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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: Raw Story
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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 …
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Washington Post:
Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K.  —  President Biden will nominate Jane Hartley, a former ambassador to France, to serve as ambassador to the United Kingdom, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.  —  The ambassador to the Court of St. James's is considered …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
McConnell calls for withdrawal of Biden public lands nominee
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Former Sen. Tom Udall is Biden's pick as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
Biden picks former Sen. Tom Udall for New Zealand ambassador
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should be fired  —  Mark Milley has repeatedly tried to subvert civilian control of the US military - why is he still in control?  —  Tucker: Why is Mark Milley still in command of US military?  —  Just before last November's presidential election …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“You're Gonna Have a Fucking War”: Mark Milley's Fight to Stop Trump from Striking Iran  —  Inside the extraordinary final-days conflict between the former President and his chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  —  The last time that General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
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
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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Harper Neidig / The Hill:   Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case
American Greatness:   The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.
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: HotAir and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, The Hill, Joe.My.God. and Daily Kos
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Explosive Interview Directly Implicates Trump in Tax Scheme  —  As investigators look into a scheme at the Trump Organization to avoid paying taxes on employee benefits, one witness has set the scene to show Trump was involved.  —  A witness in the New York investigation against the Trump Organization …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Insider
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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Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
White House: Florida accounts for 20 percent of all new COVID-19 infections
National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit  —  If a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill isn't bad enough, how about a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that tortures the Senate rules to include a highly contentious, consequential policy change that wouldn't have a prayer of passing otherwise?
Discussion: Townhall
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin signals he'll be team player on spending deal
Mike Brest / Yahoo News:
Two men charged over plan to attack Democratic Party office in Sacramento  —  A federal grand jury indicted two men on multiple charges in connection to an alleged plot to attack the  —  Democratic Party's headquarters in Sacramento.  —  Ian Rogers, 45, and Jarrod Copeland, 37 …
Discussion: ABC News and The Gateway Pundit
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Hilda Flores / KQCA-TV:
FBI: 2 arrested for conspiracy to attack Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento
NBC News:
Two men charged in plot to attack Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento
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.
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Hunter Biden's prosecutor rejected moves that would have revealed probe earlier  —  Last summer, federal officials in Delaware investigating Hunter Biden faced a dilemma.  The probe had reached a point where prosecutors could have sought search warrants and issued a flurry of grand jury subpoenas.
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 and Fox News
Associated Press:
Trump showerhead rule to increase water flow getting dumped  —  So much for Donald Trump's quest for “perfect” hair.  —  President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule approved after the former president complained he wasn't getting wet enough because of limits on water flow from showerheads.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Democratic, Republican Confidence in Science Diverges  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in science, compared with 70% when Gallup last measured it more than four decades ago.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Snares Kasie Hunt From NBC in Big Bet on Streaming (EXCLUSIVE) … CNN has snatched Kasie Hunt, the Capitol Hill correspondent long viewed as a rising star at NBC News, as part of an aggressive bid to push the WarnerMedia cable-news outlet into the new frontier of streaming video.
Bloomberg:
Yellen to Convene U.S. Regulators to Discuss Stablecoins  — Government increasingly concerned about lack of oversight  — Group to develop recommendations to address risks in market  —  Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will convene top U.S. financial-market and bank regulators …
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Kate Marino / Axios:
The pandemic-fueled decline of cash
Discussion: Finimize
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News in crisis as exec quits and presenter is pulled for ‘taking the knee’  —  Director of programming at TV channel resigns and Guto Harri taken off air after viewer backlash  —  GB News has been plunged into crisis as news of a senior executive's resignation emerged hours after a presenter …
 
 
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WKMG:
Feds arrest Central Florida police officer, son accused of taking part in Capitol riot
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
David Shepardson / Reuters:
CDC defends U.S. transit mask mandate as some call for scrapping
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken to diplomats: It's OK to admit U.S. flaws when promoting rights
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Remembering the Carter era — and what it tells us about today
Amina Khan / Los Angeles Times:
Police officers treat Black and white men differently. You can hear it in their tone of voice
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Republicans Now Have Two Ways to Threaten Elections
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Tom Randall / Bloomberg:
Covid Still Killing Americans Faster Than Guns, Cars and Flu Combined
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Melissa Davey / The Guardian:
Huge study supporting ivermectin as Covid treatment withdrawn over ethical concerns
Peter Beinart / Jewish Currents:
It's Time to Name Anti-Palestinian Bigotry
Foreign Policy:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Gaetz enlists Trumpworld for scandal-ridden re-election fight
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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