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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
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Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
U.S. judge blocks new applications to DACA program for ‘dreamer’ immigrants  —  A U.S. federal judge in Texas on Friday blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation but said the hundreds of thousands …
Discussion: Fox 8 Cleveland WJW
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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 protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, CBS News and Forbes
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.
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  —  Gen Mark Milley saw that the US was in a ‘Reichstag moment’ - four days before the Capitol riot.  With this and much more startling reporting, Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker of the Washington Post deliver the goods once again
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
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   As mountain of video evidence grows, Capitol riot trials are pushed to 2022 and beyond
American Greatness:   The Capitol Cover Up  —  Release the tapes.  Release the name of Ashli Babbitt's shooter.
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
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
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
McConnell calls for withdrawal of Biden public lands nominee  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is joining a chorus of Republicans calling on the White House to withdraw President Biden's pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management over a decades-old tree spiking incident.
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Washington Post:
Biden selects Jane Hartley as ambassador to U.K.
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
Maeve Sheehey / Politico:
Former Sen. Tom Udall is Biden's pick as ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
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.
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
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, Insider and Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
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Hilda Flores / KQCA-TV:
FBI: 2 arrested for conspiracy to attack Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento
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: Politico, Fox News and alicublog
Alex Yablon / New York Times:
Could Banking Magic Save Cities From Climate Disaster?  —  Mr. Yablon, a journalist who writes about policy and economics, is a contributing opinion writer for Business Insider.  —  A flawed but historically robust emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic by Congress …
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Bloomberg:   Yellen to Convene U.S. Regulators to Discuss Stablecoins
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Trump showerhead rule to increase water flow being dropped  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border This Year Top One Million  —  Surge has posed major political and logistical challenges for Biden administration  —  Border Patrol agents have made more than a million arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year, already higher than any full-year total since …
Discussion: CNBC
 
 
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Pia Singh / CNBC:
Monthly child tax credit payments are one of the best forms of government spending, economist says
Discussion: The National Interest
American Prospect:
Biden Will Nominate Industry Ally for Patent Office
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
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Blinken to diplomats: It's OK to admit U.S. flaws when promoting rights
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Randall / Bloomberg:
Covid Still Killing Americans Faster Than Guns, Cars and Flu Combined
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
National Review:
Democrats' New Amnesty Gambit
Discussion: Townhall
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:
Oligarchs' Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last
Issues & Insights:
The Dreaded Misery Index Is On The Rise Under Biden
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