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Joe Manchin / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Why I'm voting against the For the People Act  —  THE MOUNTAIN STATE'S TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.  —  The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics.  Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
'You're doing it exactly the wrong way': Chris Wallace shreds Joe Manchin for enabling GOP ‘obstruction’  —  Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday challenged Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is refusing to support filibuster reform to pass a voting rights bill and other progressive initiatives.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
House progressives push Biden to go bold without Joe Manchin  —  House progressives are getting fed up with efforts to accommodate Republican senators — and Joe Manchin.  Look for them to start demanding swift action — and threatening payback.  —  Why it matters: The White House …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster  —  Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, appeared to slam the door on the far-reaching measure when he wrote in a home state newspaper he will not vote for any partisan voting bill.
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION  —  JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST (voice-over): Trillion-dollar question.
Discussion: Twitchy
Fox Business:
Bipartisan lawmakers prep $878B infrastructure plan as White House-GOP negotiations drag
Discussion: Fox News
Sue Halpern / New Yorker:   The Republicans' Wild Assault on Voting Rights in Texas and Arizona
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis  —  An organization that has defended the First Amendment rights of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan is split by an internal debate over whether supporting progressive causes is more important.  —  It was supposed to be the celebration …
Madison Dapcevich / Snopes.com:
No, Trump Did Not Wear His Pants Backwards at Rally  —  Former U.S. President Donald Trump wore his pants backwards during the June 2021 North Carolina Republican Party convention in Greenville, North Carolina.  —  Rating  —  False  —  In early June 201, a video of former U.S. President …
Discussion: Metro.co.uk and Occupy Democrats
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Maya T. Prabhu / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
At GOP meeting, Georgia Republicans look backward to 2020
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Kemp booed and Raffensperger censured at Georgia GOP convention
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Sokol / Haaretz:
Netanyahu Slams ‘Biggest Election Fraud in History of Country’ at Likud Meeting  —  Although the prime minister condemned the rising incitement, he told Likud members ‘to lay into’ right-wing politicians who ‘teamed up with the left’ and claimed the right was being unfairly censored
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Anshel Pfeffer / Haaretz:   Party leaders to meet as government swearing-in approaches
Shira Rubin / Washington Post:   Israel's security issues rare warning over Jan. 6-style mob violence ahead of Netanyahu departure
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Trump adviser Lewandowski: he ‘lost the election’ and will not be reinstated  — Former campaign manager speaks to Fox News Sunday  —  The morning after Donald Trump returned to frontline politics with a speech in North Carolina, a close adviser poured cold water on his reported belief …
Discussion: Insider
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
White House briefing room to return to full capacity  —  The White House press briefing room will return to 100 percent capacity on Monday.  —  “Since the onset of the pandemic, our priority has been to keep journalists safe, while ensuring that the critical work of informing the public …
Discussion: Townhall
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Quint Forgey / Politico:   W.H. briefing room to return to full, pre-pandemic seating capacity
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says no ‘hardwire deadline’ on infrastructure deal
Discussion: Politico
David Cohen / Politico:
Ransomware attacks ‘are here to stay,’ Commerce secretary says
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
The Science Suggests a Wuhan Lab Leak  —  The Covid-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.  —  The possibility that the pandemic began with an escape from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is attracting fresh attention.
Discussion: New York Post
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The GOP superspreaders of Trump's contagion  —  Donald Trump took his campaign against American democracy to North Carolina on Saturday and offered a rambling, grievance-laden harangue that ought to catalyze Republican leaders to repudiate a man whose lies, bigotry and irrationality are turning their party into a moral sinkhole.
Discussion: Slate, Politico and Washington Examiner
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Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Trump's August election reinstatement theory is even worse than it looks  —  I'm afraid this is even worse than it looks.  —  The National Review is now confirming that Donald J. Trump, the former president of the United States (and probable Republican nominee in 2024) …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Democratic Report Raises 2022 Alarms on Messaging and Voter Outreach  —  A new report, in perhaps the most thorough soul-searching done by either party this year, points to an urgent need for the party to present a positive economic agenda and rebut Republican misinformation.
Matthew Futterman / New York Times:
Martina Navratilova Has Plenty to Say  —  One of the most dominant players in tennis history, Navratilova was a cultural pioneer when the world wasn't prepared for an outspoken lesbian.  Finally, the world is catching up, and she's still here.  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. …
Discussion: Iowa Capital Dispatch
Stars & Stripes:
David Dushman, last surviving Auschwitz liberator, dies at 98  —  BERLIN — David Dushman, the last surviving Allied soldier involved in the liberation of Auschwitz, has died.  He was 98.  —  The Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria said Sunday that Dushman had died at a Munich hospital on Saturday.
Discussion: Associated Press
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Democrats may defy history and win the 2022 midterms  —  (CNN)Democrats have to defy history to hold onto the House in the 2022 midterms.  As I've noted before, the president's party almost always loses House seats in the midterms.  History, though, is a guide, not a fortune teller.
Discussion: USA Today
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Salt Lake Tribune:
QAnon?  The ‘big lie’?  What might it take to get Latter-day Saints to stop believing in them?  —  It wouldn't be easy for church leaders to sway those opinions, experts say, because allegiance to conspiracy theories bumps into partisan politics and agenda-driven sources.  —  (Matt Rourke |
 
 
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Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
Ransomware attacks are closing schools, delaying chemotherapy and derailing everyday life
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Energy secretary says adversaries have capability of shutting down US power grid
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
Sarah Oliver / Daily Mail:
Julian Assange's lawyer fiancee says the WikiLeaks founder is in mental turmoil in Belmarsh just days before a ruling on a new US bid to extradite him
New York Times:
U.S. Aid to Central America Hasn't Slowed Migration. Can Kamala Harris?
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David Frost / Financial Times:
the EU must revisit the Northern Ireland protocol
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Aaron Rabinowitz / Haaretz:
Top Right-wing Israeli Rabbis Call on Public to Do ‘Everything’ to Thwart Bennett-Lapid Gov't
Kristine Phillips / MSN:
Justice Department withdraws FBI subpoena for USA TODAY records ID'ing readers
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