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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.
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.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Kevin Merida is named executive editor of Los Angeles Times  —  The Los Angeles Times has named ESPN executive Kevin Merida, an acclaimed journalist who spent more than two decades at The Washington Post, as its next executive editor.  —  Merida, 64, is a veteran reporter and editor …
Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County reports no new COVID-19 deaths
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.
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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
Shawn Zeller / Roll Call:
Democratic unity makes Biden's ambition possible
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
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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 …
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?’
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Swiss Billionaire Quietly Becomes Influential Force Among Democrats  —  Hansjörg Wyss, who recently dropped his bid to buy Tribune Publishing, has been a leading source of difficult-to-trace money to groups associated with Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — He is not as well known …
Discussion: Twitchy and Townhall
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 and New York Post
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 …
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.
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
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: Politico, CNN, Orlando Weekly and HuffPost
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Staffers Laugh at Calls for Tucker Carlson to Be Fired: Don't Hold Your Breath!  —  'HE'S INVINCIBLE'  —  Another week, another #TuckerMustGo social-media trend.  But as Fox insiders told The Daily Beast this week, Carlson is “untouchable” and not going anywhere.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Scott Morefield / Townhall:
Most Consequential GOP Victory This Century Was Ron DeSantis Over Andrew Gillum in 2018.  It's Not Even Close  —  Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a small bit of flak from Team Reality for extending the state's state of emergency order another 60 days on the same day last week …
Issues & Insights:
Who Gets To Define What's Patriotic?  —  Last week, President Joe Biden said it's the patriotic duty of Americans to wear masks while outside.  Years ago, while campaigning as Barack Obama's running mate, he said it was patriotic to pay higher taxes.  It's hard to decide if these statements …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyers Up for the Capitol Police Officers' MAGA Riot Lawsuit  —  The suit, brought by two Capitol Police officers, accuses former President Trump of inciting and directing the riot, aiding, and abetting assault and battery, among other charges.  —  Former President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Clarence Thomas, Long Silent, Has Turned Talkative  —  The Supreme Court's orderly telephone arguments, prompted by the pandemic, have given the public a revealing look at its longest-serving member.  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a decade without asking …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and Althouse
 
 
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Fox Nation Running Ads For New Special on Gov. Cuomo's Scandals During Chris Cuomo's CNN Show
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and The Wrap
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Government should help Americans age at home
Discussion: The Hill
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Will Schools Open in the Fall?
Discussion: HotAir
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Janet Yellen's Deficit Preoccupation Could Bring Down Biden's Agenda
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
How a Miami School Became a Beacon for Anti-Vaxxers
Discussion: The Triad
Will Taylor / LBC:
‘Far more likely’ coronavirus came from lab, ex-MI6 chief tells LBC
Discussion: The National Pulse
 Earlier Items: 
William Saletan / Slate:
The Biggest Remaining Challenge in Stopping the Coronavirus
CNN:
A Canadian oil firm thinks it has struck big. Some fear it could ravage a climate change hotspot
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP turns lies into laws
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants
Discussion: American Greatness
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In South Texas, Hispanic Republicans Try to Cement the Party's Gains
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Many police officers spurn coronavirus vaccines as departments hold off on mandates
John Nichols / madison.com:
Robin Vos is a threat to democracy
CBS Boston:
Brookline Will Keep Outdoor Mask Mandate In Place
Discussion: Twitchy