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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 …
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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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Can we stop pretending that Elise Stefanik's ascent is somehow mysterious?  —  The last time the Republican Party lost a presidential election before 2020, the party embarked on a period of self-reflection trying to figure out how to avoid the same fate in the future.
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Kevin McCarthy's 1/6 Problem
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's and the GOP's nonsensical justification for ousting Liz Cheney
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.
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) …
Discussion: NPR, The Verge and KFF
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
FDA authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old  —  The Food and Drug Administration cleared the first coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in children as young as 12 on Monday, expanding access to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot to adolescents ahead of the next school year …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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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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.
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 Raw Story
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Gazette:
Colorado Springs mass shooting leaves 7 dead, including suspect, at birthday party: police  — Olivia Prentzel, Erin Prater & Breeanna Jent The Gazette  —  A gunman killed six members of an extended family Sunday at a birthday party at a mobile home in Colorado Springs before turning the gun on himself …
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
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.
Kevin Yamamura / Politico:
California has a staggering $75.7B budget surplus  —  SACRAMENTO — California expects a staggering $75.7 billion surplus despite a year of pandemic closures — an amount that surpasses most states' annual spending and prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday to propose sending cash back to residents as he faces a recall election.
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Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
California Governor Proposes $100 Billion Recovery Package
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Susan Hennessey Brings Resistance Twitter to the Biden DOJ  —  CNN and Lawfare contributor Susan Hennessey has announced that she has been hired by the Biden-Harris Justice Department in the National Security Division.  Personnel is policy.  This is yet another illustration of what this administration really is.
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
DOJ's Top National Security Lawyer Slammed Investigation Into Government Wrongdoing in Surveillance of Trump Aide
Discussion: National Review and The Federalist
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 …
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
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Prosecutors Hint at Plea Deal for Ex-Trump Official Accused of Being on Front Lines of Jan. 6th Capitol Siege  —  Federal prosecutors revealed their intention Monday to extend a plea offer to a former Trump State Department employee accused of being toward the front lines during the Jan. 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol Complex.
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.
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 …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
EXCLUSIVE: How corporate PACs are plotting to “move beyond” January 6  —  Following the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, dozens of corporations announced they were suspending PAC donations to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election.  Many more announced they were suspending all PAC activity.
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
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.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
After Black driver is handcuffed and arrested, Va. prosecutor says she never should have been pulled over  —  Virginia State Police trooper spotted car with taillights out, later pulled driver out of car and attempted DWI arrest, but driver tested 0.0 blood-alcohol content
Discussion: The Hill and The Root
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 …
 
 
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Alex Ward / Vox:
The coronavirus is a thorn in Biden's democracy agenda
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Ohio Man Allegedly Posed as CIA, FBI, and DEA in Single Traffic Stop
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Refusal to accept reality is doing unquestionable damage to democracy
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 Earlier Items: 
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Man Bought Lamborghini With PPP Loan, Prosecutors Say
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and Raw Story
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: HotAir and The Hill
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The Big Lie Is That Cheney Is Still A Republican
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.
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
School daze: Why Democrats are vulnerable on education