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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Spies Somehow Failed to Get Trump Officials to Call Him Stupid on Hidden Camera  —  The New York Times reports that a group of right-wing activists, trained by a former British spy, attempted to lure various officials into saying disparaging things about Donald Trump while being secretly recorded.
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The vaccination slowdown has slowed down
NBC News:
Fully vaccinated? You can ditch the mask, CDC says
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
John Boehner's Comeback Shows That Liz Cheney's Return Is Possible  —  John A. Boehner showed that a comeback from the political wilderness is possible.  —  WASHINGTON — As dissension boiled in their ranks, House Republicans quickly turned on the chairman of their conference …
Discussion: The Hill, The Editorial Board and NPR
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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'
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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Jack Mirkinson / Discourse Blog:
Bari Weiss Mask Off
Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
Virginia School Board Member Makes Anti-Israel Social Media Posts
Discussion: BBC, Townhall and NPR
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Marine Corps officer arrested for assault in Jan. 6 riot
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 …
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.
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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 …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Be Worried  —  New polling suggests it's growing likely Republicans will retake the House in 2022.  —  Scott Rasmussen—the real Scott Rasmussen, whom you can follow here, not the people who run his old firm, Rasmussen Reports—has a new poll.  On the generic ballot, 41 percent …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Body-cam footage shows Capitol rioter celebrating as D.C. cop is beaten and Tasered: ‘I got one!’  —  Surrounded by rioters who had dragged him down the U.S. Capitol steps, beaten him and Tasered him, D.C. police officer Michael Fanone screamed in pain.  —  “I got one!” one of the rioters yelled triumphantly.
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: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
ABC News:
Most states have reopened.  Here's where new COVID outbreaks happened.  —  Health experts say the data can help with future pandemic planning.  —  States across US ease COVID-19 restrictions … Bars, gyms and restaurants.  Those were just a few settings health experts warned …
Discussion: OutKick and Twitchy
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
Christian Toto / Hollywood in Toto:
You Won't Believe How Trevor Noah Spins Hamas' Assault on Israel  —  The far-left host embraces the ‘both sides’ canard in the very worst way possible … Trevor Noah's moral compass took an odd spin this week.  —  The “Daily Show” host addressed the latest round of violence in the Middle East with neither humor nor insight.
Discussion: HotAir, RedState and Twitchy
 
 
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Some migrant children stuck overnight on parked buses before going to family or sponsors, advocate says
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
White supremacy is top security threat, Garland says
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Emily Shugerman / The Daily Beast:
Texas Passes Bill That Would Create Anti-Abortion Vigilantes
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
Binance Faces Probe by U.S. Money-Laundering and Tax Sleuths
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Government watchdog says Fudge violated Hatch Act
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
Aaron Zitner / Wall Street Journal:
Trump-Biden Was Worst Presidential Polling Miss in 40 Years, Panel Says
Politico:
John Podesta's got a message for Joe Biden: Drop the Republicans