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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 …
Caroline Downey / National Review:
Texas Democrats to Walk Out of Legislative Session to Block GOP Voting Bills
Discussion: HotAir, POLITICUSUSA and Just The News
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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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
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Oliver Willis / The American Independent:   GOP House candidate who led disruption at Porter town hall holds extremist views
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
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: Raw Story
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
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
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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: HotAir and Wall Street 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 … A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump's lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan's election results.
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
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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ABC News:
Biden backs Cuban protests as island's president blames ‘imperialist’ provocations
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.
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Washington Post:
Police say suspect in killing of Haiti's Moïse planned to assume presidency
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.
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 …
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
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.
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
Jon Schweppe / Breaking with Jon Schweppe:
Actually, Kristi Noem Supported COVID-19 Lockdowns and Mandates  —  Her rhetoric doesn't match her record in the early days of the pandemic.  —  3 hr ago  —  When Gov. Kristi Noem speaks to a national audience, she often leads by emphasizing her record on COVID-19.
Ryan Teague Beckwith / Bloomberg:
GOP's Youngkin Tries to Paint Democratic Opponent as Friend of Trump  —  Former Carlyle Group co-CEO Glenn Youngkin may have earned Donald Trump's endorsement in the Virginia governor's race, but now he's the one trying to tie the former president to his opponent.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Point of the Anti-CRT Fight Should Be to Take Over the Schools  —  Education is too important to be left to educators.  —  he danger in the current fight over CRT isn't that the right overreaches, but that it settles for too little.  —  To believe the critics, the anti-CRT forces …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Biden Fave ‘Unaware’ She Was Talking to Notorious Iran Group  —  Michèle Flournoy claims she didn't realize this weekend's conference where she was a featured speaker on regime change was put on by the once-terror-listed MEK.  —  An Obama-era Pentagon official who was at one point under consideration …
Discussion: PressTV
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
New poll shows Nina Turner's lead shrinking in Ohio special election  —  The race has drawn outsized national interest because it has split along several of the most prominent fault lines in the Democratic Party.  —  Nina Turner speaks before introducing Sen. Bernie Sanders during a campaign rally.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Fox News airs disclaimer during Trump CPAC speech about 2020 election  —  Fox News on Sunday aired a disclaimer adding context to comments made by former President Trump referencing electoral fraud during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Rick Scott / Fox News:
Sen. Rick Scott: Real police reform - ignore Dems' radical policies and start with this commonsense step  —  Needed changes won't come from the Democrats' radical proposals like defunding the police  —  Tim Scott: Can't ask police to go into bad places without resources, liability coverage
 
 
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
The next Big Lie — the insurrection never happened
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to step down Monday, marking a symbolic end to 20 years of war