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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
New book offers fresh details about chaos, conflicts inside Trump's pandemic response  —  At one point, the president mused about transferring infected American citizens in Asia to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.  —  In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump discussed sending infected Americans to Guantanamo Bay: book  —  Former President Trump reportedly suggested sending Americans infected with COVID-19 to Guantanamo Bay in an effort to stem the rapidly growing number of cases on U.S. soil in the early days of the pandemic, according to a new book.
Discussion: TMZ.com, POLITICUSUSA, Insider and Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Calls Journalists ‘Animals.’ He's Also Their Best Source.  —  His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump's circle.  Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump's world and Fox's own internal politics.  —  Last month, I texted Tucker Carlson to ask …
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Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
How Putin Made a Fool of Tucker Carlson  —  A clip of the Fox News host agreeing with Putin was played on Russian State TV where pundits and propagandists are thrilled by how easy it is to manipulate Carslon.  —  President Putin has pulled off a targeted propaganda operation against the U.S. that's …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Progressives crank up filibuster pressure on Sinema with million-dollar ad buy in Arizona … WASHINGTON — A progressive group is launching a seven-figure ad campaign aiming to pressure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to support abolition of the filibuster, as the Senate eyes a vote to advance major voting rights legislation.
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill, Breitbart and Insider
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
D.C. Statehood Is the Democrats' Only Option
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Kevin McCarthy / House Republican Leader:
Holding China Accountable  —  Holding China Accountable: A Republican Call to Action & Roadmap for Covid-19 Accountability  —  A letter to House Republicans from Leader Kevin McCarthy:  —  Last week, I wrote to you saying that our country was dealt a significant blow by the coronavirus …
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Jack Beyrer / Washington Free Beacon:
McCarthy Pushes to Move Olympics from China
Discussion: Washington Examiner and RedState
John L. Dorman / Insider:
Liz Cheney is surrounded by a security detail after death threats over her Trump criticism: NYT
Discussion: HotAir, Washington Post, The Hill and IJR
Politico:
Nasty N.C. Senate primary tests Trump's sway over the GOP  —  Donald Trump has endorsed conservative Rep. Ted Budd in North Carolina's critical Senate race, the former president's first foray into an open primary in a battleground.  That state's retiring Republican senator has other ideas.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:   Burr on ‘unusual’ Trump endorsement in NC Senate race: 'I can't tell you what motivates him'
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to become first openly transgender athlete to compete at Olympics  —  Laurel Hubbard lifted a whopping 628 pounds in two lifts to qualify for her first Olympic Games.  And when she competes in Tokyo next month, she will make history as the first openly transgender athlete ever to do so.
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Praveen Menon / Reuters:
NZ weightlifter Hubbard to become first transgender athlete to compete at Games
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Public Supports Both Early Voting And Requiring Photo ID to Vote  —  One-third remain convinced of 2020 election fraud  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Most Americans support both easier access to early voting and requiring photo identification to vote, according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Rejects NCAA's Tight Limits on Athlete Benefits, Compensation  —  The court rules the NCAA violated antitrust law by limiting schools from competing for player talent by offering better benefits—to the detriment of college athletes  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday ruled …
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Supreme Court rules against NCAA caps on student-athlete education-related gifts and benefits
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI agent acknowledges in court filing that Trump backers discussed ‘revolution’ before Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI director and other senior officials have consistently downplayed the intelligence value of social media posts by Trump supporters prior to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot …
Discussion: Raw Story
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House: Biden's Catholic faith is not ‘political’  —  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is moving to rebuke Biden and other Catholic politicians who support abortion rights.  —  Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend services at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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Tom Joyce / Washington Examiner:
Denying Joe Biden Communion may feel right but would likely backfire on the Catholic Church
Discussion: Raw Story
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
How Democrats are ‘unilaterally disarming’ in the redistricting wars  —  Oregon Democrats had finally secured total control of redistricting for the first time in decades.  —  Then, just months before they were set to draw new maps, they gave it away.  —  In a surprise that left Democrats …
Joe Killian / NC Policy Watch:
UNC Press now in the crosshairs of Board of Governors, which is refusing to re-appoint professor who criticized handling of Silent Sam monument  —  Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board.  —  In an unprecedented move, the UNC Board of Governors is refusing to re-appoint …
New York Times:
N.Y.C. Mayor Live Updates: Wiley and Garcia Pre-Emptively Defend Election as Adams Sows Doubts  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Wiley and Garcia defend election process ahead of city's first test of ranked-choice voting.  —  Two leading mayoral candidates on Monday moved …
Discussion: RedState, Politico and CNBC
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Nicole Gelinas / New York Post:
NYC progressives are going to lose the Dem primary to soaring crime
Discussion: Fox News
FWIW:
Donald Trump is back advertising on Facebook  —  The former President's “Team Trump” page is running ads for the first time since November 2020, in violation of Facebook's policy.  —  Despite Facebook's assertion that Donald Trump is banned from their platform for at least two years …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Thieves have been stealing truckloads of nuts, police say.  The latest heist was 42,000 pounds of pistachios.  —  As Touchstone Pistachio Company ran through its routine audit earlier this month, something wasn't adding up.  —  More than 42,000 pounds of pistachios had vanished.
Discussion: Fox News
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Conservative Conference 2024 Straw Poll Winner: Donald Tr — No Wait, Ron DeSantis!  —  At the Western Conservative Summit this weekend, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis beat former president Donald Trump in a presidential preference straw poll.  —  DeSantis just edged out Trump in the poll …
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Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Fox News' Dan Bongino claimed he was leaving Twitter to own the libs.  Now he's back  —  But with Parler fading, he's tweeting again  —  Fox News host Dan Bongino has returned to posting on Twitter after telling his supporters in January of this year that he would be leaving and never returning to the …
CNN:
Trump World's latest crazy idea could be good for Democrats  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan county board to consider unproven theory of ‘manipulated’ election results  —  The board of commissioners in a Michigan county that former President Donald Trump easily won will consider Tuesday whether to formally request an audit of its election results, including whether an “unauthorized computer” manipulated the numbers.
Robert Klemko / Washington Post:
Unmasking the far right: An extremist paid a price when his identity was exposed online after a violent clash in Washington  —  In a flash, Laura Jedeed was surrounded by screaming men.  The freelance journalist was filming a group of Trump supporters walking the streets of the District after the …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case  —  The former president and his trusted lieutenant head to Trump Tower as prosecutors press Weisselberg to turn on his boss  —  NEW YORK — If Donald Trump was looking for some good news on his 75th birthday on last Monday …
Discussion: Raw Story
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: White House eyes ending migrant family expulsion by July 31  —  The White House is considering ending — as early as July 31 — the use of a Trump-era public health order that's let U.S. border officials quickly turn back migrant families to Mexico, Axios has learned.
Jim Jones / The Hill:
How critical race theory became today's defining culture-war issue  —  As the 2020 election entered its final stretch, President Trump was searching for a means of blunting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) fervor that threatened his electoral chances in some swing states.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Man Who Controls the Senate  —  Will Joe Manchin's search for common ground wreck the Democrats' agenda?  —  On a frosty night in February, Joe Manchin III, the senior senator from West Virginia, invited a few colleagues over for dinner aboard the houseboat he docks on the Potomac.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Adam McCann / WalletHub:
2021's Most Patriotic States in America  —  Americans may feel their patriotism dampened this year amid the recent surge in racial injustice, including police brutality and a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.  Many people may find it hard to celebrate a country in which racist incidents persist.
The Angry Staff Officer:
“We believe in making treason odious:” U.S. Veterans of the Civil War Attack the Lost Cause  —  It was 1866, and the men of the US Army, Navy, and Marines had destroyed the rebellion on the battlefield and ushered in a “new birth of freedom.”  Their work done, they hoped to return to lives filled …
Discussion: The Constitutionalist
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Bipartisan Senate Infrastructure Plan Is a Stalking Horse for Privatization  —  The scheme would fund new infrastructure by selling off old infrastructure.  Trump proposed the same thing.  —  Constructing the Red River Diversion, a $3 billion public private partnership in Fargo, North Dakota
Discussion: Washington Post
Will Doran / Raleigh News & Observer:
McCrae Dowless guilty plea on social security disability fraud  —  McCrae Dowless pleads guilty to financial crimes related to 2018 election fraud scandal  —  McCrae Dowless pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to two crimes stemming from the investigation into the absentee ballot fraud scheme he's accused …
 
 
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Since 9/11, military suicides dwarf the number of soldiers killed in combat
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Harmeet Dhillon / Fox News:
Dems' HR4 another election power grab - here's what's in it and how to fight back
Henry Rome / Washington Post:
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Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
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Discussion: Townhall
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
RNC paid Trump's Mar-a-Lago over $175,000 for donor retreat
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 Earlier Items: 
Savannah Jacobson / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:
Critical Race Theory Is the Opposite of Education
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
CNN's valentine to a Trump insurrectionist
Rich Thau / The Bulwark:
Dems Can't Run Against the Big Lie in 2022
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
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