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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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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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Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Rep. Matt Gaetz's Trip to the Bahamas Scrutinized in Teen Sex Probe: Report  —  GETAWAY  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) took a trip to the Bahamas in late 2018 or early 2019 that federal investigators are now scrutinizing in their probe of Gaetz's potential violations of federal sex-trafficking statutes.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Week
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Don't Confuse GOP's Spat With Companies as Warfare  —  “Saying that I've thought about it doesn't mean that I'm doing it.”  — Alex Trebek  —  Corporate America and the Republican Party are at war.  Supposedly.  —  To their credit, some members of the business community have come …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN and Raw Story
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Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Democratic governor in deep-red Kentucky signs bill to expand voting, bucking national trend
Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath / Axios:
Kentucky governor signs bipartisan bill expanding voting access
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and The Hill
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 …
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: The Week and 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
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 …
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
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Ron DeSantis and ‘Resistance Journalism’  —  Florida's governor and the new rules of media sourcing.  —  It's hard to find silver linings in this era of expanding government authority and contracting individual opportunity for free expression.  But at least the media establishment …
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Daniel Funke / The latest factchecks PolitiFact.com …:
Unpacking the edits in ‘60 Minutes’ report on Ron DeSantis, Florida vaccines
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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Ann Coulter:
MINNEAPOLIS VS. THE EVIDENCE  —  Apparently, no one is watching the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for the murder of George Floyd.  Otherwise, the media couldn't get away with their spectacular lying to the public about how the prosecution is killing it.
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
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Zaynab Al Khawaja / Newlines Magazine:
Ten Years a Prisoner in Bahrain  —  My father was arrested and tortured during the Arab Spring.  My son has never known him beyond bars  —  Zaynab Al Khawaja is the daughter of the prominent Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja  —  My six-year-old is usually shy when his grandfather calls.
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.
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Georgia's Raffensperger says provision stripping him of power is ‘retribution’ for election fallout  —  Republican lawmakers included a provision in Georgia's voting reform law that strips the secretary of state of some power over elections — a move Brad Raffensperger, the incumbent …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and IJR
Annie Correal / New York Times:
$2.1 Billion for Undocumented Workers Signals New York's Progressive Shift  —  The fund, which could provide payments to hundreds of thousands of people excluded from other pandemic relief, ignited a battle among state lawmakers before it was approved this week.
Discussion: Twitchy and THE CITY
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
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
How Brexit Saved Britain  —  Europe's vaccine debacle demonstrates the downsides of the EU  —  In March 2020, with COVID-19 bearing down on Europe, the Guardian published a stark headline: “Brexit means coronavirus vaccine will be slower to reach the UK.”  The European Union would entice drug makers …
Discussion: The Sun
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Self-Described Member Of Boogaloo Bois Arrested, Charged With Illegal Possession Of A Machine Gun  —  Acting United States Attorney W. Anders Folk today announced a federal criminal complaint charging MICHAEL PAUL DAHLAGER, 27, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, with illegal possession of a machine gun.
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.
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
Charles Hayslett / Washington Post:
When Biden targeted the All-Star Game, he hit the wrong Georgia  —  Charles Hayslett is a Georgia writer.  —  President Biden and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred apparently never got the memo about the Two Georgias.  —  That's about the only conclusion to be drawn …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Anthony Fauci's limitless publicity thirst is undermining the war on COVID  —  It was said of the late actress Sylvia Miles, who spent her nights going from event to event in New York, that she would “attend the opening of an envelope.”  US government virus guru Anthony Fauci has very little …
Reuters:
U.S. prepared to lift sanctions inconsistent with Iran nuclear deal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is prepared to remove sanctions on Iran to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, including those that are inconsistent with the 2015 pact, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, without providing details.
Bryan Walsh / Axios:
America is losing its religion  —  New surveys show Americans' membership in communities of worship has declined sharply in recent years, with less than 50% of the country belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque.  —  Why it matters: The accelerating trend towards a more secular America represents …
 
 
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Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Say it ain't so, Amtrak Joe  —  TWITTER TO ARCHIVES: NO @REALDONALDTRUMP FOR YOU …
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