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Politico:
Biden hosts Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture  —  President Joe Biden hosted Sen. Joe Manchin in Delaware on Sunday as the two sought to finalize an agreement on Biden's domestic agenda, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.  —  The president huddled …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
True conservatives should support filibuster reform
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Fox News
Politico:
Dems weigh ditching Medicare expansion and paid leave in eleventh hour of social spending talks
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Schumer, Manchin to meet with Biden in Delaware: report
Discussion: Politico, CBS News and The Guardian
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated.  They Refused.  —  The willingness of some workers to give up their livelihoods helps explain the country's struggle to reach herd immunity.  —  Under the threat of losing their jobs, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers finally got a Covid-19 vaccine.
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Why is Trump running for president again?  To stay out of jail  —  Throughout his epic, scandal-ridden career, Donald Trump has compiled an astonishing record of impunity, constantly staying one jump ahead of prosecutors, plaintiffs and creditors.  —  He is the only president to be impeached twice …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Jake Tapper Emphatically Calls Out Republicans for ‘Violations of Basic Decency’ After Mocking Alec Baldwin's Movie Set Shooting  —  CNN's Jake Tapper blasted Republicans for their joyful exploitation of the tragic shooting incident involving Alec Baldwin on the set of the film, Rust.
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Tech Transparency Project:
YouTube's Filter Bubble Problem is Worse for Fox News Viewers  —  New TTP research shows how YouTube's recommendation algorithm locks users into ideological echo chambers.  It's more intense for people who watch Fox News.  —  YouTube's recommendation algorithm pushes users …
CNN:
Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat  —  (CNN)Sean Parnell may have the backing of former President Donald Trump, but the Pennsylvania Republican also has significant personal baggage that is raising concerns about the GOP's ability …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats' problem is not focusing on issues most vital to independents, 2 prominent pollsters say  —  Joel Benenson has a feeling of deja vu watching President Biden's agenda grind into a long, drawn-out negotiation as middle-of-the-road voters recoil at the process taking place in Congress.
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism  —  If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn't have believed it.
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Economy, Biden's Approval, and How to Fight Back  —  An unhappy electorate is taking its anger out on the Democrats, but Republicans are quite vulnerable on the economy  —  There is no political saying more trite — or more accurate — than James Carville's famous aphorism from the 1992 campaign “It's the economy, stupid.”
Discussion: RedState and Second Nexus
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Facebook exec warns of “more bad headlines”  —  In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I'm afraid.”
Insider:
The January 6 insurrection, in all its heart-pounding detail, from 34 people who lived through it … “We have the building!”  Those words sent “a wave of terror” through congressional staffer Jay Rupert as he barricaded himself in his House office on January 6 while an angry pro-Trump mob breached security and ransacked the building.
Washington Post:
Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit.  These West Virginians may pay the price if he gets his way.  —  Manchin supports new requirements for the expanded child tax credit that would likely end the benefit for thousands of families in his state.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area  —  Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism.  A disinformation campaign got in the way.  —  GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In the summer of 2020, as pandemic shutdowns closed businesses …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Neil Cavuto Desperately Pleads With Fox News Audience to Get Vaccinated: 'I'm Begging You,' Think of ‘Those Around You’  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto urged network viewers to get vaccinated in his first on-air comments since he was diagnosed with a breakthrough coronavirus case.
Discussion: The Hill and Alternet.org
Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
‘Cruel’ Fauci is condemned for ‘paying Tunisian research lab $375,800 in taxpayer funds to clamp heads of de-barked beagle puppies in cages filled with flesh-eating flies that ate them alive’  — A group of 24 bi-partisan lawmakers are demanding answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci after a nonprofit claims …
Arizona Republic:
Grant Woods, former Arizona attorney general, dies at 67  —  Craig Harris Maria PollettaArizona Republic  —  Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, the prosecutor and politician who frequently broke with his longtime party to support Democratic candidates and causes, died Saturday from a heart attack.
Discussion: The Wrap and WTOP
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KASW-TV:
Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods dies at 67
Discussion: The Hill
Courtland Jeffrey / KNXV:
Grant Woods, former Arizona Attorney General, has died unexpectedly at age 67
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War  —  The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia — The C.I.A. convoy rolled out of Mogadishu in the dead of night …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats overplaying the Trump card In Virginia governor's race  —  Terry McAuliffe can't stop talking about the former president, even though many Virginia voters have moved on.  —  Terry McAuliffe's campaign strategy in the Virginia governor's race has been to relentlessly link his opponent …
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort  —  Sitting on a bench in Golden Gate Park on a recent afternoon, Brooke Jenkins made clear the city's raging debate over crime and how District Attorney Chesa Boudin responds to it is more complicated than left versus right.
Discussion: Breitbart
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Rotten Core of the Republican Party  —  Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.  —  Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot.  “Democrats,” he said …
Tampa Bay Times:
Can Florida quit OSHA over vaccines?  Top GOP lawmakers will try  —  Former officials with the federal agency say it wouldn't lessen the any burden supposedly brought about by federal regulations.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Hours after Thursday's unexpected request by Gov. Ron DeSantis for lawmakers …
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Senate President blasts Florida Surgeon General for his ‘unprofessional’ actions  —  Simpson sent a memo to all members and Senate staff.  —  Senate President Wilton Simpson late Saturday sharply criticized a top official in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis for failing to adhere …
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
American Greatness:
The Farce of American Despotism  —  The Soviets had the gulag, we have “cancel culture” in our universities and a brittle obsession with race and weirdo sexuality everywhere.  —  Reflecting on Joe Biden's disastrous “town hall” with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, The Spectator's Dominic Green asks …
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Judith Butler / The Guardian:
Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over?
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South China Morning Post:
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