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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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Greg Greene / CtrlAltRightDelete:
How Critical Race Theory Ate Fox News
Discussion: New York Post, Mediaite and Raw Story
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: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
D.C. Statehood Is the Democrats' Only Option  —  After losing to the Democrats in 2020, Republicans are working feverishly to win their next battle.  Their efforts include no revision of their platform or message.  Instead, the plan consists of enacting new restrictions on voting …
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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: The Hill, Breitbart and Insider
Rich Thau / The Bulwark:
Dems Can't Run Against the Big Lie in 2022
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Democrats' big voting reform bill is in real trouble. Here's what's next.
Discussion: NBC News and Common Dreams
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  —  The justices did not deal with the issue of whether players should get salaries.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the NCAA in a major case involving whether it violates anti-trust law …
Politico:
Chaotic 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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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'
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
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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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
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.
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Meadows says DeSantis won't run against Trump in 2024  —  Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows thinks you can add Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to the list of Republican presidential hopefuls who won't run against former President Donald Trump in 2024 should he enter the race.
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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
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 …
Graham Rayman / New York Daily News:
‘What threat did I pose?’:  Heartbroken dad blames NY State Police trooper for ramming his SUV and causing crash that killed his 11-year-old Brooklyn daughter  —  Handcuffed in the back seat of a New York State Trooper's car, Tristin Goods could only seethe quietly and watch helplessly …
Discussion: TheGrio
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: CNN and Washington Post
U.S. Department of Justice:
Endeavor Executives Resign from Live Nation Board of Directors after Justice Department Expresses Antitrust Concerns  —  The Department of Justice announced today that two executives of Endeavor Group Holdings Inc. - Chief Executive Officer and Director Ariel Emanuel, and President Mark Shapiro …
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: This week in Washington: Biden takes on rising crime  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  FOR YOUR RADAR: Violent crime has been spiking across America for more than a year.  The issue has been at the top of the GOP agenda and constitutes a major portion of Fox News programming.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
A World of High Wages and Cheap Burrito Bowls Is Possible  —  The Democratic Party's policies have delivered large wage increases to blue-collar workers, and at only a negligible cost to middle-class consumers.  —  This is, apparently, the GOP's new message about the Biden economy.
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
U.S. Representative Val Demings:
Rep. Demings Alerts Floridians to Check for Child Tax Credit  —  55,000 households in Rep. Demings' district are eligible for up to $300 per child per month as part of the American Rescue Plan, which Rep. Demings helped pass  —  Washington, D.C.: Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) …
New York Times:
Taliban Enter Key Cities in Afghanistan's North After Swift Offensive  —  The setbacks come at a harrowing moment for Afghanistan, just as American and international troops are set to leave the country in coming weeks.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban entered two provincial capitals …
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill  —  More than 70 businesses have signed on to a letter urging the Senate to pass a sweeping voting rights bill.  —  The letter, which was spearheaded by Declaration for American Democracy, Vote.org, and Michelle Obama's When We All Vote …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
St. Louis Lawyer Buys New AR-15 Days After Being Forced to Give Up Gun He Pointed at Protesters  —  COULDN'T RESIST  —  Days after St. Louis gun fanatic Mark McCloskey was forced to give up the guns he waved at protestors last year, he seems to have already found a replacement.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
CNN's valentine to a Trump insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  Five months after they smashed windows, hung nooses, brawled with cops, and desecrated the U.S. Capitol, CNN decided to portray a killed Trump insurrectionist from January 6 in a positive light.
American Greatness:
The Biden No-Go Zones  —  The Democratic Party won the long march through journalism, but this Pyrrhic victory has meant the destruction of every principle of journalistic integrity liberals ever claimed to champion.  —  In American journalism, there are supposed to be some clear, nonnegotiable third-rails.
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.
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The economy isn't going back to February 2020.  Fundamental shifts have occurred.  —  A new era has arrived of greater worker power, higher housing costs and very different ways of doing business  —  The U.S. economy is emerging from the coronavirus pandemic with considerable speed …
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
Far-right activist Ammon Bundy announces run for Idaho governor
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeanne Whalen / Washington Post:
Models predict U.S. coronavirus infections could surge this fall if vaccination rates lag, former FDA chief says
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Maxine Waters: Trump, campaign should be investigated for any Jan. 6 role
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
John Pfaff / New Republic:
Can Criminal Justice Reform Survive a Wave of Violent Crime?
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
With ranked-choice voting, NYC Democratic mayoral primary might take weeks to pick winner
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
A Racist Training Program for the U.S. Navy
Eric Swalwell / USA Today:
Trump abused power for revenge and personal gain. This can't be our new normal
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
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