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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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Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County reports no new COVID-19 deaths
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   Kevin Merida is named executive editor of Los Angeles Times
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 …
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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 …
Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Biden's answer to GOPers rejecting his victory: Press on  —  Welcome to The Daily 202 newsletter!  Happy Birthday, James Brown!  Check out “Soul Power '74” from James Brown's Funky People Part 2.  Tell your friends to sign up here.  —  President Biden confronts as thorny …
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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.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden is talking to Republicans, but for only so long
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?’
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney stokes GOP rift with ‘big lie’ rebuke of Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday escalated her feud with former President Donald Trump and his supporters in Congress, issuing a less-than-subtle swipe at the former president's latest attempt to claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.
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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 …
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: Raw Story and 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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 …
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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CNN:
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN ANCHOR: This is GPS, the GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE.  Welcome to all of you in the United States and around the world.  I'm Fareed Zakaria.  —  (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
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 …
Politico:
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut ending most restrictions on May 19  —  New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are lifting most Covid-19-related restrictions on May 19, signaling a denouement for some of the country's strictest lockdown orders and social distancing protocols imposed during the pandemic.
Discussion: New York Post
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
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
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.
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: VICE, Politico, Metro Weekly, CNN and HuffPost
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow, painful death of Trump allies' voting-machine conspiracy theories  —  Among the many wild conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, few rank as high when it comes to both baselessness and reach as those involving voting machines.  The theory that voting machines were programmed …
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
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
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Will Schools Open in the Fall?  —  We look at how the lack of normal schooling is hurting mothers.  —  With the U.S. economy growing rapidly, millions of people have returned to work.  Yet there is still one large group of Americans whose employment rates remain far below their prepandemic levels — mothers of young children.
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
San Francisco archbishop suggests Pelosi, Biden be denied Communion  —  He warned public figures who support abortion ‘should not come forward to receive Holy Communion’  —  Planned Parenthood files lawsuit over South Carolina abortion ban  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hometown bishop …
Discussion: National Review and Crux
 
 
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Brian Mann / NPR:
24 States Mount Legal Fight To Block Sackler Bid For Opioid Immunity
Discussion: Florida Politics
Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. school nurse fails science, experts say, in comments about face masks.
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
DCCC Chair Spent Big on Travel as He Urged Constituents to ‘Stay Home’ and ‘Stop Spreading the Virus’
Discussion: Breitbart and NRCC
Issues & Insights:
Who Gets To Define What's Patriotic?
Scott Morefield / Townhall:
Most Consequential GOP Victory This Century Was Ron DeSantis Over Andrew Gillum in 2018. It's Not Even Close
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Staffers Laugh at Calls for Tucker Carlson to Be Fired: Don't Hold Your Breath!
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Janet Yellen's Deficit Preoccupation Could Bring Down Biden's Agenda
Will Taylor / LBC:
‘Far more likely’ coronavirus came from lab, ex-MI6 chief tells LBC
Discussion: The National Pulse
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
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
In South Texas, Hispanic Republicans Try to Cement the Party's Gains
Discussion: Balloon Juice
James Caven / Dailystar.co.uk:
Hitler liked women peeing on him during sex and was incestuous with niece, doc claims
Discussion: New York Post
CBS Boston:
Brookline Will Keep Outdoor Mask Mandate In Place
Discussion: Twitchy