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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: RedState and The Guardian
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden is talking to Republicans, but for only so long  —  As vice president, Joe Biden was among those repeatedly pushing President Barack Obama to negotiate with Republicans on everything from health care to fiscal crises — even if it led to delays, watered-down policies or nothing at all.
Matthew Cooper / Washington Monthly:
Where Are the Filibusters?  —  Psst.  Don't tell anyone but the Senate is passing bills and Biden has been signing them.  —  During the course of Joe Biden's first 100 days as president, the Senate was repeatedly described as “broken.”  Also, during the course of Joe Biden's first 100 days as president …
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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Douglas MacKinnon / The Hill:   Will DeSantis, Rubio and Scott torch each other to vault from Florida to the White House?
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.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
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
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 …
Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
US begins reuniting some families separated at Mexico border  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump's presidency will be reunited in the United States this week in what Homeland Security Secretary …
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.
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
American Greatness:
The Deep State is Back  —  When Biden says “America is back” and praises “our democracy,” it's clear he means a return to the pre-Trump status quo, including the meddlesome and ungoverned Deep State.  —  Recently, the FBI searched Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan apartment.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Biden faces GOP handcuffs and Dem skeptics on Iran deal 2.0  —  Joe Biden's nascent bid to revive the Iran nuclear deal for a “longer, stronger” diplomatic agreement is already facing deep skepticism and potential hurdles in Congress — including from the president's own party.
Discussion: Salon and ABC News
CBS News:
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the threat posed by China  —  Norah O'Donnell speaks with Secretary Blinken in a wide-ranging interview that touches on China's recent military aggression, winding down the long war in Afghanistan and the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Discussion: Reuters, Fox News and The Week
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Confusion over masks sparks new political showdown  —  (CNN)America's emerging limbo between a full-blown pandemic and a return to normal is throwing up new public health dilemmas that spark instant political fires — like a fresh round of grandstanding over mask wearing.
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Mary Lincoln wasn't ‘crazy.’ She was a bereaved mother, new exhibit says.  —  Callie Hawkins had been working at President Lincoln's Cottage museum for 10 years when she became pregnant.  She and her husband were thrilled, and she joked with her co-workers about the baby's “perfect” due date — Feb. 12 — Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Russia Collusion Smear Returns  —  Dubious stories about FBI briefings intended to tar Republicans.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Three prominent media outfits on Saturday issued embarrassing retractions of a story alleging that the FBI had warned Rudy Giuliani that he was a target of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Amy Kazmin / Financial Times:
India's ruling BJP suffers setback in state elections  —  Failure in West Bengal despite aggressive campaign delivers rebuke of Modi's pandemic leadership  —  India's prime minister Narendra Modi suffered a significant political setback on Sunday when his Bharatiya Janata party failed …
Discussion: Associated Press and Al Jazeera
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Why it took Joe Biden to carry out the Bernie Sanders presidency |  Will Bunch  —  It was just over five years ago — while Bernie Sanders was crisscrossing America's early primary states, packing large arenas with throngs cheering his plans for free college, government child care …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court's Ethics Problems Are Bigger Than Coney Barrett  —  A lot of hand-wringing has accompanied Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's $2 million book deal (including from those of us who wish we had a $2 million book deal).  While there's always reason to worry when big piles …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Avoiding White Backlash Is a Racial-Justice Issue  —  From the time of the Constitution's ratification until Joe Biden's junior year of college, the United States was governed by a de-jure racial caste system that denied most Black Americans political power and economic opportunity.
 
 
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Josh Hawley's ‘Big Tech’ Book Overthrows the Tyranny of Reality
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Cindy McCain Slams Arizona Republicans For ‘Ludicrous’ Election Recount
Discussion: Slate, Mother Jones and Washington Post
Jill Jacobs / Haaretz:
Supporters of the far right Lehava on the prowl, one wearing a ‘Kahane was right’ badge, in Jerusalem last monthCredit: Emil Salman
The Hill:
Census confirms Texas and Florida are America's future
Discussion: HotAir
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 prey on Latinos
Associated Press:
U.S. general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’
Discussion: HotAir
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump tightens his grip on the GOP
Discussion: Insider, The Wrap and The Daily Caller
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  A Statement from Michael Wood: I am proud of the campaign we ran, and regret nothing.
Sen. Chuck Grassley / USA Today:
Cameras added transparency to Derek Chauvin trial — now add them to all courtrooms
Deroy Murdock / Fox News:
Biden's ‘Jim Eagle’ vs. Jim Crow - here's what Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race
Discussion: TheGrio
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
SpaceX's Elon Musk has become the coolest capitalist of them all
Barney Frank / The Hill:
Why Biden's COVID relief package may have changed everything
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From the Past, a Chilling Warning About the Extremists of the Present
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024