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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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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Fox News:
Alcee Hastings, Democratic congressman from Florida, dies at 84
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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, alicublog and CNBC
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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: NPR, 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: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's pitch that the economy ‘will create 19 million jobs’ if infrastructure is passed  —  “Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan, the economy will create 19 million jobs — good jobs, blue-collar jobs, jobs that pay well.”  — President Biden, remarks on the March jobs report, April 2
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Matt Gaetz matters little to Liz Cheney
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.
Discussion: Insider and The Intellectualist
Matt Pusatory / wusa9.com:
Police: Active shooter dead in Frederick, 2 hurt  —  The two victim are in critical condition, according to the Frederick police chief.  —  FREDERICK, Md. — Two people are in critical condition and a suspect is dead after a shooting in Frederick.  —  Police in Frederick responded to an an active shooter in the city Tuesday morning.
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.
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 …
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
Shah Meer Baloch / The Guardian:
‘Every year we dig mass graves’: the slaughter of Pakistan's Hazara  —  Decades of persecution has left the Shia minority with little space left in its graveyards but prime minister Imran Khan is in no hurry to listen  —  hmed Shah had always dreamed of bigger things.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ex-Trump official penalized for violating Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday announced a settlement with former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official Lynne Patton, a political appointee and ally of former President Trump, for a Hatch Act violation over a video …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Why Republicans Can't Seem to Lay a Glove on Biden  —  “They just completely reinvented a coalition and their messaging overnight,” James Carville explains.  —  That new documentary on QAnon ended with something of a bang, with one likely suspect seeming to half-confess that he was “Q,” the oracle of the violent conspiracy movement.
Washington Post:
Brazil has become South America's superspreader event  —  LIMA, Peru — With a sense of dread, the doctor watched the patients stream into his intensive care unit.  —  For weeks, César Salomé, a physician in Lima's Hospital Mongrut, had followed the chilling reports.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?  —  This week's Supreme Court orders list again featured a dog that noisily did not bark: abortion.  There was no action on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which concerns whether a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.
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.
New York Times:
Governors Heed Biden's Call to Expand Vaccine Eligibility  —  Every state has now given at least one dose to a quarter or more of its population, and about 19 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated.  But cases are rising sharply in some parts of the country.
 
 
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Associated Press:
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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: The Hill and TheDenverChannel.com
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Politico:
Inside the delay at DOJ
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate parliamentarian to let Democrats bypass GOP filibuster on two more bills