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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 into Biden's term …
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Washington Post:
Biden to nominate official from gun-control group to head ATF
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyes Russia Retaliation After Review of Meddling, Hacking
Discussion: Insider
Associated Press:
Biden to announce executive actions to combat gun violence
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Biden to nominate ATF director and announce new executive actions on guns
Discussion: NPR and RedState
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Finding From Particle Research Could Rewrite 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 seems …
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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Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Miller's Next Act Finds a Stage in the Courts
al.com:
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill admits affair, won't run for U.S. Senate: 'There's no excuse'  —  After initially denying reports of an affair, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill on Wednesday afternoon told AL.com that he had “an inappropriate relationship” with a 44-year-old woman …
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.
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Robby Soave / Reason:
A Medical Student Questioned Microaggressions.  UVA Branded Him a Threat and Banished Him from Campus.  —  Kieran Bhattacharya is a student at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine.  On October 25, 2018, he attended a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA won't prosecute lawmaker arrested during election law signing  —  Fulton County's district attorney said Wednesday that she won't prosecute the Democratic lawmaker who was arrested last month after she knocked repeatedly on the door of Gov. Brian Kemp's state office …
Discussion: ABC News, Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Capitol riot defendant flips to help prosecutors against Proud Boys  —  (CNN)At least one of the Capitol riot defendants has flipped against the Proud Boys, agreeing to provide information that could allow the Justice Department to bring a more severe charge against the group's leadership, according to an attorney involved in the case.
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.
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 …
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Cut:
An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeet  —  Back in the fall, I received an unexpected text from a man I had just started seeing.  “Are u on wikifeet?”  —  Assuming he was joking, I laughed and said no. Then he sent me a link to my wikiFeet page.
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
In her own words: Woman describes Cuomo's alleged groping at mansion  —  Woman says governor's ‘sexually aggressive’ behavior increased over time  —  ALBANY — The call came on a weekday in late November.  The governor inexplicably had a technical issue with his mobile phone and needed assistance at the Executive Mansion.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Held Discussions for $4 Billion Takeover of Clubhouse  — Talks no longer active between Twitter, social media startup  — Clubhouse is seeking to raise funding at a similar valuation  —  Twitter Inc. held talks in recent months to acquire Clubhouse, the buzzy audio-based social network …
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Twitter won't let National Archives revive @realDonaldTrump  —  Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump's past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday …
Tom Jones / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ misses the mark in its story about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and COVID-19 vaccines  —  The investigative journalism show is highly respected, but not infallible.  A sloppy moment on Sunday's show is raising serious concerns.  —  CBS's “60 Minutes” is the finest …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Gov. DeSantis wins new fans on right in ‘60 Minutes’ fight
Discussion: RedState
Antony J. Blinken / United States Department of State:
The United States Restores Assistance for the Palestinians  —  The United States is pleased to announce that, working with Congress, we plan to restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people.  This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance …
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The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with King Abdullah II of Jordan
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sen. McConnell Backs Off Warning to Corporate America on Politics  —  Republican leader has criticized companies for speaking out against Georgia voting law  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday backed off his warning that businesses should stay away from politics …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CBS shake-up: Two TV station executives exit following L.A. Times investigation  —  CBS has ousted two powerful TV station executives following allegations of racist and abusive behavior.  —  Peter Dunn, who served as president of the TV Stations group since 2009, and David Friend …
Anna Bross / The Atlantic:
Statement From Atlantic Media on Unauthorized Access of Its Servers  —  A forensic investigation found no evidence that any subscribers', customers', or clients' financial or sensitive information was involved.  —  On March 1, 2021, Atlantic Media, a minority shareholder and former corporate owner …
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 Piore / Newsweek:
Can Blood from Young People Slow Aging?  Silicon Valley Has Bet Billions It Will  —  The Spanish firm Grifols set off a kerfuffle last year when it nearly doubled the going price for blood donations for a COVID-19 treatment trial.  Brigham Young University in Idaho had to threaten …
Timothy Sandefur / In Defense of Liberty:
Fifth Circuit Decision in ICWA Case Hands Major Victory to Indian Children  —  In a long (300+ pages!) and divided opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday upheld a federal district court ruling that found the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional on a variety of legal grounds.
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
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.
Eric Kaufmann / Manhattan Institute:
The Social Construction of Racism in the United States  —  Foreword  —  In the 1980s, people all around America became convinced that day care centers were secretly practicing demonic ritual sex abuse on children.  These allegations stayed in the national news for the better part of a decade.
Discussion: National Review
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump relaunches his fundraising machine after months of quiet  —  The screaming, all-caps texts and emails are returning.  The red “Make America Great Again” hats are back in stock.  —  Former President Donald Trump is reigniting his small-dollar fundraising operation for the first time since leaving …
Discussion: Forbes and Insider
Kyle Jaeger / Marijuana Moment:
Virginia Lawmakers Approve Governor's Marijuana Amendment To Speed Up Legalization  —  The Virginia House of Delegates and Senate have both accepted the governor's amendment to their respective versions of legislation to legalize marijuana in the state, including a revision that will push …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and WRIC-TV
Samuel Rubenfeld / brief.kharon.com:
Sales To Iran Nail New York Cosmetics Firm's President  —  The president of a New York-based cosmetics company was charged by federal prosecutors in a three-count indictment for facilitating USD 350,000 in sales of nail polish to an Iranian importer in violation of U.S. sanctions.
Discussion: Justice News
Guy Benson / Townhall:
Heh: Georgia Republican Introduces ‘Voter Suppression’ Bill to Adopt Election Laws from Joe Biden's Delaware  —  Superb trolling, if only to highlight the blithering, insulting idiocy of Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer's rhetoric about Georgia's new law.  If the president wants to tar Georgia's …
 
 
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
USBP Arrests MS-13 Gang Member
Ben Zeisloft / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
EXCLUSIVE: College shells out $25,000 to host 1619 Project author for speaking engagement
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
6 charged in NH youth detention center sex abuse probe
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Remembering Legal Analyst Midwin Charles: A life well lived, cut too short
Discussion: Mediaite, Insider and Variety
CNBC:
Op-ed: Stop saying Covid vaccine passport and learn from messaging missteps of the past
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
It's Time to Fix the 1887 Law That Led to the Capitol Riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Michigan AG Says Sidney Powell's Claim that ‘No Reasonable Person’ Would Believe Her Kraken Theories Is Exactly Why She Should Be Sanctioned
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David Schuman / WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Buffalo Business Owner With Huge ‘Trump 2020’ Flag Prepared To ‘Go To Jail’ For Violating City Rules
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘They Just Walked In’: Tucker Carlson's Bizarre Revisionist Defense of Capitol Rioters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
David Gambacorta / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Conspiracy Land … Omar Sabir explained his decision to his wife quietly …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Justice Breyer warns proponents of packing Supreme Court to ‘think long and hard’ about the risks