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4:20 PM ET, March 30, 2021


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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement to take job at Newsmax  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Florida COVID numbers face new scrutiny  —  published earlier this month in the American Journal of Public Health argues that Florida is undercounting the number of people who died from COVID-19 by thousands of cases, casting new doubt on claims that Gov. Ron DeSantis navigated the coronavirus pandemic successfully.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
I work at a Texas coffee shop.  This is what it's been like trying to enforce our mask policy  —  Emma Andrews is a graduate student in Texas State University's MFA Poetry program.  As a native Texan, she has lived and worked in the Austin area all her life.  The views expressed here are hers.
New York Times:
Biden's Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds  —  The president's first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden began a drive to reshape the federal courts …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate 11 Judicial Candidates … WASHINGTON - President Biden today announced his intent to nominate 10 individuals to serve as Federal Circuit and District Court judges, and one individual to serve as a Superior Court Judge for the District of Columbia.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Bidens' dog Major involved in another biting incident  —  (CNN)The Bidens' dog Major has been involved in another biting incident that required medical attention, two people with knowledge of the incident tell CNN.  —  The incident, which involved a National Park Service employee …
Discussion: The Sun
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The WHO covid report is fatally flawed, and a real investigation has yet to take place  —  Determining the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus should have nothing to do with politics.  It is a forensic question, one that requires thorough investigation of all possible theories …
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Former Parler CEO says Dan Bongino owns no shares, got hustled by Rebekah Mercer  —  Fox News contributor Dan Bongino claims to be a Parler investor — but former CEO John Matze says he was duped  —  Pro-Trump pundit, conservative media tycoon and self-proclaimed Parler investor Dan Bongino …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Why you should boycott Coke, Delta over Ga. law |  Will Bunch Newsletter  —  This weekend I caught the trailer for the long-awaited sequel, “The Wedding Singer II” and it seemed kind of lame.  A washed-up '80s guy who'd also been 45th president of the United States reduced to performing weddings …
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Attack on Asian Woman in Midtown Prompts Another Hate Crime Investigation  —  The New York Police Department said it was searching for a man who kicked a 65-year-old woman, stomped on her and made anti-Asian statements.  Building staff members who witnessed the attack and did not intervene have been suspended.
S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
To cover or not to cover Trump?  Unfortunately, the choice is easy  —  “Please stop covering the crazy stuff out Trump's mouth [sic].  The nightmare is over.  Please #CNN, #NBC, #CBS, #ABC.”  —  That's just one of probably thousands of similar tweets in recent months imploring the media …
Discussion: RedState, HotAir, Daily Kos and Fox News
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden falsely claims the new Georgia law ‘ends voting hours early’  —  “What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is.  It's sick.  It's sick ... deciding that you're going to end voting at five o'clock when working people are just getting off work.”
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The GOP is facing a sickness deeper than the coronavirus  —  It is the sign of a sickness deeper than covid-19 that the defiance of public health guidance has become a political selling point in the Republican Party.  —  Consider the case of South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem.
Kristi Noem / National Review:
Fighting Smart for Fairness in Women's Sports  —  I returned the women's sports bill to the legislature because we have to pass a bill that can win in court.  —  Executives make decisions every day.  And those decisions send a signal to the world: Does this executive lead, or does she follow?
Dan Primack / Axios:
Dominion lawyer: We're looking at media lawsuits beyond Fox News  —  Voting machine maker Dominion last Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, related to its coverage of the 2020 presidential election, and it's likely not done suing media companies.
The Daily Beast:
Dominion Builds Legal Behemoth to Drain Trumpland of Billions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Freddie deBoer:
If You Want to Make It As a Writer, For God's Sakes, Be Weird  —  you're in a market, so sell something other people aren't … Writing is not a hard profession.  Writing is actually an impossibly easy profession.  I could sleep until noon every day if my cat didn't wake me up at 5:30 AM.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump's heir?  Pence reemerges, lays groundwork for 2024 run  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When former President Donald Trump was asked to list those he considers the future leaders of the Republican Party, he quickly rattled off a list of names, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.
Discussion: The Root and Los Angeles Times
United States Department of State:
Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study  —  The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.
Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time  —  Americans outraged by the storming of Capitol Hill are in for a jarring reality check: Many of those who invaded the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 are likely to get little or no jail time.  —  While public and media attention in recent weeks …
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Satisfaction With U.S. Vaccine Rollout Surges to 68%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With well over 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, the public's satisfaction with the rollout has surged 24 percentage points to 68% in the last month.  —  Satisfaction with the COVID-19 vaccine process …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Rachel Aviv / New Yorker:
How Elizabeth Loftus Changed the Meaning of Memory  —  The psychologist taught us that what we remember is not fixed, but her work testifying for defendants like Harvey Weinstein collides with our traumatized moment.  —  Elizabeth Loftus was in Argentina, giving talks about the malleability of memory …
Yaron Weitzman / GQ:
Celebrating Passover With Amar'e Stoudemire  —  The ex-NBA star and current Brooklyn Nets coach, who recently converted to Orthodox Judaism, heard about the James Harden trade from his rabbi.  —  Editor's note: These photos were taken Friday afternoon before sundown as Amar'e and family prepared for the next night's Seder.
Jon Skolnik / Salon:
Behind the dark-money web that put Barrett (and Kavanaugh and Gorsuch) on the Supreme Court  —  When future Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to a federal appeals court in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., at the time ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
The Kremlin may be slowly killing Alexei Navalny in prison.  The world must not let it happen.  —  There are many ways to kill an opponent.  Sometimes it's done out in the open, for the whole world to see — as happened with Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
‘Keeping Up With the Cuomos’ becomes a full-blown scandal for once-beloved tandem  —  “I was nervous for Chris; he's my little brother, and I've always been there for him.  He was staying at home with his three kids and wife, confined to the basement, and he couldn't see anyone else.”
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Surprise!  States That Make It Harder to Vote Had Lower Turnout in 2020  —  State-level turnout data shows why Republicans are so interested in making it harder to vote in the next election.  —  As Republicans make a sweeping voter suppression push nationwide, they insist it won't have any real impact …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Biden's Weakness On The World Stage Is Dangerous  —  The new administration should take Mike Pompeo's advice: Strength deters bad actors and weakness begets war.  —  A series of embarrassing incidents in recent days shows that while the left may control the media narrative …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Look at Lowering Medicare Eligibility Age in Healthcare Package  —  Lawmakers, Biden administration consider measures to expand health coverage, but tight margins in Congress leave little room for dissent  —  WASHINGTON—Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration …
Discussion: CBS News and NPR
Washington Post:
New U.S. coronavirus cases rise by 12 percent; nation braces for fourth pandemic wave  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
A Trump appointee who drank vodka and had sex on the General Services Administration building's roof is back with a new political committee, documents show  — P. Brennan Hart III was at the center of a Trump administration sex scandal.  — The former official admitted to having oral sex …
As Covid-19 numbers rise, the CDC chief says she's scared about where US is headed.  But it's not too late to change country's course  —  (CNN)New Covid-19 cases have spiked in the US in the last several days, the latest data showed Tuesday — and White House and health officials are pleading …
Discussion: Vox, KNSD-TV, HotAir and Fox News
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
A Very Early Look At The 2022 Governor Races  —  The 2022 midterm elections will decide not only who controls the U.S. Senate and House but, crucially, which party governs 36 of the nation's 50 states.  These contests will play a key role in determining the policies that states adopt …
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
A Black Lives Matter activist exposed the role two local police officers played in the Capitol insurrection.  Their small town rapidly took sides.  —  A Black Lives Matter activist exposed the role two local police officers played in the Capitol insurrection.  Their small town rapidly took sides.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Former Surgeon General defends Birx after CNN interview  —  © Michael Reynolds- Pool/Getty Images  —  Former Surgeon General Jerome Adams defended Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, following CNN's special report on the nation's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: IJR, CNN and Mock Paper Scissors
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United States Department of State:
2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
Discussion: USA Today
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
40 years ago today, Ronald Reagan was shot outside a Washington hotel
Discussion: The Guardian and The Daily Caller
Isabela Dias / Mother Jones:
One Man's Quest to Crack the Modern Anti-Immigration Movement—by Unsealing Its Architect's Papers
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
21 Senate Democrats press Biden to include recurring direct payments in infrastructure plan
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S. struggling to engage with Iran over nuclear deal
NRA Board Member Demands LaPierre Probe in Bankruptcy Case
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Fox News Promotes Kayleigh McEnany to Host of Outnumbered, After Initially Balking in Wake of Capitol Attack
Discussion: Politico and TVNewser
 Earlier Items: 
Brianna Jackson / Bloomberg Government:
FINANCE BRIEFING: Banks Briefing Regulators After Hwang's Blowup
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
YouTube Refuses to Remove Anti-Asian Song, Drawing Staff Ire
Discussion: Variety and The Hill
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
What Americans really think about billionaires during the pandemic
Discussion: The Week and Reason
Philip Klein / National Review:
Biden's Call for Reinstating Mask Mandates Undercut by Evidence from Texas and Michigan
Discussion: IJR, The White House and TheBlaze
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: March 2021
Discussion: The 19th, National Review and The Week
Peter J. Hotez / Scientific American:
The Antiscience Movement Is Escalating, Going Global and Killing Thousands
Freedom Caucus frets over how far to push its rebellion
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story