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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: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney stokes GOP rift with ‘big lie’ rebuke of Trump
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Landmark Legislation to Ban Vaccine Passports and Stem Government Overreach  —  St. Petersburg, Fla. - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by local legislators and small business owners in St. Petersburg where he signed Senate Bill (SB) 2006 …
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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.
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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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
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
New York Times:
Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt
Discussion: HuffPost
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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Politico:
Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal
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’
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Intruder stopped by armed guards from driving through CIA main entrance … WASHINGTON — A police spokesman tells NBC News there is an ongoing security incident outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia that is being handled by the spy agency's guard force.
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.
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.
 
 
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