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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.
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 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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Duncan not expected to run for reelection as Georgia's No. 2
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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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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Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Biden administration: Child arrivals at southern border hit record number in March  —  More than 18,800 unaccompanied children crossed the border in March.  —  Migrant families coming from Guatemala wait at a U.S. Border Patrol intake site at Roma, Texas.  Dario Lopez-MIlls/AP Photo
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Myanmar's ex-UK envoy says military attaché has ‘occupied’ embassy  —  Myanmar's ex-ambassador in London spent Wednesday night in his car after saying he was locked out of his embassy.  —  Kyaw Zwar Minn said staff were asked to leave the building by Myanmar's military attaché …
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: Breitbart
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.”
 
 
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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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Ann Coulter:
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