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TMZ.com:
‘Just a Friend’ Rapper Biz Markie Dead at 57  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  REMEMBERING BIZ MARKIE  —  Rapper Biz Markie — most famous for his iconic hit “Just a Friend” — has died after a series of complications from diabetes that he's been fighting for more than a year ... TMZ has confirmed.
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
U.S. judge blocks new applicants to program that protects undocumented ‘dreamers’ who arrived as children  —  A federal judge in Texas has largely halted an Obama administration initiative that grants work permits and reprieves from deportation to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States …
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CNN:
Federal judge blocks new DACA applications and says program is illegal  —  (CNN)A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, is illegal and blocked new applicants.
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:   U.S. judge blocks new applications to DACA program for ‘dreamer’ immigrants
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Federal judge declares DACA program illegal, but halts only new applications
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Federal judge in Texas blocks DACA program
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
Convincing the Skeptics  —  Vaccine resisters can't be persuaded if they feel disrespected.  —  here's no doubt that vaccination rates have hit a wall of skepticism: 48.5 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, and 56.1 percent have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and HotAir
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Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri  —  The summer wasn't meant to be like this.  By April, Greene County, in southwestern Missouri, seemed to be past the worst of the pandemic.  Intensive-care units that once overflowed had emptied.  Vaccinations were rising.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Psaki excoriates criticism of Biden administration work on vaccine misinformation  —  The White House press secretary ripped Fox News' Peter Doocy for saying the federal government was ‘spying’ on social media users  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki forcefully defended …
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New York Times:
'They're Killing People': Biden Denounces Social Media for Virus Disinformation
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
White House: Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections
Associated Press:
AP: Few Arizona voter fraud cases undercut Trump's claims  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, undercutting former President Donald Trump's claims …
CNN:
Senior Biden officials finding that Covid lab leak theory as credible as natural origins explanation  —  Inside the fight to uncover Covid-19's origins  —  Washington (CNN)Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe …
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
Vienna Is the New Havana Syndrome Hotspot  —  Roughly two dozen possible new cases have been reported by U.S. spies and diplomats in the Austrian capital, more than in any other city except Havana itself.  —  Since Joe Biden took office, about two dozen U.S. intelligence officers, diplomats …
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Trump says Milley should be court-martialed ‘if he said what was reported’  —  Former President Trump said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley should be court-martialed if it's true that, as reported, Milley thought Trump would orchestrate a coup.
Discussion: Slate and HuffPost
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Lloyd Green / The Guardian:
I Alone Can Fix It review: Donald Trump as wannabe Führer - in another riveting read
Discussion: Raw Story and Informed Comment
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Sen. Joe Manchin, key Democratic holdout on federal voting protections, coming to Texas for fundraiser hosted by several GOP donors  —  The fundraiser comes just a day after Manchin met with Texas House Democrats on Capitol Hill who are desperate for his support of the congressional efforts …
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Commerce Unit Went ‘Rogue,’ Senate Report Says, Targeting Chinese Americans  —  An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.  —  WASHINGTON — Officials …
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and Raw Story
Michael C. Bender / Washington Post:
To Trump's hard-core supporters, his rallies weren't politics.  They were life.  —  What 2020 looked like from the front row on the campaign trail  —  Donald Trump soaked in the adoration as he commanded a rally stage inside a massive central Florida arena.  I stewed in my seat and stopped taking notes.
Discussion: Insider
Politico:
Judge won't let contractor see Capitol Riot grand jury evidence  —  A federal judge has thrown a monkey wrench into the prosecution of more than 500 Capitol riot defendants by denying the Justice Department's request to share grand jury materials with a contractor hired to organize …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   As mountain of video evidence grows, Capitol riot trials are pushed to 2022 and beyond
New York Times:
Haunted by Past Virus Surges, California Leans on Masks and Vaccines  —  A new indoor mask requirement in Los Angeles County comes as new virus cases have nearly tripled statewide.  Immunization rates, however, should keep any spike below past peaks.  —  LOS ANGELES — Last month …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Officials advise wearing masks in Vegas as COVID cases rise
Discussion: KTNV, Townhall, USA Today and Forbes
Reuters:
Reuters journalist killed covering clash between Afghan forces, Taliban  —  Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing with Pakistan, an Afghan commander said.
KWTX-TV:
Monkeypox infection confirmed in North Texas  —  DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) - Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) on Friday reported the first case of monkeypox in a resident of Dallas County, a case believed to be the first monkeypox virus infection in a Texas resident.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘A propaganda tool’ for Trump: A second federal judge castigates attorneys who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 results  —  Just before Christmas, two Colorado lawyers filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 160 million American voters, alleging a vast conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election …
American Greatness:
The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.  And release Joe Biden's political prisoners.  —  Judge G. Michael Harvey sounded floored.  —  During a detention hearing this week for Robert Morss, arrested last month for his involvement in the Capitol protest …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
A midterm report on the 2022 midterms  —  FOLLOWING THE MONEY — There are 480 days to go before the 2022 elections.  With control of Congress on the line, House and Senate candidates are already raising staggering sums of money.  Nightly reached out to House campaign reporter Ally Mutnick …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
Politico:
How Biden avoided the F bombs  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With help from Allie Bice.  —  This coming week, Senate Democrats will force an end of sorts to bipartisan negotiations around …
Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Judge Orders Lin Wood to Explain Why He Shouldn't Be Disciplined for Posting Video of His Sanctions Hearing Online  —  Attorney Lin Wood, a stalwart supporter of former president Donald Trump leading up to and after the 2020 election, was ordered Thursday evening to explain to a federal judge …
Discussion: Forbes and Right Wing Watch
Rebecca Panico / New Jersey Online:
N.J. woman must remove anti-Biden F-bomb signs or face $250-a-day fines, judge rules  —  Editor's note: This story contains a photo that features profanity.  —  A municipal judge on Thursday ruled that a Roselle Park homeowner's owner's anti- President Biden flags including the F-bomb …
Discussion: Raw Story and Reason
Amina Khan / Los Angeles Times:
Police officers treat Black and white men differently.  You can hear it in their tone of voice  —  Scientists who analyzed the body camera footage from more than 100 police officers have found a subtle but clear pattern: During traffic stops, officers spoke to Black men in a less respectful …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ticket sales are moving slowly for the coming Trump-O'Reilly stadium tour  —  Donald Trump is having trouble selling advance tickets for his upcoming speaking tour with conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly, according to interviews with ticketing officials for the venues.
Seth Mandel / Washington Examiner:
Leaving Trump behind  —  Donald Trump's cultural and long-term political legacy will be debated for decades.  But his legacy for the Republican Party will be tested far sooner than that.  He has the power to leave the GOP and the conservative movement intact or disastrously divided.
Discussion: alicublog, Fox News and Politico
Cheri Mossburg / CNN:
California man was arrested with an arsenal of weapons and a racist manifesto, officials say  —  A California man is in custody after police found a cache of weapons, ammunition, and racist writings in his vehicle saying he wanted to wipe out the Black, Hispanic and Jewish populations, officials said Thursday.
United States Navy:
Naval Special Warfare Welcomes CQT Class 115; First Woman Operator  —  CORONADO, Calif. - Candidates of Crewman Qualification Training (CQT) Class 115 completed Naval Special Warfare's (NSW) assessment and selection pipeline to become Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's odd Trump-worship on Fox News hints at GOP midterm strategy
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Company That Aims to Solve the ‘Crisis of Toxicity Online’ Makes Money From the Daily Caller and Ben Shapiro
Samantha Grasso / Discourse Blog:
Listen to MSNBC Bosses Smoothly Trying to Bust Their Staffers' Union
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Two Fla. police officers charged in new Proud Boys indictment in Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Tara Copp / Defense One:
Republicans Try New Bill to Repay National Guard for Post-Riot Protection, Minus a Rapid Response Force
Discussion: CBS News, Roll Call and Raw Story
Alex Yablon / New York Times:
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News in crisis as exec quits and presenter is pulled for ‘taking the knee’
National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit
Discussion: Townhall
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
It's Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Snares Kasie Hunt From NBC in Big Bet on Streaming (EXCLUSIVE)
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic, Republican Confidence in Science Diverges
 

 
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