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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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Max Burns / NBC News:
Trump makes Ashli Babbitt, killed in the Capitol riot, into a martyr.  Why that's so dangerous. … When Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35, was shot dead by police while trying to force her way through a barricaded door protecting members of the House of Representatives from a mob …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
The Anti-Vaxx Party Is Taking Shape
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Alison Durkee / Forbes:
‘Kraken’ Sanctions Hearing: Lin Wood Blames Sidney Powell In Attempt To Evade Punishment As Judge Expresses Skepticism
Associated Press:
Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case
Discussion: Raw Story and Bangor Daily News
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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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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
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: Washington Post 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
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.
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Washington Post:   Virginians deserve to know where Glenn Youngkin stands on abortion
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 …
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: Bulwark+ and Balloon Juice
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Absentee Drop Box Use Soared In Democratic Areas Before Voting Law Change  — Stephen Fowler , - Mark Niesse , - Sarah Kallis , and - Isaiah Poritz  —  In this Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 file photo, a voter submits a ballot in an official drop box during early voting in Athens …
 
 
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Jason DeParle / New York Times:
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
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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
Stephen Richer / USA Today:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Eva Guzman raises $1 million in first 10 days of attorney general campaign, with some major donor support
Washington Post:
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Biden Fave ‘Unaware’ She Was Talking to Notorious Iran Group
Discussion: Responsible Statecraft and PressTV
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