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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Red Covid  —  Covid's partisan pattern is growing more extreme.  —  During the early months of Covid-19 vaccinations, several major demographic groups lagged in receiving shots, including Black Americans, Latino Americans and Republican voters.  —  More recently, the racial gaps — while still existing — have narrowed.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs, Ozy Media and a $40 Million Conference Call Gone Wrong  —  The digital media company has raised eyebrows for its claims about its audience size for years.  Then came the strange voice on the phone.  —  This past winter, Goldman Sachs was closing in on a $40 million investment in Ozy …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest effort by moderates to upend Biden's agenda is already backfiring  —  With Democrats stumbling headlong into the final negotiations over President Biden's agenda, and progressives vowing to exercise maximal leverage in a way that has centrists in a fury, a question has arisen …
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CNN:
Why we're willing to put our votes on the line for the Build Back Better Act  —  Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, is the US Representative for Washington's 7th Congressional District; Katie Porter, a Democrat, is the US Representative for California's 45th Congressional District; and Ilhan Omar …
Discussion: Live Action News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Pelosi punts infrastructure bill as progressives claim 60 votes against it
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
John Hinckley, Who Shot President Reagan, Wins Unconditional Release  —  A federal judge has approved the unconditional release next year of John Hinckley Jr., who wounded late President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a Washington, D.C., hotel in a failed assassination attempt in 1981.
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
U.S. judge will grant unconditional release of would-be Reagan assassin John W. Hinckley Jr.  —  A U.S. judge will grant the unconditional release of John W. Hinckley Jr. effective in June 2022, 41 years after he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others outside a D.C. hotel, the judge said at a court hearing Monday morning.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How an Anti-Trump Plotter in 2016 Became His Champion Against Liz Cheney  —  Harriet Hageman, a Wyoming Republican, is the former president's choice to take on his leading G.O.P. critic.  But five years ago, she tried to overturn his victory in the party's primary race.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump's new interviews and appearances show that a storm is brewing  —  (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  “Our country will not survive this.”  —  I watched Donald Trump's entire “interview” …
CBS News:
Liz Cheney on being a Republican while opposing Donald Trump
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Anti-Vaccine Cartoonist Ben Garrison Says He's Got Covid-19, Won't Go to Hospital  —  The pro-Trump cartoonist says he's lost about 15 pounds and is taking ivermectin.  —  Alerts  —  Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering drawings …
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
‘No backup plan’: Democrats reject grueling debt limit off-ramp  —  Democrats are running out of time to prepare an unpalatable debt limit contingency plan as Republicans keep stonewalling and the nation nears a devastating default.  —  GOP leaders have insisted that Democrats lift the cap …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's assault on voting rights is the real fraud
Discussion: HotAir, claytoonz, Denver Post and CNN
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Pauses Instagram Kids Project  —  The social-media app had faced criticism over a version for children that it was developing  —  Facebook Inc. will pause the development of its Instagram for kids project, Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, said in an interview on the Today Show Monday.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
They miss Trump so much  —  Normalizing an insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN  —  American democracy is teetering increasingly close to the abyss as the Republican Party embraces cult-like conspiracies and races to shred the electoral process, now in the form of undemocratic ballot “audits.”
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Gallup:
U.S. Adults' Estimates of COVID-19 Hospitalization Risk  —  The American public's understanding of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines may have been put to the test in recent weeks as national public health leaders openly debated whether a booster shot is needed for the general population.
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Post
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
What Matt Gaetz's Legal Lineup Tells Us About His Troubles  —  There have hardly been any developments in the alleged case against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).  But the lawyers he's hired indicate that he's not out of the woods.  —  While the federal sex crimes investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lee Drutman / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Bipartisanship In The Senate Is Dying  —  Congress is in full-on chaos mode right now, with the future of infrastructure, government funding, the debt limit and voting rights all uncertain.  But at the heart of the chaos is a core disagreement over a basic tenet of governing: Is bipartisanship still possible?
Discussion: NBC News and Bangor Daily News
Rainer Zitelmann / Washington Examiner:
Socialist government in Germany averted, but Berliners vote to nationalize housing  —  The good news is that there will be no socialist government in Germany after Sunday's elections narrowly defeated that outcome.  Germany elected the second-largest parliament in the world …
Discussion: Politico and The National Interest
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Fox News embraces white nationalism and these advertisers embrace Fox News  —  For months, Tucker Carlson has been promoting the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory.  The concept, which is embraced by white nationalists and neo-Nazis, is that there is a secret plot to “replace” whites with non-white immigrants.
Ivana Hrynkiw / al.com:
Photographer, social media star Matt Mathews: Opossum taken by the state was his ‘baby’  —  Maybe he should have played possum.  —  Matt Mathews, one of the most sought-after boudoir photographers in the Southeast and a multiple time world-qualifying barrel racer, is also a fierce animal advocate …
Discussion: Althouse
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Even if Georgia doesn't pursue Trump, the Justice Department must  —  A Brookings Institution report by multiple legal experts (summarized for The Post) looks at former president Donald Trump's possible criminal liability in Georgia, stemming from his call after the 2020 election demanding …
Sophia Smith Galer / VICE:
Doctors Are Being Forced Off Clubhouse by Anti-Vax Harassment  —  VICE World News speaks to doctors who have given up trying to fight what they see as a tide of anti-vax hostility and misinformation on the audio-only app.  —  SS  —  Dr Siyab Panhwar was just trying to do something nice.
Axios:
Biden's reengineer-America moment  —  The Senate's bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending package could live or die this week — and take Democrats' fortunes with them.  But all the minute-by-minute political drama obscures how much America could change if even a fraction of it passes.
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Covert Postal Service unit probed Jan. 6 social media  —  In the days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, an obscure arm of the U.S. Postal Service did some serious internet sleuthing.  —  On Jan. 11, the United States Postal Inspection Service's Internet Covert Operations Program …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security  —  ‘LESS SAFE NOW’ … The process of filling critical positions has been deteriorating, and consequently putting the country at risk, for decades—and it's getting worse.  —  If an enemy of the United States wanted …
Discussion: Raw Story
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Arizona 2020 Vote Audit Finds Potentially Election-Shifting Numbers Of Illegal Ballots  —  While the reports made several significant findings supporting former President Trump's complaints about the 2020 election, the corporate media ignored those aspects of the audit.
 
 
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Wesley Lowery / GQ:
Introducing the Real Will Smith
Discussion: Mediaite
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
House GOP campaign arm ties vulnerable Democrats to Biden in new ads
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Pro-Trump ticket won't endorse Gov. Brian Kemp, either
Phil Orenstein / Front Page Magazine:
The Civil Rights Struggle of 2021
 Earlier Items: 
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Dentists' Group Fights Plan to Cover Dental Benefits Under Medicare
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Shalom Yerushalmi / The Times of Israel:
Bennett tells settlers he said no 3 times to Biden, on Iran, consulate, building
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
The White Backlash That Wasn't  —  Opposition to critical race theory is broad and bipartisan.
Discussion: Instapundit
Mara Gay / New York Times:
What America Can Learn From New York City
Discussion: Daily Mail
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
This was the worst slaughter of Native Americans in U.S. history. Few remember it.
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Glenn Youngkin's play: Forever- and Never-Trumpers
Discussion: Election Law Blog