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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
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
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  —  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 …
CNN:
Pence signs a seven-figure book deal, but Trump and other administration alums face a tough market in publishing
Discussion: Political Wire and Vanity Fair
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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Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House Democrats have little room for differences when it comes to passing Biden's infrastructure proposal
Discussion: Washington Times
Caroline Simon / Roll Call:
Democrats weigh reconciliation bill for immigration action
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Liberal Patriot
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.
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, CNN, Associated Press and The Hill
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
It's Time to Fix the 1887 Law That Led to the Capitol Riot  —  Since there will apparently not be a bipartisan commission to examine the Capitol riot, it's no longer clear there will be a reevaluation of the arcane law that created the occasion for that attempted insurrection.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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: Variety, Deadline and Mediaite
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 …
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
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.
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Teachers' Union Head Rips Jews in Interview on School Reopening  —  Union leader Randi Weingarten criticized Jews as “part of the ownership class” dedicated to denying opportunities to others in an interview released on Friday.  —  Weingarten—who is herself Jewish and draws a six-figure salary …
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 …
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
6 charged in NH youth detention center sex abuse probe  —  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Six former staffers at New Hampshire's state-run youth detention center were arrested Wednesday in connection with the abuse of 11 children over the course of a decade, including one who continued working …
Brian J Barth / OneZero:
Homeless in the Shadow of Apple's $5 Billion Campus  —  A group of ex-tech workers, gig employees, and locals priced out of the housing market are fighting for affordable housing in Silicon Valley  —  the corner of East Homestead and North Wolfe Road in Cupertino, California …
 
 
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Eric Kaufmann / Manhattan Institute:
The Social Construction of Racism in the United States
Discussion: National Review
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Donor Darla Moore writes off USC after it fails to acknowledge her mother's death
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Legacy Media Corruption Is At The Heart Of Our National Conflict
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
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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
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
‘Leave no Tigrayan’: In Ethiopia, an ethnicity is erased
Discussion: The Week