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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.
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: 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 …
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Tom Maguire / justoneminute.typepad.com:
Origin Stories  —  Nicholas Wade, formerly of Nature, Science and the NY Times …
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The latest Israel-Palestine crisis isn't a ‘real estate dispute.’ It's ethnic cleansing.  —  As we're watching what might well turn into a third intifada play out in Jerusalem, images of fires burning among the trees outside the Al-Aqsa mosque and reports of children being injured in a new volley …
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Haaretz:
Live Updates |  Gaza Flare-up: Two Women in Israel Killed as Militants Expand Rocket Fire; Direct Hit to Israeli Homes, School  —  Israel says it assassinated chief of Islamic Jihad's special rocket unit ■ Twenty-eight Gazans, including 10 children, reported killed ■ …
Associated Press:
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 26 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas
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.
Uber Newsroom:
Statement from Uber CEO on White House Announcement  —  “Vaccines are our best hope to beat this pandemic and soon everyone in America will be able to take a free Uber to get their shot.  We are honored to deepen our previous global commitments, and partner with the White House and Lyft …
Discussion: CBS News and CNBC
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce Additional Efforts to Get America Vaccinated, Including Free Rides to Vaccination Sites from Lyft and Uber …
Discussion: Insider and Lyft
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Rahm Emanuel to be appointed US ambassador to Japan  —  Former Chicago mayor will boost Washington's alliance with Tokyo as China's influence grows  —  Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman and Chicago mayor, to be US ambassador to Japan, according to eight people familiar …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as U.S. ambassador to Japan
Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
Biden picks ex-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as US ambassador to Japan
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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Elana Schor / Politico:
The House GOP's Trump trap
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.
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Washington Post:   Sally Buzbee named executive editor of The Washington Post
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.
Discussion: pjmedia.com and Twitchy
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.
Ligaya Mishan / New York Times:
flushThe 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 …
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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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The biggest threat to America is the Republican break with reality
Discussion: New York Magazine and Hackwhackers
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.
New York Times:
Kathryn Garcia for Mayor  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  The mix of optimism and anxiety that New Yorkers feel as the coronavirus is beaten …
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New York Times:
Shootings and Subway Attacks Put Crime at Center of N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
Discussion: Fox News
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Biden announces 1 million have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  President Biden announced on Tuesday that 1 million people have enrolled so far in Affordable Care Act coverage during a special sign-up period his administration created.
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Phil Helsel / NBC News:   Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window
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
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
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: C-SPAN.org and HotAir
Ben Cost / New York Post:
Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film  —  Apple has released the first-ever photos from Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated Western, “Killers of the Flower Moon.”  —  The pics depict Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone as Ernest and Mollie Burkhart …
Discussion: Mediaite
Reuters:
U.S. fuel supplies tighten as energy pipeline outage enters fifth day  —  Stephanie KellyDevika Krishna KumarLaura Sanicola  —  Supplies of gasoline tightened further in parts of the United States on Tuesday as the shutdown of the nation's biggest fuel pipeline by hackers entered its fifth day …
Politico:
Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. … Email us at [email protected].  —  If you've read a quote from an administration official in a newspaper or a wire story recently …
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Ted Cruz bets big on Facebook  —  Sen. Ted Cruz isn't up for reelection until 2024.  But the Texas Republican has spent more on Facebook advertising over the past two months than all but one senator, an investment strategy that other lawmakers have used in recent cycles to help set the stage for presidential runs.
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
Associated Press:
Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight  —  The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside.
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
 
 
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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?
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
State Department Covid review blasts ‘void of U.S. international leadership’ under Trump and Pompeo
Discussion: The Hill
WTXL-TV:
Gas outages reported in Big Bend and south Georgia after pipeline shut down
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court is facing a showdown over abortion
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Glenn Youngkin Wins G.O.P. Nomination for Virginia Governor
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends. Parents are furious
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Gov. Reeves Ending Federal Aid for Unemployed Mississippians, Rejecting ‘Rescue Act’ Funds
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?
Discussion: Power Line