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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.
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
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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” …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Raw Story and Insider
CBS News:
Liz Cheney on being a Republican while opposing Donald Trump
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 …
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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans prepare to block measure to fund government, stave off U.S. default  —  The expected vote Monday sets up a last-minute scramble ahead of two critical fiscal deadlines  —  Senate Republicans on Monday prepared to block a bill that would fund the government …
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
‘No backup plan’: Democrats reject grueling debt limit off-ramp
Juan Williams / The Hill:
GOP's assault on voting rights is the real fraud
Discussion: HotAir, CNN and Denver Post
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 …
Yasmeen Serhan / The Atlantic:
How Clinton's ‘Basket of Deplorables’ Taught Germany a Lesson  —  Olaf Scholz rooted his campaign in respect—and won.  —  In the final days of Germany's election campaign, the center-left Social Democrats appeared to focus their final message to voters on one idea: respect.
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Rainer Zitelmann / Washington Examiner:
Socialist government in Germany averted, but Berliners vote to nationalize housing
Discussion: Politico and The National Interest
Daniel Drezner / Washington Post:
How scared should we be about 2024?  —  A few thoughts on Robert Kagan's latest  —  Over the weekend it was impossible for me to go on social media and not see someone linking or hyping Robert Kagan's latest in The Washington Post.  Kagan starts his essay with a large bucket of cold water …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:   They miss Trump so much  —  Normalizing an insurrectionist … Subscribe to PRESS RUN
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.
Wesley Lowery / GQ:
Introducing the Real Will Smith  —  For decades, he worked tirelessly to make himself the biggest movie star on the planet.  Then he hit his “fuck-it 50s” and everything changed.  Now, as he prepares a raw new memoir and a pair of films tackling racial themes, Will Smith is ready to speak his truth.
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and The Daily Caller
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?
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: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency …
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Buddies Tried to Get the VA to Sell Access to Veterans' Medical Records  —  A congressional investigation prompted by ProPublica's reporting found Trump's “Mar-a-Lago crowd,” wealthy civilians with no U.S. government or military experience, pursued a plan to monetize veterans' medical data.
Discussion: CNBC
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.
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
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Releases 2020 Crime Statistics … The UCR Program collects information on crimes reported by law enforcement agencies regarding the violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.
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
 
 
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David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID's Age Discrimination
Slate:
A Better Guide for How to Follow This SCOTUS Term
Discussion: The Atlantic
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
David Rothkopf / The Daily Beast:
These Show Ponies Made Themselves Threats to Our National Security
Discussion: Raw Story
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 if America Had Learned From New York City?
Discussion: Financial Times and 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