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Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle  —  (CNN)Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century …
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
Colin Powell's Blood Cancer Made Him Vulnerable to Covid-19  —  Colin L. Powell, whose immune system was weakened by treatment for multiple myeloma, died of complications of Covid-19 despite being “fully vaccinated,” his family said in a statement.  —  Peggy Cifrino, Mr. Powell's longtime aide …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:   Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee lays out legal arguments against Bannon's subpoena defiance in private letter to his attorney  —  The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent Stephen K. Bannon's lawyer a stern letter Friday informing him that the panel rejected his arguments …
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Aziz Huq / Politico:
Trump Can't Keep His Jan. 6 Documents Secret.  And Biden Can Help.  —  The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection faces a potentially fatal roadblock: The committee wants to see a wide range of Executive Branch records and communications, presidential papers that could prove …
Discussion: Raw Story and DCReport.org
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Department asks Supreme Court to stop Texas abortion law
Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Steve Bannon Thought Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy  —  The billionaire may have exaggerated his connections to the world of international espionage, but the tales were enough to pull in a top official in Trumpworld  —  In the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeffrey Epstein told associates something …
Discussion: Political Wire
WRAL-TV:
Longtime Congressman David Price to retire  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Congressman David Price, who has represented much of the Triangle in the U.S. House for more than 30 years, said Monday that he will retire at the end of his term in December 2022.  —  Price has represented …
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Politico:
Two longtime House Democrats will retire
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
In book, former Sen. Joe Lieberman describes how Karl Rove and Republicans helped him beat Ned Lamont in 2006  —  HARTFORD — For the past 15 years, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has never spoken publicly about the secret help that he received from Republicans Karl Rove and Elizabeth Dole …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Warner wants quick infrastructure vote — with or without BBB
Discussion: CNN
Matt Cannon / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Asks Supporters for $45 Each to Help ‘Solve the Election Fraud’  —  Members of Donald Trump's mailing list have been asked to contribute $45 each to “solve the election fraud of 2020,” despite no evidence of mass voter fraud.  —  Team Trump's pleas for funds on Sunday evening came …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One
American Greatness:
New Capitol Video Contradicts Justice Department, Media Narrative on January 6  —  Over the objection of Joe Biden's Justice Department, a lengthy video clip showing U.S. Capitol Police allowing hundreds of people into the building on the afternoon of January 6 has been released to the public.
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump faces a pile of civil lawsuits as depositions begin  —  Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit Monday, and his attorneys could set a date for a deposition in another case, as well.  —  The lawsuits, involving allegations …
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
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Robert Frank / CNBC:
The wealthiest 10% of Americans own a record 89% of all U.S. stocks  — The wealthiest 10% of Americans now own 89% of all U.S. stocks, a record high that highlights the stock market's role in increasing wealth inequality.  — The top 1% gained over $6.5 trillion in corporate equities …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Did Kamala Harris Just Violate Federal Law To Boost Terry McAuliffe In Virginia?  —  Democratic leaders have pulled out the stops to try to help Terry McAuliffe in his struggling campaign for governor in Virginia.  Figures from Barack Obama to Stacey Abrams have stumped for McAuliffe …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Harris to campaign for McAuliffe this week in diverse Virginia county
New York Times:
Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall  —  Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.  —  For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue …
Reuters:
Amazon may have lied to Congress, five U.S. lawmakers say  —  Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Amazon.com Inc's chief executive Sunday, and accused the company's top executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, of either misleading Congress or possibly lying to it about Amazon's business practices.
Max Read / Read Max:
Why You Should Read “Read Max” by Max Read  —  Read Max Read on Reading Read Max  —  You're reading a newsletter called Read Max.  My name is Max Read, and this, my newsletter, is the first opportunity I've had in my professional life to use my name as a pun.
ABC News:
Out of the Shadows: Christopher Steele defiant on dossier, says Trump still ‘potential’ threat  —  The British former spy says the Russians still may hold “kompromat” on Trump.  —  Retired British spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called “Steele dossier” …
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Is Becoming Even More Antisemitic  —  The organizer of a major QAnon conference in Las Vegas later this week, where at least four sitting GOP lawmakers speak on stage, shared a neo-Nazi film with his 70,000 followers on Sunday evening.  —  John Sabal, who's known online as QAnon John …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
As Starbucks Workers Seek a Union, Company Officials Converge on Stores  —  A push in the Buffalo area could produce the first union at company-owned stores in the U.S. But backers say moves by management are having a chilling effect.  —  BUFFALO — During her decade-plus at Starbucks …
Marianna Spring / BBC:
I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?  —  Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren't the police, the government and social media companies doing more to stop it?  —  Warning: Story contains strong language  —  I'm the BBC's first specialist disinformation reporter …
Discussion: The Guardian
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info  —  In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students.  Last week, the school …
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6  —  It didn't occur to them, not at first, that in the human mass pushing past police barricades around the Capitol, they might see the bald head of a Pennsylvania state senator gliding through the crowd …
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an “Axios on HBO” interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.  —  Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age.  But science also shows that we lose something.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and IJR
 
 
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Jenna Romaine / The Hill:
CDC sends out guidelines for vaccinations of kids 5 to 11 years old
Discussion: Breitbart
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
White House: Opposition to IRS snooping proposal driven by top 1% and lazy banks
Discussion: Townhall
Dan Morain / Washington Post:
John Eastman isn't going away quietly
Houston Chronicle:
Abbott's ban on vaccine mandates is still a mandate
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Supreme Court protects cops from lawsuits in two qualified immunity cases
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Oma Seddiq / Insider:
Australian politician rips into Sen. Ted Cruz for mocking COVID-19 vaccine requirements: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate'
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Business Wire:
Sinclair Broadcast Group Provides Information On Cybersecurity Incident
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Laura K. Field / The Bulwark:
The Claremont Institute's Bogus Censorship Charge
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Wheels on Metro rail cars involved in derailment had failed repeatedly, NTSB says
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
U.K. Covid Surge Sparks Call for Probe Into Delta Plus Mutation
Samuel D. Samson / The American Conservative:
It's Time to Disobey Covid Mandates
Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws? They're no better than Texas or Georgia
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Inside the N.Y.C. Neighborhood With the Fastest Growing Asian Population
Washington Post:
As Japan's yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime