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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.
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.
Discussion: NBC News, RedState and The Guardian
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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 …
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.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Wall Street Journal:   The Russia Collusion Smear Returns
NBC News:
Biden administration to reunite four migrant families separated under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will reunite four migrant families separated during the Trump administration this week, while its reunification task force estimates that over 1,000 families remain separated …
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and New York Times
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Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border
Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County reports no new COVID-19 deaths  —  Los Angeles County public health authorities on Sunday reported no new deaths related to COVID-19.  —  Although officials cautioned that the figure was probably an undercount because of reporting delays on weekends, it still marked a bright spot …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Week
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Help, We Can't Stop Writing About Andrew Yang  —  The outsider brings provocative ideas and good vibes.  But can an “empty vessel” really make it through New York's shark-infested media waters?  —  In January of last year, as the Iowa caucuses neared and before I'd heard of Covid-19 …
Discussion: Twitchy, New York Post and Vanity Fair
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In South Texas, Hispanic Republicans Try to Cement the Party's Gains  —  Conservative Hispanic leaders, especially women, are ascendant in the Rio Grande Valley, where Republicans are trying to forge lasting bonds with voters who swung sharply to the right in 2020.
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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 …
Discussion: spectator.us and Election Science
CBS Boston:
Brookline Will Keep Outdoor Mask Mandate In Place  —  BROOKLINE (CBS) — The outdoor mask mandate will remain in place until further notice in Brookline, Town Manager Mel Kleckner said Friday.  —  The announcement came on the same day that the state eased its outdoor mask mandate …
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP turns lies into laws  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  You know President Trump's “Big Lie.”  —  Now the right-wing echo chamber is exploding with little lies.  —  First, conservative papers and social media erupted with bogus reports that President Biden planned to ban Americans from eating hamburgers.
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
Caitlyn Jenner says she opposes transgender girls competing in girls' sports  —  Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic decathlon champion who is among the country's most prominent transgender women, said Saturday she is opposed to transgender girls competing in girls' sports.
Discussion: CNN, spectator.us and Los Angeles Blade
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  The 45th president was fairly obsessed with ratings.  Given Donald Trump's experience as a TV reality-show star, that is not terribly surprising.
Discussion: American Greatness
James Caven / Dailystar.co.uk:
Hitler liked women peeing on him during sex and was incestuous with niece, doc claims  —  The tyrant killed himself in 1945 in Berlin  —  Adolf Hitler liked women urinating on him during sex and had an incestuous relationship with his niece, a documentary claims.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Many police officers spurn coronavirus vaccines as departments hold off on mandates  —  Low immunization levels suggest hesitancy is pervasive, posing risks to public safety  —  Police officers were among the first front-line workers to gain priority access to coronavirus vaccines.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Lin Wood Is Just Asking Questions  —  Inside the most insane Republican state party fight in America.  —  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.
Daily Mail:
Angry parents blast rural Ohio high school after a lesbian couple, 18, are voted to be prom king and queen by their classmates  — Annie Wise and girlfriend Riley Loudermilk, both 18, were crowned prom king and queen at Kings High School in a deeply conservative area of Ohio
CNN:
A Canadian oil firm thinks it has struck big.  Some fear it could ravage a climate change hotspot  —  Video by Peter Rudden  —  Watch this story on CNN International's One World with Zain Asher on Monday at 12 p.m. ET/5 p.m. BST/6 p.m. Johannesburg time.  —  Kavango East, Namibia (CNN) …
William Saletan / Slate:
The Biggest Remaining Challenge in Stopping the Coronavirus  —  On April 15, at a hearing on the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Jim Jordan harangued Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Jordan, an outspoken critic of mask mandates …
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Israel ambassador likely to be named this week, with shortlist narrowed to two  —  President Joe Biden has narrowed down his list of candidates for ambassador to Israel to two candidates who have strong ties to the pro-Israel community.  Tom Nides, a former official in the Clinton and Obama administrations …
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides  —  There's been a recent flurry of studies and analyses that take a deeper look at the results of the 2020 election.  These examinations don't contradict our early interpretation of the results from the days and weeks immediately following Election Day …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The CDC's cruel, irrational guidance traps our kids in the forever pandemic  —  While much of grown-up America moves on, our children are trapped in the forever pandemic.  —  Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a fresh set of guidelines for summer camps.
Lola Fadulu / Washington Post:
At a walk-up coronavirus vaccine clinic in D.C., every shot is a small victory  —  A man experiencing homelessness came from across town after hearing he wouldn't need an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine.  A grieving mother saw the clinic's white tents while doing an errand.
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
India accounts for 1 in 3 new Covid cases being recorded.  Here is its second wave in 5 charts  — Cases started rising in February, when India reported an average of about 10,000 infections a day.  — But the situation progressively worsened in April, ending the month by repeatedly setting new global records for daily cases.
Discussion: Washington Post
John Nichols / madison.com:
Robin Vos is a threat to democracy  —  Good news.  Wisconsin's population increased by 3.6%, to 5,893,718, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.  That's not a huge gain, but it's sufficient to maintain the state's current level of representation in the U.S. House.
 
 
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Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
How a Miami School Became a Beacon for Anti-Vaxxers
Will Taylor / LBC:
‘Far more likely’ coronavirus came from lab, ex-MI6 chief tells LBC
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Biden faces GOP handcuffs and Dem skeptics on Iran deal 2.0
Discussion: Salon
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Confusion over masks sparks new political showdown
Discussion: Mediaite
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court's Ethics Problems Are Bigger Than Coney Barrett
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Cindy McCain Slams Arizona Republicans For ‘Ludicrous’ Election Recount
Discussion: Slate, Mother Jones and Washington Post
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Why it took Joe Biden to carry out the Bernie Sanders presidency
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Amy Kazmin / Financial Times:
India's ruling BJP suffers setback in state elections
Discussion: Associated Press and Al Jazeera
Associated Press:
U.S. general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’
Discussion: HotAir
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Mary Lincoln wasn't ‘crazy.’ She was a bereaved mother, new exhibit says.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump tightens his grip on the GOP
Discussion: The Wrap and The Daily Caller
mailchi.mp:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  A Statement from Michael Wood: I am proud of the campaign we ran, and regret nothing.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Avoiding White Backlash Is a Racial-Justice Issue
Barney Frank / The Hill:
Why Biden's COVID relief package may have changed everything