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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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Al Tompkins / Poynter:   Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Moment When Colin Powell Squandered His Spectacular Career
Discussion: Raw Story and Associated Press
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
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
White House: Opposition to IRS snooping proposal driven by top 1% and lazy banks
Discussion: Townhall
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
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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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Department asks Supreme Court to stop Texas abortion law
Josh Israel / The American Independent:
Glenn Youngkin says he's ‘so appreciative’ to have Trump's support  —  He added that his opponent is backed by ‘crazy people’ like Stacey Abrams, Barack Obama, and Jill Biden.  —  Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for Virginia governor, said at an event on Saturday that he was …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Morning Consult
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Harris to campaign for McAuliffe this week in diverse Virginia county
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” …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Christopher Steele's hugger-mugger spy talk  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  CHRISTOPHER STEELE'S HUGGER-MUGGER SPY TALK.  The disgraced former British spy Christopher Steele …
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Brian Laundrie lookalike ambushed by feds at gunpoint on Appalachian Trail  —  An upstate New Yorker bearing an uncanny resemblance to Brian Laundrie had a rude awakening when US Marshals on the hunt for the fugitive pulled their guns on him during a nap on the Appalachian Trail.
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 …
Huma Abedin / Vogue:
Huma Abedin on the Moment Her Private Life Went Public  —  To listen to this excerpt, click the play button below: … When I awoke in Buckingham Palace, it was as if I were still in a dream.  I turned my head to the tall, narrow windows, where sunlight was just beginning to peek through the gray clouds.
Discussion: Breitbart
Jenna Romaine / The Hill:
CDC sends out guidelines for vaccinations of kids 5 to 11 years old  —  FDA panels are meeting at the end of this month to discuss granting emergency authorization.  —  Story at a glance  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out guidance on preparing to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 years old.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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.
Antjuan Seawright / The Hill:
What a time to be alive — and fighting for Americans' future  —  From budget negotiations in Congress to raising the debt ceiling, to funding infrastructure and protecting voting rights, it's not hard to see why so many Americans think the past few weeks have been some of the most consequential we've seen in a long time.
Stuart Shapiro / The Hill:
Swift and thorough White House review of vaccine mandate is critical  —  Last week, it was reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent its regulation requiring employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines for their workers to the White House for final review.
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 …
Discussion: HotAir and Liberty Unyielding
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
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
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: Fox News, CNN, Raw Story, IJR and Joe.My.God.
 
 
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Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws? They're no better than Texas or Georgia
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Washington Post:
As Japan's yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and IJR
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator smacks Trump