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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Bob Dole, Old Soldier and Stalwart of the Senate, Dies at 98  —  Mr. Dole, a son of the Kansas prairie who was left for dead on a World War II battlefield, became one of the longest-serving Republican leaders.  —  Bob Dole, the plain-spoken son of the prairie who overcame Dust Bowl deprivation …
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The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Senator Bob Dole  —  A month after being sworn in as President, one of the first conversations I had with anyone outside the White House was with our dear friends, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, at their home in Washington.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
A Chicken-Fried McGovern, Newt's Good Ideas and the Senate Zoo: A Dole One-Liner Sampler  —  Bob Dole, who died on Sunday at age 98, was generous with his sarcastic wit, using it against Democrats, Republicans and often himself.  —  At a vice-presidential debate against Walter Mondale in 1976 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:   The goodness of Bob Dole
The White House:
A Proclamation on the Death of Robert Joseph Dole
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:   Memorable moments from Bob Dole's life and political career
Tevi Troy / City Journal:
Senator and War Hero
Discussion: The Guardian
Grayce McCormick / Washington Examiner:
Bob Dole, former Republican presidential candidate and longtime senator, dies at 98
Daniel Wood / NPR:
Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates.  Misinformation is to blame  —  Since May 2021, people living in counties that voted heavily for Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election have been nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those who live in areas that went for now-President Biden.
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Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
In which 2 NPR reporters pick my brain for over 2 hours, then fail to mention that.  (update) … Throughout the piece, I see quotes from:  — Liz Hamel, vice president of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation  — Peter Hotez, dean of the National School …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: David Perdue plans to run for governor in 2022  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue plans to challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary next year, according to multiple people with knowledge of his decision, setting up a divisive contest between two of the state's …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue will announce primary bid against Georgia governor this week  —  Former Sen. David Perdue plans to announce he'll challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, setting up an epic Republican Party primary clash in one of the nation's top battleground states.
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
China Seeks First Military Base on Africa's Atlantic Coast, U.S. Intelligence Finds  —  Alarmed officials at the White House and Pentagon urge Equatorial Guinea to rebuff Beijing's overtures  —  BATA, Equatorial Guinea—Classified American intelligence reports suggest China intends to establish …
New York Times:
What an America Without Roe Would Look Like  —  Legal abortions would fall, particularly among poor women in the South and Midwest, and out-of-state travel and abortion pills would play a bigger role.  —  Last week's Supreme Court arguments on a Mississippi abortion law raised the prospect …
Discussion: RedState and Off The Mall
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David Siders / Politico:
Why the threat to Roe may not save Democrats in 2022
Discussion: RedState and Washington Examiner
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
US intelligence-sharing convinces allies of Russian threat to Ukraine  —  Sceptical capitals including Berlin persuaded of the need to draw up threat of robust sanctions  —  EU and Nato allies have swung behind the Biden administration's assessment that Russia may be poised to invade Ukraine …
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Keir Giles / Chatham House:
Russia's threats place Europe at a pivotal moment
Washington Post:
Seven days: Following Trump's coronavirus trail  —  When he first learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pa.  —  With him on the plane that Saturday evening were dozens of people …
Discussion: The Western Journal
Claire Parker / Washington Post:
Denmark sees ‘concerning’ jump in omicron cases — a warning sign for Europe  —  The country is a leader in the sequencing of variants, acting as an early-warning system for the continent.  —  Danish health authorities on Sunday reported a “concerning” jump in cases of the omicron coronavirus variant …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
3 words America forgot that explain gun insanity, vaccine denial, student debt, and more  —  In the middle of a crazy week signaling another long American winter of discontent, the former Montana governor Steve Bullock — that rare Democrat who could win an election in a blood-red rural state — published an op-ed in the New York Times.
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
On “Succession,” Jeremy Strong Doesn't Get the Joke  —  “I take him as seriously as I take my own life,” he says of his character, Kendall Roy. … When Jeremy Strong was a teen-ager, in suburban Massachusetts, he had three posters thumbtacked to his bedroom wall: Daniel Day-Lewis in …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden administration expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics this week  —  (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that no US government officials will attend the 2022 Beijing Olympics, implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games, according to several sources.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
Students are fed up with racist slurs and bullying.  Now they're walking out of class  —  Students and community members joined Brittany Tichenor- Cox, center, during a vigil in North Salt Lake, Utah, last month as she mourned the death of her daughter Isabella “Izzy.”
Discussion: The Root
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups, General Acknowledges  —  Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, the head of Cyber Command, said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. …
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk  —  Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.  —  Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Camera robberies, guard's slaying force reckoning for TV news crews: how to work safely in Oakland  —  Sixty people gathered over Zoom this past Tuesday to take part in what has become a routine discussion in the Bay Area since 2015: How to protect television news crews and other members …
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and BizPac Review
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Ilhan Omar says Pelosi will take ‘decisive action’ on Boebert's anti-Muslim rhetoric this week  —  Omar also called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “a liar and a coward” for refusing to publicly condemn Boebert's remarks  —  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said she is confident House …
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Scott Pelley / CBS News:
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PNAS:
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New York Times:
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Broad overhaul of military justice system being sidelined in favor of narrower focus on sexual assault
New York Times:
On Syria's Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes
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David Smith / The Guardian:
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Epidemic of smash-and-grab crime is definitely man-made
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cuomo's final straw
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Primack / Axios:
Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors