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New York Times:
Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon  —  The congressman was at the time under investigation over whether he violated sex trafficking laws, though it was unclear what he knew of the inquiry.  —  Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida …
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Politico:
MTG's eye-popping fundraising haul  —  With Nicholas Wu.  —  GREENE RAKES IN THE GREEN: We have a scoop for you this morning: Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), the controversial MAGA firebrand, raised over $3.2 million in the first three months of this year, according to a source close to her campaign.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
When did Matt Gaetz know?  —  Hours after the New York Times first reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was under investigation by the Justice Department, he appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program to defend himself.  —  That defense itself came as a surprise: Gaetz not only claimed …
CNN:
GOP's Trump obsession is giving Biden an opening
Marc Caputo / Politico:
The congressman and his wingman  —  Florida has never seen a tax collector like Joel Greenberg.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why Not Fewer Voters?  —  The fact is that voters got us into this mess.  Maybe the answer isn't more voters.  —  Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will take a step back into public life and a possible 2024 run with the launch Wednesday of the Advancing American Freedom advocacy group, designed to merge traditional conservative thinking with Trumpism.
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: Andrew Giuliani targets Cuomo, plans 2022 gubernatorial bid  —  Andrew Giuliani, a former top Trump aide and son of “America's Mayor,” is “heavily considering” a bid for governor of New York in 2022, potentially setting up an epic clash between the two biggest political families in recent New York history.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Andrew Giuliani says he plans to run for New York governor
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Boehner Blasts Trump, Saying He ‘Incited That Bloody Insurrection’  —  In his new book, John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker, sharply rebukes the former president for his role in the “mob violence” at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker …
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Finding From Particle Research Could Break Known Laws of Physics  —  It's not the next Higgs boson — yet.  But the best explanation, physicists say, involves forms of matter and energy not currently known to science.  —  Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle called a muon …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Quarterly Gap in Party Affiliation Largest Since 2012  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Gallup polling throughout the first quarter of 2021, an average of 49% of U.S. adults identified with the Democratic Party or said they are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party.
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Share of Democrats in U.S. Spikes After Biden Win, Poll Shows
Discussion: Political Wire
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Just Knows He's an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin's Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior  —  Even as other Hollywood bullies are being sidelined, the uber-producer behind ‘The Social Network’ and Broadway's ‘To  Kill a Mockingbird’ has been given a pass for his volcanic temper.
Discussion: Mediaite, Page Six and The Playlist
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Goodbye to Gate 35X, cursed portal to the rest of America  —  Let's get right to it: It was a bus station.  A bus station in an airport.  It was two places you'd rather not be, melded into one place.  —  There was no flourish to its badness.  Gate 35X at Reagan National Airport …
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
Corporate America isn't welcoming former Trump Cabinet officials with open arms, headhunters say  —  The toxicity of the former president's brand is choking off traditional money-making opportunities for members of his inner circle.  —  Before she joined the Trump administration as transportation secretary …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Miller's Next Act Finds a Stage in the Courts  —  Trump senior adviser—and conservative lightning rod—launches new legal group to challenge Democratic policies through lawsuits  —  WASHINGTON— Stephen Miller has come to admire the effectiveness—and aggressiveness …
Washington Post:
Justice Breyer warns proponents of packing Supreme Court to ‘think long and hard’ about the risks  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday that advocates of expanding the Supreme Court to dilute the power of its conservative majority should “think long and hard” about the risk …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Why Hasn't the Mainstream Media Pilloried 60 Minutes for Spreading Misinformation?  —  Earlier this week, 60 Minutes dropped a bombshell: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, had granted Publix a vaccination contract as a kickback for a $100,000 campaign donation, according to a report by journalist Sharyn Alfonsi.
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Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Red Bull, Elon Musk, and Matt Gaetz  —  Politics and the attention economy.  —  1. Red Bull and Elon Musk  —  What is “Red Bull”?  —  “Red Bull” is a carbonated energy drink.  It is packaged in metal cans.  These cans and the liquid inside them are manufactured by Rauch …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
VP Harris visits Chicago bakery even as border crisis escalates  —  Harris has been tapped as Biden's point person to deal with the border  —  ‘Fill the gaps’: Tomi Lahren slams Biden's border handling after recent return to AZ  —  Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday visited a bakery in Chicago …
Discussion: ABC7
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Elections Chief Warns Biden May Register ‘Uninformed,’ ‘Woke’ College Voters  —  Mississippi's top election official says he is worried that the nation will suffer if more “woke” and “uninformed” college students become registered voters.  Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
David Gambacorta / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Conspiracy Land … Omar Sabir explained his decision to his wife quietly, out of earshot of their six children, who were all under the age of 12.  He needed to start spending nights at a hotel.  Just in case.  —  The Nov. 3 presidential election was just days away.
Discussion: Raw Story
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden to unveil long-awaited executive action on guns  —  President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a long-awaited package of executive actions to curb gun violence Thursday at the White House, according to four people familiar with the plan.  —  The announcement comes nearly three months …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden wants to cement a governing majority.  His Build Back Better bill is his plan to do it.  —  President Joe Biden's sprawling infrastructure plan doesn't just attempt to turn decades-old progressive policy pursuits into law.  Aides and operatives inside and out of the White House …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Biden Unveils Plan to Raise Corporate Taxes  —  The Biden administration unveiled its plan to overhaul the corporate tax code on Wednesday, offering an array of proposals that would require large companies to pay higher taxes to help fund the White House's economic agenda.
David Schuman / WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Buffalo Business Owner With Huge ‘Trump 2020’ Flag Prepared To ‘Go To Jail’ For Violating City Rules  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota man refuses to take down a “Trump 2020” flag that's in violation of city ordinance.  —  Jay Johnson is flying the custom-made flag on a crane at his construction business in Buffalo.
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing …
David Roth / Defector:
What Exactly Is Donald Trump Upset About Here?  —  One remarkable and inspiring thing about former President of the United States Donald Trump is that he has somehow spent unimaginable thousands of hours in his life watching television without ever getting good at it.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Trump media era ends not with a wow but a whisper  —  For about half an hour on Tuesday, a former president of the United States appeared on television to offer his unfiltered assessment of the state of American politics, of foreign policy and of the various controversies flitting around the political world.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges in ethics complaints  — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, violated campaign finance rules by using donor funds to promote his book, a watchdog alleged in two ethics complaints.  — The Campaign Legal Center accused …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
What a photo of Trump's new office reveals about how he wants to be remembered  —  Americans got a glimpse of Donald Trump's post-presidential office for the first time on Monday, when former White House aide Stephen Miller tweeted out a picture of himself with Trump.
Discussion: National Review
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Liberal comedian Samantha Bee admits she pulls punches when it comes to Biden: 'I can't deny that'  —  'I think that's probably true across the board,' TBS host said  —  Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for April 7  —  TBS' far-left “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee admitted …
Discussion: Twitchy
Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tishaura Jones wins mayoral race: 'It's time for St. Louis to thrive'  —  ST. LOUIS — City Treasurer Tishaura Jones won the St. Louis mayor's race Tuesday, defeating Alderman Cara Spencer in a contest matching two progressive Democratic women.  —  Unofficial final returns showed Jones pulling …
Discussion: The Appeal
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
JPMorgan Secretly Emailed the Trump Administration About Bailing Out the Oil Industry  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  In October, top executives at JPMorgan Chase wrote in an op-ed …
Reuters:
Exclusive-U.S. to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration plans to unveil a package of about $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance that was cut off by then-President Donald Trump …
 
 
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
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‘A Whole Bunch of Crazy’: Inside the South Carolina GOP's MAGA Coup
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