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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 …
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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.
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Gaetz's Accused Extorter Confirms, Denies $25 Million Shakedown  —  Dubious consultant Bob Kent admits he sought cash for questionable “rescue” mission in Iran.  —  The man Rep. Matt Gaetz has accused of trying to extort millions from his family—and blamed for recent allegations of sexual improprieties …
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.
New York Times:
A former aide said the F.B.I. questioned him in its inquiry into Matt Gaetz.
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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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Dems can use unprecedented move for an extra filibuster-proof bill, Schumer aide says
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Biden Economic Plan Gets Boost From Senate Procedural Ruling
Discussion: CBS News
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
‘Stay out of politics,’ Republican leader McConnell tells U.S. CEOs, warns of ‘consequences’  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at corporate America on Monday, warning CEOs to stay out of the debate over a new voting law in Georgia that has been criticized …
Discussion: Washington Times
HotAir:
Georgia State Rep: I'm Introducing A Bill To Make Our State's Election Laws The Same As Delaware's  —  Actually, he's introducing two bills.  One, “The President Joe Biden Jim Crow on Steroids Voting Act,” would replace Georgia's new election law with Delaware's much more restrictive provisions.
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.
Discussion: RedState, CBS News, Twitchy and HotAir
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HotAir:
“60 Minutes Should Be Ashamed”: Dem Palm Beach County Mayor Says CBS Smeared Ron DeSantis With Publix Segment
Kathryn Varn / Tampa Bay Times:
60 Minutes focuses on DeSantis and Florida's vaccine rollout
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 …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth  —  MAGA political philosophy is not systematic, but it is comprehensive.  Right-wing populism offers a distorted lens to view nearly all of life.  —  Through this warped lens, progress toward equal rights is actually the oppression of White people.
Discussion: HotAir
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Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
Fauci pushes back on GOP criticisms, calling claims ‘bizarre’
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
ESPN:
Coors Field to host 2021 MLB All-Star Game, sources say  —  Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year's All-Star Game, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Monday.  —  MLB opted to move the game out of Atlanta due to voting laws passed in Georgia last month.
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Denver Post:
2021 MLB All-Star Game coming to Coors Field, source says
Discussion: UPI
David Crary / Associated Press:
Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US  —  The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration …
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
Billy Richling / Bklyner:
Coney Island Rides Open On Friday, New Roller Coaster and Baseball Starting Soon  —  The famed amusement district is poised to re-open this week.  —  This Friday, April 9, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park will open to the public, albeit at a limited capacity and with new COVID guidelines …
Discussion: New York Post and CBS New York
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: Raw Story and New York Post
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
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Why did Biden put Harris in charge of the border crisis?  —  In March, the Border Patrol apprehended more than 171,000 migrants who had made illegal crossings into the United States, the highest monthly total since 2006 — and it included more than 18,800 children who arrived without their parents.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void … The day after Thanksgiving 2019, residents of Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania, watched from their windows as state and local police combed through their backyards looking for Kyle Michael Jones.
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
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
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Doctor Who Pronounced George Floyd Dead Says He Believed ‘Asphyxia’ Most Likely Caused Death  —  The emergency care doctor who treated George Floyd after his May 25 arrest testified on Monday at the trial of Officer Derek Chauvin that he believed Floyd's death was caused by oxygen deficiency …
Caitlin Dickerson / The Atlantic:
America Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses  —  The U.S. is a diverse nation of immigrants—but it was not intended to be, and its historical biases continue to haunt the present.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  This article was published online on April 5, 2021.
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
Howard Wolfson / Bloomberg:
How Maya Wiley Would Run New York  —  For more interviews in this series, click here.  —  HOWARD WOLFSON: Maya Wiley, welcome.  I thought we'd start at the beginning.  Tell us a little bit about your background and why you're running for mayor.  —  MAYA WILEY: I am a Black woman raised …
 
 
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James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retires Planes Used to Monitor Russia Under ‘Open Skies’ Treaty
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
Why they will never cancel Foucault
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
Associated Press:
Arkansas governor vetoes bill banning gender hormones, surgeries for transgender youth
CNN:
Israel's election aftermath: The good, the bad and the ugly
Washington Post:
Biden administration upholds former Egyptian leader's immunity from torture lawsuit by U.S. citizen
Discussion: Al Jazeera
 Earlier Items: 
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly may have just revolutionized evictions | Editorial
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Small-Time Landlords Struggle to Keep the Lights on as ‘Devastating’ Eviction Moratorium Continues
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Yellen calls for a global minimum corporate tax rate.
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
America's Next Insurgency
Reuters:
Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll