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Joe Manchin III / Washington Post:
Joe Manchin: I will not vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster  —  Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, represents West Virginia in the Senate.  —  When Americans vote to send their two senators to Washington, they trust that they will work to represent the interests of their state on equal footing with 98 other senators.
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic … Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing six initial actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic.  The recent high-profile mass shootings in Boulder …
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden to unveil long-awaited executive action on guns
CBS News:
Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say  —  Federal investigators are looking into a Bahamas trip Matt Gaetz allegedly took in late 2018 or early 2019 as part of an inquiry into whether the Florida representative violated sex trafficking laws, multiple sources told CBS News.
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NBC News:
Investigators in Rep. Matt Gaetz inquiry looking into Bahamas travel, sources say  —  As part of their probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz, federal investigators are looking into his travel to the Bahamas with women and specifically whether those women were paid to travel for sex which could violate federal law …
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 …
Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath / Axios:
Kentucky governor signs bipartisan bill expanding voting access  —  Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Wednesday signed a bipartisan bill that expands voting access in the state.  —  Why it matters: The legislation, passed by the GOP-controlled legislature, comes as Republicans in other states push for more voting restrictions.
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and The Hill
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Democratic governor in deep-red Kentucky signs bill to expand voting, bucking national trend  —  As Republicans in more than 40 states have pushed bills to restrict voting after former president Donald Trump's November loss, a markedly different story played out in deep-red Kentucky.
Fox News:
NY Rep. Zeldin launches 2022 gubernatorial campaign amid Cuomo controversies  —  Cuomo resisting calls to resign amid sexual harassment allegations and a COVID nursing home scandal  —  Zeldin on Cuomo: ‘Big question mark’ whether others will come forward  —  EXCLUSIVE - Saying that …
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Tom Brune / Newsday:
Rep. Zeldin says he will seek GOP gubernatorial nomination in NY  —  WASHINGTON — Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin said Thursday he will run for governor of New York, launching his bid for the Republican nomination with an attack on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for diminishing the state and a promise to bring it “back from the brink.”
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
More Contagious Virus Variant Is Now Dominant in U.S., C.D.C. Chief Says  —  The B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in Britain, is now the source of most new coronavirus infections in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Most U.S. infections are now caused by a contagious virus variant, the C.D.C. says.
Discussion: HotAir
Caterina Andreano / ABC News:
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky expects all schools will be fully open for in-person learning in September
Discussion: Mediaite, Forbes and New York Post
Sarah Rankin / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Northam endorses McAuliffe for Va. governor  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he is backing Terry McAuliffe in the race to succeed him, handing his predecessor one of the contest's most coveted endorsements.
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Ben Paviour / NPR:
Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize ‘Social Equity’
Discussion: VPM.org and Insider
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.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
G.O.P. Group Warns of ‘Defector’ List If Donors Uncheck Recurring Box  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you're a DEFECTOR.”  —  The political arm of House Republicans is deploying …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer  —  Ronald Fischetti will represent the firm in Manhattan district attorney's probe into former president's business dealings  —  The Trump Organization has hired Ronald Fischetti, an experienced New York criminal-defense attorney …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Corporate Taxes Are Wealth Taxes  —  And their decline has led to a steep drop in tax rates for the affluent.  —  The main cause of the radical decline in tax rates for very wealthy Americans over the past 75 years isn't the one that many people would guess.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Daniele Selby / Innocence Project:
New Mexico Is the Second State to Ban Qualified Immunity  —  Lawmakers passed the New Mexico Civil Rights Act on Wednesday.  —  New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the New Mexico Civil Rights Act — also known as House Bill 4 — advancing fair and equal treatment under the law on Wednesday.
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Billy Binion / Reason:   New Mexico Abolishes Qualified Immunity
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.
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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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How right-wing media keeps smearing George Floyd with the racist ‘no angel’ narrative  —  In an appalling bit of shorthand, the riveting courtroom drama in Minneapolis has come to be called “the George Floyd trial.”  —  Floyd died in police custody last spring and is obviously not the one on trial.
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Ann Coulter:
MINNEAPOLIS VS. THE EVIDENCE
Discussion: NPR
Daniel Funke / The latest factchecks PolitiFact.com …:
Unpacking the edits in ‘60 Minutes’ report on Ron DeSantis, Florida vaccines  — FLORIDA - FACEBOOK FACT-CHECKS - CORONAVIRUS  —  A CBS correspondent questioned Gov. Ron DeSantis on the state's partnership with Publix to distribute vaccines in Palm Beach County.
Washington Examiner:
Pentagon training promotes left-wing racism  —  In the name of fighting extremism and racism, President Joe Biden's Department of Defense is promoting racial extremism.  On this initiative, the Pentagon should stand down.  —  In February, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered that …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Infrastructure Spending Can Save Local Journalism … What counts as infrastructure?  Critics of President Biden's American Jobs Plan are already in a huff that the administration's proposals go well beyond repairing roads and bridges.  Some of the complaints from the right are bizarre …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Former Campaign Manager Is Advising Caitlyn Jenner  —  WORLDS COLLIDE  —  Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale is advising Caitlyn Jenner on a potential run for governor of California, a person with knowledge of the matter confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday evening.
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
NRA chief Wayne LaPierre acknowledges he did not disclose bankruptcy plans or luxury yacht trips to other top officials  —  Wayne LaPierre, who positioned the National Rifle Association as an uncompromising lobbying powerhouse over the past three decades, admitted Wednesday …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
This Trump backer defended the Jan. 6 riot in print — without mentioning he was in the Capitol  —  The top editor of a self-described “politically incorrect” Orthodox Jewish newspaper — a Donald Trump booster who scored a recent interview with the former president's impeachment attorney …
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Donors fret Trump's grip on GOP as they descend on Palm Beach  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  The Republican Party's biggest donors are descending on DONALD TRUMP'S turf, Palm Beach, this weekend to huddle over the future of the party.  But don't take the location as a sign …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Before becoming a terrorist leader, ISIS chief was a prison informer in Iraq for U.S., records show  —  In confidential interrogation reports, Iraqi detainee M060108-01 is depicted as a model prisoner, “cooperative” with his American captors and unusually chatty.
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.
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Nasty notes left for Trump staffers came from celebs, not Obama aides, Dave Chappelle says  —  When former President Donald Trump first moved into the White House in January 2017, his staffers said they found nasty notes stuffed into the drawers and cabinets — a claim Obama aides fiercely denied.
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
The GOP's continuing Donald Trump problem  —  Donald Trump isn't finished inflicting pain on the Republican Party.  Republicans' unwillingness to deal with their Trump problem, as late as his second impeachment, could well cost them dearly in 2022 and beyond.
Discussion: New York Times and Breitbart
 
 
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Anne Frank's Stepsister Eva Schloss on Holocaust Horrors and How Trump Reminds Her of Hitler
Discussion: Raw Story
Lev Facher / STAT:
Biden officials rebuff appeals to surge Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan amid growing crisis
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Ron Paul spotted wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes for interview
Discussion: Althouse
Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters:
Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law granted political asylum by Britain
Bloomberg:
White House Considering Nearly Doubling Obama's Climate Pledge
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Say it ain't so, Amtrak Joe  —  TWITTER TO ARCHIVES: NO @REALDONALDTRUMP FOR YOU …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Min Jin Lee / New York Times:
A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World
Isaac Saul / Tangle:
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Adam Piore / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Page Array
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
In her own words: Woman describes Cuomo's alleged groping at mansion