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Katie Benner / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Official to Step Down Amid Uproar Over Leaks Inquiry  —  John Demers, a Trump appointee who remained in the department, would typically have been briefed on investigations like those involving the secret collection of journalists' phone records.
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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Justice official resigning amid uproar over Dems' subpoenas  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's top national security official is resigning from his position after revelations that the department secretly seized record s from Democrats and members of the media.
Discussion: Insider, Washington Examiner, WTOP and Newsy
Barbara Starr / CNN:   I'm a journalist and the Trump administration tried to secretly obtain tens of thousands of my emails
New York Times:
China's ‘Bat Woman,’ at the Center of a Pandemic Storm, Speaks Out  —  Shi Zhengli, a top virologist, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless.  But China's habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.  —  To a growing chorus of American politicians …
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell signals GOP would block Biden Supreme Court pick in '24  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Monday that Republicans, if they win back control of the chamber, wouldn't advance a Supreme Court nominee if a vacancy occurred in 2024, the year of the next presidential election.
Discussion: Forbes, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:   McConnell warns he's willing to intervene in 2022 GOP primaries
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Novavax's coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective, study finds  —  The vaccine is one of six the U.S. bet on but is likely to have its biggest impact globally  —  Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company that endured delays in developing a coronavirus vaccine, revealed results Monday showing …
Discussion: NPR
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NBC News:
Putin dismisses criticism of hacking and internal crackdowns ahead of Biden summit … MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin denied ordering a hit on political rival Alexei Navalny, but in an exclusive interview with NBC News he did not guarantee that the jailed Kremlin critic …
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Washington Post:
Biden will give Putin a list of demands. The Russian president may ignore them.
NBC News:
Virginia governor's race is shaping up as choice between change and Trump
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why The New Yorker's Stars Didn't Join Its Union  —  The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.  —  Writers for The New Yorker have been known to refer to the editor, David Remnick, as “Dad,” …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
House GOP prays Trump can kick his habit of 2020 grievances
John McCormack / National Review:
Chip Roy Charts His Own Course in the House
Discussion: Raw Story
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Ralph Northam Reflects on His Journey Back From the Edge  —  When a racist picture was discovered on his yearbook page, the governor of Virginia refused to resign.  Now he's leaving office with a widely praised progressive record on racial justice.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Just two years ago …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   Black Virginians Took Ralph Northam Back. Neither Has Forgotten.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
In Congress, Republicans Shrug at Warnings of Democracy in Peril  —  As G.O.P. legislatures move to curtail voting rules, congressional Democrats say authoritarianism looms, but Republicans dismiss the concerns as politics as usual.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher S. Murphy concedes …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   GOP Senator Says Democracy, Majority Rule Aren't What Our Country Stands For Rand Paul gets a little too honest about his beliefs.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Exclusive: US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility  —  (CNN)The US government has spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear power plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” …
Washington Post:
Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds  —  States with higher vaccination rates now have markedly fewer coronavirus cases, as infections are dropping in places where most residents have been immunized and are rising …
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Painfully Confused Capitol Rioter Claims He's Running for Congress  —  JOKER  —  A New Hampshire man who admits he chugged wine after joining the mob at the Capitol riot says he is running against Congresswoman Anne Kuster.  There are a couple of problems, though.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Katherine Underwood / NBC Boston:
NH Man Arrested After He ‘Chugged’ Wine at Capitol Riot Says He's Running for Congress
Discussion: VICE and Joe.My.God.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These 25 rainbow flag-waving corporations donated more than $10 million to anti-gay politicians in the last two years  —  This month, corporations are plastering their social media avatars with rainbows, sponsoring Pride parades, and declaring their unwavering commitment to the LGBTQ community.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court puts off decision on reviewing Harvard race-conscious admissions system  —  The Supreme Court on Monday put off a decision on reviewing whether Harvard's consideration of race to build a diverse student body discriminates against Asian Americans, the latest attempt to convince …
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Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Breyer's Departure Could Make the Supreme Court More Conservative
Discussion: Washington Post and New Republic
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Saudi assassins picked up illicit drugs in Cairo to kill Khashoggi  —  Early on the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, a Gulfstream jet carrying a team of Saudi assassins on its way to Istanbul made a quick stopover in Cairo.  The purpose: to pick up a lethal dose of “illegal” …
Carla Babb / Voice of America:
VOA Exclusive: CENTCOM Head Says US Will Not Support Afghan Forces with Airstrikes After Troop Withdrawal  —  ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States is not planning to support Afghan forces with air strikes after the U.S. troops withdrawal is complete, and counterterrorism strikes …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jane E. Brody / New York Times:
The Health Benefits of Coffee  —  Drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of all kinds of ailments, including Parkinson's disease, melanoma, prostate cancer, even suicide.  —  Americans sure love their coffee.  Even last spring when the pandemic shut down New York …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Full of s—’: Candidates warned not to fake Trump endorsement  —  Lynda Blanchard donated nearly $1 million to pro-Donald Trump political committees, served as his ambassador to Slovenia and launched her Alabama Senate campaign with a video spotlighting her Trump bumper sticker-adorned pickup truck.
Discussion: HotAir, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin and Sinema still might get their way  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is at NATO headquarters in Brussels today explaining his decision to pull out of Afghanistan to allies who felt blindsided.  The House is back in session and will soon be debating …
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Harris' trip problems rekindle 2020 campaign doubts  —  Vice President Kamala Harris' stumbles during her first foreign trip have rekindled the debate from her presidential campaign about whether she — and not her staff — is to blame.  —  Why it matters: While Harris' only overture toward running …
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Perry Bacon / Washington Post:   We should rethink how we think about Vice President Harris
Andrew Das / New York Times:
Westminster Dog Show 2021: Wasabi the Pekingese Wins Best in Show  —  Wasabi's victory capped an unusual Westminster, held at a riverside estate in Westchester County instead of its usual home at Madison Square Garden because of the coronavirus pandemic.  —  TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Wasabi …
Discussion: Slate
 
 
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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Justices rule against low-level crack cocaine offenders
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Lorne Cook / Associated Press:
NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space
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Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Questions for FBI Director Wray About the January 6 Attack
David Catron / The American Spectator:
Media Alarmism Is the Real Threat to Democracy
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Delusions of the Radical Centrist
Elliot Ackerman / New York Times:
Contested Elections Are a Danger to Our Military
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 Earlier Items: 
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Demonizing Critical Race Theory
Discussion: Althouse
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Temp checks, digital menus and ‘touchless’ mustard: The maddening persistence of ‘hygiene theater’
Washington Free Beacon:
Lobbyists for Putin's Pipeline Dodge Foreign Agent Laws
American Greatness:
Anatomy of the Woke Madness
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Bernie Sanders: Biden Campaign Made Me Feel ‘Very Welcome,’ In Contrast to Clinton, Who ‘Wanted My Support,’ And ‘Tolerated’ Me
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
What the Rich Don't Want to Admit About the Poor
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
This is the Republicans' back-up plan in case they can't suppress enough votes
Discussion: Vanity Fair