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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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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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Matt Gaetz matters little to Liz Cheney  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  When news broke of the feds' investigation into whether Rep. MATT GAETZ (R-Fla.) violated federal sex trafficking law and had sex with a 17-year-old, so did the memes of Rep. LIZ CHENEY'S (R-Wyo.) inner victory dance.
Discussion: HuffPost and Los Angeles Times
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Said His ‘Travel Records’ Would Exonerate Him.  They Don't.  —  Among the bevy of items currently under investigation is Rep. Matt Gaetz's campaign filings.  —  When it first came out last week that Rep. Matt Gaetz was under investigation for his sexual involvement with a 17-year-old …
Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent. Now He's Accused of Doing Just That
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Biden administration officials falsely describe infrastructure jobs estimate
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 …
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Politico:
Republicans want to make ‘woke’ corporations pay — literally  —  Livid at what they see as corporate America's progressive posturing on cultural issues, top Republicans are pushing for swift retribution and targeting those companies' bottom lines.  —  In recent days, GOP leaders …
Discussion: New York Times and Insider
Denver Post:
2021 MLB All-Star Game coming to Coors Field, source says
Discussion: OutKick and UPI
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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 …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout  —  New York (CNN Business)"60 Minutes" is facing backlash for a story it aired Sunday on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — including from the supermarket chain Publix and two prominent Democrats in the state.
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden set to announce he's moving deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday that he is moving up his deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by almost two weeks.
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 …
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The Montgomery Advertiser:
‘White Lies Matter’ group claims responsibility, demands ransom for stolen Confederate monument
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Biden Envoy To Iran On What To Expect In Renewed Nuclear Talks  —  The U.S. and Iran are holding indirect talks this week in Vienna over a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.  —  Diplomats from the two countries won't meet face to face — representatives from Europe, Russia and China will serve as a go-between.
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Washington Free Beacon:   The March to Appeasement  —  There will be no peace between Iran and its enemies
Laurence H. Tribe / The Boston Globe:
Capitol police have the best case against Trump for the insurrection  —  A no-frills lawsuit filed by two Capitol Police officers holds the greatest promise of making Trump pay for directing the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  Despite Donald Trump's palpable responsibility …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Politico:
Understaffed and overtaxed, Capitol Police reeling from trauma of body and mind
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
A recruiter joined Facebook to help it meet its diversity targets.  He says its hiring practices hurt people of color.  —  The recruiter quit after 11 months, adding fuel to claims that it discriminates against Black applicants  —  Rhett Lindsey was so eager to work at Facebook, he applied for a job there three times.
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.
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
After school shootings, NRA exec sought refuge on 108-foot yacht: 'Thank God I'm safe'  —  After dozens were killed at two mass school shootings in recent years, National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre said the ensuing public outrage put him in so much danger that he had to take shelter …
Discussion: New York Daily News
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
If It's Not Jim Crow, What Is It?  —  Georgia's new voting law has to be understood in its own peculiar historical context.  —  The laws that disenfranchised Black Americans in the South and established Jim Crow did not actually say they were disenfranchising Black Americans and creating a one-party racist state.
Discussion: Slow Boring and Daily Kos
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: Raw Story and HotAir
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Janet Yellen's proposal to revolutionize corporate taxation  —  President Biden is proposing a substantial increase in the rate of corporate taxation as part of his infrastructure plan, bumping the headline rate up from 21 percent to 28 percent.  This is actually below where it was before 2017 …
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.
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
The extortion economy: Inside the shadowy world of Ransomware payouts  — Marc Bleicher, managing director at a cybersecurity consulting firm Arete Advisors, helps companies deal with ransomware.  — He has given CNBC a rare and exclusive look inside a shadowy world …
Discussion: Raw Story
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
Americans' Worry About Catching COVID-19 Drops to Record Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the same time Americans' satisfaction with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has surged, their concerns about getting the virus and about the availability of coronavirus tests and hospital services/treatment have fallen to record lows.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Former Cop Arrested for Storming Capitol Was Once Named ‘Officer of the Year’ After Falsely Accusing Black Man of Murder  —  A former Utah police officer who won one of his department's highest honors for a false murder arrest has been charged with crossing the “thin blue line” in the Jan. 6 plot to overthrow the U.S. government.
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden's DHS may restart border wall construction to plug ‘gaps’  —  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told department employees he may restart border wall construction to plug what he called “gaps” in the current barrier.  —  In a conversation with ICE employees …
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Colorado redistricting chairman removed due to Facebook posts about election  —  Danny Moore will stay on the commission, but was removed from the top slot  —  Danny Moore, the chair of Colorado's congressional redistricting commission, was removed from his chairmanship Monday …
Discussion: TheDenverChannel.com
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, killed in car crash on Easter Sunday
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
emptywheel:
How Did the Proud Boys Have Better Lines of Communication about National Guard Reinforcements than the National Guard Did?
Discussion: Raw Story
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show