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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.
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
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  —  The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted weaknesses of the international order, said the report, which is issued every four years.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials warned in a report issued …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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, Raw Story and CNN
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: Coke Too Woke
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The GOP Needs to Understand That the Corporations Are Its Enemy
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.
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Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath / Axios:
Kentucky governor signs bipartisan bill expanding voting access
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and The Hill
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border agents took more than 172,000 into custody in March, Biden officials say  —  During the busiest month along the Mexico border in nearly two decades, U.S. authorities took more than 172,000 migrants into custody in March, according to enforcement statistics released Thursday that provide …
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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
'That's Disgusting!  I'm Done!'  Eric Bolling Walks Off During Heated Live BBC Debate on Georgia Election Law  —  Former Fox News host Eric Bolling walked away during a contentious BBC News debate on Wednesday after a fellow guest called his comments “ignorant” and “disrespectful.”
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.
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 …
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
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
The Markup:
Google Has a Secret Blocklist that Hides YouTube Hate Videos from Advertisers—But It's Full of Holes  —  Many well-known White supremacist and White nationalist terms and slogans were not blocked  —  First of two parts.  —  If you want to find YouTube videos related to “KKK” to advertise on, Google Ads will block you.
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 …
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
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 …
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Business group's study says corporate tax hike would cost 1M jobs  —  One million jobs would be lost in the first two years if the corporate tax rate increased to 28 percent and other policies went into effect, according to a new study from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and CNBC
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.
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
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
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: Associated Press and The Sun
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: UPI
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: HotAir, Twitchy and THE CITY
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 …
German Lopez / Vox:
Virginia just legalized marijuana  —  It's now the first state in the South to legalize cannabis.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Virginia lawmakers on Wednesday enacted a marijuana legalization law, making the state the first in the South to legalize cannabis.
 
 
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Jeffrey Tucker / AIER:
YouTube Censors Florida Governor DeSantis and His Science Advisors
Discussion: Breitbart
Charles Hayslett / Washington Post:
When Biden targeted the All-Star Game, he hit the wrong Georgia
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
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Washington Examiner:
Pentagon training promotes left-wing racism
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
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Mark Mellman / The Hill:
The GOP's continuing Donald Trump problem
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Daniel Funke / PolitiFact:
Unpacking the edits in ‘60 Minutes’ report on Ron DeSantis, Florida vaccines
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Say it ain't so, Amtrak Joe  —  TWITTER TO ARCHIVES: NO @REALDONALDTRUMP FOR YOU …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Ann Coulter:
MINNEAPOLIS VS. THE EVIDENCE
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR