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CNN:
Cheney: What Trump did ‘is a line that cannot be crossed’  —  Liz Cheney hits back at Trump: 2020 election was not stolen  —  Washington (CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said on Monday her party cannot accept the “poison” of the idea that the 2020 election was stolen and should not …
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The Hill:
Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Top allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are vowing to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of the harshest critics of former President Trump in either party, from her leadership post by the end of the month.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Elected Republicans are lying with open eyes. Their excuses are disgraceful.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney stokes GOP rift with ‘big lie’ rebuke of Trump
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.
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
‘I Listened to Too Much Propaganda’: Trump Voter Gets Probation After Casting Ballot on Dead Mom's Behalf and Registering Another Dead Woman as a Republican in Pa.  —  A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to five years probation after he admitted to illegally casting his dead mother's ballot …
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CNN:
Pennsylvania man sentenced to 5-year probation after voting in name of dead mother  —  (CNN)A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to casting a vote in the name of his deceased mother in an effort to reelect then-President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Florida Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions: ‘We are no longer in a state of emergency’  — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday that immediately suspends the state's remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:   Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Landmark Legislation to Ban Vaccine Passports and Stem Government Overreach
New York Times:
The F.D.A. is set to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 12-15 years old by early next week.  —  The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar …
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: HotAir and 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.
Glenn Greenwald:
Corporate News Outlets Again “Confirm” the Same False Story, While Many Refuse to Correct it  —  Journalists with major outlets know they spread a false, retracted story about the FBI and Giuliani but refuse to remove it, because their real job is spreading disinformation.
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Over Thomas dissent, high court rejects West Point case  —  The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a woman who says she was raped as a West Point cadet  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a woman who says she was raped as a West Point cadet …
Discussion: Washington Post, SCOTUSblog and UPI
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
NRA Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee  —  In a rare move, the trustee, part of the Justice Department, called for the dismissal of the N.R.A.'s bankruptcy filing or the appointment of an outside monitor.  —  The National Rifle Association's hopes of end-running a legal challenge …
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 …
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Lee Brown / New York Post:   Disneyland's Snow White ride attacked for ‘kiss without her consent’
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden admin taps Rich Cordray, former CFPB chief, to oversee federal student loans  —  The Biden administration has tapped Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve as the top official overseeing the federal government's $1.6 trillion portfolio …
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New York Times:
Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt
Discussion: HuffPost and CNN
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Politico:
Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal
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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Tracey Tully / New York Times:
Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur  —  A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies.  —  The controversy over the use of a racial slur …
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.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
The coronavirus vaccine skeptics who changed their minds  —  The White House and public health experts study the Americans who went from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on shots  —  Kim Simmons, a 61-year-old small-business owner in Illinois, vividly remembers the moment she went from vaccine skeptic to vaccine-ready …
Discussion: Mediaite
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: HotAir and New York Times
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
MI6 spy Christopher Steele ‘produced second dossier on Donald Trump for FBI’  —  The dossier is believed to be raw intelligence that makes claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes  —  The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while he was in the White House, sources told The Telegraph.
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 …
CNN:
Biden team may partner with private firms to monitor extremist chatter online  —  What's fueling the growth of far right-wing terrorism?  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand …
Laura A. Bischoff / USA Today:
Ohio state senator sees nothing wrong with driving while video conferencing  —  Laura A. BischoffThe Columbus Dispatch  —  On the same day a distracted driving bill was introduced, state Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, participated in a government video meeting while driving.  —  “I wasn't distracted.
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:
CVS, Walgreens have wasted more Covid vaccine doses than most states combined  —  Two national pharmacy chains that the federal government entrusted to inoculate people against Covid-19 account for the lion's share of wasted vaccine doses, according to government data obtained by Kaiser Health News.
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.”
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?’
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Schumer Readies Plan B to Push Immigration Changes Unilaterally  —  Should bipartisan talks stall, the Senate majority leader is exploring trying to use budget reconciliation to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Samantha Power appears on Flynn unmasking list seven times, despite testifying she had ‘no recollection’ of doing so  —  Gowdy: Leaking name of ‘unmasked’ Michael Flynn is a felony  —  Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power sought to obtain Michael Flynn's redacted identity using an …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Biden says people earning less than $400,000 won't pay taxes in new slip-up  —  President Joe Biden said those who make under $400,000 per year “will not pay a single penny in taxes.”  —  The comment, made during a speech on Monday, is the 78-year-old's latest blunder.
BBC:
Hillary Clinton warns of ‘huge consequences’ in Afghan US troop withdrawal  —  Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of “huge consequences” of President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.  —  Mrs Clinton told CNN there was a risk the Taliban …
 
 
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Rogerlsimon / theepochtimes.com:
Use Twitter's New Weakness to Start Upending Big Tech
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Fox News:
Dr. Carson & Gov. Noem: Biggest cultural challenge of our lifetime: Defeating anti-American indoctrination
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Is your T-shirt a human rights violation?
David Byler / 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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Kimberly Wehle / The Hill:
Is America slipping to autocracy?
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 Earlier Items: 
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Blade
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell: 1619, American slavery starting point, not an important date in history
Discussion: ABC News, Jezebel and The Root
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow, painful death of Trump allies' voting-machine conspiracy theories
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides
Discussion: Political Wire