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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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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
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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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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 …
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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
CNN:
Former Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty to six federal charges  —  Washington (CNN)Joel Greenberg, an indicted close confidant of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, formally pleaded guilty on Monday morning to six federal charges in a court hearing, admitting to a federal judge …
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Washington Post:
Gaetz associate pleads guilty in sex trafficking case
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
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 …
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 …
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.”
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
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 …
Politico:
CDC's second-in-command Anne Schuchat to step down  —  Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Anne Schuchat is planning to step down from her role as the agency's principal deputy director this summer, the agency confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Schuchat's retirement …
Discussion: STAT
Washington Post:
Chamber of Commerce draws fire after a risky bet on Democrats  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's biggest business lobby, is encountering challenges on multiple fronts as it seeks warmer relations with Democrats after years of lockstep loyalty to Republicans …
Discussion: americamagazine.org
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 …
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
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
My Life After COVID  —  It's been almost four months since Joe Biden's inauguration, and most of the people in my life say their minds are calmer, they sleep more soundly, their mental health has improved.  They entered the new year exhausted but optimistic that it would end better than it began.
Bloomberg:
Biden to Send U.S.-Authorized Vaccines Abroad for First Time  —  President Joe Biden plans to send an additional 20 million doses of U.S. coronavirus vaccines abroad by the end of June — including, for the first time, shots authorized for domestic use, where supply is beginning to outstrip demand, Bloomberg News reports.
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: A disaster entirely of Biden's making  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  A DISASTER ENTIRELY OF BIDEN'S MAKING.  The more we learn about the true dimensions …
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
Washington Post:
Black, Brown and extremist: Across the far-right spectrum, people of color play a more visible role  —  Brandon Rapolla is not who springs to mind as the face of the far right.  —  Rapolla's brown skin, a reflection of his multiracial ancestry, is at odds with images of White guys …
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Rise of a megadonor: Thiel makes a play for the Senate  —  Ohio Republican J.D. Vance didn't go it alone when he trekked to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for a meeting with the former president earlier this spring — the soon-to-be Senate candidate was accompanied by his mentor and political benefactor Peter Thiel.
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
CNN Cuts Ties With Writer Who Praised Hitler for Years  —  CNN says it cut ties with a writer who took to social media to praise Adolf Hitler, but his admiration for the Nazi leader who killed more than six million Jews was well-established prior to this weekend's post.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, a Trump critic, will not run for a second term in 2022  —  Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan said Monday that he won't be seeking a second term as Georgia's No. 2 official and will instead focus on building a “GOP 2.0” movement that urges fellow Republicans to envision a party beyond former President Donald Trump.
 
 
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Vaccine-hesitant Americans cite inaccurate side effects
Discussion: The Hill and HotAir
The Dworkin Report:
Senator Hirono just shamed a Republican's lone vote to allow more hate crimes
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
We'll Innovate Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis or Die Trying
Discussion: Maryland Matters
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Dems To Hold Hearing on ‘White Identity Terrorism’ As Violence in Israel Mounts
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
Ali Velshi / MSNBC:
Israel's bombing of Gaza ignores Palestinians' right to exist
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and TheGrio
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
How The Republican Push To Restrict Voting Could Affect Our Elections
Discussion: RedState and HuffPost
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
The imminent crises facing Joe Biden
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Roll Call
 Earlier Items: 
Karen Hinton / New York Daily News:
The Andrew Cuomo I have known: A long pattern of harassing staffers, especially women
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Plot to Turn Poll Workers Into Vote Suppressors
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Today's Paper  —  Did the Eagles' rivalry with the New York Giants help sink Philadelphia's chance …
Discussion: BroBible
Emily Stewart / Vox:
The black box economy
Kat Rosenfield / UnHerd:
Will Democrats mask America forever?
Discussion: New York Post
Bloomberg:
The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything