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Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Biden approval buoyed by his pandemic response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is plunging into the next phase of his administration with the steady approval of a majority of Americans, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Discussion: The Editorial Board and RedState
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AP-NORC:
Biden continues to hold on to high approval ratings
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Stop saying Republicans are ‘cowards’ who fear Trump.  The truth is far worse.  —  Opinion by  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, deserves great credit for demanding that his party fully repudiate Donald Trump's big lie about the 2020 election and acknowledge its role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.
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Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona, a Troubled Voting Review Plods On as Questions Mount  —  A makeshift review of the vote in the state's largest county has pleased followers of former President Donald J. Trump but is being widely criticized as a partisan exercise.  —  Directly outside the Veterans Memorial …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Kevin McCarthy's 1/6 Problem  —  Plus: Elise Stefanik is even worse than you thought  —  The details of the story have been reported, but a very smart friend connects the dots. … Join  —  Elise Stefanik Is Even Worse Than You Thought  —  On Sunday, McCarthy made it official …
Discussion: NBC News and Slate
Washington Post:
The ‘GOP Impeachment 10’ try to navigate Cheney's demise and their own futures
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Refusal to accept reality is doing unquestionable damage to democracy
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Rockets Fired at Jerusalem and Israel Responds With Airstrikes After Clashes at Aqsa Mosque  —  Gaza officials report nine people killed.  Hundreds were injured in Jerusalem when the Israeli police fought with Palestinian protesters in an escalation of violence after a week of increasing tensions.
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Associated Press:
Israeli police change route of contentious Jerusalem march
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Biden administration revives anti-bias protections in health care for transgender people  —  The Biden administration said Monday it would provide protections against discrimination in health care based on gender identity and sexual orientation, reversing a policy of its predecessors …
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HHS News releases:
HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections
Politico:
'It's not phony': Biden hungry for a jobs deal with Republicans  —  The Biden White House this week will make its most concerted push yet to find a middle ground with Republicans on the president's massive infrastructure proposal.  —  And as it does, the president's position on a potential compromise …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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Washington Post:
The making of a myth  —  Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology.  Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.  —  Ramsland  —  “We observed an error rate of 68.05%.  This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali / UnHerd:
Tribalism has come to the West  —  About a decade ago, when I worked for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), I had to force myself to go to lunch with a friend.  I dreaded the meeting because I knew that she was going to try to convince me to leave my job.
Discussion: HotAir
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Teen Vogue has a new top editor.  —  The last person hired as the top editor of Teen Vogue resigned before her start date.  Now, the wide-ranging Condé Nast online publication is trying again, with the announcement on Monday that Versha Sharma, a managing editor at the news website NowThis, will be its next editor in chief.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Russian criminal suspected in Colonial pipeline ransomware attack  —  WASHINGTON — A Russian criminal group may be responsible for a ransomware attack that shut down a major U.S. fuel pipeline, two sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.  —  The group, known as DarkSide …
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The Big Lie Is That Cheney Is Still A Republican  —  Good riddance to Liz Cheney - Yo Lizzy, don't go away mad, just go away rejected and humiliated back to the smoldering ruins of your failed dynasty.  Her ejection is the minimum act of political hygiene necessary to demonstrate to the base …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Grassley is the 80-something everyone's waiting on  —  OSSIAN, Iowa — Chuck Grassley still gets up at 4 a.m. every day and often goes for a 2-mile run.  The 87-year-old does push-ups, too.  —  “You want me to do 35 for you?” he responded when asked about his regimen as he waited …
Discussion: Fox News, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Ian Prasad Philbrick / New York Times:
‘We May Not Have a Full Two Years’: Democrats' Plans Hinge on Good Health  —  In a narrowly divided Congress, an illness or a death could upend the balance of power and threaten an ambitious agenda.  —  On March 21, 1950, an Illinois congressman named Ralph Church suddenly slumped in his seat while testifying before a House committee.
John Gregory / KET:
A Conversation with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell  —  Renee Shaw talks with Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's Republican senior senator and minority leader in the U.S. Senate, about vaccine hesitancy, President Biden's proposed jobs and infrastructure plans, police reform, the teaching of systemic racism and more.
Jim Swift / The Bulwark:
The Virginia GOP's Ridiculous Convention by Car  —  Ballots, Buicks, and a ballroom break-in?  —  Well, it's over.  The Virginia Republican Party has completed its Rube Goldberg exercise to select its slate of candidates to challenge the state's increasingly dominant Democrats.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story  —  The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.  —  In the fall of 2019, just before global borders closed …
Thomas Colson / Insider:
Biden must not ‘underestimate’ Trump's chances of winning in 2024, says White House chief of staff Ron Klain  — Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain said Donald Trump could prove a formidable opponent if he chooses to run for president in 2024.  — “I wouldn't want to estimate …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and CNN
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp signs bill giving big-money donors more impact on key races  —  Without any public notification from his office, Gov. Brian Kemp last week quietly gave his approval to a new law allowing state leaders to set up committees that could raise money during General Assembly sessions while lobbyists are trying to get legislation passed.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
School daze: Why Democrats are vulnerable on education  —  Between the slow pace of school reopenings and divisive curricular changes taking place in Democratic jurisdictions, the party's progressive wing is courting a backlash.  —  “Culture wars” has become a shorthand term for a series …
David Siders / Politico:
Why Democrats stopped stressing over big spending  —  It took a recession, a pandemic, massive demographic change and an ideological re-sorting of the two parties, but the Democratic Party has finally exorcised the ghosts of Walter Mondale's landslide 1984 defeat.  —  The proof?
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Tema Okun's “White Supremacy Culture” work is bad  —  Prestigious universities and worthy nonprofits shouldn't push nonsense  —  Debating abstractions is difficult and frustrating, and the discourse about “wokeness” and “cancel culture” has become a snakepit of semantic debates, bad-faith actors …
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
California Governor Proposes $100 Billion Recovery Package  — Plan to expand stimulus checks to total $11.9 billion  — Governor must present budget for next fiscal year Friday  —  California Governor Gavin Newsom plans a $100 billion economy recovery package …
 
 
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
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David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Has an Alarming New Plan to Steal Arizona for Trump
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
State Prosecutors Add to Warnings About Instagram's Child-Safety Plans
Discussion: Associated Press
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Beware President Biden - if you go woke, you'll go broke, as your self-imploding liberal friends across the pond in Britain are proving
Discussion: HotAir
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Business Groups Seek to Pause Rule Aimed at Addressing Security Threats
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Man Bought Lamborghini With PPP Loan, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Aubrey Allegretti / The Guardian:
Boris Johnson being investigated over Caribbean holiday
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra's cautious border play rankles White House
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Clare Malone / New York Magazine:
Andrew Yang's Insider Campaign How did he become the front-runner? Not simply by being a national celebrity and excellent campaigner.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How Trumpists Are Trying to Hijack a Small-Town New Hampshire Ballot Audit
Discussion: Raw Story
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
US trashes unwanted gear in Afghanistan, sells as scrap
Discussion: Associated Press and Defense One
New York Post:
The Post says Eric Adams should be NYC's next mayor
Discussion: The Yeshiva World
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Should Let His Viewers Know If He Got Vaccinated, Says CNN Medical Analyst: ‘I Am Tired of His Nonsense’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Attorneys General Are Winning a GOP Civil War