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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer says expanding the Supreme Court could erode trust  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday that proposals to expand the Supreme Court to dilute the power of its conservative majority risk making justices appear more political and could hurt the court's influence with the public.
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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.
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Fay Vincent / Wall Street Journal:
Rob Manfred's All-Star Error
Discussion: OutKick and The Federalist
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned  —  Chuck Schumer vowed in November that when his Democrats “take Georgia, then we change the world.”  He wasn't far off.  —  The New Yorker's ascension to Senate majority leader gave President Joe Biden the power to spend trillions …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Dianne Feinstein signals she's open to abandoning Senate filibuster for voting rights
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Althouse, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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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Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America tears down Biden's infrastructure plan
Discussion: KARK-TV
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 …
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.
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
Dimon calls on companies to be policymakers  —  JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is calling on companies to play a bigger role in the world's problems, saying today in his annual shareholders letter that the business sector should be a “responsible community citizen.”
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Hugh Son / CNBC:   Jamie Dimon says economic boom fueled by deficit spending, vaccines could ‘easily run into 2023’
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Florida Dem claims he told CBS DeSantis-Publix story was ‘bulls—’; producer says info used ‘on background’  —  ‘60 Minutes’ producer claimed in email to DeSantis office ‘deadline has passed’ for interview with Florida emergency management director  —  ‘60 Minutes’ continues to receive backlash for Ron DeSantis-Publix package
Discussion: Twitchy and IJR
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Jim Bakker Is Now Using His End Times Broadcast to Warn About Zombies  —  For years, right-wing pastor Jim Bakker has been using his daily television program to terrify his audience into believing that the End Times are upon us, often for the apparent purpose of selling them products designed to help them survive the apocalypse.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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: Raw Story
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.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, February 2021  —  The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $71.1 billion in February, up $3.3 billion from $67.8 billion in January, revised. … Exports, Imports, and Balance (exhibit 1)
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Insider
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Why conservatives are wrong to say broadband access isn't infrastructure spending  —  “Broadband is infrastructure.”  That's what President Joe Biden's Twitter account posted Monday night.  You might not have noticed, given that it's a perfectly anodyne statement — one that happens to be true.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence  —  The vice president had been living temporarily in Blair House while Number One Observatory Circle underwent repairs.  —  WASHINGTON — Number One Observatory Circle is finally ready for its newest resident.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“We Are Hoarding”: Why the U.S. Still Can't Donate COVID-19 Vaccines to Countries in Need  —  On the morning of March 31, roughly 25 Biden administration officials gathered at the White House, double-masked, for a meeting called on short notice by a member of the National Security Council.
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Kyrsten Sinema's independent streak runs deep … When Republican Sen. John McCain cast a tie-breaking vote against a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017, he signaled his opposition with a dramatic thumbs down on the Senate floor.  Three and a half years later …
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 …
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 …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
‘A Whole Bunch of Crazy’: Inside the South Carolina GOP's MAGA Coup  —  Local Tea Party leader Pressley Stutts said Trump's instructions to the faithful were clear: “'Go purge, get rid of the RINOs in the Republican Party.' So we took him seriously.”  —  When Lenna Smith arrived …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Mo Brooks nabs Trump endorsement in Alabama Senate race  —  Former President Donald Trump is endorsing Rep. Mo Brooks in the Alabama Senate race, a nod that could dramatically reshape next year's GOP primary for the state's open seat.  —  “Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT …
Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor  —  Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell Axios.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell and the Agony of the Post-Trump Corporate Republican  —  On June 15, 2012, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a speech portentously titled “Growing Threats to Our First Amendment Rights: An Address by Mitch McConnell.”  ("Address" is the term politicians use for speeches they wish to be taken seriously.)
Discussion: Raw Story
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
If Democrats Will Cry ‘Racist’ No Matter What, Republicans Should Pass Much Stronger Laws  —  Everyone knows why Democrats don't want voters to show ID.  It has nothing to do with racism, and everyone knows it.  So why are we playing this stupid game?  —  In March, Georgia Republicans amended …
Discussion: The 19th, Twitchy, CNN and Townhall
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The biggest potential danger to Jordan's King Abdullah II is himself
Discussion: Bloomberg
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden builds his wall
Discussion: National Review
Forbes:
What Do The President's Son, George Floyd And Rapper DMX Have In Common? A Disease Called Addiction
Discussion: Fox News
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Joe Biden is not planning to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Jennifer Rubin shatters glass ceiling, becomes first woman to win ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Tishaura Jones Wins St. Louis Mayoral Race
Discussion: Raw Story
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Erin Silvia / Hollywood Life:
Dave Chappelle Claims He Saw Celebs Leaving ‘Dirty Notes’ For Trump Staff At White House Party
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
John Nichols / The Nation:
Betsy DeVos Takes Her Assault on Public Schools Back to the States
Grace Panetta / Insider:
‘A complete rip-off’: Campaign-finance experts puzzled and stunned by Trump camp's reported ‘money-bomb’ ploy
Discussion: The Bulwark and Raw Story
Robert A. Pape / Washington Post:
What an analysis of 377 Americans arrested or charged in the Capitol insurrection tells us