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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 …
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Raw Story
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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.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
In Arizona, a Troubled Voting Review Plods On as Questions Mount
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Elise Stefanik vows to unify Trump-centric House GOP
Discussion: The Boston Globe, Reason and The Hill
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Refusal to accept reality is doing unquestionable damage to democracy
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Can we stop pretending that Elise Stefanik's ascent is somehow mysterious?
Discussion: Deseret News
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.
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AP-NORC:
Biden continues to hold on to high approval ratings
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Mediaite
New York Times:
Gaza Militants Fire Rockets at Jerusalem; Israel Responds With Airstrikes  —  Gaza officials say nine people were killed.  The exchange followed clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinian protesters at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem after a week of increasing tensions.
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Associated Press:
Israeli police change route of contentious Jerusalem march  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police have changed the route of a contentious march by Jewish ultranationalists in Jerusalem, in an apparent attempt to avoid confrontations with Palestinian protesters.
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.
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HHS News releases:
HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  —  HHS Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision  —  Washington D.C. - Today …
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Biden administration revives anti-bias protections in health care for transgender people
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Paris Teenager's New Gig: Would-Be Queen of Italy.  A Nation Shrugs.  —  The son of Italy's last king has tapped his teen granddaughter to eventually lead the House of Savoy, pretenders to Italy's defunct throne.  “Totally illegitimate,” says a rival clan.
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.
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Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
The people who want to keep masking: 'It's like an invisibility cloak'  —  More than a year into the pandemic, some people prefer to keep wearing their face mask - even outdoors in public  —  She's been fully vaccinated for three weeks, but Francesca, a 46-year-old professor …
Discussion: The Federalist and Althouse
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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
Politico:
Russian spy unit suspected of directed-energy attacks on U.S. personnel  —  U.S. officials suspect that a notorious Russian spy agency may be behind alleged attacks that are causing mysterious health issues among U.S. government personnel across the world, according to three current …
Clint Smith / The Atlantic:
Why Confederate Lies Live On … Most of the people who come to Blandford Cemetery, in Petersburg, Virginia, come for the windows—masterpieces of Tiffany glass in the cemetery's deconsecrated church.  One morning before the pandemic, I took a tour of the church along with two other visitors and our tour guide, Ken.
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Has an Alarming New Plan to Steal Arizona for Trump  —  It involves replacing all the state's elected officials.  —  DG  —  A group of Arizona citizens, including one Republican Congressional candidate, is asking the state's Supreme Court to invalidate all election results since 2018 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Hires OAN Host to Co-Anchor Primetime Show With Ex-Trump Advisor  —  TRUMP TV  —  Upstart pro-Trump cable network Newsmax fleshed out its primetime lineup on Monday, announcing a new weeknight show that features a former Trump advisor alongside a host from conspiracy-peddling channel …
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Ohio Man Allegedly Posed as CIA, FBI, and DEA in Single Traffic Stop  —  METHOD ACTOR  —  A man pulled over by police last week in Brook Park, Ohio, claimed to be, variously, a CIA officer, FBI agent, DEA agent, and a U.S. Treasury agent.  The bizarre roadside interaction ended with his arrest …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
U.S. military ship fires 30 warning shots after encounter with Iranian vessels  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
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.  —  From the moment Andrew Yang sat down in the back corner of a dark restaurant in the Bronx — brow knitted, wearing an overcoat and scarf that would stay …
 
 
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Prosecutors Hint at Plea Deal for Ex-Trump Official Accused of Being on Front Lines of Jan. 6th Capitol Siege
Alex Ward / Vox:
The coronavirus is a thorn in Biden's democracy agenda
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Trump administration spied on journalists. The Biden administration defended it.
Discussion: Techdirt and IJR, more at Mediagazer »
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
State Department Walks Back Criticism of Israel
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
California Governor Proposes $100 Billion Recovery Package
 Earlier Items: 
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
James Salzer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kemp signs bill giving big-money donors more impact on key races
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: The Daily Caller and Insider
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Tema Okun's “White Supremacy Culture” work is bad
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Becerra's cautious border play rankles White House
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir