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7:05 PM ET, March 29, 2021


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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century  —  On a leaked conference call, leaders of dark-money groups and an aide to Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with the popularity of the legislation—even among Republican voters.
Ali Zaslav / CNN:
Mitch McConnell: ‘I would encourage all Republican men’ to get vaccinated  —  See how vaccine-hesitant GOP participants react to Covid-19 focus group  —  (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday encouraged “all Republican men” to get the Covid-19 vaccine, as new polls indicate …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
A Leaked Call Catches Mitch McConnell And The Kochs Freaking Out Over Election Reform  —  A leaked phone call featuring Mitch McConnell's policy adviser and the Kochs revealed that they are freaking out over the popularity of election reform.  —  Jane Mayer reported in The New Yorker:
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Ghislaine Maxwell Charged With Sex Trafficking of 14-Year-Old Girl  —  A new indictment accuses Ms. Maxwell of paying a victim of her longtime associate Jeffrey Epstein.  —  Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was charged on Monday for the first time with sex-trafficking …
Cdcmmwr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
What is already known about this topic?  —  What is added by this report?  —  Prospective cohorts of 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 13 consecutive weeks.  Under real-world conditions …
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Pfizer, Moderna vaccines are 90% effective after two doses in study of real-life conditions, CDC confirms
Discussion: HotAir
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:   How mRNA Technology Could Change the World
Vianney Gomez / Pew Research Center:
A partisan chasm in views of Trump's legacy  —  Two months after President Donald Trump left office, 38% of Americans say he made progress toward solving major problems facing the country during his administration - while a nearly identical share (37%) say he made these problems worse.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump is losing the war over his legacy  —  On Sunday evening, CNN aired a special featuring interviews with the senior officials involved in the early coronavirus pandemic response under President Donald Trump.  No longer operating under the Trump political umbrella, they offered assessments …
CDC Chief Warns of ‘Impending Doom’ as Covid Cases, Deaths Rise  — Walensky says she's scared by uptick that hints at fourth wave  — U.S. doesn't have ‘luxury of inaction’ amid spike, she says  —  The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pleaded with Americans …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Forbes
STAT:   'Right now I'm scared': CDC director warns of a coming spike in Covid-19 case counts
Biden says 90% of adults will be vaccine eligible in three weeks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Extending the Eviction Moratorium
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
White House dramatically increased tax proposal as it sought to address tensions over next big spending plan  —  Biden aides see next major legislative effort as comparable to LBJ's Great Society but face divisions among key allies  —  When President Biden's team began putting together …
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
How Larry Summers went from Obama's top economic adviser to one of Biden's loudest critics
Discussion: New York Post and Political Wire
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Capitol riot suspect wore ‘I Was There’ shirt when arrested  —  Garret Miller didn't speak to the law enforcement officers who arrested him on charges he stormed the U.S. Capitol in January, but the T-shirt he was wearing at his Dallas home that day sent a clear and possibly incriminating message.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Feuds, fibs and finger-pointing: Trump officials say coronavirus response was worse than known  —  'That's what bothers me every day': Birx and others admit failures that hampered the White House response  —  Several top doctors in the Trump administration offered their most pointed …
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Insider
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Shame on Deborah Birx
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and CNN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend.  In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church …
New York Times:
The Biden administration makes a swath of ocean between New York and New Jersey an offshore wind zone.  —  The Biden administration on Monday announced it will designate an area between the South Shore of Long Island and the New Jersey coast as a priority offshore wind zone …
Washington Post:   Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power
Katherine Doyle / Washington Examiner:
White House seeks to right ‘confusion’ surrounding Kamala Harris's migrant crisis role
Discussion: Washington Post and Breitbart
POLITICO Playbook: Chuck Schumer's 51-vote gambit  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT — EVER GONE? ...  “Aided by Moon and Tide, Giant Ship Is Partially Refloated,” NYT  —  SPOTTED: MIKE and KAREN PENCE car shopping at Ourisman Honda in Tysons Corner.
James David Dickson / Detroit News:
Judge tosses terrorism threat charge against 3 accused in alleged Whitmer plot  —  Three men accused in an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will not face false report or threat of terrorism charges, a Jackson County judge ruled Monday.  —  Judge Michael Klaeren of 12th District Court …
John Ganz / Unpopular Front:
The Dumbest Tweet I Have Ever Seen  —  Not Really, but C'mon  —  I usually defend a high degree of license verging on irresponsibility when it comes to Tweets—I think its fine for them to be half-baked, ironical, whimsical, the first drafts of ideas, or one's most cranky and maybe not most-well-informed opinions.
Discussion: Althouse
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Remote Work Is Here to Stay.  Manhattan May Never Be the Same.  —  New York City, long buoyed by the flow of commuters into its towering office buildings, faces a cataclysmic challenge, even when the pandemic ends.  —  Spotify's headquarters in the United States fills 16 floors of 4 World Trade Center …
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Balloon Juice
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Dear Joe Scarborough: Nice Smear.  Now Invite Me To Debate Your Network's Russiagate Coverage  —  “Morning Joe” says those who reported on Russia errors are a “joke” and might be “on Russia's payroll.”  MSNBC should break its four-year freeze-out and invite a skeptic to respond  —  2 hr ago
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and Mediaite
Matthew Harwood / Reason:
The Republican Attack on Voting Rights  —  The father of the Constitution wasn't having it.  —  On August 7, 1787, toward the end of what would become known as the Constitutional Convention, the delegates debated what powers state legislatures and the Congress would have when it came to federal election administration.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Biden task force to probe science manipulation under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — A new White House task force will examine instances where the Trump administration may have distorted or suppressed science in critical government decisions, with an eye toward creating fail-safes to prevent it from happening again, the White House said Monday.
Discussion: Newsweek
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Massive container ship freed from Suez Canal  —  Rescuers fully dislodged the “Ever Given” from the banks of the Suez Canal on Monday, sending the skyscraper-sized container ship on its way after six days of drama that paralyzed the vital shipping route, according to canal authorities.
Troy Closson / New York Times:
New York Must Offer Vaccine to All Prisoners Immediately, Judge Rules  —  A judge in the Bronx ruled that people incarcerated in the state's prisons and jails had been arbitrarily excluded from the coronavirus vaccine rollout.  —  New York must immediately begin to offer Covid vaccines …
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
AP sources: SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials  —  Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department's cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats …
The Frontier:
In pro-Trump Oklahoma, a challenge to an incumbent senator taps into election anger  —  The 2022 Senate race is shaping up as a test of fidelity to the former president and highlights shifts in the Republican party.  —  Reading Time Posted In  —  By most accounts, Sen. James Lankford …
Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
Document: Amazon Security Staff Reported Its Own Hostile Tweets as “Suspicious,” Fearing They'd Been Hacked … After Amazon's public relations account sent a number of tweets taunting public officials, staffers were so concerned about the “unnecessarily antagonistic” tone that a security engineer filed …
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania's 2022 U.S. Senate race: Who's in, who's out and what comes next
Discussion: New York Magazine
Saladin Ambar / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell once knew all about the filibuster's racist history. What changed?
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Democrats Face Gun Legislation Dilemma as Support for House Background Check Bill Breaks Down
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Police officer who ran for mayor is charged by state prosecutor with election crimes
Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Cuomo accuser says governor asked aide to sing ‘Danny Boy’ as part of ‘hazing’: Attorney
Discussion: Politico
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
64 percent view ‘cancel culture’ as threat to freedom: poll
Discussion: National Review, RedState and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Why Democrats Might Need to Play Dirty to Win
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Democrats are seeking to turn the nation into one massive blue state
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump pollster: Greitens leads big in Missouri GOP Senate primary
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Supreme Court agrees to hear first abortion case with 6-3 conservative majority
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Did Something Happen In Boulder?
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
Economists bullish on Biden's $3 trillion infrastructure plan
Discussion: Washington Post