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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 …
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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 …
Colorado Public Radio:
Colorado Vs. Georgia Voting Laws: What Are The Differences? … When Major League Baseball decided to move the All-Star Game to Denver, it was a moment of celebration for many Colorado politicos.  —  MLB had pulled the game from Atlanta in response to criticism of Georgia's new voting law.
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
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video  —  Lynne Patton recruited and interviewed public housing tenants in New York City for a pro-Trump re-election video.  The residents accused her of tricking them into participating.  —  A former top federal housing official …
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Ex-Trump official penalized for violating Hatch Act
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Ex-Trump Official Fined For Hatch Act Violation Over GOP Video With Public Housing Residents
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump HUD official disciplined for violating federal law
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Politico
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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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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Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
60 Minutes Stands by Controversial Publix Report, Says DeSantis Presser Comments Were Cut For ‘Clarity’
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Story Cannot Always Be the Reaction of the Republican Party
Discussion: New York Post, Twitchy and HotAir
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 …
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 …
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?
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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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
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 …
Wilborn Nobles / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta mayor issues executive order against Georgia's new voting law  —  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is taking action against the voting law that Gov. Brian Kemp signed on March 24.  —  On Tuesday afternoon, Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the City's Chief Equity Officer …
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 …
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Attempting to Purchase Chemical Weapon on the Dark Web  —  WASHINGTON - A Missouri man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without parole today for attempting to purchase a chemical weapon, capable of killing hundreds of people, on the dark web with Bitcoin.
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Facebook removes accounts tied to Iranian exile group  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday it has removed hundreds of fake accounts linked to an Iranian exile group and a troll farm in Albania.  —  The accounts posted content critical of Iran's government and supportive of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, a dissident group known as MEK.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
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
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad  —  The debate over whether Georgia's law really suppresses voting reveals just how imperiled American democracy is.  —  Georgia's new election law SB 202, which many experts decried as an attack on the fundamental fairness of the state's elections …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Grace Panetta / Insider:
‘A complete rip-off’: Campaign-finance experts puzzled and stunned by Trump camp's reported ‘money-bomb’ ploy  — Experts are puzzled and stunned by the Trump campaign's reported “money-bomb” ploy.  — A New York Times investigation detailed how supporters were duped into making recurring donations.
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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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Feds adding new space next to overcrowded border facility
Discussion: The Hill
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Arkansas state legislature overrides governor's veto on transgender health care bill
Alana Abramson / TIME:
Marc Elias Fought Trump's 2020 Election Lawsuits. Can He Win The Battle Over Voting Rights?
Elizabeth Spiers / My New Band Is:
My New Band Is: Loser, Baby
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List
 Earlier Items: 
Cassidy Morrison / Washington Examiner:
CDC director cites Illinois bar superspreader event as reason for continued caution
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Biden's Child Tax Credit Has a Fatal Flaw
Discussion: The National Interest
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?
CNN:
Biden moves deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19