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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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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 …
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15.  —  The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation's steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon …
Discussion: ABC News, STAT, Twitchy and Fox News
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.
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:   The Big Lie Is That Cheney Is Still A Republican
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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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
71% of Republicans under 45 back increasing public spending, even if it means taxes increase  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  President Joe Biden's COVID relief plan was popular with many Americans, but the latest Economist/YouGov poll suggests that other spending proposals might …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Violence Shakes Israel, With Rocket Fire and Police Battling Palestinians  —  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
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israel calls on Biden administration to stay out of Jerusalem crisis
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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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
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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 …
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.
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.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
New Voters Helped Propel Biden in 2020  —  We know that 2020 produced the largest voter turnout in modern history.  But, for a detailed understanding of who voted—and how they voted—we had to wait until state voter files were updated and analyzed.  This week, Catalist, a Democratic data analytics firm …
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and The Hill
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.
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 …
 
 
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Mark Krikorian / RealClearPolicy:
Where Does Biden Go from Here on Immigration?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Prosecutors Hint at Plea Deal for Ex-Trump Official Accused of Being on Front Lines of Jan. 6th Capitol Siege
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax Hires OAN Host to Co-Anchor Primetime Show With Ex-Trump Advisor
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
 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
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Tema Okun's “White Supremacy Culture” work is bad
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.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
When Covid Hit, China Was Ready to Tell Its Version of the Story
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
School daze: Why Democrats are vulnerable on education