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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.
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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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
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Don't Confuse GOP's Spat With Companies as Warfare
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and CNN
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The GOP Needs to Understand That the Corporations Are Its Enemy
Melissa Gira Grant / New Republic:
What Kind of Monster Is Matt Gaetz?  —  Florida Republican Matt Gaetz may be the first member of Congress under investigation for sex trafficking, and whether or not he is indicted, “investigated for sex trafficking” has now affixed itself to his name, perhaps permanently.
Discussion: The Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Slate
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CBS News:
Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Matt Gaetz's Trip to the Bahamas Scrutinized in Teen Sex Probe: Report
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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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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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Biden announces slate of gun control actions, claims ‘public health crisis’
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Intelligence Report Warns of Global Consequences of Social Fragmentation
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Discussion: The Independent and The Root
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
CBP Announces March 2021 Operational Update  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released operational statistics for March 2021, which can be viewed here.  —  “CBP has experienced an increase in encounters and arrests.  This is not new.
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border agents took more than 172,000 into custody in March, Biden officials say
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.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Duncan not expected to run for reelection as Georgia's No. 2  —  Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan is unlikely to run for a second term as the state's No. 2 politician, according to a senior aide who said the Republican is instead expected to focus on his “GOP 2.0” initiative to reframe the party in a post-Trump era.
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Democratic governor in deep-red Kentucky signs bill to expand voting, bucking national trend
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Latinas Drove Trump's Gains With Hispanic Voters in 2020  —  On November 3 of last year, Miami-Dade County gave the Democratic Party a panic attack.  Florida was the first major swing state to report its ballots in the 2020 election, and returns from overwhelmingly Hispanic — and, heretofore …
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: RedState and New York Post
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.
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
Scott Dworkin / Newsweek:
Georgia's New Voting Law Is Racist  —  , EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DEMOCRATIC COALITION  —  Let me start off with this fact: Georgia's new voting law is racist.  Even worse, it allows elected officials to choose their voters, which really means that democracy will be over entirely in the state …
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
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 …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Caitlyn Jenner moves closer to California recall run  —  Transgender activist and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and her political advisers are gathering at her Malibu home next week to discuss her potential candidacy in the upcoming California gubernatorial recall election.
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
Andrew Weissmann on How to Prosecute Trump  —  It would have been hard to imagine in April 2019 that two years later, we would barely be talking about the investigation into Donald Trump by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  —  Once the subject of nightly news coverage and the object of liberal fantasies …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Lev Facher / STAT:
Biden officials rebuff appeals to surge Covid-19 vaccine to Michigan amid growing crisis  —  WASHINGTON — Amid Michigan's worst-in-the-nation coronavirus surge, scientists and public health officials are urging the Biden administration to flood the state with additional vaccine doses.
Discussion: HotAir
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
‘This is a political prosecution’: After its members were charged in the Capitol riot, one group says it is more popular than ever  —  BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — In federal court, Mark Sahady and Suzanne Ianni are facing charges of illegal entry and disorderly conduct for their alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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 …
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Ron Paul spotted wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes for interview  —  Looks like Ron Paul likes his shorts as small as he likes his government.  —  The former congressman gave viewers on YouTube an eye full Wednesday, when he ended a Zoom interview by revealing he was wearing a tight pair …
Discussion: Althouse
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Biden Cannot Allow Iran to Keep Its Weapons Program  —  Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, could not have been more clear after the first round of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal concluded this week in Vienna: We're not making any concessions until America does.
Jeffrey Tucker / AIER:
YouTube Censors Florida Governor DeSantis and His Science Advisors  —  In 2020, Florida took the lead in rejecting lockdowns.  The effort was led by Governor Ron DeSantis, who in the course of the pandemic became a master of knowledge and erudition on matters of public health and the cell biological issues concerning immunity.
Discussion: National Review, TheBlaze and Breitbart
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Collins-led group of GOPers blasts Biden after president says they 'didn't move an inch' on COVID compromise  —  Senators say Biden ‘roundly dismissed’ their effort at compromise to justify ‘go-it-alone strategy’  —  Sen. Young: Biden ‘deceiving’ Americans by ‘rebranding’ infrastructure definition
Discussion: The American Independent, NECN and IJR
U.S. Department of Justice:
Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime and Conspiracy Charges for Threatening Journalists and Advocates  —  A Washington state man pleaded guilty today to federal hate crime and conspiracy charges in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
 
 
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Former Rep. Katie Hill loses first round in her lawsuit alleging revenge porn
Discussion: Breitbart
Daniel Flatley / Bloomberg:
Republican Senators Oppose Palestinian Aid in Letter to Blinken
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump's Save America PAC has $85M on hand ahead of 2022 midterms, potential 2024 run: source
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Politico and NRCC
The Markup:
Google Has a Secret Blocklist that Hides YouTube Hate Videos from Advertisers—But It's Full of Holes
Wall Street Journal:
China's Greenland Ambitions Run Into Local Politics, U.S. Influence
Discussion: National Review
German Lopez / Vox:
Virginia just legalized marijuana
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Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How Brexit Saved Britain
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Bryan Walsh / Axios:
America is losing its religion
U.S. Department of Justice:
Self-Described Member Of Boogaloo Bois Arrested, Charged With Illegal Possession Of A Machine Gun
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Anne Frank's Stepsister Eva Schloss on Holocaust Horrors and How Trump Reminds Her of Hitler
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
al.com:
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill admits affair, won't run for U.S. Senate: 'There's no excuse'