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Elana Schor / Politico:
The House GOP's Trump trap  —  A LEGITIMATE QUESTION — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is backing the removal of his No. 3 leader, Liz Cheney, after her repeated criticism of Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to ‘cancel culture’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the only woman in Senate Republicans' elected leadership team, compared efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership to “cancel culture,” …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Could McCarthy face a Cheney backlash?  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  We're T minus one day till LIZ CHENEY gets the boot from GOP leadership.  And as we enter that crazy news cycle, it's important to remember that this is about one man's ambitions.
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Kathryn Garcia for Mayor  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The mix of optimism and anxiety that New Yorkers feel as the coronavirus is beaten …
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New York Times:
Shootings and Subway Attacks Put Crime at Center of N.Y.C. Mayor's Race  —  Rising concerns over crime have led candidates to issue strong appeals for public safety, less than a year after the city was under pressure to defund the police.  —  A shooting in Times Square …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Hannah Dreyfus / Politico:   Yang poised to win backing of most of the city's powerful Orthodox leaders
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents in Another Important Action in Fight Against Pandemic  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) …
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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15.
Discussion: Raw Story, STAT, NPR and Fox News
Ben Cost / New York Post:
Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film  —  Apple has released the first-ever photos from Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated Western, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”  —  The pics depict Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone as Ernest and Mollie Burkhart …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel's colonialist project … The young Palestinian writer Mohammed El-Kurd sits quietly in front of his laptop with a grin on his face, preparing for the launch of his most recent manuscript, “Rifqa.”  He seems excited …
Discussion: KIFI-TV, CNN and Common Dreams
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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan  —  Former Chicago mayor will boost Washington's alliance with Tokyo as China's influence grows  —  Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and Chicago mayor, to be US ambassador to Japan, according to eight people familiar …
Discussion: Raw Story and Japan Times
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Real Steal Is Coming  —  Who will prevent the next attempt to overturn the will of the voters?  —  War is peace.  —  Freedom is slavery.  —  Ignorance is strength.  —George Orwell, 1984  —  Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican party is building.  Up is down.  Black is white.
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Glenn Youngkin Wins G.O.P. Nomination for Virginia Governor  —  Mr. Youngkin, a wealthy newcomer to politics who walked a line between the Trump base of the G.O.P. and business interests, will look to test Democrats' strength in the blue-leaning state in November.
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Gov. Reeves Ending Federal Aid for Unemployed Mississippians, Rejecting ‘Rescue Act’ Funds  —  Unemployed Mississippians will no longer be eligible for $300 per week in federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits after Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that Mississippi will opt out next month.
Politico:
Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. … Email us at [email protected].  —  If you've read a quote from an administration official in a newspaper or a wire story recently …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Texas Republican Asking His Party to Just Stop  —  Will Hurd is the kind of politician who loves to find the middle ground.  He spent six years as a Republican congressman from one of the most competitive districts in the country, a sprawling expanse that traces the southwest border of Texas along the Rio Grande.
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Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley's path to the insurrection … LEXINGTON, Mo. — Joshua Hawley was 13 years old, living comfortably as the son of a bank president, when his parents gave him a book about political conservatism for Christmas.  —  Hawley became enamored with the ideology.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window  —  One million people have signed up for health coverage under an Affordable Care Act special enrollment period announced earlier this year, officials said Tuesday.  —  “That's one million more Americans who now have the peace …
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends.  Parents are furious  —  When the teachers union over the weekend announced the “exciting news” that San Francisco's high school seniors will get a chance to go back to classrooms starting Friday, they left out details about the plan …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ted Cruz bets big on Facebook  —  Sen. Ted Cruz isn't up for reelection until 2024.  But the Texas Republican has spent more on Facebook advertising over the past two months than all but one senator, an investment strategy that other lawmakers have used in recent cycles to help set the stage for presidential runs.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
Alexander Fulbright / The Times of Israel:
Ra'am freezes coalition talks with ‘change bloc,’ amid violence  —  Source in Islamist party says unclear if negotiations will resume before Lapid's mandate to form coalition expires; anti-Netanyahu parties call for forceful response to attacks  —  The Islamist Ra'am party on Monday announced …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court considers an important showdown over abortion this week  —  The Court has been surprisingly hesitant to weigh in on abortion.  But a pending case is likely to force its hand.  —  The Supreme Court has been sitting on a potentially very significant abortion case for the last two months …
Cheryl Rofer / Foreign Policy:
Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible  —  There's little evidence for an unknown weapon being behind “Havana syndrome.”  —  “It's an act of war,” said Christopher Miller, former President Donald Trump's last acting secretary of defense.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Vaccinated but wary, Washingtonians start to emerge from isolation  —  The liberation of Richard McWalters was in full bloom as he strolled 14th Street NW the other day, his nose and jaw newly freed of the mask and constant worry that had shrouded him for more than a year.
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Britain's Labour Party just collapsed in blue-collar England.  Democrats should consider themselves warned.  —  Opinion by  —  Political trends in the United States and Britain have mirrored one another for decades, so the Labour Party's stunning collapse across blue-collar England …
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?  —  As a linguist I know we can't, but systemic racial inequities can almost never be undone by “getting rid of the racism.”  —  3 hr ago  —  The Elect are direly committed to teaching us the difference between personal racism and systemic racism.
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a year ago, amid concerns about how to prevent transmission of the virus causing Covid-19, scientists were beginning to conclude that rigorous disinfection of surfaces …
bellingcat:
Where in the World is Q?  Clues from Image Metadata  —  The hunt to identify the person or group behind the QAnon conspiracy theory continues.  Known only as “Q,” this individual or collective is responsible for the many posts, or “drops,” that appeared on internet imageboards between October 2017 and December 2020.
Grace Panetta / Insider:
J. Lo and Ben Affleck were spotted together in Montana, which is set to gain a new House seat in redistricting  — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, engaged in the early 2000s, were spotted together in Montana.  — Montana is gaining a seat in Congress after the 2020 census due to its population growth.
 
 
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“You May Never See Those Numbers Again”: Can Cable News Pass the Post-Trump Test?
Charlie Savage / New Republic:
The Rise of Private Spies
Discussion: Bookshop
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Staffers at The Appeal announced they had formed a union. Five minutes later, management announced layoffs.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump super PAC to hold first fundraiser at Bedminster
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
China increases spending 500% to influence America
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Palm Beach County's handling of Jeffrey Epstein wasn't corrupt, Florida investigation finds
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National Review:
DOJ Pick Susan Hennessey's Long, Sordid History of Partisan Conspiracy-Mongering
CNN:
US Coast Guard ship fired around 30 warning shots at Iranian fast boats in latest tense encounter