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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats to flee state in effort to block GOP-backed voting restrictions  —  With Republican-backed voting bills moving rapidly through a special session of the state Legislature, Texas Democrats are planning to make a break for it — again.  —  At least 58 Democratic members …
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New York Times:
Texas Democrats Flee State to Highlight G.O.P. Voting Restrictions  —  The move is an attempt to block Republicans from passing a new voting bill while also applying pressure on Congress to pass legislation at the federal level.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Democrats fled the state on Monday …
Texas / The Texas Tribune:
Live updates: Kamala Harris says Texas Democrats showing “extraordinary courage” in effort to leave the state
Discussion: USA Today
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Republicans push to ban “discrimination” against unvaccinated people
CNN:
Tucker Carlson is ‘furious’ at Fox News executives for not supporting his NSA spying claims, sources say
The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Protests in Cuba  —  We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba's authoritarian regime.
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Biden convenes session on gun violence amid surge in crime  —  Biden gave short remarks Monday and did not address gun control legislation.  —  As part of his effort to get out in front of a politically sensitive issue, President Joe Biden on Monday convened a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland …
ABC News:
Biden responds to protests in Cuba over food, fuel shortages
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
‘Both can be true’: White House encourages people to wave American flag proudly and protest peacefully
Discussion: Townhall
Corinne Ramey / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization CFO Removed as Officer of Subsidiaries, Records Show  —  The former president's company is discussing changes in its financial leadership after an indictment accused longtime Trump finance chief Allen Weisselberg of a 15-year tax-fraud, which he denies
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Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:   The Problem With Prosecutor Punditry Experts keep promising the walls are closing in on Trump. Haven't we learned anything?
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Maria Bartiromo's top 10 fails  —  Former President Trump failed to secure a second term in office via lawsuits contesting the Nov. 3 election, a Capitol riot by his supporters or all this whacked-out chatter about “reinstatement.”  Yet that doesn't mean that he can't still act out one of the rituals of his years in office.
Discussion: MSNBC, Mediaite and Insider
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Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Calls Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrectionists ‘Great People’
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
6 Months After Riot, Capitol Police Face Multiple Crises
Discussion: NBC News, New Republic and City Journal
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawyers retreat from pro-Trump election suit  —  The legal reckoning for attorneys who pushed former President Donald Trump's spurious claims of election fraud advanced on Monday, with a federal court in Detroit holding a hearing on whether to impose sanctions over a suit filed last year seeking …
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Associated Press:
Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case
Discussion: Raw Story
Alison Durkee / Forbes:
‘Kraken’ Sanctions Hearing: Lin Wood Blames Sidney Powell In Attempt To Evade Punishment As Judge Expresses Skepticism
Media Matters for America:
Newsmax host suggests vaccines are “against nature,” and some diseases are “supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people”  —  Rob Schmitt: “That's just kind of the way evolution goes.  Vaccines kind of stand in the way of that”
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Nick R. Martin / Talking Points Memo:
Advisor To Major Pro-Trump Group Runs Racist Newsletter  —  This article was co-published with The Informant, which covers hate and extremism in the U.S. It was an email so racist it might make a ku klux klansman blush.  An advisor for the influential conservative youth organization Turning …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Scuffle breaks out at Rep. Katie Porter's town hall  —  A melee broke out at Rep. Katie Porter's district town hall meeting Sunday, with her supporters scuffling with supporters of former President Trump who were loudly interrupting the congresswoman as she spoke.
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Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
GOP House candidate who led disruption at Porter town hall holds extremist views
Discussion: Mediaite
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Doug Mataconis, RIP  —  Jazz Shaw drew my attention to a post on Doug's Facebook feed from last evening: … Alas, I have no further details and have not yet found any other confirmation of the news but have no reason to doubt that it's true.  —  Despite his long association with this blog …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Kids Are Alright Why now is the time to rethink COVID safety protocols for children —and everyone else.  —  The kids are safe.  They always have been.  —  It may sound strange, given a year of panic over school closures and reopenings, a year of masking toddlers and closing playgrounds …
Discussion: ParentData and HotAir
Washington Post:
FDA adds new warning on Johnson & Johnson vaccine related to rare autoimmune disorder  —  The agency cites link to a small number of Guillain-Barré cases after vaccination but says the shot's benefits outweigh the risk  —  The Food and Drug Administration announced a new warning …
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Stephen Richer / USA Today:
Arizona election official: Unchecked Cyber Ninjas use alarming ‘audit’ rules to count votes  —  We follow sensible rules that inspire confidence in fairness and accuracy.  We should be skeptical of results from the Cyber Ninjas, who are unchecked.  —  In the months since Arizona Senate …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
The Real Point of the Arizona Audit
Discussion: Raw Story and Detroit News
Bob Herman / Axios:
Most unvaccinated people have low incomes  —  More than half of unvaccinated Americans live in households that make less than $50,000 annually, according to the latest Census Bureau data.  —  Why it matters: Making it easier for the working poor to get the COVID-19 vaccine …
Catherine Porter / New York Times:
Haiti's police claim American recruited mercenaries.  —  A Haitian-born doctor based in Florida has been arrested as a key suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, and the national police chief suggested at a news conference that he believed the suspect was plotting to become president.
BuzzFeed News:
Anthony Fauci And Deborah Birx Warned Top Officials About The “Dangers” Of Scott Atlas Last Summer, Emails Show  —  It only took a few days for Scott Atlas to alarm top US health officials after he became a White House COVID-19 adviser in mid-August of last year.
Politico:
‘Potentially a death sentence’: White House goes off on vaccine fear mongers  —  The Biden administration is casting conservative opponents of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme, adopting a more aggressive political posture in an attempt to maneuver through the public health conundrum.
Tyler Kingkade / NBC News:
Critical race theory battles are driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs  —  When Rydell Harrison started a new job as a school superintendent in southwestern Connecticut last August, he was excited to join a community that seemed committed to diversity and equity.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Media, critical race theory and one serious disconnect  —  Critical race theory (CRT) and education in the United States as a whole is shaping up to be a huge campaign issue for 2022 and 2024.  And that's terrible news for Democrats.  Recent polling backs up this perspective.
Discussion: New York Post
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest CPAC lunacy shows why Democrats must get tougher  —  Back in the dark ages of the last century, the right-wing culture war was often described with a reference to the three Gs: “God, guns and gays.”  —  These days, the right-wing culture war is perhaps better described with three Vs …
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Salon
Abigail Shrier / The Truth Fairy:
Want to Save America?  Don't Act Like a Conservative  —  Chest-Thumpers and ‘Aw, Shucks’ Conservatives Personify the Right's Love Affair with Losing  —  Chris Rufo is doing something so spectacularly unconservative, he may need to update his political affiliation: he's winning.
 
 
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Jorge Caballero / San Francisco Chronicle:
BIPOC know all about Nikole Hannah-Jones' UNC treatment. It happened to me at Stanford
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Eva Guzman raises $1 million in first 10 days of attorney general campaign, with some major donor support
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Biden Fave ‘Unaware’ She Was Talking to Notorious Iran Group
Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and PressTV
 Earlier Items: 
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
When School Is Voluntary  —  Many parents want to continue remote learning.  It may not be so good for their children.
Discussion: HotAir
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Point of the Anti-CRT Fight Should Be to Take Over the Schools
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
New poll shows Nina Turner's lead shrinking in Ohio special election
Discussion: BizPac Review
Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
Amazon is selling products promoting a far-right meme associated with a white nationalist group
Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
GOP's Youngkin Tries to Paint Democratic Opponent as Friend of Trump
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The next Big Lie — the insurrection never happened