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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key figure in Matt Gaetz probe likely cooperating with federal prosecutors  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The legal peril Rep. Matt Gaetz is facing appeared to increase sharply Thursday after a court hearing indicated that one of Gaetz's close friends, former Seminole County, Fla., tax collector Joel Greenberg …
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  — Gaetz, 38, is being investigated by the Department of Justice over allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old girl  — DoJ is also probing separate claims that Gaetz …
Discussion: Raw Story
Melissa Gira Grant / New Republic:
What Kind of Monster Is Matt Gaetz?
Discussion: Fox News, Digby's Hullabaloo and IJR
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Hub City Florida billboard takes a pot shot at U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz
Discussion: The Hill
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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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Mueller fraud investigator brought in to help Vance's probe of Trump Org.  —  (CNN)A former FBI forensic accountant key to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is one of several accountants working on the Manhattan district …
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Trump Org CFO's ex-daughter-in-law hired a former top financial fraud prosecutor to pore over ‘boxes of documents’
Discussion: Raw Story
Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
Andrew Weissmann on How to Prosecute Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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Dan Gross / New York Times:
I Helped Lead the Gun Control Movement. It's Asking the Wrong Questions.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors  —  The Biden administration appears to be spending at least $60 million per week to care for the more than 16,000 migrant teenagers and children in shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services …
Discussion: New York Post
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border agents took more than 172,000 into custody in March, Biden officials say
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.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Intelligence Report Warns of Global Consequences of Social Fragmentation
Discussion: SpaceNews and 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 …
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Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Eric Bolling walks off set after guest accuses him of pretending to care about black people to make political point
Discussion: RedState
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Politicians dread the sting of #KHive, the fervent online fans of Kamala Harris  —  When Rep. Ro Khanna started pressing Vice President Kamala Harris to use her procedural power to push a national minimum wage hike a few weeks ago, he found himself targeted by a swarm of online Harris supporters.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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
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 …
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
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.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
That Time Stacey Abrams Suppressed the Vote  —  The activist started Jim Crow 2.0 in Georgia.  —  y the time the reader of the Stacey Abrams book Our Time Is Now gets to page 89, he is numb with the relentless contentions that any effort to make the Georgia elections system more secure or economical …
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
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden  —  It's unexpected, but it's not inexplicable.  —  Joe Biden didn't wake up one day and realize he'd been wrong for 30 years.  —  I covered him in the Senate, in the Obama White House, in the Democratic Party's post-Trump reckoning.
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.
Nathan Tempey / Gothamist:
The Cause Of Roberto Grant's Death In Notorious Manhattan Jail Was Deemed “Undetermined.”  Experts Now Say It Was A Homicide  —  It was May 2015, and Roberto Grant had pleaded guilty to taking part in a series of luxury watch store heists.  He was awaiting sentencing at the Metropolitan Correctional Center …
Murray Waas / The Guardian:
Michael Flynn ignored official warnings about receiving foreign payments  —  Trump's former national security adviser was warned about taking foreign money as far back as 2014, the Pentagon's inspector general has found, undermining claims of political persecution
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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: New York Post, RedState and Twitchy
Talia Kaplan / Fox News:
Philadelphia ‘not safe’ with DA Krasner in office: Police union president  —  John McNesby is calling on officers and their families to switch parties to oust the liberal DA  —  Philadelphia police union president says officers switching parties to oust liberal DA Krasner
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Gov. Bill Lee signs permitless carry bill into law as Tennessee joins 18 other states  —  Tennessee is officially one of 19 states where permitless gun carry will be the law.  —  Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed a bill allowing most adults to carry a handgun without a permit …
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
Pew Research Center:
Confronting 2016 and 2020 Polling Limitations  —  Pew Research Center's efforts to examine its American Trends Panel surveys and develop solutions  —  Pew Research Center conducted a series of analyses exploring data quality in its U.S. surveys, specifically those conducted …
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.
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Online Scammers Have a New Offer for You: Vaccine Cards  —  Hundreds of sellers are offering false and stolen vaccine cards, as businesses and states weigh proof of vaccinations for getting people back to work and play.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Etsy, eBay, Facebook and Twitter …
Discussion: Slate
 
 
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Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
CEOs of public U.S. firms earn 320 times as much as workers. Even some CEOS say the gap is too big.
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Jay Greene / Washington Post:
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Mike Benner / KGW-TV:
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Jeffrey Tucker / AIER:
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Discussion: National Review, Breitbart and TheBlaze
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Latinas Drove Trump's Gains With Hispanic Voters in 2020
Discussion: Kevin Drum