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Associated Press:
Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US  —  DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Many Haitian migrants camped in a small Texas border town are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion.
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Adela Suliman / Washington Post:
Texas Gov. Abbott sends miles of cars along border to deter migrants  —  Abbott said this “steel wall” of vehicles was meant to stop migrants from crossing the dam.  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has sent a fleet of state-owned vehicles to line up for miles as a barricade along the border with Mexico …
Politico:
Biden slips into political quicksand amid Haitian migrant buildup  —  The mass of thousands of Haitians at the U.S. southern border has put the Biden administration in the exact place it's tried to avoid: knee deep in immigration politics.  —  In the past 24 hours, the White House has responded …
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
The whips and scorns of Del Rio, Texas
Discussion: Reuters
The Daily Beast:
Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’  —  The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records.” … Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Former GOP treasury secretaries tried defusing debt ceiling bomb in private talks with McConnell, Yellen  —  Paulson and Mnuchin have warned political leaders about the consequences of default, but the Biden administration and Senate Republicans don't appear close to a deal.
Discussion: Insider, Forbes and HotAir
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Stephen Moore / The Hill:
Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are both-siding a “crisis” caused entirely by the GOP
Politico:
Biden set to play peacemaker for warring Democratic factions
Nick Ehli / Missoulian:
Postcard from an overrun ICU: ‘The problem is we are running out of hallways’  —  BILLINGS — Nurses fill the hospital room to turn a patient from his stomach to his back.  The ventilator forcing air into him is most effective when he's on his stomach, so he is in that position most hours of the day, sedated and paralyzed by drugs.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak
Discussion: New York Post and Human Events
Andrew Boryga / The Daily Beast:
Lawyer Forces Ivermectin on Hospitals—and Drives Docs Crazy
Discussion: Raw Story and Beacon
Miami Herald:
New FL surgeon general opposes mask, vaccine mandates
Wall Street Journal:
Liz Cheney's Re-Election Bid Pits Trump Against Bush  —  George W. Bush to hold fundraiser for Wyoming congresswoman who has sparred with Donald Trump  —  WASHINGTON—The race for Wyoming's single U.S. House district has pitted two of the biggest names in Republican politics against one another …
Gabriella Borter / Reuters:
‘Critical race theory’ roils a Tennessee school district  —  Robin Steenman, an Air Force veteran and white mother of three, is fed up with the way public schools in her community of Franklin, Tennessee are teaching kids about race.  —  She believes that the reading materials and teachers' manuals …
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Why I'm a Single-Issue Voter  —  I'll vote against the party threatening the republic—simple as that.  —  In a few weeks, Virginia will hold an election and I will have to make a decision.  Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates for governor could be described as moderates.
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Biden's Approval Rating Hits New Low of 43%; Harris' Is 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eight months after President Joe Biden's inauguration, his job approval rating has fallen six percentage points to 43%, the lowest of his presidency.  For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden's performance.
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Brazilian minister tests positive for Covid after meeting maskless Johnson  —  Marcelo Queiroga sat close to Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at New York meeting  —  Brazil's health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, has tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation, 24 hours after meeting …
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Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
DeSantis names doctor opposed to masks and vaccine mandates as Florida's surgeon general
Discussion: VICE and Crooks and Liars
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
High Covid Hospitalizations Have Delayed Elective Surgeries  —  In areas inundated with coronavirus patients, hospitals have postponed treatments and surgeries for people with other serious conditions.  —  In chronic pain, Mary O'Donnell can't get around much.
Adam Barnes / The Hill:
Washington governor to Idaho officials: ‘Stop clogging up my hospitals’  —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) criticized neighboring Idaho's leadership late last week, saying that Idaho Gov. Brad Little's (R) policies were “clogging up” Washington's hospitals.  —  “Today in my state …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Charter schools boomed during the pandemic  —  Charter schools picked off hundreds of thousands of public school students across the U.S. during the pandemic, according to a new analysis from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.  —  Why it matters: The pandemic …
Discussion: The 74, Eduwonk and Reason
New York Times:
No More Apologies: Inside Facebook's Push to Defend Its Image  —  Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify.
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri resigns after election-related recording released  —  Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri announced he will resign after a recording of him talking about the 2020 election and his county colleagues surfaced.  —  In the leaked recording …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Tim Cook says employees who leak memos do not belong at Apple, according to leaked memo  —  The CEO says the company is doing everything in its power to track down workers  —  Tim Cook sent an email to Apple employees Tuesday evening about an all-hands meeting that leaked to The Verge last week.
Discussion: AppleInsider
Sylvie Kauffmann / New York Times:
Why France Is Angry About the U.S.'s Submarine Deal  —  Ms. Kauffmann, the editorial director of Le Monde, writes extensively about European and international politics.  —  PARIS — Make no mistake.  This is a crisis, not a spat.  —  The new partnership announced last week between the United States …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
The median voter is a 50-something white person who didn't go to college  —  Cognitive behavioral therapy for Democrats  —  So much in politics is uncertain or difficult that I think even professionals tend to underrate the upside to doing things that are obvious and easy.
Reuters:
Aide to Ukraine's president survives assassination attempt  —  A volley of automatic gunfire hit a car carrying a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday, an incident a senior official called an assassination attempt and Zelenskiy said may have been a message intended for him.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How Racial Anxiety Conquered an Orchestra and Crushed a Career  —  Most people haven't heard of James Zimmermann, but most have heard him.  A decorated musician with a long string of acoustic accolades, Zimmermann, 39, has made the sound of his clarinet difficult to avoid.
Leada Gore / al.com:
Secretary of State disputes MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's claims Alabama had 100,000 ‘flipped’ votes  —  Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is disputing claims cybercriminals “flipped” 100,000 votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Max Blau / NPR:
Entergy Resisted Upgrading New Orleans' Power Grid.  Residents Paid the Price  —  The day after Wilma Banks lost power, the stale summer air inside her New Orleans apartment became suffocating.  —  Typically when her breathing gets strained, Banks straps on her plastic nebulizer mask.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
If the Future Is Female, What Happens to the Men?  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Is there a whole class of men who no longer fit into the social order?  —  A decade ago, Marianne Bertrand and Jessica Pan …
Washington Post:
Biden to huddle with warring Democrats as economic agenda and $1 trillion infrastructure bill hang in the balance  —  Democrats must also resolve differences over their economic agenda and discuss strategies about the debt ceiling and government funding.  —  President Biden is set to meet …
 
 
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida
Discussion: RedState
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
U.S. to buy 500 million more Pfizer doses to share with the world
Discussion: Washington Post
Henry J. Gomez / NBC News:
Democrats launch $30 million field organizing program to keep Senate control in 2022
Discussion: The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Bill Dentzer / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dean Heller won't acknowledge Biden's election win in RJ interview
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Kim Jong Un shift from nuclear push to economy intensified internal debates in country, report says
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