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New York Times:
Biden Says U.S. Military Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded  —  TOKYO — President Biden indicated on Monday that he would use military force to defend Taiwan if it were ever attacked by China, dispensing with the “strategic ambiguity” traditionally favored by American presidents and repeating …
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Associated Press:
Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Says U.S. Would Intervene Militarily if China Invaded Taiwan
Discussion: The Hill and Kyodo News+
New York Times:
Democrats See Headwinds in Georgia, and Everywhere Else  —  Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams, viewed as strong candidates by their party, will be running against President Biden's low ratings as well as their G.O.P. rivals.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: GOP jumps on Stacey Abrams' gaffe calling Georgia ‘worst state to live in’  —  At a Gwinnett Democratic gala over the weekend, Stacey Abrams had some harsh words for her home state that Republicans quickly jumped to exploit.  From the Gwinnett Daily Post:"I am tired of hearing …
Curt Yeomans / Gwinnett Daily Post:
Stacey Abrams goes after Republicans during Gwinnett Democrats gala, claims GOP handling of health, incarceration issues made Georgia ‘worst state’ to live in
Discussion: The Daily Wire and RedState
Stephen M. Lepore / Daily Mail:
Stacy Abrams admits she considers Georgia to be ‘the WORST state in the country to live’ - even as she runs for governor and owns two homes there
New York Times:
Kushner's and Mnuchin's Quick Pivots to Business With the Gulf  —  Weeks before the Trump administration ended, Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin met with future investors on official trips to the Middle East.  — Give this article- - - Read in app  —  Shortly before the 2020 election …
Discussion: Insider, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Russell Moore / Christianity Today:
This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse  —  The abuse investigation has uncovered more evil than even I imagined.  —  They were right.  I was wrong to call sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) a crisis.  Crisis is too small a word.  It is an apocalypse.
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Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says  —  Among the findings was a previously unknown case of a pastor who was credibly accused of assaulting a woman a month after leaving the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention
Houston Chronicle:
Bombshell 400-page report finds Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual abuse survivors
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Pence, Tiptoeing Away From Trump, Lays Groundwork for '24 Run  —  The former vice president is part of a group of Republicans who have visited early nominating states as they weigh a challenge to their party's most dominant force.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Washington Post:
A grasp at diplomacy as fighting grinds on in Ukraine  —  The Polish president addresses Ukraine's parliament, calling on Russia to withdraw.  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the path to ending the war with Russia would require diplomacy and an international agreement …
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Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
YouTube removes more than 9,000 channels relating to Ukraine war
Uliana Pavlova / CNN:
Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin's war
Ashley Southall / New York Times:
Man Fatally Shot on Manhattan Subway in Unprovoked Attack  —  Riders scrambled for safety when a gunman fired a shot on a Q train in Lower Manhattan on Sunday, killing Daniel Enriquez, 48.  The gunman fled into the streets.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta to give researchers more information on political ad targeting.  —  Academics and journalists will be able to see more data about the way political ads are used to target users across Facebook and Instagram.  —  Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said that it planned …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
In new book, Kellyanne Conway takes aim at many targets — except Trump  —  Part personal chronicle and part political journey, the book is filled with the sorts of barbed one-liners and bon mots that she dispensed on cable news  —  In 2015, Kellyanne Conway found herself en route to pick …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Big Lie about Georgia Voting Has Been Shredded  —  But the perpetrators of the falsehoods will never admit they were wrong.  —  We all know what happens when a tree falls in an empty forest.  What happens when a democracy emerges unscathed from a purported vile racist threat to its very existence?
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law  —  Panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat  —  The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack …
Caleb Pershan / Columbia Journalism Review:
The bot that saw the Times  —  A few weeks ago, the person behind the New York Times Pitchbot—not a bot at all, but a Twitter account whose posts satirize New York Times headlines and articles—was at his home, in Rochester, New York, doing laundry with one hand while tapping out, with the other …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
No Laughing Matter: The Third Circuit Reverses NLRB Sanction Over Joke  —  In our age of rage, humor was one of the earliest victims.  It is not that humor is not allowed, it is merely selectively tolerated.  Thus, Twitter suspended the satirical site, Babylon Bee, with the support of many who claim to support free speech.
Discussion: HotAir
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Pentagon seizes foreign reporter's phone during official travel  —  The Pentagon seized a foreign reporter's phone and would not allow them to use their electronics while traveling with the Defense Department's No. 2 official on Sunday, according to a person on the trip and an email viewed by POLITICO.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
How Trump's Fear of Getting Pied in the Face May Come Back to Cream Him  —  Donald Trump's former fixer testified that Trump was unusually afraid of taking a pie to the face and instructed his security to severely beat up anyone who tried to get him.  —  Former President Donald Trump's fear …
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Reuters:
Houthi top official says group not against extending truce in Yemen  —  The head of Yemen's Houthi Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, on Sunday said the group was not against extending a U.N.-brokered truce, despite describing it as “not encouraging enough”.
 
 
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
Biden redeployed troops to Somalia. Could Afghanistan someday be next?
Discussion: The Dispatch
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Trump Spends Weekend on TRUTH Social Furiously Ranting About ‘RINO’ WSJ, Scolding Mo Brooks, and Sharing a Call for Civil War
Discussion: Insider and HuffPost
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Bush is Biden is Bush  —  George W. Bush returns to the news with a tad too much honesty …
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Sophia Bollag / San Francisco Chronicle:
‘NIMBYism is destroying the state.’ Gavin Newsom ups pressure on cities to build more housing
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Axios:
Democrats' redistricting nightmare
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