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Ross Ibbetson / Agence France-Presse:
Punchy billboard appears overnight in Matt Gaetz's home state of Florida as he denies sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl  — Gaetz, 38, is being investigated by the Department of Justice over allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl  — DoJ is also probing separate claims that Gaetz …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The legal peril Rep. Matt Gaetz is facing appeared to increase sharply Thursday after a court hearing indicated that one of Gaetz's close friends, former Seminole County, Fla., tax collector Joel Greenberg …
Evan Perez / CNN:
Federal investigators are scrutinizing Matt Gaetz's trip to Bahamas  —  GOP largely silent amid Justice Department probe into Gaetz  —  (CNN)Federal investigators are seeking to determine whether Rep. Matt Gaetz was provided travel and women in exchange for political favors as part of a broader probe …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel, Insider, Vox and The Root
Melissa Gira Grant / New Republic:
What Kind of Monster Is Matt Gaetz?
Discussion: Fox News, Digby's Hullabaloo and IJR
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Hub City Florida billboard takes a pot shot at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Manhattan district attorney seizes evidence from Trump executive's former daughter-in-law  —  NEW YORK — Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, acting on a grand jury subpoena, took possession of financial records Thursday morning from the apartment of Jennifer Weisselberg …
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Mueller fraud investigator brought in to help Vance's probe of Trump Org.  —  (CNN)A former FBI forensic accountant key to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is one of several accountants working on the Manhattan district …
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Trump Org CFO's ex-daughter-in-law hired a former top financial fraud prosecutor to pore over ‘boxes of documents’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
Andrew Weissmann on How to Prosecute Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AP source: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor in South Carolina was former NFL player Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation.
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
Biden calls gun violence in the U.S. an ‘epidemic’ and ‘embarrassment’ as he announces executive orders to tighten restrictions  —  BREAKING: President Biden announced the executive actions, including one targeting kits used to assemble firearms from pieces, after deadly back-to-back mass shootings …
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors  —  The Biden administration appears to be spending at least $60 million per week to care for the more than 16,000 migrant teenagers and children in shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services …
Discussion: New York Post
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border agents took more than 172,000 into custody in March, Biden officials say
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Intelligence forecast sees a post-coronavirus world upended by climate change and splintering societies  —  U.S. intelligence officials have little comfort to offer a pandemic-weary planet about where the world is heading in the next 20 years.  Short answer: It looks pretty bleak.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Intelligence Report Warns of Global Consequences of Social Fragmentation
Discussion: SpaceNews and Wall Street Journal
Jeff Burlew / Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida Elections Commission general counsel arrested on child porn charges  —  Eric Lipman also served as an officer with a nonprofit soccer league for boys and girls aged 4-17.  —  View Comments  —  The general counsel for the Florida Elections Commission was arrested Wednesday on charges …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Former Fox host Eric Bolling walks off BBC interview  —  Former Fox News host Eric Bolling walked off an BBC news show Wednesday after another guest on the show, Aisha Mills said his concern for black communities was a lie, Mediate reported.  —  “I think it's really rich for any Republican …
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Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Eric Bolling walks off set after guest accuses him of pretending to care about black people to make political point
Discussion: RedState
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Politicians dread the sting of #KHive, the fervent online fans of Kamala Harris  —  When Rep. Ro Khanna started pressing Vice President Kamala Harris to use her procedural power to push a national minimum wage hike a few weeks ago, he found himself targeted by a swarm of online Harris supporters.
Discussion: Politico
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Howard Dean Pushes Biden to Oppose Generic Covid-19 Vaccines for Developing Countries … Howard Dean, the former progressive champion, is calling on President Joe Biden to reject a special intellectual property waiver that would allow low-cost, generic coronavirus vaccines to be produced to meet the needs of low-income countries.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Emily Anthes / New York Times:
Has the Era of Overzealous Cleaning Finally Come to an End?  —  This week, the C.D.C. acknowledged what scientists have been saying for months: The risk of catching the coronavirus from surfaces is low.  —  When the coronavirus began to spread in the United States last spring, many experts warned of the danger posed by surfaces.
Discussion: HotAir
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A GOP governor's frantic appeal to Trump voters reveals a terrible GOP truth  —  The tragic plight of Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, deserves careful study.  It reveals that in the post-Trump GOP, the space for behaving with even a modicum of real commitment to democracy …
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: Coke Too Woke  —  Now that companies are doing things they don't like, Republicans have turned on the free market.  —  “Screw you MLB.  Screw Delta and screw Coke.  In fact, screw all corporations”  —  Corporate America has had enough of the GOP trying to make it harder …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
We tested the first state ‘vaccine passport.’ Here's what worked — and didn't.  —  New York's Excelsior Pass has some solid privacy protections.  But it's complicated to use and easy to fake.  —  Want to go to a Yankees game?  Watch a Justin Bieber concert?  Let's see your app.
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden  —  It's unexpected, but it's not inexplicable.  —  Joe Biden didn't wake up one day and realize he'd been wrong for 30 years.  —  I covered him in the Senate, in the Obama White House, in the Democratic Party's post-Trump reckoning.
Andrew Branca / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Chauvin Trial Day 8 Wrap-Up: “I Ate Too Many Drugs” Video May Be Game-Changer  —  Once again the defense weaponizes prosecution ‘expert’ witnesses against the prosecution case.  — Parler  — Gab  — MeWe  — Buffer  — Pocket  — Blogger  — Yahoo Mail  — Viber
Discussion: Breitbart
Nathan Tempey / Gothamist:
The Cause Of Roberto Grant's Death In Notorious Manhattan Jail Was Deemed “Undetermined.”  Experts Now Say It Was A Homicide  —  It was May 2015, and Roberto Grant had pleaded guilty to taking part in a series of luxury watch store heists.  He was awaiting sentencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center …
Ashley Feinberg / Trashberg:
What exactly is Trump doing at Mar-a-Lago all day?  —  Fortunately for us, the club's members are giving the man most of what he needs.  —  17 hr ago  —  Donald Trump was relatively quiet when he first left office, and while that's not too unusual for most former presidents, it was unprecedented for him.
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn ignored official warnings about receiving foreign payments  —  Trump's former national security adviser was warned about taking foreign money as far back as 2014, the Pentagon's inspector general has found, undermining claims of political persecution
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
You Can't Ignore Physics, Joe  —  On the menu today: Joe Biden urges America to pass his infrastructure bill so that one day trains can cross the United States as fast as jet planes do, a vision that does not align well with the laws of physics.  The president also envisions passenger airliners …
Discussion: New York Post, RedState and Twitchy
Pew Research Center:
Confronting 2016 and 2020 Polling Limitations  —  Pew Research Center's efforts to examine its American Trends Panel surveys and develop solutions  —  Pew Research Center conducted a series of analyses exploring data quality in its U.S. surveys, specifically those conducted …
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Philadelphia ‘not safe’ with DA Krasner in office: Police union president  —  John McNesby is calling on officers and their families to switch parties to oust the liberal DA  —  Philadelphia police union president says officers switching parties to oust liberal DA Krasner
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs permitless carry bill into law as Tennessee joins 18 other states  —  Tennessee is officially one of 19 states where permitless gun carry will be the law.  —  Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed a bill allowing most adults to carry a handgun without a permit …
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The GOP Needs to Understand That the Corporations Are Its Enemy  —  Old habits die hard, and now it's time for the GOP's habitual support of big business to die, and to die hard.  —  Look around - the corporations have decided it's a great time to use their power against us.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Existential Threat — Or Politics As Usual?  —  In Washington — and in many state capitols — legislators and activists have cast voting legislation in apocalyptic terms, claiming that any change in voter law represents an existential threat to democracy as we know it.
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Online Scammers Have a New Offer for You: Vaccine Cards  —  Hundreds of sellers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards, as businesses and states weigh proof of vaccinations for getting people back to work and play.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Etsy, eBay, Facebook and Twitter …
Discussion: Slate
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Emails show Amazon pressed Postal Service for mailbox outside warehouse before union vote  —  The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union may claim the company's role tainted the Bessemer, Ala., balloting and could move to overturn the results if it loses the election
Bloomberg:
Labor Wants Biden to Put Cook or Spriggs on Fed, Trumka Says  — President currently has one seat on Fed board to fill  — Trumka says Fed's Powell is ‘masterful’ at steering economy  —  AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called on President Joe Biden to use a current vacancy …
 
 
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