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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
The Real Steal Is Coming  —  Who will prevent the next attempt to overturn the will of the voters?  —  War is peace.  —  Freedom is slavery.  —  Ignorance is strength.  —George Orwell, 1984  —  Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican party is building.  Up is down.  Black is white.
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Trump Isn't the Biggest Republican Threat  —  Three points on the question of whether Republican fear of former President Donald Trump is motivating their various efforts right now:  —  First: As Greg Sargent points out in the Washington Post, Republicans need no excuse to attempt to make it harder for people to vote.
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump family members got ‘inappropriately close’ to Secret Service agents, book claims  —  Concerns over bonds involving Trump's then daughter in-law Vanessa and daughter Tiffany revealed in Carol Leonnig's Zero Fail  —  Two Trump family members got “inappropriately - and perhaps dangerously …
Discussion: Politico, Discourse Blog and Raw Story
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Opposition to Newsom recall grows as Caitlyn Jenner, GOP generate little support, poll finds  —  The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Misleading C.D.C. Number  —  We have a special edition of the newsletter on a misleading C.D.C. statistic.  —  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines last month for mask wearing, it announced that “less than 10 percent” of Covid-19 transmission was occurring outdoors.
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The latest Israel-Palestine crisis isn't a ‘real estate dispute.’ It's ethnic cleansing.
Associated Press:
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 26 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:   Frustration Grows in D.C. Over Biden's Hands-off Approach on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Anthony Fauci on Tuesday clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the role of the Wuhan, China, virology lab in the origins of COVID-19.  —  During a Senate hearing on the pandemic response …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Anthony Fauci let the coronavirus pandemic happen, why isn't there a criminal investigation?  —  Fauci exploited a loophole that allowed him to fund research at the Wuhan Lab that likely became COVID-19  —  Tucker: Why isn't Dr. Fauci investigated for his role in COVID pandemic?
Tom Maguire / justoneminute.typepad.com:
Origin Stories  —  Nicholas Wade, formerly of Nature, Science and the NY Times …
Axios:
The ransomware pandemic  —  “We are on the cusp of a global pandemic,” said Christopher Krebs, the first director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told Congress last week.  The virus causing the pandemic isn't biological, however.  It's software.
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Luke Barr / ABC News:
CISA yet to obtain ‘technical information’ on Colonial Pipeline hack
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Politico
HuffPost:
Senator Ted Cruz Says Making It Easier To Vote Is Actually ‘Jim Crow 2.0’  —  Republicans are trying to block the For the People Act, Democrats' top-priority legislative package.  —  Senate Republicans issued a slew of cataclysmic warnings on Tuesday as they tried to sink voting reform …
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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Trump's blog isn't lighting up the internet  —  Four months after former President Donald Trump was banished from most mainstream social media platforms, he returned to the web last Tuesday with “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” essentially a blog for his musings.
CNN:
Federal investigators press for cooperation from two key witnesses in Gaetz probe  —  Washington (CNN)Federal investigators scrutinizing Rep. Matt Gaetz are seeking the cooperation of a former Capitol Hill intern who was once a girlfriend of the Florida Republican, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This is the most repulsive GOP scam about Liz Cheney yet  —  Opinion by  —  Of all the reasons that Republicans have offered for punishing Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, perhaps the most ludicrous is that she doesn't support the GOP's supposed transition to a “working-class party.”
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press named executive editor of The Washington Post, the first woman to lead the newsroom  —  The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its executive editor, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to lead the 144-year-old news organization.
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Students for Trump founder John Lambert sentenced to 13 months for posing as lawyer  —  A judge slammed the founder of Students for Trump as a “cold blooded fraudster” before sentencing him to 13 months in prison for posing as a lawyer.  —  John Lambert, 25, pretended to be as Eric Pope, of the Manhattan-based firm Pope & Dunn.
Discussion: Raw Story
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as U.S. ambassador to Japan  —  President Biden will nominate Rahm Emanuel, former President Obama's chief of staff, as U.S. ambassador to Japan, the Financial Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.  —  The state of play: Biden will announce the nomination later this month …
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Samantha Power wants to restore U.S. prestige by getting American-made vaccines ‘into arms’ around the world  —  Late last fall, as Joe Biden prepared to take office and act on his promise to restore America's global leadership, Samantha Power had something to say.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley's path to the insurrection … LEXINGTON, Mo. — Joshua Hawley was 13 years old, living comfortably as the son of a bank president, when his parents gave him a book about political conservatism for Christmas.  —  Hawley became enamored with the ideology.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Unveils Plans to Expand Beyond Politics, Hard News at Upfront … After devoting constant chatter to the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News wants to make sure to talk about other subjects, including sports and weather.  —  During an upfront presentation to ad buyers …
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
The Lure of H Mart, Where the Shelves Can Seem as Wide as Asia  —  The huge grocery chain and other megastores like it have revolutionized the way many Asian-Americans shop and eat.  —  At the H Mart on Broadway at 110th Street in Manhattan, the lights are bright on the singo pears …
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.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Efforts to Weed Out Extremists in Law Enforcement Meet Resistance  —  Oregon, California, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., are seeking to give law enforcement agencies more power to exclude officers with ties to extremist groups.  —  In the battle to stamp out extremism from the ranks …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
3 Explanations for the Vaccine Slowdown  —  For a few weeks this spring, the United States was a world leader in vaccines, administering shots to a larger share of its population than even the United Kingdom or Israel.  But since the middle of April, our vaccine campaign has stalled.
Discussion: The Week and HotAir
Keith Gessen / Curbed:
The Destroy-It-to-Save-It Plan for East River Park New York's first climate adaptation battle is here.  —  The proposed level of new park (top).  The water-surge level of Hurricane Sandy (bottom).  Photo-Illustration: Photograph by Victor Llorente for New York Magazine & Graphics by Joe Darrow
German Lopez / Vox:
Got the vaccine?  Experts say you can relax about your Covid-19 risk now.  Really.  —  I asked health experts about their post-vaccination lives.  Most no longer worry about their own risk of Covid-19.  —  White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said he will not go into restaurants …
Discussion: PolitiFact and The Daily Caller
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a year ago, amid concerns about how to prevent transmission of the virus causing Covid-19, scientists were beginning to conclude that rigorous disinfection of surfaces …
Discussion: National Review, Page Array and HotAir
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Mollie Hemingway Is Writing The 2020 Election Book The Media Don't Want You To Read  —  The ruling class did everything in their power to make sure what happened in 2016 — a Donald Trump election victory — would never happen again in 2020.  —  If questioning the results of a presidential election …
Discussion: Townhall
Annie Correal / New York Times:
Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple  —  Federal agents descended on the massive temple in Robbinsville, N.J., as a lawsuit claimed low-caste men had been lured from India to work for about $1 an hour.  —  Federal law enforcement agents descended on a massive temple …
Discussion: The Hill and New Jersey 101.5
 
 
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
$100 million New Jersey deli: Ex-Trump tax lawyer owned shell company created by mystery investors
Associated Press:
Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FOX40
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
British elections send a message to Trump, GOP and Biden's Democrats
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democrats eye vote next week to form Jan. 6 commission
Discussion: CNBC, POLITICUSUSA and CNN
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Congrats, You're Paying for California's Governor to Bribe the State's Voters
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Rental to Rep. Kevin McCarthy violated condo bylaws
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Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas House OK's bill to ban plant-based foods from using ‘meat’ and ‘beef’ on labels
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
American Greatness:
Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?
Discussion: LifeZette
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court is facing a showdown over abortion
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window