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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Why Justice Breyer May Resist Calls for His Retirement  —  In a recent speech on “the peril of politics,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said judges must renounce loyalty to “the political party that helped to secure their appointment.”  —  WASHINGTON — Many liberals say Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Is Taking Direct Aim at Roe v. Wade  —  On Monday morning, the Supreme Court announced that it will reconsider the constitutional prohibition against abortion bans before fetal viability.  This decision indicates that the ultra-conservative five-justice majority is prepared …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Jason Kilar, the WarnerMedia Chief, Is Said to Be Negotiating His Exit  —  Jason Kilar has hired a legal team to negotiate his departure as chief executive of WarnerMedia, according to two people briefed on the matter.  AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia, said on Monday that it had agreed to spin off …
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AT&T:
AT&T's WarnerMedia and Discovery, Inc. Creating Standalone Company by Combining Operations to Form New Global Leader in Entertainment  —  Companies with Shared Values, Complementary Assets, and Iconic Brands and Franchises, Will Offer the Most Differentiated Content Portfolio in the World
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Agrees to Merge Its WarnerMedia Assets With Discovery
Perry Bacon / Washington Post:
The misguided identity politics of the anti-Trump Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  It's good that Republicans such as former president George W. Bush, Sen. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) have made clear that they oppose former president Donald Trump because of his anti-democratic and racist behavior.
Discussion: USA Today and Political Wire
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Graham: ‘I accept the results of the election’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that he accepts the results of the 2020 election, and urged Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, to focus on the upcoming midterm where the party wants to win back control of Congress.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
47 percent of GOP prefers changing election laws to improving Republican message
Donald G. McNeil Jr.:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the Lab-Leak Theory*  —  In early spring 2020, I reported an article for The New York Times on which I put the tentative headline: “New Coronavirus Is ‘Clearly Not a Lab Leak,’ Scientists Say.”  —  It never ran.  —  For two reasons.
New York Times:
Cuomo Set to Receive $5.1 Million from Pandemic Book Deal  —  The New York governor reported earning $3.1 million last year from his leadership memoir, with additional payments coming in the next two years.  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported earning $3.12 million last year from his memoir …
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Washington Post:   Cuomo to receive $5.1 million for his book on the coronavirus pandemic
New York Times:
Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China  —  Apple built the world's most valuable business on top of China.  Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.  —  GUIYANG, China — On the outskirts of this city in a poor, mountainous province in southwestern China …
Washington Post:
Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say  —  Guo Wengui, living in self-exile in New York City, is at the center of a digital web pushing election and covid falsehoods, according to Graphika research
Washington Post:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex trafficking case  —  ORLANDO — A Florida politician considered key to the investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz formally pleaded guilty Monday to sex trafficking of a minor and a host of other crimes, agreeing to cooperate fully with prosecutors and testify in court in hopes of leniency for himself.
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
The incomplete promise of Medicaid expansion  —  4 million poor Americans are counting on Democrats to fix the Medicaid expansion gap.  —  In November, Missourians voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, granting access to health insurance to roughly 230,000 people living in poverty.
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The White House:
Statement from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Child Tax Credit
The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle  —  Giuliani appears to be in hot water, and his allies keep asking for Trump's help.  But so far, the ex-president isn't willing to ride to the rescue of his one-time lawyer.  —  In the weeks since the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment …
Dylan Tokar / Wall Street Journal:
White House to Nominate National Security Veteran for DOJ Post  —  Uber executive Matt Olsen to be nominated as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's National Security Division  —  Matt Olsen, Uber Technologies Inc.'s chief trust and security officer and a veteran …
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Biden and Harris swipe at Trump in releasing 2020 tax returns  —  President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took a swipe at former President Donald Trump when releasing their 2020 tax returns on Monday.  —  The White House's press release noted Biden and Harris were continuing an …
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kamala Harris Keeps Enemies List of Journalists Who Don't ‘Appreciate Her Life Experience’
Discussion: The Atlantic
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army  —  The largest undercover force the world has ever known is the one created by the Pentagon over the past decade.  Some 60,000 people now belong to this secret army, many working under masked identities and in low profile, all part of a broad program called “signature reduction.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
How ‘Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff’ fooled a bunch of real retired generals and admirals  —  A group of more than 100 retired generals and admirals who have accused President Joe Biden of being a communist have been pranked by a faux flag officer going by the nom de guerre “Rear Adm. Jack Meehoff.”
The Dworkin Report:
Senator Hirono just shamed a Republican's lone vote to allow more hate crimes  —  Scott speaks with Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about her new book “Heart of Fire: An immigrant daughter's story” which chronicles her humble beginnings that led to her five-decade career in public service.
Amnesty International USA:
Pattern of Israeli Attacks on Residential Homes in Gaza Must Be Investigated As War Crimes  —  Israeli forces have displayed a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians by carrying out a number of airstrikes targeting residential buildings in some cases killing entire families …
Discussion: Insider and Reuters
David Siders / Politico:
‘Biden is not a good bad guy’: GOP rips up midterm playbook  —  When the National Republican Senatorial Committee sought to attack four vulnerable Senate Democrats in a series of new ads this spring, President Joe Biden was nowhere to be found.  Instead, the NRSC juxtaposed photographs of the senators …
Target Corporate:
Target Statement on Face Coverings for Guests and Team Members  —  (612) 696-3400  —  press@target.com  —  The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target's top priority throughout the pandemic, and we've closely and consistently followed the CDC's recommendations over time.
Popular Information:
Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup quietly collaborate with GOP group pushing voter suppression  —  Several large corporations that have recently issued public statements supporting voting rights — including Google, Deloitte, and Citigroup — are also funding and collaborating …
Maura Ewing / The Appeal:
The Battle for D.A. Is Testing Philadelphia's Commitment to Reform  —  Larry Krasner ended an era of tough-on-crime policies in the DA's office and sparked a nationwide movement.  Now voters will decide whether to continue on this path.  —  The opposition campaign against Philadelphia …
Discussion: New York Times
Robin Bravender / Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Documents reveal how Trump is spending taxpayer money on his post-presidential offices — from printer toner to Stephen Miller's salary  — New documents show the inner workings of ex-president Donald Trump's team.  — Former White House aides Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino are still getting government salaries.
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
A famed folk singer won a presidential pardon after molesting a child.  Did he prey on others?  —  No one from the government notified Barbara Winter about the pardon.  Not the White House, not the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, not the prosecutor who handled her case.
Discussion: InsideHook
Ali Velshi / MSNBC:
Israel's bombing of Gaza ignores Palestinians' right to exist … Here's something that gets lost these days when we talk about the Middle East: There is currently no existential threat to the state of Israel.  That's a matter guaranteed by the United States, whose long-standing technological assistance …
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian, Common Dreams and TheGrio
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Trial of ex-police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright may proceed, judge rules  —  Kimberly A. Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who was charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting 20-year-old Daunte Wright, is set to stand trial at the end of the year, a Minneapolis judge ruled Monday.
CNN:
US investigates second suspected case of mystery ‘syndrome’ near White House  —  (CNN)Two White House officials were struck by a mysterious illness late last year — including one who was passing through a gate onto the property — newly revealed details that come as investigators …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects  —  An alarming amount of vaccine-hesitant people who list side effects as a top concern falsely believe the vaccines cause death, DNA alteration, infertility or birth defects, according to recent Harris polling.
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
We'll Innovate Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis or Die Trying  —  Climate science and political realism are two bitter tastes that taste even more wretched together.  —  Today's best-case ecological scenario was a horror story just three decades ago.  In 1993, Bill Clinton declared …
Discussion: Maryland Matters
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Gunning for AOC—and There's Only 1 Reason  —  A newly discovered video of Greene harassing AOC in 2019, along with Greene's attacks on her colleague on the House floor last week, reveal a racism that is as old as it is scary.  —  Video emerged late last week …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and CNN
 
 
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Farnoush Amiri / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: How Ohio's Vax-a-Million lottery will work
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice
Discussion: New York Post
Elliott Investment Management L.P. / PR Newswire:
Elliott Investment Management Sends Letter to Board of Directors of Duke Energy Corporation
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The end of D.C.'s elite social scene
Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce draws fire after a risky bet on Democrats
Discussion: RedState and americamagazine.org
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A disaster entirely of Biden's making
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down
Discussion: STAT
 Earlier Items: 
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
How The Republican Push To Restrict Voting Could Affect Our Elections
April Ryan / TheGrio:
Biden's climate agenda targets Black America with innovation, HBCU funding
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
The imminent crises facing Joe Biden
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Roll Call
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration …
Washington Post:
Black, Brown and extremist: Across the far-right spectrum, people of color play a more visible role
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The black box economy
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate
Discussion: Raw Story