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The Daily Beast:
Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo'd Teen … In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900.  The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money.
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New York Times:
Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say  —  The associate could cooperate with prosecutors, giving them information about Mr. Gaetz's relationships that investigators are examining for possible sex trafficking violations.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. …
Politico:
Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship  —  The Logan Circle Group warned journalists they risked a lawsuit if they didn't retract reports that Trump was distancing himself from the embattled congressman.  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fa.).  Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images
New York Times:
Biden Announces Action on Guns, Saying ‘This Is Just a Start’  —  Representative Matt Gaetz's communications director has also resigned amid a federal sex trafficking investigation.  President Biden inaccurately described “loopholes” in federal regulations of firearms during a speech outlining his first actions to combat gun violence.
Orlando Sentinel:
Joel Greenberg paid $7,500 to Anthony Sabatini while Seminole Tax Collector  —  Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County Tax Collector at the center of a sprawling criminal probe into everything from stalking to wire fraud to sex trafficking, used taxpayer money to pay $7,500 in legal fees to state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, records show.
Discussion: Fox News
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors
Brandon Gage / HillReporter.com:
Matt Gaetz Could Be ‘Uncomfortable’ After Informant's Lawyer Makes This Announcement
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Post:
Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal with prosecutors in sex-trafficking case
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Hub City Florida billboard takes a pot shot at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Matt Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal, attorneys say
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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Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus  —  Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic.  —  She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher.  She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one.
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
In New Book, Boehner Says He Regrets Clinton Impeachment  —  Former Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, writes that the drive to remove President Bill Clinton was a politically motivated move he wishes he had repudiated.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio …
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.
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
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Brad Esposito / Nieman Lab:
“The idea that we can change anything, I have given up on”: NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny on documenting the “depressing” internet  —  “Suddenly, the stupid stuff on the internet, the scary stuff on the internet, became just so mainstream and important.  And that totally should not be.”
Dave Gilson / Mother Jones:
Trump Put a Right-Wing Radio Host in Charge of a National Park.  Emails Show the Chaos That Ensued.  —  Click the highlighted text for more.  —  Last December 7, Michael Savage kicked off his radio program by railing yet again against the “demonic” and “fascist” governors who had locked down their states to slow the spread of COVID.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Scathing watchdog report reveals Capitol Police had expired ammo and ineffective shields during riot  —  Mother of injured officer to riot accomplices: How dare you?  —  (CNN)A scathing report by the US Capitol Police watchdog obtained by CNN reveals that there were even more law enforcement failures prior …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Video shows Texas GOP official seeking ‘army’ of volunteers to monitor polls in mostly Black and Hispanic Houston precincts  —  In a leaked video of a recent presentation, a man who identifies himself as a GOP official in Harris County, Tex., says the party needs 10,000 Republicans for an “election integrity brigade” in Houston.
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” on its story about vaccine distribution in Palm Beach County  —  CBS News issued a statement Wednesday that defended a “60 Minutes” segment that aired Sunday, April 4, on the early vaccine rollout in Palm Beach County and pushed back against claims made in recent days by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Analysis |  Iran's Retaliation to Israel at Sea Has Been Largely Symbolic.  That Could Change  —  The attack on Tuesday that was attributed to Israel, in which an Iranian ship in the Red Sea was damaged by a mine, was not a routine operation.  It differs from its predecessors in the nature of the target …
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Biden suggests commercial aircraft will fly at 21,000 miles an hour in next decade  —  President Joe Biden has caused confusion after predicting some commercial airplanes could fly at speeds of up to 21,000 miles per hour in the next 10 years, faster than the hypersonic weapons under development by the military.
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Man who carried Confederate flag to Capitol during Jan. 6 riot indicted  — Kevin Seefried, who was photographed carrying a Confederate flag in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots in Washington, has been indicted by a grand jury on five counts related to obstruction, entering restricted property and disorderly conduct.
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: SFist and HotAir
Rep. Nancy Mace / Washington Examiner:
Vaccine passports: When fear threatens freedom  —  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” former President Ronald Reagan said in his famous freedom speech.  “It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for [our children] to do the same, or one day we will spend …
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua says Yale punishing her over false student allegations  —  The author of a controversial 2011 book on parenting says that Yale Law School is punishing her over false allegations raised by students by removing her from a position teaching one of the law school's “small groups …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
WTOP:
Capitol riot defendant ‘viciously’ beaten in D.C. jail, lawyer says … A Capitol riot defendant was “viciously and savagely” beaten by a guard in a Washington, D.C. jail and may lose sight in one eye because of his injuries, one of his lawyers told the CBS affiliate in the city, WUSA-TV.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why filibuster reformers aren't (quite) ready to give up on Joe Manchin  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III's declaration in a Post op-ed piece that there is “no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster” continues to stir angst.  After all, if the West Virginia Democrat means …
Discussion: The Intercept, HuffPost and ABC News
Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
Kansas Senate Majority Leader had 0.17 blood alcohol level in wrong-way pursuit  —  TOPEKA — Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop reeked of alcohol, struggled to speak or walk, and threatened the Kansas Highway Patrol officer who stopped him in the early hours of March 16 for driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Topeka.
Discussion: Political Wire
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
YouTube faces backlash as progressive journalist claims tech giant ‘trying to push us off the platform’  —  Status Coup's Jordan Chariton says YouTube's suppression of independent journos favors mainstream outlets  —  Scalise blasts Big Tech crackdowns: 'These aren't mistakes'
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Gun Speech Filled With Falsehoods  —  President Joe Biden made numerous false and misleading statements while unveiling a package of gun-control actions on Thursday.  —  Biden falsely described how federal firearm laws work as he called for Congress to amend those laws.
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
White nationalist “groyper” movement links up with anti-vaxxers, threatens use of weapons  —  “Manipulate my DNA or inject satan juice, nah, I'm good,” wrote a follower of young white nationalist Nick Fuentes  —  Young white nationalist leader Nicholas Fuentes and his “groyper army” …
New York Times:
After Pandemic, Shrinking Need for Office Space Could Crush Landlords  —  Some big employers are giving up square footage as they juggle remote work.  That could devastate building owners and cities.  —  As office vacancies climb to their highest levels in decades with businesses giving …
Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
Hagerty talks elections with Trump after affirming Biden win  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In his first week, Tennessee's freshman U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty watched in horror as the Capitol riots unfolded around him and decided to back down from his plans to oppose the electoral college results …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Hill and Florida Politics
Steve Marowski / MLive.com:
Student responsible for racist graffiti that was found in Albion College dorm, officials say  —  ALBION, MI — Albion College and the Albion Department of Public Safety say a student is responsible for racist graffiti found in a dorm last weekend.  —  Albion police brought the 21-year-old Black male …
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.
MJ Franklin / New York Times:
For Him, the Delight Is in the Digging  —  Patrick Radden Keefe has investigated human smuggling, government espionage and the Northern Ireland conflict.  With “Empire of Pain,” he takes on the Sackler family and the opioid crisis.  —  Patrick Radden Keefe has always been interested in secrets.
Doha Madani / NBC News:
1 dead, 5 others shot in Texas industrial park shooting; suspect in custody … At least one person is dead and five others were shot — four in critical condition — in a shooting at an industrial park in Bryan, Texas, and the suspect is in custody.  —  Officers responded to a call reporting …
Discussion: CBS News, FOX 26 Houston and Raw Story
Paul Caron / taxprof.typepad.com:
Bar Exams May Soon Be Easier To Pass, As States Eye Changes  —  Bloomberg Law, Bar Exams May Soon Be Easier to Pass, as States Eye Changes:  —  Several states say they could make their bar exams easier to pass as a way to address racial diversity problems and access-to-justice issues entrenched in the legal profession.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Mike Pence / Washington Times:
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Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson gives passionate defense of “white replacement theory”
Bloomberg:
Biden Proposes $715 Billion for Pentagon in First Budget Outline
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Marcus / New York Times:
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Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Althouse
Washington Post:
Facebook and Twitter must ban all anti-vaccine accounts
Melissa Chan / The Atlantic:
‘I Never Thought China Could Ever Be This Dark’
Discussion: ABC, Breitbart and National Review
Rich Lowry / National Review:
That Time Stacey Abrams Suppressed the Vote
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Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs permitless carry bill into law as Tennessee joins 18 other states
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill, WVLT and Insider
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn ignored official warnings about receiving foreign payments
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Howard Dean Pushes Biden to Oppose Generic Covid-19 Vaccines for Developing Countries
Discussion: Common Dreams