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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Kinzinger compares Republican Party to the Titanic  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) on Sunday compared the Republican Party to the Titanic amid an internal battle surrounding Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and the push to oust her from her GOP leadership position.
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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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Melinda Gates Was Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage With Bill Gates  —  Melinda Gates had discussions with divorce lawyers in October 2019 around when Bill Gates's ties to Jeffrey Epstein became public  —  The split between Bill and Melinda Gates, announced last week, has been in the works for a long time.
Discussion: LifeZette and New York Post
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: Washington Monthly and 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
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.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney |  Endorsement  —  The Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney has been drawing national attention, and understandably so.  Aside from its colorful main characters — an incumbent DA who's a national icon in progressive circles …
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
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
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Associated Press:
Former Delaware Governor Pierre ‘Pete’ Du Pont IV Dies  —  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (The Associated Press)  —  Wilmington, Del. (AP) — Pierre S.  “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, has died.  He was 86.
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and USA Today
Washington Post:
As convention ends, Virginia Republicans wait for governor nominee to emerge  —  Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly labeled a list of candidates running for the Republican nomination for attorney general of Virginia as lieutenant governor candidates.  The article has been corrected.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:   ‘Tired of getting whupped’: GOP convention voters offer competing visions for a red Virginia
Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
2 Oklahoma Boys Pulled From Class for ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts  —  In addition to the disciplinary action they have faced, the boys' mother said that at least one of her three sons has been bullied because of the shirts.  —  Two brothers, 8 and 5, were removed from their Oklahoma …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Democrats renew effort to get Donald Trump's financial records  —  House committee is arguing to federal judge that with Trump out of office, he no longer has a viable claim to withhold materials  —  A powerful Democrat-led House committee is pushing a federal judge to order Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Ido Efrati / Haaretz:
Israel's Active COVID Cases Fall Below 1,000 for the First Time in Over a Year  —  On Saturday only 17 new coronavirus cases were identified - a tiny 0.2 percent out of 11,500 tests administered that day  —  The number of people with coronavirus infection in Israel dipped to 985 on Sunday - the lowest it's been in 14 months.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
NBC News:
Terry McAuliffe's popularity in Virginia dims some Democrats' hopes for first Black female governor … Virginia Democrats are less than a month away from picking a nominee in this year's race for governor, and two things are increasingly clear.  —  Terry McAuliffe, the former governor barred …
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.
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.
 
 
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Baltimore Sun:
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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
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade police lieutenant and union official charged with rape in Palm Beach County
Discussion: Raw Story