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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. …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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.
CNN:
Matt Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal, attorneys say  —  Orlando (CNN)Joel Greenberg, a central figure in the ongoing investigation into Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, is likely to strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors, his attorney and prosecutors said in court Thursday …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors  —  “We believe this case is going to be a plea,” federal prosecutor Roger Handberg said.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The legal peril Rep. Matt Gaetz is facing appeared to increase sharply Thursday after a court hearing indicated …
Discussion: Mediaite
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
CBS News:
Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say
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.
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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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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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The GOP Needs to Understand That the Corporations Are Its Enemy
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
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.
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
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
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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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
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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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.
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 …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
We tested the first state ‘vaccine passport.’ Here's what worked — and didn't.  —  New York's Excelsior Pass has some solid privacy protections.  But it's complicated to use and easy to fake.  —  Want to go to a Yankees game?  Watch a Justin Bieber concert?  Let's see your app.
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 …
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.
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, New York Post and Twitchy
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: HotAir
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Existential Threat — Or Politics As Usual?  —  In Washington — and in many state capitols — legislators and activists have cast voting legislation in apocalyptic terms, claiming that any change in voter law represents an existential threat to democracy as we know it.
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
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
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.
Politico:
Letter: Top federal watchdog probing State Department following hacks  —  The State Department is facing scrutiny from a top government watchdog for its long-running cybersecurity problems, according to documents reviewed by POLITICO.  And the department's slow response to those investigators has generated significant frustration.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas House committee advances bill that would make it a crime for election officials to send unsolicited vote-by-mail applications
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Self-Described Member Of Boogaloo Bois Arrested, Charged With Illegal Possession Of A Machine Gun
Lev Facher / STAT:
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Ron Paul spotted wearing a pair of Daisy Dukes for interview
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