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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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Associated Press:
Biden to announce executive actions to combat gun violence
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
A Tiny Particle's Wobble Could Upend the 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 to be disobeying …
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
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 …
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.
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
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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Gregory Svirnovskiy / Vox:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's incredible fundraising haul reveals what the GOP is really about  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene raised more than $3 million in the first quarter of 2021.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  In preparation for what is likely to be a contentious reelection fight …
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org, Forbes and Fox News
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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Blinken resumes funding for Palestinians as lawmakers decry terrorist payments
Discussion: Fox News and National Review
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tobias Hoonhout / National Review:
Arkansas Governor's Trans-Bill Veto Raises Questions about Corporate Pressure  —  During an appearance with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night, Arkansans Republican governor Asa Hutchinson vociferously denied that he had been in contact with corporate interests in his state about the …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Isaac Saul / Tangle:
Why I'm *not* leaving Substack  —  In response to reader inquiries.  —  3 hr ago … Today's read: 9 minutes.  —  If you've spent any time on Twitter recently, you've probably seen an article pop up with a title that looks something like this: “Why I'm leaving Substack...”
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
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 …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
China demands Biden cave to Iran after US urges Beijing to be ‘partner’ in nuclear talks  —  A senior Chinese diplomat endorsed Iran's negotiating position during a high-stakes meeting about the rehabilitation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, even as President Joe Biden hopes Beijing will be a “partner” in these negotiations.
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 …
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights  —  At a time when states with Republican-led legislatures are rushing to restrict ballot access, Kentucky proved the exception to the rule.  The reasons are both political and logistical.  —  Jennifer Decker has solid conservative credentials.
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.
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Remembering Legal Analyst Midwin Charles: A life well lived, cut too short  —  Dr. Jason Johnson remembers his friend Midwin Charles, who died on Tuesday at 47 years old  —  One of the more morbid parts of the journalism business is the process of writing obituaries.
Discussion: Mediaite, Insider and Variety
 
 
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After the Capitol Riot, Democrats Are Torn Over Working With the G.O.P.
Ally Fitzgerald / Nixon Seminar:
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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
The 2022 Senate race no one is talking about
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with King Abdullah II of Jordan
Discussion: The Hill
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump relaunches his fundraising machine after months of quiet
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Samuel Rubenfeld / brief.kharon.com:
Sales To Iran Nail New York Cosmetics Firm's President
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Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
6 charged in NH youth detention center sex abuse probe
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
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