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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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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.
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
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: CNBC
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.
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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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The GOP wants to cancel Coca-Cola — but keep corporate taxes low  —  If you'd asked me, say, five years ago what the Republican Party's economic ideology was, I'd have boiled it down to something like “Government interference in free market capitalism is a hindrance to liberty and growth — and potentially a gateway to socialism.”
Discussion: RedState, Slate and Crooks and Liars
Politico:
Republicans want to make ‘woke’ corporations pay — literally
Discussion: Insider and New York Times
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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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 …
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
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 …
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: 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
Politico:   Understaffed and overtaxed, Capitol Police reeling from trauma of body and mind
David Aaro / Fox News:
‘Woke’ MLB moving All-Star Game from 51% Black Atlanta to 76% White Denver, critics note  —  The game's relocation is expected to deliver a severe economic blow to Atlanta, where nearly 30% of businesses are Black-owned  —  MLB All-Star game to be played in Denver after leaving Georgia
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Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US, Iran hold 1st indirect talks in bid to save nuclear deal  —  While the two sides won't meet, it could lead to a breakthrough to save the deal  —  Defense Secretary on Iran: Response at ‘time and place of our own choosing’  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz speaks with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
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Michael Harriot / The Root:
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RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
Americans' Worry About Catching COVID-19 Drops to Record Low
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Colorado redistricting chairman removed due to Facebook posts about election
Discussion: TheDenverChannel.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
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Inside the delay at DOJ
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
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
The New Shortage: Ketchup Can't Catch Up
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show