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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters' Towns, Study Finds  —  Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic white population were the most likely to produce insurrectionists.  —  When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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Robert A. Pape / Washington Post:
What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us  —  Opinion by Robert A. Pape  —  Robert A. Pape is a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.
Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor  —  Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell Axios.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The unserious comparisons between Colorado's voting laws and Georgia's new one  —  From the moment Major League Baseball pulled its All Star Game out of Georgia over the state's new voting law, conservative defenders of the law have predicted impending hypocrisy.
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Built on a lie’: Jen Psaki annihilates Peter Doocy's misleading question on Georgia voting  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday pushed back against the assertion that Georgia's new voting laws are less restrictive than Colorado's laws.  —  Psaki was asked the question …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Patagonia giving $1 million for voting rights after new Georgia law
Discussion: Savannah Morning News
Axios:
DeSantis milks “60 Minutes” spat  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally with his eyes on the White House, is dialing up a dispute with “60 Minutes” — seizing on a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media.  —  Why it matters: It's a political gift akin …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Story Cannot Always Be the Reaction of the Republican Party
Discussion: HotAir and RedState
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
Politico:
Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) built a public profile as an unapologetic, unambiguous, omnipresent booster of President Donald Trump.  —  But as his own political career skids toward disaster amid allegations that he had sex with a minor and paid for sex …
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Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Gaetz Fundraises Off Of Alleged Sex Trafficking Investigation
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
McConnell Lashes Out at Corporations Criticizing Voting Restrictions Laws  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has long argued that corporate campaign donations are a protected, nearly sacred, form of political communication.  On Tuesday he made the case that business executives might …
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Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and comeback, dies at 84  —  Congressman Alcee Hastings, whose life was marked by perseverance, calamity and a comeback, has died.  He was 84.  —  Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer …
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema Defends Filibuster as Pressure Mounts From Progressives  —  Arizona Democrat says the problem is senators' behavior, not the chamber's rules  —  PHOENIX— Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has emerged as the staunchest Democratic defender of the filibuster, brushing off fire …
Jeff Bezos / About Amazon:
A message from Jeff Bezos  —  Amazon founder and CEO shares a statement in support of investment in American infrastructure.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Trump White House provided reporters with a gusher of leaks.  With Biden, everything's changed.  —  After two and a half months of Joe Biden's presidency, something is missing from the news coverage of his administration: Leaks.  —  Juicy details about the president's behind-the-scenes conduct and decision-making?
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ex-Trump official penalized for violating Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday announced a settlement with former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official Lynne Patton, a political appointee and ally of former President Trump, for a Hatch Act violation over a video …
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Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Coming (Cancel) Culture War  —  The Republican plan to make 2022 about wokeness run amok is less stupid (and even more cynical) than it sounds  —  The battle lines have been drawn.  Democrats are running on an agenda of steady leadership, vaccinating people, distributing $1400 relief checks …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Doormen Who Stood By After Brutal Attack on Asian Woman Are Fired  —  One was seen on video closing the door to the Midtown Manhattan building after the attack, as the victim, a Filipino-American woman, lay on the street outside.  —  The lobby staff members who closed the door …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Pfizer CEO says Trump told him vaccine ‘will help me’ with election  —  Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says in an interview set to run Friday that former President Trump told him before last year's election that a coronavirus vaccine could help his chances.  —  On clips from “The Carlos Watson Show” …
Discussion: Associated Press and IJR
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Actual Comedians Roast Greg Gutfeld's New Fox News ‘Comedy’ Show  —  “It's like watching a guy going through a divorce doing an impression of Bill Maher,” one comedian told us.  And that was one of the kinder critiques.  —  The morning after Fox News premiered its deeply unfunny foray …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
U.S. considering joining boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics, State Department says  — The potential diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games comes as the Biden administration works to rally allies to mount international pushback on China.  — The Olympic Games are due to take place between Feb. 4 to Feb. 20.
Discussion: The Week, OutKick and Political Wire
Carol Robinson / al.com:
$500,000 Jefferson Davis chair stolen in Selma will be a toilet unless Confederate group hangs banner, email claims  —  A Confederate monument valued at $500,000 was stolen in March from a Selma cemetery, officials confirmed today.  —  This morning, a group that claims to have taken the monument …
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Pastor running for governor lives in luxury $1.6M home — tax free  —  It's a stately home for the pastor of a humble church.  —  In 2015, Phil Rizzo — who leads City Baptist Church in Hudson County — and his wife, Jennifer, paid $1.55 million for a five bedroom, seven bath home …
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia's New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion  —  A reminder from a January phone call that the reform bill by congressional Democrats may not have the proper protections.  —  What would have happened if the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, had responded, “OK …
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad
Discussion: The Hill, Insider, POLITICUSUSA and IJR
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Tumbles Nearly 300 Spots In Billionaire Ranks  —  The former president, who prides himself on his business acumen, refused to divest his assets upon taking office.  Had he sold out in 2017 and reinvested in the market, he'd be an estimated $1.6 billion richer.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims  —  The Biden administration next week will launch a funeral assistance program that will provide up to $9,000 to cover the burial costs of each American who died of covid-19 — the largest program of its type ever offered by the federal government.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
GOP mandating negative COVID test for entry to spring donor retreat in Florida  —  The Republican National Committee is requiring attendees of the party's spring donor retreat in Florida to get tested for the coronavirus and submit proof of a negative result as a condition for gaining entry to the event.
Discussion: Political Wire
Medium:
Letter From Former Senior National Security, Military, and Elected Officials Calling On Congress To Create A Bipartisan 1/6 Commission  —  Frmr Nat'l Security, Military, & Elected Officials  —  We are former senior national security, military, and elected officials who have represented or served Democrats …
Discussion: CBS News and Washington Post
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
CDC director cites Illinois bar superspreader event as reason for continued caution  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky cited a new report showing that one bar reopening led to dozens of new COVID-19 cases as a reason for social distancing.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Ray Fisher Opens Up About ‘Justice League,’ Joss Whedon and Warners: “I Don't Believe Some of These People Are Fit for Leadership”  —  Over the past year, the actor has assailed the filmmaker and studio in harsh-but-cryptic tweets for what he says was racist and inappropriate conduct …
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.
Freddie deBoer:
Some Principles & Observations About Social Justice Politics  —  an attempt at a basic analysis  —  In an effort to be minimally inflammatory I will today use the term “social justice politics” to refer to the political movement you are all aware of, the one which combines several schools …
Elizabeth Spiers / My New Band Is:
My New Band Is: Loser, Baby  —  On Sportsmanship, Fairness, Justice, and Park Slope  —  Several months ago, my five year old son handed me a mixed-up Rubik's Cube and said, “I know you grown ups enjoy losing, so here's a game for you.”  It was then that I realized that our discussion …
Washington Post:
Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.  —  There are plenty of fish in the swamp, but some of the best-connected ones live in a 200-gallon aquarium at Reince Priebus's house.  —  “It's not just saltwater fish, but an actual reef,” Priebus explained in a recent phone call.
 
 
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Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Arkansas state legislature overrides governor's veto on transgender health care bill
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell:
Dingell, Pocan, Khanna Lead 76 Members of Congress in Calling on Biden-Harris Administration to Press For End of Yemeni Blockade
Discussion: New York Times
Alana Abramson / TIME:
Marc Elias Fought Trump's 2020 Election Lawsuits. Can He Win The Battle Over Voting Rights?
Victoria Colliver / Politico:
California aims to ‘fully reopen’ economy by June 15
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Biden's Child Tax Credit Has a Fatal Flaw
Discussion: The National Interest
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Mona Zhang / Politico:
Koch-backed group joins marijuana push after Zoom with Snoop Dogg
Discussion: REVOLT
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's DHS may restart border wall construction to plug ‘gaps’
CNN:
Biden moves deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19