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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema does not support Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget plan that aims to deliver major components of President Joe Biden's economic agenda that Democrats hope to pass after moving …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
BREAKING: Senate Republicans announce agreement on infrastructure deal's “major issues”
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and Lucianne
David Morgan / Reuters:
McConnell aims to boost U.S. Republican vaccination rate by countering ‘bad advice’  —  U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed misinformation for the low rates of COVID-19 vaccination among Americans, which are fueling a rise in coronavirus cases, particularly in Republican-dominated states.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: This is a BIF effing deal  —  SCOOP — Our own Alex Isenstadt writes in with some news: Former President DONALD TRUMP began meeting this week with would-be GOP primary challengers to his arch-nemesis, Wyoming Rep. LIZ CHENEY — and a new potential candidate has emerged.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump tries to sabotage the Biden infrastructure deal  —  Donald Trump tried and failed to pass an infrastructure bill so many times over the course of his presidency that his attempts were reduced to a punchline.  Now out of office, Trump is trying to ensure that his successor, Joe Biden …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The dirty little secret about Donald Trump's endorsement  —  (CNN)To hear Donald Trump tell it, his endorsement is the equivalent to a golden ticket to Congress.  —  “88 and 2 (really 1) in ENDORSEMENTS this election cycle, and @FoxNews was critical,” he tweeted in June 2020.  “Has anyone ever done so well?
Discussion: UPI, Dallas Morning News and Politico
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump-backed candidate loses in Texas special election
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Our democracy is under attack.  Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.  —  Back in the dark ages of 2012, two think-tank scholars, Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, wrote a book called “It's Even Worse Than It Looks” about the rise of Republican Party extremism and its dire effect on American democracy.
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 police officers give a master class on the dangers of right-wing extremism
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What Jim Jordan would have said
Discussion: Latino Rebels
Mark Phillips / KNXV:
Ken Bennett, senate liaison overseeing Maricopa County election audit, to resign  —  file photo, former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett arrives at a news conference to talk about overseeing a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
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Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett says he will resign Wednesday from overseeing election audit
Discussion: Arizona Mirror, Twitchy and Insider
spectatorworld.com:
Simone Biles is a quitter  —  Even with her many mistakes during the qualifying round, Biles still posted the highest score in the competition  —  Just a few days before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, my mom and I watched the gymnastics comedy Stick It.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Confusing Message  —  The C.D.C. recommends indoor masking for the vaccinated, but only in some places.  —  The C.D.C. has both a polarization problem and a communication problem.  —  Let's start with the polarization problem: The parts of the country that would benefit most from a new crackdown …
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
CDC asks the vaccinated to help save the unvaccinated from themselves
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Allahpundit / HotAir:
CNN to CDC chief: Why should the vaccinated mask up to protect the unvaccinated from themselves?
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: McCarthy a ‘moron’ for opposing mask mandate  —  Tensions between the party leaders in the House rolled to a boil on Wednesday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called her Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), a “moron” for his opposition to wearing masks in the House.
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Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Pelosi calls McCarthy ‘a moron’ for his mask mandate criticism
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Jared Kushner to leave politics, launch investment firm - sources  —  Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former President Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.
Elizabeth Bruenig / The Atlantic:
The New Moral Code of America's Elite  —  Every striver who ever slipped the rank of their birth to ascend to a higher order has shared the capacity to ingratiate themselves with their betters.  What the truly exceptional ones have in common is the ability to connect not only with their superiors …
Steven Monacelli / Dallas Observer:
Who's Behind Dallas Justice Now's 'Don't Send White Kids to Ivy League' Controversy?  —  As soon as Casie Tomlin found the FedEx envelope in her mailbox, she knew something looked fishy.  Inside, a flyer from a group called Dallas Justice Now urged parents in Dallas' wealthy — and largely white …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Clyde stands by comparison of Jan. 6 mob to ‘tourists’ when pressed by Democratic Rep. Raskin  —  Rep. Andrew S. Clyde (R-Ga.), who infamously compared the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to “a normal tourist visit,” steadfastly stood by his contention Tuesday night during …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Hackwhackers
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Margaret Talev / Axios:
Least persuadable unvaccinated Americans are largely white and Republican  —  Parents are heavily resistant to the vaccine.
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Caller
Damon Linker / The Week:
The intellectual right contemplates an ‘American Caesar’  —  Jan. 6 was a badly planned rehearsal for the real deal  —  How does ideological change happen?  Why do certain political ideas and possibilities that appear outrageous and even unthinkable at one moment in history come to be considered options worth taking seriously?
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Lauren Boebert throws ‘mask in the face of a floor staffer’ as she fumes over ‘totalitarian’ House rules: report  —  Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert doesn't like masks, as evidenced by her COVID-denialist rhetoric and her history of defying mask mandates in the House chamber.
Discussion: Breitbart
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
'I don't feel any fear going out.' How residents are living in America's most vaccinated state  —  Burlington, Vermont (CNN)The sweaty Lindy Hoppers stood in a circle clapping to a hard-driving beat — switching partners and laughing on the ballroom floor of The Champlain Club in Vermont's largest city.
Gawker:
What Do These People Think About Gawker Coming Back?  —  If you are reading this, it means Gawker is back.  We reached out to some of our favorite writers, artists, policymakers, and billionaires to ask them how that makes them feel.  Below are their answers.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
'He's a Great Guy': Trump's Favored Aide Has Troubled Past  —  “Max Miller,” said Donald Trump.  —  “You know Max?”  —  The former president stood behind the microphone at the lectern at one of the most recent of his trademark rallies late last month at the county fairgrounds here and told …
Bernard Goldberg / The Hill:
Next victims of rising crime?  Democrats in 2022 midterms  —  Violent crime is on the rise in America — and Democrats, with good cause, are worried that they may be among the casualties.  —  And it's not only a surge in shoot-outs or drive-bys in our nation's capital and in Chicago, Baltimore, and other big cities.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Prison officials allowed convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar to pay little to victims while spending thousands on himself  —  Federal prison officials have allowed Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women, to avoid paying financial penalties …
New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's Founders on the Company's Israel Policy  —  Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield founded Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings in 1978.  —  We are the founders of Ben & Jerry's.  We are also proud Jews.  It's part of who we are and how we've identified ourselves for our whole lives.
Discussion: New York Post, Insider and Axios
 
 
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Jessica Chasmar / Fox News:
Senate Republicans rip CDC's new mask guidance as ‘kabuki theater’
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Ex-cop who stormed US Capitol is jailed after buying 37 guns and posting that ‘violence’ is better than ‘peaceful protest’
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Turkey Is Not Immune from Trump-Era Lawsuit Against Erdogan's Guards for Assault on Streets of Washington, Court Rules
Zach Everson / Forbes:
Trump PAC Spends 20% Of Its Operating Expenses At Trump's Business
William Sturkey / The Atlantic:
The Quiet Courage of Bob Moses
Austin Huguelet / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis County Council votes 5-2 to rescind mask mandate, throwing rule into limbo
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democrats craft revised voting rights bill, seeking to keep hopes alive in the Senate
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Whistleblowers say they were told to downplay Covid outbreak among migrant kids at shelter
Discussion: Reason
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Caldwell / New York Times:
What if There Wasn't a Coup Plot, General Milley?
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
The Unraveling of the Trump Era
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
This is what Republicans said as Capitol police told their stories on the Hill
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Moment in 1986 When Critical Race Theory Ousted the Civil Rights Movement
Discussion: Instapundit
Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Lincoln Project's new ad contrasts Republican donors with footage of Capitol riot
Discussion: CNN, Boing Boing and Twitchy
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
An anti-Trump Pa. Republican is warning against ‘MAGA extremists’ in new Senate campaign