••• The Atlantic • Derek Thompson • 7 hours ago • theatlantic.com
Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?
Governments need to give Americans an off-ramp to the post-pandemic world. Ending outdoor mask requirements would be a good place to start.
••• The New York Times • Sopan Deb • 14 hours ago • nytimes.com
Why the Worst N.B.A. Player Is (Probably) Still Better Than You
There’s confidence, and then there’s thinking you can beat one of the 500 (N.B.A.) or 150 (W.N.B.A.) best basketball players in the world.
•• POLITICO • Natasha Bertrand • 9 hours ago • politico.com
Biden won't bring on board controversial Russia expert
Matthew Rojansky was being considered for the position of Russia director on the NSC. But his possible appointment drew a wave of criticism from Russia hawks.
•• The New York Times • Kellen Browning • 15 hours ago • nytimes.com
Minnesota Governor Calls Alleged Assaults on Journalists ‘Chilling’
Gov. Tim Walz said he had told police officers to “make changes” that would allow reporters to do their jobs.
•• Bulwark+ • Charlie Sykes • 4 hours ago • morningshots.thebulwark.com
Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud
The "Repacement Theory" goes mainstream
•• The New York Times • Nate Cohn • 9 hours ago • nytimes.com
Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy
The country is increasingly split into camps that don’t just disagree on policy and politics — they see the other as alien, immoral, a threat. Such political sectarianism is now on the march.
•• Spectrum News NY1 • Bobby Cuza • 7 hours ago • ny1.com
Andrew Yang leads Democrats in Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll on mayor's race
The poll found that 26% of likely voters remain undecided.
•• POLITICO • Daniel Lippman • 9 hours ago • politico.com
William Barr, Amy Coney Barrett land book deals
But other Trump-era figures are having trouble selling their memoirs.
CNN • Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business • 2 hours ago • cnn.com
Trump wants you to boycott Coke. His properties are still serving it
Over the past few years former President Donald Trump has called for boycotts against a number of companies, so it's hardly unusual to see him add Coca-Cola, Delta and other corporate giants that recently spoke out against Georgia's laws restricting voting access.
•••• The New York Times • Rachel Abrams • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
One America News Network Stays True to Trump
A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who’s actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.
The Washington Post • Maria Sacchetti • 5 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order
Officials are dropping terms embraced by the Trump administration as part of a push to treat noncitizens more humanely.
••• The Washington Post • Dan Diamond • 23 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
'Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams
Officials warn that the falsified cards could endanger lives and undermine efforts to end the pandemic.
The Washington Post • Robert Samuels • 13 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
‘I’m still learning’: The journey of George Floyd’s brother Philonise
After Floyd died, his soft-spoken younger brother stepped into new roles as family patriarch and advocate for racial justice.
Bloomberg • Jinshan Hong • 16 hours ago • bloomberg.com
Global Covid Cases Hit Weekly Record Despite Vaccinations
More people were diagnosed with Covid-19 during the past seven days than any other week since the start of the pandemic -- topping 5.2 million globally -- with the worst outbreaks accelerating in many countries that are ill-equipped to deal with them.
•• The Washington Post • Seung Min Kim, Marianna Sotomayor, Jeff Stein, Tony Romm • 1 day ago • washingtonpost.com
On infrastructure, lofty ideas are colliding with congressional reality
Biden hopes his plan will echo FDR, create a legacy and help rebuild America. How to get it done is a lot less clear.
CNN • By Manu Raju and Alex Rogers, CNN • 7 hours ago • cnn.com
Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging - CNN Politics
The first major GOP rift in the post-Trump era centers on Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the maverick Republican who has the strong backing of GOP leaders in Washington but has been targeted for defeat by former President Donald Trump and his closest confidantes over her vote to convict him for inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
••• The New York Times • Rachel Abrams • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
One America News Network Stays True to Trump
A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who’s actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.
POLITICO • Josh Gerstein • 2 hours ago • politico.com
Garland returns to Oklahoma City to warn that domestic terrorism is 'still with us'
The attorney general has vowed to crackdown on a resurgence of violence linked to white supremacist and right-wing militia groups.
CNN • 5 hours ago • cnn.com
Brianna Keilar: Fox is not news no matter what it calls itself - CNN Video
CNN's Brianna Keilar rolls the tape on how Fox News uses it's on-screen graphics to push misinformation about President Joe Biden and the pandemic to its audience.
The New York Times • Adam Grant • 8 hours ago • nytimes.com
There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
It’s the neglected middle child of mental health, and can dull your motivation and focus. And it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.
The Washington Post • Peter Jamison • 7 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight
For more than a year, 1,500 men and women held at the D.C. jail have been confined to their cells 23 hours a day in what experts call a grave human rights abuse.
The Washington Post • Michael Gerson • 6 days ago • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | How Tucker Carlson’s racist rhetoric gives new life to Trumpism
This is what poll-tested, shrink-wrapped, mass-marketed racism looks like.
The New York Times • David Leonhardt • 7 hours ago • nytimes.com
Irrational Covid Fears
Why do so many vaccinated people remain fearful? Listen to the professor’s story.
The Washington Post • Juliet Eilperin • 2 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Tyrannosaurs likely hunted in packs rather than heading out solo, scientists find
Tyrannosaurs probably hunted in groups, scientists announced Monday after analyzing fossils buried in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The New York Times • Katie Benner • 2 days ago • nytimes.com
Biden Choice for Justice Dept.’s No. 2 Is Seen as a Consensus Builder
Lisa Monaco, a veteran of national security posts, is expected to be a key player in the administration’s push to combat domestic extremism, embodied most publicly in the department’s inquiry into the Capitol attack.


Washington Monthly • Eric Cortellessa • 9 hours ago • washingtonmonthly.com
Is Facebook Buying Off The New York Times? | Washington Monthly
Under the cover of launching a little-known feature, the social media giant has been funneling money to America’s biggest news organizations—and hanging the rest of the press out to dry.
The New York Times • Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby, Robert Gebeloff • 2 days ago • nytimes.com
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters
A Times analysis found that willingness to receive a vaccine and actual vaccination rates to date were both lower, on average, in counties that voted red in the 2020 presidential election.
The New York Times • Noam Scheiber • 3 hours ago • nytimes.com
A coal miners union indicates it will accept a switch to renewable energy in exchange for jobs.
The Washington Post • Greg Sargent • 3 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | The latest GOP efforts to bury Trump’s insurrection call for a tougher response
Until Republicans renounce their lies about 2020, they cann't be part of any real accounting.
The Washington Post • Dan Diamond • 3 hours ago • washingtonpost.com
Federal turf wars over coronavirus rescues created ‘health and safety risks,’ watchdog concludes
Bureaucratic infighting put evacuees, officials and U.S. communities at risk of coronavirus, a report says.
•• The Washington Post • Jonathan Capehart • 1 day ago • washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Being Black in America is exhausting
No matter our gender, age or socioeconomic status, we live our lives under siege.
CNN • Michael Warren, Manu Raju and Alex Rogers, CNN • 9 hours ago • cnn.com
Inside the GOP's tense fallout with the big business lobby
What started as a polite discussion about small business soon turned into a heated confrontation between unusual opponents -- Republican members of the House and their party's old friends at the US Chamber of Commerce.
POLITICO • Holly Otterbein • 3 days ago • politico.com
The Democrats’ Giant Dilemma
John Fetterman’s blue-collar progressivism has endeared him to Pennsylvania voters. Why are so many Democratic leaders opposing his Senate run?
CNN • Betsy Klein, CNN • 2 hours ago • cnn.com
White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a 'crisis'
The White House on Monday backtracked after President Joe Biden over the weekend described the influx of migrant children on the country's southern border as a "crisis," in what appeared to be a notable shift in language.
POLITICO • Marianne LeVine, Burgess Everett • 2 hours ago • politico.com
Senate nears breakthrough on hate crimes bill
Passing it would go a long way toward diffusing partisan tensions over the filibuster that have simmered since President Joe Biden took office.
The New York Times • Isabel Kershner • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
Israel, a world leader in vaccinations, lifts its outdoor mask mandate.
Daily new coronavirus infections in the country have fallen from a peak of 10,000 in January to around 100 on some recent days.
POLITICO • Melanie Zanona • 3 hours ago • politico.com
15 Republican senators vow to swear off earmarks amid intra-GOP tension
“We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse,” the senators wrote.
The New York Times • Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Fatima Faizi, Najim Rahim • 1 day ago • nytimes.com
Afghan Women Fear the Worst, Whether War or Peace Lies Ahead
Whatever happens once the United States withdraws will not bode well for Afghan women. But even the gains made for them over the last 20 years have often been fleeting.
The Wall Street Journal • Chad Day, James Benedict, Brian McGill, Alexa Corse • 8 hours ago • wsj.com
Where Voting Laws Are Most Likely to Change for the 2022 Election
Nearly 1,800 bills have been filed to change election laws, but only about half have a fair chance of passing. Even fewer will become law.
The Bulwark • Shikha Dalmia and Arthur Melzer • 8 hours ago • thebulwark.com
Heeding the Lessons of Weimar - The Bulwark
Conservatives should accept their victories—not just stew over their losses.
Defense News • Aaron Mehta • 8 hours ago • defensenews.com
Biden to announce first woman four-star admiral for the Coast Guard
President Joe Biden plans to nominate Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan to the role of vice commandant, making her the first woman to achieve a fourth-star in the service, Defense News has learned.
NBC News • Zach Everson • 9 hours ago • nbcnews.com
Opinion | Why one of 2021's hottest GOP travel trends is a visit to a Trump property
The GOP's fealty to the former president doesn't just inflate his ego, of course. It also pads his bottom line.
Washington Free Beacon • Collin Anderson • 9 hours ago • freebeacon.com
'Cancel Rent' Champion Ayanna Pressley Raked in Thousands as Landlord, Records Show - Washington Free Beacon
Progressive congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) has called rent cancellation legislation "literally a matter of life and death," but failed to mention the thousands of dollars she collected from her side business as a landlord.
The New York Times • Ben Smith • 19 hours ago • nytimes.com
In the Roaring Twenties, Ads Make a Comeback
Subscriptions may be the rage, but businesses of all sorts are pouring money into advertising — digital most of all.
The Wall Street Journal • Scott Gottlieb • 21 hours ago • wsj.com
Drug Safety Is FDA’s Job, Not CDC’s
Clear lines of authority would make it easier to resolve the Johnson & Johnson complications.
The Guardian • Andrew Roth • 7 hours ago • theguardian.com
Alexei Navalny moved to hospital as fears grow for life of Putin critic
Doctors say opposition leader, who is on hunger strike, is in danger of a heart attack or kidney failure
The New York Times • Cade Metz • 4 days ago • nytimes.com
Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods
Focus on conflict. Feed the algorithm. Make sure whatever you produce reinforces a narrative. Don’t worry if it is true.
The Philadelphia Inquirer • Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder • 3 days ago • inquirer.com
Ousted Temple business school dean indicted on fraud charges tied to college rankings scandal
Fallout from the scandal has cost the university millions in legal settlements with the state and federal investigators and former students who contend their degrees have been devalued.
CNN • Jeremy Diamond, CNN • 8 hours ago • cnn.com
White House expands federal vaccine programs, taking more control of coronavirus vaccination efforts
The Biden administration has ramped up its role in distributing and administering coronavirus vaccines, boosting federal pipelines in recent months with more doses and more vaccination sites in preparation for mounting US supply and the next phase of the US vaccination campaign.
The New York Times • Michael M. Grynbaum, John Koblin • 20 hours ago • nytimes.com
CBS News Will Try to Reinvent Itself, Again
In an interview as she prepares to step down as news division head, Susan Zirinsky said, “I feel I have given my entire soul into rebuilding this organization.”