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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  —  A LEGITIMATE QUESTION — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is backing the removal of his No. 3 leader, Liz Cheney, after her repeated criticism of Donald Trump's baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to ‘cancel culture’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the only woman in Senate Republicans' elected leadership team, compared efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership to “cancel culture,” …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
McCarthy tells House Republicans to expect vote to remove Cheney, says GOP must stop ‘relitigating the past’
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
Hannah Dreyfus / Politico:   Yang poised to win backing of most of the city's powerful Orthodox leaders
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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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 12 to 15.
Discussion: Raw Story, STAT, NPR and Fox News
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
Washington Post:
Sheikh Jarrah highlights the violent brazenness of Israel's colonialist project … The young Palestinian writer Mohammed El-Kurd sits quietly in front of his laptop with a grin on his face, preparing for the launch of his most recent manuscript, “Rifqa.”  He seems excited …
Discussion: KIFI-TV, CNN and Common Dreams
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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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and Japan Times
Jerusalem Post:
Two Israelis killed in Ashkelon rocket barrage; Top terrorists killed in Gaza  —  400 rockets have struck southern Israel since yesterday  • IDF strikes more than 130 targets throughout the Strip  —  Two Israeli women were killed in Ashkelon on Tuesday as barrages of rockets struck …
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Alexander Fulbright / The Times of Israel:
Ra'am freezes coalition talks with ‘change bloc,’ amid violence
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Gov. Reeves Ending Federal Aid for Unemployed Mississippians, Rejecting ‘Rescue Act’ Funds  —  Unemployed Mississippians will no longer be eligible for $300 per week in federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits after Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that Mississippi will opt out next month.
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 …
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends.  Parents are furious  —  When the teachers union over the weekend announced the “exciting news” that San Francisco's high school seniors will get a chance to go back to classrooms starting Friday, they left out details about the plan …
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.
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.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Obamacare sign-ups reach 1 million during special enrollment window  —  One million people have signed up for health coverage under an Affordable Care Act special enrollment period announced earlier this year, officials said Tuesday.  —  “That's one million more Americans who now have the peace …
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court considers an important showdown over abortion this week  —  The Court has been surprisingly hesitant to weigh in on abortion.  But a pending case is likely to force its hand.  —  The Supreme Court has been sitting on a potentially very significant abortion case for the last two months …
Cheryl Rofer / Foreign Policy:
Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible  —  There's little evidence for an unknown weapon being behind “Havana syndrome.”  —  “It's an act of war,” said Christopher Miller, former President Donald Trump's last acting secretary of defense.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Texas's population boom should be a boon to Democrats.  But Republicans are reaping the gains.  —  Redistricting by the Republican-controlled legislature could help flip the House back to the GOP in next year's midterm elections  —  An earlier version of this article misstated the number of congressional districts in Hays County.
Discussion: LifeZette
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Britain's Labour Party just collapsed in blue-collar England.  Democrats should consider themselves warned.  —  Opinion by  —  Political trends in the United States and Britain have mirrored one another for decades, so the Labour Party's stunning collapse across blue-collar England …
 
 
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Feinstein's former staffer helped funnel millions to Steele and Fusion GPS after 2016
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
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Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
Vaccinated but wary, Washingtonians start to emerge from isolation
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“You May Never See Those Numbers Again”: Can Cable News Pass the Post-Trump Test?
Charlie Savage / New Republic:
The Rise of Private Spies
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
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Julie K. Brown / Miami Herald:
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John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
CAN WE PLEASE DITCH THE TERM “SYSTEMIC RACISM”?
Discussion: Power Line
National Review:
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