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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.
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
“They Can Tweet All They Want”: Eric Adams on Weed, Beyoncé, and the Housing Sleuth Haters  —  Talking to the mayoral frontrunner about his Bed-Stuy apartment, the weird contraband video, stop and frisk, and more.  —  If you buy into the polls, Eric Adams may very well be the next mayor of New York City.
Discussion: Insider, The Nation and THE CITY
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Nicole Gelinas / New York Post:
NYC progressives are going to lose the Dem primary to soaring crime
Discussion: Fox News
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Why We May Not Know Who Won the Mayoral Primary for Weeks
Discussion: Fox News
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
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe  —  Matthew Calamari, now the Trump Organization's chief operating officer, has hired his own attorney as prosecutors investigate the company's employee perks  —  New York prosecutors are investigating whether …
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Washington Post:
Trump and his CFO Allen Weisselberg stay close as prosecutors advance their case
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Backlash against Critical Race Theory Is Real  —  No matter how much progressives want to claim otherwise, parents are genuinely concerned about a divisive worldview being imposed on their children.  —  eturning once again to the shallow well from which she has pulled the majority …
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Ryan Girdusky / Mediaite:
The Media is Gaslighting America on Critical Race Theory
Discussion: CtrlAltRightDelete
Gerard Baker / Wall Street Journal:   Critical Race Theory Is the Opposite of Education
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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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.
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Erin Banco / Politico:   America is ready to return to normal. Biden's CDC chief isn't so sure.
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.
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
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
White House: Biden's Catholic faith is not ‘political’  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden did not interpret his Catholic faith “through a political prism,” declining to comment on a recent decision by U.S. Catholic bishops that could result …
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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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions  —  In May 2020, Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old with a smartphone camera, documented the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.  Most Americans who watched the video of Floyd begging for his life, as Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck, saw a human being.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is This the Dumbest Filibuster Defense Ever Written?  I cannot believe this column was published in a national newspaper.  —  I have read a lot of bad arguments for the filibuster.  They typically consist of a hazy or outright false historical account of how the filibuster was created …
Discussion: Raw Story and Wall Street Journal
U.S. Department of Justice:
Indiana Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Making Racially Motivated Threats Toward Black Neighbor and for Unlawfully Possessing Firearms  —  An Indiana man was sentenced Friday in federal court for making racially motivated threats to intimidate and interfere with his neighbor …
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 …
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Election Pressure Caused Senior Justice Official to Weigh Resigning  —  John Demers led the Justice Department's national security division as it focused on threats of Chinese espionage and influence  —  John Demers, head of the Justice Department's national security division …
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Since 9/11, military suicides dwarf the number of soldiers killed in combat  —  Since 9/11, four times as many U.S. service members and veterans have died by suicide than have been killed in combat, according to a new report.  —  The research, compiled by the Costs of War Project at Brown University …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Pandemic Stimulus Was Front-Loaded.  That Could Mean a Bumpy Year.  —  There's a risk that the affluent, who saved money by limiting things like traveling and dining out, will sit on their cash rather than spend it.  —  The U.S. economy is about to face a new challenge that has its roots …
Discussion: The National Interest
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
I'm a conservative who believes systemic racism is real  —  The phrase “systemic racism,” like “climate change” and “gun control,” has been sucked into the vortex of the culture war.  The emotional reaction to these words seems to preclude reasoned debate on their meaning.  —  But a divisive concept can be clarifying.
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.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Whitehouse defends family's membership in private beach club amid questions about whether it is all-White  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is defending his family's ties to an exclusive beach club in Rhode Island, amid questions about whether the club's membership is all-White.
Discussion: HotAir, The Federalist, VICE and RedState
 
 
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
New York Times' scribe Maggie Haberman can't quit Trump, largely ignores Biden
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
California weighs extending eviction protections past June
Summer Ballentine / Associated Press:
Trial over Missouri's refusal to expand Medicaid to begin
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Senate GOP reelection committee chair says Americans ‘scared to death’ over inflation
Michael D McDonald / Bloomberg:
Nicaragua Arrests Fifth Presidential Candidate in Crackdown
Jim Jones / The Hill:
How critical race theory became today's defining culture-war issue
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
German media giant: If you're anti-Israel, don't work for us
Discussion: Townhall
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Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Michigan county board to consider unproven theory of ‘manipulated’ election results
Jim Treacher / Who the Hell Is Jim Treacher?:
Fauci Flip-Flops on Previous Flip-Flop About Masks
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Savannah Jacobson / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside the Lines  —  What is ‘the mainstream media,’ anyway?  —  A reliable way to stir …
The Angry Staff Officer:
“We believe in making treason odious:” U.S. Veterans of the Civil War Attack the Lost Cause
Discussion: The Constitutionalist
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
CNN's valentine to a Trump insurrectionist
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Man Who Controls the Senate
Discussion: Vanity Fair