swiss Billionaire Quietly Becomes Influential Force Among Democrats  —  Hansjörg Wyss, who recently dropped his bid to buy Tribune Publishing, has been a leading source of difficult-to-trace money to groups associated with Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — He is not as well known …
Kansas City Star:
‘A troubled man’: Kansas Senate leader decries Rep. Mark Samsel's ‘deranged rantings’  —  Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson on Sunday condemned the “deranged rantings” of Rep. Mark Samsel, caught on video Wednesday talking to high school students about religion, sex and suicide.
Deena Yellin / NorthJersey.com:
‘Good Jewish boy’ or chief ‘infiltrator’?  NJ man spent years as fake rabbi in Israel, groups say  —  A self-professed “good Jewish boy from New Jersey,” Rabbi Michael Elkohen had come a long way.  —  In the ultra-Orthodox enclave in Jerusalem where Elkohen now lives …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
In bitterly divided election in Southlake, Texas, opponents of anti-racism education win big  —  SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Nine months after officials in the affluent Carroll Independent School District introduced a proposal to combat racial and cultural intolerance in schools …
 
 
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Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Intruder stopped by armed guards from driving through CIA main entrance
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Help, We Can't Stop Writing About Andrew Yang
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New York Times:
Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination
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Thomas Gibbons-Neff / New York Times:
Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan
Politico:
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut ending most restrictions on May 19
Discussion: New York Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow, painful death of Trump allies' voting-machine conspiracy theories
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Mann / NPR:
24 States Mount Legal Fight To Block Sackler Bid For Opioid Immunity
Discussion: Florida Politics
The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyers Up for the Capitol Police Officers' MAGA Riot Lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Biden team may partner with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides
Discussion: Political Wire
James Caven / Dailystar.co.uk:
Hitler liked women peeing on him during sex and was incestuous with niece, doc claims
Discussion: New York Post