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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.
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
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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.
Discussion: Facebook, Politico, The Wrap and The Hill
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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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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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy  —  A cyber yuan stands to give Beijing power to track spending in real time, plus money that isn't linked to the dollar-dominated global financial system  —  A thousand years ago, when money meant coins, China invented paper currency.
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
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 …
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
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retires Planes Used to Monitor Russia Under ‘Open Skies’ Treaty  —  Reconnaissance jets to be taken out of use; Biden hasn't committed to rejoining pact after criticizing Trump's withdrawal  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Air Force has decided to retire the planes used for nearly three decades …
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: Insider, Raw Story and Althouse
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia State Media Gears Up for a War ‘Against the West’
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
Why they will never cancel Foucault
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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Disney, Geico and other corporations backed Florida lawmakers now sponsoring restrictive voting bills
Washington Post:
Biden administration upholds former Egyptian leader's immunity from torture lawsuit by U.S. citizen
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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Ryan Mills / National Review:
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
The pandemic crime surge is a policing problem
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Yellen calls for a global minimum corporate tax rate.
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
America's Next Insurgency
Raffi Khatchadourian / New Yorker:
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang