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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.
CNN:
GOP's Trump obsession is giving Biden an opening
Caroline Simon / Roll Call:
Democrats weigh reconciliation bill for immigration action
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
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 …
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, Insider and The Playlist
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Ivana Saric / Axios:
Andrew Giuliani says he plans to run for New York governor
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The question that's about to dominate politics  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  What is infrastructure?  —  That's a question that will dominate politics for the spring and summer.  —  President JOE BIDEN wants the concept to be defined expansively, using it for priorities …
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 …
Jonathan Tamari / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump favorite Sean Parnell is almost definitely running for Senate in Pennsylvania  —  Sean Parnell, a decorated combat veteran and favorite of former President Donald Trump, is all but certain to run for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, according to a Republican official who spoke with Parnell this week.
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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: The Hill and Associated Press
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Biden Administration Announces 500,000 New Sign-Ups At HealthCare.gov  —  Promoting enrollment, something the Trump administration never did, seems to be paying off — and helping a lot of people.  —  So this is what it looks like when the people in charge of the Affordable Care Act want it to reach as many people as possible.
Discussion: HHS News releases
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
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Teachers' Union Head Rips Jews in Interview on School Reopening  —  AFT's Weingarten smears Jews as ‘ownership class’  —  Union leader Randi Weingarten criticized Jews as “part of the ownership class” dedicated to denying opportunities to others in an interview released on Friday.
Discussion: National Review, Reason and Twitchy
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 …
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.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
President 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.
Collin Binkley / Associated Press:
Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely  —  Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration.
Discussion: Insider, HotAir, The Dispatch and Twitchy
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
‘Leave no Tigrayan’: In Ethiopia, an ethnicity is erased  —  HAMDAYET, Sudan (AP) — The atrocities have been seared into the skin and the minds of Tigrayans, who take shelter by the thousands within sight of the homeland they fled in northern Ethiopia.  —  They arrive in heat that soars above 38 C …
 
 
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Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Rule on Covid-19 Workplace Safety Misses Deadline
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘They Just Walked In’: Tucker Carlson's Bizarre Revisionist Defense of Capitol Rioters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Politico
Washington Post:
‘A moment of peril’: Biden sees infections climb on his watch
Discussion: Associated Press
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Liberal comedian Samantha Bee admits she pulls punches when it comes to Biden: 'I can't deny that'
Discussion: Twitchy
Reuters:
Exclusive-U.S. to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians - sources
Defense News:
Rejoining Open Skies would send ‘wrong message’ to Russia, State tells partners
 Earlier Items: 
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
JPMorgan Secretly Emailed the Trump Administration About Bailing Out the Oil Industry
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Jim Bakker Is Now Using His End Times Broadcast to Warn About Zombies
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
David Roth / Defector:
What Exactly Is Donald Trump Upset About Here?
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
‘A Whole Bunch of Crazy’: Inside the South Carolina GOP's MAGA Coup
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
What a photo of Trump's new office reveals about how he wants to be remembered
Discussion: National Review
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence
Discussion: Fox News and Bloomberg
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Trump media era ends not with a wow but a whisper