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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.
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 …
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
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
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?
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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins
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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Ben Samuels / Haaretz:   Frustration Grows in D.C. Over Biden's Hands-off Approach on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Associated Press:
Rockets kill 2 Israelis; 26 die in Gaza as Israel hits Hamas
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
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.
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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.
Discussion: pjmedia.com and Twitchy
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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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 and Bloomberg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Biden announces 1 million have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period
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
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
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 …
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 …
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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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Samantha Power wants to restore U.S. prestige by getting American-made vaccines ‘into arms’ around the world
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return
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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
Nicholas Florko / STAT:
CDC's slow, cautious messaging on Covid-19 seems out of step with the moment, public health experts say
Discussion: National Review and HotAir
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. seniors might go back to school for only one day before term ends. Parents are furious
Ben Cost / New York Post:
Leonardo DiCaprio unrecognizable in first photos of new Scorsese film
Discussion: Mediaite