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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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KVUE-TV:
‘They will be arrested.’ Gov. Abbott responds to Texas Democrats' flight to Washington, D.C.  —  The Texas Legislature's special session started on July 8.  Among the issues that lawmakers are expected to address are bail reform and “election integrity.”  —  AUSTIN, Texas …
The Texas Tribune:
Texas House Democrats preparing to flee the state in move that could block voting restrictions bill, bring Legislature to a halt  —  A majority of Democrats in the Texas House plan to leave the state and fly to Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon in a bid to again deny Republicans …
New York Times:
Texas Democrats Flee State to Highlight G.O.P. Voting Restrictions
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, Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
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Tom Winter / NBC News:
Trump wrong on officer who shot Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt, law enforcement official says  —  Former President Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol was the “head of security” for a “high-ranking” Democratic member of Congress.
Cheyenne Ubiera / The Daily Beast:
Fox Runs All-Caps Disclaimer Over Trump's Lies About Stolen Election at CPAC
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee fires top vaccine official as COVID-19 shows signs of new spread  —  The Tennessee state government on Monday fired its top vaccination official, becoming the latest of about two dozen states to lose years of institutional knowledge about vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill, KRDO and Raw Story
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The Tennessean:
Tennessee's former top vaccine official: ‘I am afraid for my state’  —  Editor's note: On Monday, July 12, the Tennessee Department of Health fired Dr. Michelle Fiscus, the top vaccine official in the Tennessee state government.  Fiscus said she was scapegoated to appease Republican state lawmakers …
Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
Health official fired in retaliation for coronavirus vaccine guidance for teens, she says
Discussion: Associated Press
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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Washington Post:
Trump Organization removes indicted top finance officer Allen Weisselberg from leadership roles at dozens of subsidiaries  —  The Trump Organization has removed indicted Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg from his leadership roles at more than 40 subsidiary companies, according to corporate filings in the U.S. and Scotland.
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?
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Wall Street Journal:
Cuba Cracks Down on Protests Amid Worst Economic Crisis in Decades  —  The Communist government is also dealing with a surge in Covid-19 cases; ‘we stand with the Cuban people,’ Biden says  —  Cuba's Communist government stepped up its crackdown against demonstrators and activists on Monday …
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The White House:
Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Protests in Cuba
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Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
The Anti-Vaxx Party Is Taking Shape
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's top lawyer called election fraud arguments by Trump's lawyers a ‘joke’ that could mislead millions  —  The Republican Party's top lawyer warned in November against continuing to push false claims that the presidential election was stolen, calling efforts …
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Alison Durkee / Forbes:
‘Kraken’ Sanctions Hearing: Lin Wood Blames Sidney Powell In Attempt To Evade Punishment As Judge Expresses Skepticism  —  A federal judge signaled Monday that far-right attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and other pro-Trump lawyers could be sanctioned for bringing a Michigan election fraud lawsuit …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Despite Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated, Fox News Hosts Smear Shots  —  Months after Rupert Murdoch got a Covid-19 dose, one of his network's stars, Tucker Carlson, called a Biden vaccination proposal “the greatest scandal in my lifetime.”  —  Back in December, before the queen of England …
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Tucker Carlson's Manufactured America
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN:
Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal could face key Senate GOP defections  —  Mitt Romney on infrastructure: ‘I do trust the president’ - first full block  —  Washington (CNN)Several GOP senators who initially endorsed a bipartisan infrastructure deal are warning they may ultimately vote …
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New York Times:
U.S. Officials Press Pfizer for More Evidence of Need for Booster Shot  —  After meeting with company representatives, officials said the decision would depend partly on data on infections in vaccinated people that cause serious disease or hospitalization.  —  Representatives of Pfizer met privately …
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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
Oliver Willis / The American Independent:
GOP House candidate who led disruption at Porter town hall holds extremist views  —  Republican Nick Taurus's social media feeds are full of anti-LGBTQ, white supremacist, and racist comments.  —  Nick Taurus, a Republican running for the seat in California's 45th Congressional District currently held …
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
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Joshua Nelson / Fox News:
Nikki Haley calls for every governor in America to ban funding for critical race theory in schools
Politico:
‘Potentially a death sentence’: White House goes off on vaccine fearmongers  —  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.
Ben Conarck / Miami Herald:
Amid Florida COVID spike, Miami hospital's virus patients are younger, unvaccinated  —  Florida's COVID epidemic is on the rise again, driven by outbreaks in the Miami area, Jacksonville and the Panhandle.  —  Several months after highly effective and safe vaccines have been made available …
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Virginia Bar Association cancels debate after Youngkin chooses to skip it  —  The Virginia Bar Association has cancelled its planned gubernatorial debate after Republican Glenn Youngkin broke with recent tradition by skipping what is usually the first face-to-face matchup of the general election.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republicans prefer Trump's fantasies over truth and facts  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the leader of House Democrats, recently named Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), formerly the third-ranking Republican in the House, to a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
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.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and Raw Story
 
 
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Jeff Amy / Associated Press:
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Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
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Matthew Brown / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
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Jorge Caballero / San Francisco Chronicle:
BIPOC know all about Nikole Hannah-Jones' UNC treatment. It happened to me at Stanford
Discussion: ArkansasTimes and Washington Post
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Biden Fave ‘Unaware’ She Was Talking to Notorious Iran Group
Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and PressTV
Tyler Kingkade / NBC News:
Critical race theory battles are driving frustrated, exhausted educators out of their jobs
Discussion: Power Line and Raw Story
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Doug Mataconis, RIP
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Balloon Juice
Bob Herman / Axios:
Most unvaccinated people have low incomes