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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.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Meet Kevin McCarthy, political hollow man  —  Opinion by  —  I hereby nominate House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the James Buchanan prize, awarded for monumental smallness in a time demanding leadership.  The 15th president, you might recall, was a politician who tried …
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
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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Hannah Dreyfus / Politico:   Yang poised to win backing of most of the city's powerful Orthodox leaders
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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Alexander Fulbright / The Times of Israel:
Ra'am freezes coalition talks with ‘change bloc,’ amid violence
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ted Cruz bets big on Facebook  —  The Texas Republican has spent more than all but one other senator on Facebook ads in recent months.  He isn't up for reelection until 2024.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign and allied groups raised $5.3 million in the first quarter of this year.  Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Texas Republican Asking His Party To Just Stop
Discussion: The Nation, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Politico:
GOP weighs going bigger on infrastructure  —  Senate Republicans are signaling that they could raise the price tag of their infrastructure offer to President Joe Biden, days ahead of a pivotal series of meetings that could make-or-break Biden's hopes for a bipartisan deal.
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
71% of Republicans under 45 back increasing public spending, even if it means taxes increase
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
China increases spending 500% to influence America  —  New foreign-agent filings are finally detailing a massive Beijing propaganda operation that's fueled a sixfold increase in Chinese foreign influence efforts in the United States in recent years.  —  Why it matters: Propaganda is central …
Charlie Savage / New Republic:
The Rise of Private Spies  —  As WikiLeaks was riding to global fame a decade ago by publishing archives of leaked American military and diplomatic files, its founder, Julian Assange, liked to call his organization an “intelligence agency of the people.”  The slogan conjured an ideal …
Discussion: Bookshop
 
 
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David Dayen / American Prospect:
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump super PAC to hold first fundraiser at Bedminster
Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
Palm Beach County's handling of Jeffrey Epstein wasn't corrupt, Florida investigation finds
Discussion: Florida Politics
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Pollard: Israel should expel US diplomats
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Clint Smith / The Atlantic:
Why Confederate Lies Live On
Discussion: Florida Politics
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
The people who want to keep masking: 'It's like an invisibility cloak'
Discussion: Althouse and The Federalist