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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Man Confronts Tucker Carlson At Montana Store: ‘You Are The Worst Human Being’  —  The Fox host got an earful when he popped into a fly fishing store.  —  When a local fly fishing guide spotted noted vaccine skeptic Tucker Carlson at a sporting goods store in Livingston, Montana, he did not waste time.
William Grimes / New York Times:
Jackie Mason, 93, Dies; Turned Kvetching Into Comedy Gold  —  He kept the borscht belt style of comedy alive long after the Catskills resorts had closed and eventually brought it, triumphantly, to Broadway.  —  Jackie Mason, whose staccato, arm-waving delivery and thick Yiddish accent kept …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online  —  Researchers and regulators say Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician, creates and profits from misleading claims about Covid-19 vaccines.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began …
Jose Gonzalez / Reuters:
Iraq war Marine walks U.S.-Mexico border to protest deportation of veterans  —  When U.S. military veteran Ramon Castro began meeting deported veterans living along the U.S.-Mexican border not far from his home in Southern California, he knew that, but for a piece of paper proving his citizenship, he could have been one of them.
Andrew Stanton / Newsweek:
Michael Flynn Criticizes DeSantis, Hannity for Vaccine Push: ‘They Know That They Have Influence’  —  Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Fox News Host Sean Hannity yesterday for promoting COVID-19 vaccines.
Glenn Greenwald:
FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots  —  Questioning the FBI's role in 1/6 was maligned by corporate media as deranged.  But only ignorance about the FBI or a desire to deceive could produce such a reaction.  —  3 hr ago
Discussion: New York Post
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
‘We Could Have Prevented This’ The scientist Eric Topol on the Delta variant and its dangerous impact.  —  At present, there are two big anchors to conventional-wisdom thinking on the Delta variant: that those already vaccinated remain exceedingly well protected against the new …
Orlando Sentinel:
At a critical moment for Florida, let's take control of COVID this weekend and get vaccinated … We were so close, Florida.  —  So close to kicking COVID's ass.  —  Just one month ago Florida was averaging around 1,500 new cases per day.  Remember how good we felt?  Like we had this thing licked.
Discussion: The Hill
Reuters:
China criticizes NBC Universal for showing ‘incomplete map’ during Olympic opening ceremony … China criticized NBC Universal for showing an “incomplete map” of the country in its broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, after a map displayed during the arrival …
Discussion: Deadline, TheBlaze, The Hill and Twitchy
Karen Townsend / HotAir:
Texas Democrats unravel - “I'm just pissed off” that Biden won't meet with them  —  It seems like only a few days ago that Texas fleebaggers were begging for a meeting with Joe Biden.  The Texas Democrat Congressional delegation sent a letter to Biden asking him to meet with the Texas state lawmakers.
Discussion: ABC News
Mary Kay Linge / New York Post:
GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance blames ‘childless left’ for culture wars  —  Ohio Republican US Senate candidate J.D. Vance is taking aim at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other leaders of the “childless left” for their lack of “physical commitment to the future of this country” …
Arian Campo-Flores / Wall Street Journal:
Florida Leads U.S. in Covid-19 Cases as Hospitalizations Surge  —  Driving the rise are the Delta variant, large numbers of unvaccinated, relaxation of preventive measures and more indoor time  —  MIAMI—Florida is recording more Covid-19 cases than any other U.S. state …
Discussion: HuffPost
NBC News:
Republicans increasingly look to ballot initiatives as way to enact voting measures  —  Republicans seeking to change state voting laws in the face of opposition from Democratic governors or unwilling legislatures are zeroing in on another path — enacting fresh restrictions via ballot initiatives.
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Republicans' anti-government chickens have finally come home to roost  —  On vaccines, the right's decades-long anti-government propaganda campaign comes back to bite them  —  Ronald Reagan, the most beloved president of the modern Republican Party (before Donald J. Trump, anyway) had a very famous saying:
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Why Some Americans Are Still Hesitant to Get Vaccinated  —  The U.S. vaccine rollout has plateaued and the course of the coronavirus pandemic in this country may depend on how many people are ultimately swayed to get vaccinated.  —  CHICAGO — They acknowledged that they could have showed up months ago.
Discussion: The Guardian
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Donald Trump's PAC makes last-minute ad buy for Susan Wright in District 6 congressional race  —  Susan Wright is considered the frontrunner to replace her late husband her Congress, but Jake Ellzey is a threat in Tuesday's low turnout election.  —  Susan Wright's campaign consultants …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccine Holdouts Face Restrictions in Europe as Delta Variant Spreads  —  Proof of vaccination is increasingly required to enter restaurants and other public spaces  —  European governments worried about the rapid spread of the Delta coronavirus variant are nudging …
Rocky Swift / Reuters:
Basketball 3x3-Macron and Jill Biden look on as France lose to U.S.  —  French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. first lady Jill Biden watched their countrywomen tangle on the 3x3 basketball court at the sport's Olympic debut in Tokyo on Saturday, with the Americans pulling out an upset victory.
Discussion: The Hill
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Associated Press:
Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Pete Thamel / Yahoo Sports:
With OU and Texas nearing Big 12 exit, here's the biggest questions looming over college athletics  —  historic and axis-shifting move of Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 for the SEC is expected to begin next week, sources told Yahoo Sports.  While the drama over whether they are leaving has ended …
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
Vaccine stragglers explain hesitancy  —  As Delta variant surges, procrastinators talk about why they waited so long to act.  —  Guillermo Cozar waited months to get vaccinated because, he reasoned, he'd already had COVID-19 last fall and didn't think he would get sick again.
Financial Times:
Wall Street doubles down on lending ‘cheap money’ to the rich  —  Combined value of loans made by wealth management units at top US banks in second quarter exceeds $600bn  —  The lending businesses of large US banks are doubling down on wealthier customers, as well-to-do Americans borrow …
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen L. Miller / spectatorworld.com:
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Discussion: Plain Dealer
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
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Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer stripped of emergency powers
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
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Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Exclusive: Jan. 6 select committee will include former CIA inspector general found to have retaliated against whistleblower
Discussion: Politico, CNN and New York Post
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tom Cotton Accuses ‘Public Health Bureaucrats’ of Doing ‘What They Think Is in the Interest of Public Health’
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
The Case for Masking Up Again Indoors in New York City
Nicholas Casey / New York Times:
Spain Pledged Citizenship to Sephardic Jews. Now They Feel Betrayed.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Washington Post:
Bolsonaro once said he'd stage a military takeover. Now Brazilians fear he could be laying the foundation for one.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
GOP sees widening rift over promoting Covid shots
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
A Vaccine Or This Marriage: Conspiracy Theories Are Tearing Couples Apart