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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Spies Somehow Failed to Get Trump Officials to Call Him Stupid on Hidden Camera
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Vaccinated Americans now may go without masks in most places, the C.D.C. said.  —  In a sharp turnabout from previous recommendations, federal health officials on Thursday advised that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance …
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Washington Post:
CDC says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in most cases  —  The relaxation of restrictions incentivizes people to get the shots and paves the way for a full reopening of society.  —  PLEASE NOTE  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
NBC News:
Fully vaccinated? You can ditch the mask, CDC says
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The vaccination slowdown has slowed down
Bloomberg:
Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom  — Payment came shortly after attack got underway last week  — FBI discourages organizations from paying ransom to hackers  —  Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday …
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Associated Press:
Israel begins firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel has begun firing artillery and tank shells into Gaza, and scores of families are fleeing their homes, Palestinian witnesses in the Gaza Strip said Thursday.  —  The use of artillery fire marks …
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Hamas Starts Wars It Always Loses
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
Rep. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns  —  Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene aggressively confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday and falsely accused her of supporting “terrorists,” …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How Palm Beach is preparing for a possible Trump indictment  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: PALM BEACH MAKES CONTINGENCY PLANS IN CASE TRUMP IS INDICTED — Law enforcement officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., have actively prepared for the possibility …
Washington Post:
The GOP has lost its way.  Fellow Americans, join our new alliance. … The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump's “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans' Overthrow of Cheney Creates New Problems for Party
CNN:
Cheney on Trump: 'He's going to unravel the democracy to come back into power'
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: Newly obtained bodycam footage shows moment DC police officer attacked by pro-Trump rioters
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Rebekah Jones, the COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn't  —  The former dashboard manager alleges a vast data conspiracy in Florida; not a word of it is true.  —  This is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed …
Discussion: Reason, Twitchy and Townhall
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Gaetz associate signals he will plead guilty in federal case, a worrisome development for the congressman  —  A Florida politician who is central to the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz for possible sex trafficking of a minor signaled Thursday that he will plead guilty in his own federal case …
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Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Cooperation of Trump Confidante, Subpoena Manhattan Private School  —  Officials examine tuition payments for the grandchildren of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg  —  New York prosecutors have subpoenaed a Manhattan private school as they seek the cooperation …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Roy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Conservative Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) will launch a last-minute, long-shot bid for GOP Conference chair, sources said, challenging Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) who has the endorsement of former President Trump and top House GOP leaders.
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Mother Jones:
Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country  —  In a private meeting last month with big-money donors, the head of a top conservative group boasted that her outfit had crafted the new voter suppression law in Georgia and was doing the same …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Active Duty U.S. Marine Corps Officer Arrested for Assault on Federal Law Enforcement Officer During Jan. 6 Capitol Breach  —  Defendant, Stationed in Virginia, Defied, Pushed and Resisted Capitol Police to Help Other Rioters Break into the U.S. Capitol  —  Note: A full copy of the charging documents can be viewed here.
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
President of Key Teachers' Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall  —  About half the nation's schools are not fully open despite rising vaccination levels, and teachers' unions are getting much of the blame.  Randi Weingarten hopes to carve a path forward.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Is Brett Kavanaugh Out for Revenge?  —  The suburban gentry of Chevy Chase, Maryland, had some difficulty making sense of Brett Kavanaugh's descent into villainy that fall.  He had always seemed so nice and nonthreatening to his neighbors, so normal—the khaki-clad carpool dad who coached …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Joe Manchin's surprisingly bold proposal to fix America's voting rights problem  —  Manchin's idea won't fix America's democracy, but it could solve some pretty significant problems.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been an endless source of frustration for his fellow Democrats.
Scott MacFarlane / NBC4 Washington:
Former Staffer Sues US Congressman Alleging ‘Reckless’ Approach to COVID-19  —  A former staffer is suing U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), accusing the congressman of taking a “reckless” approach to COVID-19, exposing his staff and himself to the virus.  —  The suit alleges …
Discussion: Denver Post
Washington Post:
Company: Ex-Trump lawyer raiding nonprofit for personal use  —  Former Trump attorney and self-proclaimed “Kraken releaser” Sidney Powell has told prospective donors that her group, Defending the Republic, is a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Government watchdog says Fudge violated Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, has concluded that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge violated the Hatch Act earlier this year when she opined on the 2022 Ohio Senate election, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.
Discussion: The Hill
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
New York Yankees Somehow Have 8 COVID Cases in Vaccinated Staff  —  So far in their lukewarm start to the season, the New York Yankees have 19 wins, 16 losses, and eight confirmed coronavirus cases among vaccinated members of their coaching and support staff.
Discussion: InsideHook and HotAir
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Biden Was Worst Presidential Polling Miss in 40 Years, Panel Says  —  Surveys overstated Democrats' support up and down the ballot, as some voters were less inclined to participate in polls  —  Public opinion surveys ahead of the 2020 presidential election were the most inaccurate in 40 years …
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine, The Hill and Twitchy
New York Times:
White House to Investigate Brain Injuries Within C.I.A.  —  The Biden administration has begun more aggressively investigating episodes that left spies, diplomats, soldiers and others with brain injuries.  —  WASHINGTON — Mysterious episodes that caused brain injuries in spies, diplomats …
 
 
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Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
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Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Middle-Class Pay Lost Pace. Is Washington to Blame?
ABC News:
Most states have reopened. Here's where new COVID outbreaks happened.
Discussion: OutKick and Twitchy
Billie Kanfer / Memos:
Memo: Voters in Key States Support the Build Back Better Agenda
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBC's khaki-wearing data king Steve Kornacki will spread his wings in a new deal
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Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
DC Police victim of massive data leak by ransomware gang
Discussion: The Week
Arutz Sheva:
Jew walking to synagogue is stabbed - in Lod
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Andrew Yang's Rivals Accuse Him of Cheating ... on a Pop Quiz
Ethan Chen / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Splitting of the Ticket Split
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  At first blush, the minimum-wage crowd manning the drive-thru at a Wendy's …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Forbes
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Even if You Think Discussing Aliens Is Ridiculous, Just Hear Me Out
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
John Podesta's got a message for Joe Biden: Drop the Republicans