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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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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cheney stokes GOP rift with ‘big lie’ rebuke of Trump
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CBS News
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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 …
CNN:
Biden raises refugee cap to 62,500 after blowback  —  The Biden administration will raise the refugee ceiling to 62,500 people this fiscal year, the White House confirmed, after receiving swift criticism last month when President Joe Biden kept the lower Trump-era cap in place.
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Politico:
Biden White House reverses on its refugee cap reversal
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 …
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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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: Raw Story, NBC News and Althouse
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’
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rudy Giuliani slams raid on apartment as ‘out of control,’ says feds trying to ‘frame’ him  —  Giuliani fights allegations he violated Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)  —  Federal probe into Giuliani raises questions about lack of attention on Hunter Biden: Caldwell
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Michael Stratford / Politico:
Biden administration picks Richard Cordray to oversee federal student loans  —  The Biden administration is planning to install Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as the head of the nation's $1.6 trillion portfolio of federal student loans …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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New York Times:
Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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.”
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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.
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Biden says people earning less than $400,000 won't pay taxes in new slip-up  —  President Joe Biden said those who make under $400,000 per year “will not pay a single penny in taxes.”  —  The comment, made during a speech on Monday, is the 78-year-old's latest blunder.
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Harry Reid / Las Vegas Sun:   Going big and bold is smart policy and smart politics for Democrats
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
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?’
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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 …
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 …
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
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican legislators in Kansas failed Monday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's school sports.
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Blade
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.
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
‘I Listened to Too Much Propaganda’: Trump Voter Gets Probation After Voting for His Dead Mother 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 …
Kimberly Wehle / The Hill:
Is America slipping to autocracy?  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden delivered a 65-minute speech to a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) historically flanking him.
Discussion: IJR
BBC:
Hillary Clinton warns of ‘huge consequences’ in Afghan US troop withdrawal  —  Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of “huge consequences” of President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.  —  Mrs Clinton told CNN there was a risk the Taliban …
CNN:
Biden team may partner with private firms to monitor extremist chatter online  —  What's fueling the growth of far right-wing terrorism?  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand …
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell: 1619, American slavery starting point, not an important date in history  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday he doesn't think 1619 is one of the most important points in U.S. history.  —  That's the year the first enslaved Africans …
Discussion: ABC News, Jezebel and The Root
 
 
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The slow, painful death of Trump allies' voting-machine conspiracy theories
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides
Discussion: Political Wire