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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
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent. Now He's Accused of Doing Just That
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said the decision 'doesn't make a whole lot of sense'  —  MLB All-Star game to be played in Denver after leaving Georgia  —  Major League Baseball announced …
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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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why half-hearted conservative boycotts rarely take root  —  One of the first times that Donald Trump publicly called for a boycott, it was not over a key civil rights or humanitarian issue.  It was, instead, about an annoying TV ad.  —  “Get rid of this commercial,” Trump said in a video recorded at Trump Tower in 2011.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The GOP wants to cancel Coca-Cola — but keep corporate taxes low
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Slate and Crooks and Liars
ESPN:
Coors Field to host 2021 MLB All-Star Game, sources say
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 …
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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Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
Conservatives Must Unite and Apply Counter-Pressure  —  If corporations want to go woke, they need to know they'll go broke.  —  3 hr ago  —  CNBC is the latest media outlet to run stories targeting corporations for giving money to Republicans who support election reform measures.
Discussion: RedState and CNBC
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.
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NBC News:
Biden to announce April 19 deadline for making all adults eligible for Covid vaccine
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: Crooks and Liars and 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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American Greatness:
Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick  —  Democratic leaders and the American news media aren't just dishonest and shameless—they're fully depraved.  —  Three months ago this week, Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died.
Discussion: Politico and Real Clear Politics
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Laurence H. Tribe / The Boston Globe:
Capitol police have the best case against Trump for the insurrection
Discussion: Raw Story
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Republican Party Isn't Rebranding After 2020  —  Typically, after losing a presidential election, a political party will undertake an intense intra-party debate over why it didn't win and how the party needs to change to take back the White House.  Democrats did so after losing in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2016.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issues order prohibiting ‘vaccine passports’  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued an executive order prohibiting so-called “vaccine passports,” saying a system to track those who have been inoculated against COVID-19 infringes on citizens' rights.
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 …
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: The Hill and TheDenverChannel.com
 
 
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Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
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Eamon Javers / CNBC:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: The Hill
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Why did Biden put Harris in charge of the border crisis?
David Crary / Associated Press:
Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US
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Inside the delay at DOJ
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
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