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Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent.  Now He's Accused of Doing Just That  —  Matt and I forged an unlikely friendship in Congress, and he was one of the few colleagues who spoke out after a malicious nude-photo leak upended my life.
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Jason Garcia / Orlando Sentinel:
Former lawmaker says Gaetz fought ‘revenge porn’ law: ‘He thought that any picture was his to use as he wanted’  —  While serving in the Florida Legislature, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz opposed a bill meant to stop people from sharing sexually explicit images of their ex-lovers because Gaetz believed …
Rep. Matt Gaetz / Washington Examiner:
The swamp is out to drown me with false charges, but I'm not giving up  —  Washington scandal cycles are predictable, and sex is especially potent in politics.  Let me first remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
This should not happen more than once  —  There are several details of the Matt Gaetz story that keep sticking in my head, but the one that sticks in it most is the report that the Florida Republican used to wander around and show his colleagues nude photos of people he had slept with.
Reuters:
Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The eruption of fake GOP outrage at MLB is actually very clarifying  —  Opinion by  —  Here's a juxtaposition that neatly captures the state of today's GOP: Republican lawmakers are telling their voters to get angry at corporations that express support for the voting rights of African Americans …
Washington Post:
Republicans ramp up attacks on corporations over Georgia voting law, threaten ‘consequences’  —  Republicans are attacking corporations over their decision to condemn the controversial Georgia voting law, part of the party's embrace of the populism espoused by President Donald Trump …
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
‘Stay out of politics,’ Republican leader McConnell tells U.S. CEOs, warns of ‘consequences’
Discussion: Washington Times
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: ‘Stay out of politics’
republicanleader.senate.gov:
McConnell: Corporations Shouldn't Fall for Absurd Disinformation on Voting Laws
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Disney, Geico and other corporations backed Florida lawmakers now sponsoring restrictive voting bills
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate parliamentarian to let Democrats bypass GOP filibuster on two more bills  —  The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid a GOP filibuster on two more pieces of legislation, setting the stage for President Biden's infrastructure agenda …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
2 Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan  —  Joe Manchin wants his party's leaders and President Joe Biden to make significant changes to their sweeping new tax-and-spend legislation — and he's got other Democratic senators with him.  —  The West Virginia Democrat is readying …
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Biden Economic Plan Gets Boost From Senate Procedural Ruling
Isaac Schorr / National Review:
Tom Nichols Has No Excuse  —  Ron DeSantis sometimes panders to his base in ways that I find objectionable.  It's a behavior I expect from — but still lament in — nearly every politician in this fallen world.  Tom Nichols, a pundit, has no such excuse though.
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HotAir:
“60 Minutes Should Be Ashamed”: Dem Palm Beach County Mayor Says CBS Smeared Ron DeSantis With Publix Segment
National Review:
60 Minutes' Dishonest DeSantis Hit Job
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing an Uber Eats driver in D.C. ‘reach plea deal with prosecutor ensuring they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility’  — Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Mohammad Anwar …
New York Times:
White Evangelical Resistance Is Obstacle in Vaccination Effort  —  Millions of white evangelical adults in the U.S. do not intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  Tenets of faith and mistrust of science play a role; so does politics.  —  Stephanie Nana, an evangelical Christian in Edmond …
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David Crary / Associated Press:   Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show  —  The Supreme Court rejected an attempt by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to overturn sanctions affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court for his threatening rant …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party  —  Republican politicians have proven themselves an admirably selfless bunch.  Time and again, they've handed over credit to Democrats — and Democrats alone — for all sorts of popular policy initiatives.  —  A year ago, Washington Republicans …
Discussion: Townhall, Wall Street Journal and CNBC
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List  —  CALEXICO, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two Yemeni men within the last 2 months that were identified on a terrorism watch list.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Live Updates: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes Bill Restricting Transgender Rights  —  Mr. Hutchinson, a Republican, called the state legislation “off course.”  But state lawmakers could override the veto.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican, vetoed an anti-transgender bill.
Discussion: HuffPost and Daily Kos
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Dan Goldberg / Politico:
Arkansas governor vetoes ban on youth transgender care
Politico:
Inside the delay at DOJ  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration  —  Biden's Justice Department is lagging behind.  —  Over 10 weeks since inauguration and nearly a month after MERRICK GARLAND was sworn in as attorney general …
Wall Street Journal:
The New Shortage: Ketchup Can't Catch Up  —  The pandemic turned restaurants into takeout specialists, boosting demand for the condiment; ‘Everyone out there is grabbing for ketchup’  —  Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress  —  Conservative TV host Eric Bolling has ruled out waging a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Nancy Mace in South Carolina.  —  The former Fox News personality had been considering taking on Mace, who sharply criticized former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol.
The New York Times Company:
Frank Bruni Stepping Down as Columnist; Named Endowed Chair at Duke University  —  Frank is joining Duke University as an endowed chair in journalism in June.  He will no longer be a columnist but will continue to write his newsletter and will remain a contributing Opinion writer.
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, killed in car crash on Easter Sunday  —  Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, was killed in a two-car crash in Prince George's County on Sunday night, the union confirmed Monday.  —  She was 70.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
CNN:
Josh Hawley, a critic of Biden picks' support for wars in Middle East, previously blogged in support of Iraq War  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a frequent critic of Biden administration nominees for supporting the Iraq War and other “forever wars,” himself wrote in support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
A QAnon revelation suggests the truth of Q's identity was right there all along  —  The extremist movement's leader had purported to be a top-secret government operative.  But a possible slip-up in a new documentary about QAnon suggests that Q was actually Ron Watkins, the longtime administrator of the 8kun message board.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Are we entering a ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic?  Experts disagree.  —  The data doesn't look good.  After weeks of decline, the average number of new coronavirus infections reported each day is higher than it's been in a month.  The number of people in hospitals with covid-19 has been stubbornly stagnant since mid-March.
Jesse Singal / Reason:
A Professor Pushed Back Against ‘White Fragility’ Training.  The College Investigated Her for 9 Months.  —  Elisa Parrett, a newly tenured 38-year-old professor of English at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the only public technical institute in Washington state …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Denver Post:
2021 MLB All-Star Game coming to Coors Field, source says  —  The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is coming to Colorado.  —  Just days after Major League Baseball decided to move the game out of Atlanta, multiple sources say MLB is expected to announce Tuesday morning that the July 13 game will be moved to Denver's Coors Field.
Discussion: ESPN and Washington Examiner
CNN:
Israel's election aftermath: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  Former Knesset Member: The last thing Israel needs is a fifth election  —  Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.”
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
Why they will never cancel Foucault  —  Imagine if a political philosopher from outside the hard Left — John Rawls, say, or Karl Popper — was credibly alleged to have abused small boys.  He would disappear from the curriculum, mainstream publishers would drop his books, and his ideas would circulate only in samizdat form.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
N.Y. Attorney General's Office Slams NRA Bankruptcy as a ‘Masterclass in Bad Faith’ as Gun Group's Trial Begins  —  The National Rifle Association's bankruptcy trial kicked off to fireworks in a federal court in Texas on Monday, as a lawyer from New York Attorney General's office ripped CEO …
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia State Media Gears Up for a War ‘Against the West’  —  One Kremlin propagandist even suggested that the struggle for Ukraine will end in a “nuclear conflict” between Russia and NATO.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Russia is gearing up for war again, local experts, state media propagandists, and government officials are all saying.
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Small-Time Landlords Struggle to Keep the Lights on as ‘Devastating’ Eviction Moratorium Continues  —  Stephanie Graves had a decision to make: buy new signage so she could open the pool at one of her apartment complexes, or pay the electric bill.  She couldn't afford both.  —  Ultimately, it wasn't a hard decision.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Love Infrastructure, Unless It's Paid For, or Not Paid For  —  Republican Senators say they would love to pass a big infrastructure bill.  They are publicly begging Joe Biden to stop his partisan strategy and sit down with them to negotiate a bill both parties can support.
 
 
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Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
Fauci pushes back on GOP criticisms, calling claims ‘bizarre’
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retires Planes Used to Monitor Russia Under ‘Open Skies’ Treaty
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Antony Blinken: The public can't ‘start traveling again’ before worldwide vaccination
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
emptywheel:
How Did the Proud Boys Have Better Lines of Communication about National Guard Reinforcements than the National Guard Did?
Discussion: Raw Story
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Secretary of State Benson won't testify before Senate on Michigan's election audits
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Doctor Who Pronounced George Floyd Dead Says He Believed ‘Asphyxia’ Most Likely Caused Death
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
We Need a 9/11 Commission for COVID
Washington Post:
Biden administration upholds former Egyptian leader's immunity from torture lawsuit by U.S. citizen
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
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Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
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Newsweek:
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Raffi Khatchadourian / New Yorker:
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