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Jesse Naranjo / Politico:
Fauci predicts ‘dramatic difference’ in pandemic outlook if more are vaccinated  —  Top Biden health adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday predicted that the country's coronavirus situation will be dramatically different a year from now if larger proportions of the population are vaccinated.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
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Davone Morales / ABC News:
Vaccinations are the ‘end game’ to the COVID-19 crisis in India: Fauci  —  White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on “This Week.”  —  Horrific scenes unfold in New Delhi hospitals  —  A hospital administrator said she ordered doctors and nurses to hide after the staff members were attacked by grieving families
Discussion: The Hill
Sandra Tan / Buffalo News:
Free beer offer results in more vaccinations than all Erie County first-dose clinics last week  —  The idea of getting vaccinated had been rolling around in the back of Tyler Morsch's mind for weeks.  As a 28-year-old, he didn't feel in any particular danger, but he finally decided …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
GOP governors slash jobless aid to try to force more Americans to return to work  —  Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina have acted in recent days to end extra $300 weekly payments to unemployed Americans, even as the Biden administration maintains generous benefits are not deterring people from seeking work
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Schools Are Open, but Many Families Remain Hesitant to Return  —  Even as fears of the coronavirus abate, many students are continuing to opt out of in-person learning.  Some school leaders are trying to woo — or push — them back.  —  Pauline Rojas's high school in San Antonio is open.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The next political battleground: school boards  —  The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country.  —  Why it matters: What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national political debate.
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Tory lessons for Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  Local and regional election results across Britain last week hold lessons for American politicians.  Not least is this: A Trumpist Republican Party that had taken the coronavirus pandemic more seriously and had delivered tangible benefits …
Discussion: BBC
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
‘Tired of getting whupped’: GOP convention voters offer competing visions for a red Virginia  —  Republicans around Virginia streamed into voting sites Saturday to choose their nominee for governor, and in Caroline County, Don Denton was first in line.  —  He said he was backing Amanda Chase …
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Washington Post:
As convention ends, Virginia Republicans wait for governor nominee to emerge
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch:   WATCH NOW: GOP convention delegates make picks for governor, other offices; counting starts Sunday
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
Your Woke Money Is No Good Here  —  Corporations have taken advantage of Republicans for too long.  I won't take their PAC dollars anymore.  —  Georgia's new election law runs 98 generously spaced pages.  A fast reader can get through it in one sitting.  If you're the CEO of a major corporation …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
South Carolina may bring back electric chair, once used to execute a 14-year-old boy later exonerated  —  Barely 5 feet tall and not yet 100 pounds, George Stinney Jr. sat so small in the electric chair that the straps were too big to contain him.  —  The 14-year-old had to sit on books for his head to reach the headpiece.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Police robbed these Black men of their lives, too, but we're not talking about this |  Will Bunch  —  It was nearly 50 weeks ago that the Minneapolis murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, under the knee of then-police officer Derek Chauvin, finally put the issue of police killings in America on the front burner.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is safe in his job despite repeated attack from former President Trump, Republican aides and strategists say.  —  At the same time, GOP sources …
Emily Peck / New York Times:
How Child Care Went From ‘Girly’ Economics to Infrastructure  —  Experts who sounded the alarm about the care economy were often shunted to the side of policy discussions.  Not anymore.  —  When the economist Nancy Folbre got a call from the MacArthur Foundation in 1998, she was expecting rejection …
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  After Facebook's oversight board this week upheld the social media giant's continuing ban of former President Trump, the response of Rep. Ilhan Omar …
CNN:
I survived brain surgery—and the American health care system  —  CNN commentator after brain surgery: I am grateful to be here  —  Karen Finney is a Democratic strategist and CNN commentator.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.  View more opinion on CNN.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The one that gets away: Joe Biden's jaded romance with Iran  —  Nearly two decades ago, as Americans stunned by the 9/11 attacks were still sifting through rubble on the East Coast and in Afghanistan, then-Sen. Joe Biden seized the moment to call for a revival of U.S. ties with Iran.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Warren says she will run for reelection in 2024  —  In a move that may surprise some ambitious Massachusetts Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says that she's going to run for reelection in 2024.  —  “Yep,” the 71-year-old said simply in a POLITICO interview Friday, when asked if she planned to make the run.
Cameron Jenkins / The Hill:
Cuomo's communications director resigns  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) communications director has resigned amid the latest shake-up involving the governor's staff.  —  Peter Ajemian's last day working for the governor was on Friday …
Discussion: HotAir, governor.ny.gov and Breitbart
Alex Walker / Media Matters for America:
Fox News is already distorting the American Families Plan  —  Biden's proposal would invest $1.8 trillion in education, paid leave, and other programs  —  On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden unveiled the American Families Plan — a proposal designed to expand access to education, paid leave, child care, and certain tax credits.
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Chinese Rocket Debris Reportedly Crashes Into Indian Ocean  —  See update at end of article; the rocket debris has reportedly crashed into the Indian Ocean.  —  We now have more details about the 22-ton Chinese rocket that is expected to crash to Earth soon, including an approximate window of time and expected risk zone.
Discussion: The Week and UPI
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
As Biden faces a struggle to hold the Senate, Democrats' divisions resurface  —  Reporter covering national politics  —  In Pennsylvania, a Black, gay Senate candidate is already lashing out at his White Democratic primary rival, calling on him to apologize for once brandishing a shotgun to detain an unarmed Black jogger.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  The Biden team has hired a slate of immigration judges initially selected during the Trump era, angering advocates who argue the White House is already failing to deliver in its pledge to push …
Discussion: NBC News and ImmigrationProf Blog
 
 
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Erwin Chemerinsky / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer should learn from Justice Ginsburg's mistake — and retire now
Discussion: Insider
NBC News:
Terry McAuliffe's popularity in Virginia dims some Democrats' hopes for first Black female governor
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Nina Turner Opponent Shontel Brown Is Low-Key Pleading for Super PAC Support
Baltimore Sun:
4 dead, 1 injured in Woodlawn shooting and explosion; Baltimore County police kill suspect
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The DOJ's Abusive Indictment of the Police Who Killed George Floyd
Discussion: Power Line and HotAir
Erin Schumaker / ABC News:
Vaccination rates lag in communities of color, but it's not only due to hesitancy, experts say
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
New York City Government Workers Offered Travel Buddies
Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade police lieutenant and union official charged with rape in Palm Beach County
Discussion: Raw Story
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Mass murder and the sin of silence
Associated Press:
States scale back vaccine orders as interest in shots wanes
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Philly DA Candidate Forced to Address Paralegal Found Dead in His Mansion
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Raw Story
Amanda Little / Bloomberg:
A Baby Boom Would Be Bad