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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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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: GOP wants to replace Cheney with another woman  —  House Republicans are moving closer to ousting Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership, and are already considering replacements — including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), congressional aides tell Axios.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Elected Republicans are lying with open eyes.  Their excuses are disgraceful.  —  “Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying!”  — “Henry IV,” Part 1, Act 5  —  For the activist base of the Republican Party, affirming that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential contest has become …
Discussion: Piecebusiness, Townhall, CNN and Daily Kos
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.
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How three major news organizations all got a story about Rudy Giuliani wrong  —  Incorrect information from government sources apparently led three separate news organizations to publish the same erroneous claim about Rudolph W. Giuliani last week that all three later corrected.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The Washington Post owes Biden an apology
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
U.S. trustee opposes NRA bankruptcy petition in blow to gun rights group  —  A U.S. bankruptcy administrator asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss the National Rifle Association's efforts to declare bankruptcy or appoint a trustee or examiner to oversee the gun rights organization …
Discussion: CNN, Al Jazeera and Political Wire
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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BuzzFeed News:   Flynn, Bannon, Manafort, Ivanka: Private Emails From Inside The Mueller Investigation
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 …
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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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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.
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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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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CNN:
Biden administration taps Richard Cordray as student loan chief
Discussion: New York Times
Rachel Nuwer / New York Times:
MDMA Reaches Next Step Toward Approval for Treatment  —  A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.  —  In an important step toward medical approval, MDMA, the illegal drug popularly known …
CNN:
Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 after blowback  —  The Biden administration will raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500 people this fiscal year, the White House confirmed, 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
Jordan Heller / New Republic:
He's a Big City Mayor.  His Grandsons Are Suspected Gang Members.  —  The first 911 call came in at 4:36 p.m. on August 28, 2019.  —  “Emergency, we have a man shot in the middle of Clark Avenue,” a woman said.  “He's in the middle of the street.  Dying ... a man came up behind him in a black hoodie and shot him in the back!”
Discussion: New York Post
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
California Professor Placed On Leave After Viral Video Shows Her Berating Student For Pro-Police Views  —  A California professor was placed on leave after a video of her berating a student during a Zoom class went viral.  —  According to the New York Post, an adjunct professor at Cypress College …
Discussion: Townhall
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
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 …
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
Ja'han Jones / HuffPost:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Responds To Republican Efforts To Censor 1619 Project  —  The Pulitzer-winning journalist said efforts to censor the project, which examines American racism since 1619, are about “trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas they don't like.”
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Politico:
'It's an act of war': Trump's acting Pentagon chief urges Biden to tackle directed-energy attacks  —  The suspected directed-energy attacks on U.S. government personnel worldwide are “an act of war,” said former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who launched an initiative to investigate …
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 …
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: Politico and Political Wire
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.
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.”
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.
Adie Vanessa Offiong / CNN:
They've been beaten, trolled, threatened with sexual violence but refuse to be silenced  —  This story is part of As Equals, CNN's ongoing series on gender inequality.  Read more from As Equals here and read our FAQs for information about how the series is funded and more.
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
CIA Head Writes Memo Celebrating Chauvin Guilty Verdict, Pledges To Address ‘Trauma Of Racism’  —  Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns sent an internal memo to agency staff praising the jury in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial and sharing his willingness …
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting … I.  —  At 8AM PT on Friday, a bleary-eyed Basecamp CEO Jason Fried gathered his remote workforce together on Zoom to apologize.  Four days earlier, he had thrown the company into turmoil by announcing that …
 
 
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