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Star Tribune:
Violence flares after Brooklyn Center police fatally shoot man, 20, inflaming tensions during the Derek Chauvin trial  —  Man, 20, killed after being pulled over for traffic violation in Brooklyn Center  —  A Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon …
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New York Times:
Minnesota Officer Shoots Driver, and Protesters Clash With Police  —  A young Black man died after an officer shot him during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, near where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death of George Floyd  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A 20-year-old Black man died …
Associated Press:
Man Shot by Minnesota Police in Traffic Stop Dies  —  Brooklyn Center police shooting sparks protests  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.—Crowds of mourners and protesters gathered in a Minnesota city where the family of a 20-year-old man say he was shot by police before getting back into his car and driving away …
Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills  —  More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Cindy McCain set to land Biden ambassadorship  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is preparing to name Republican CINDY MCCAIN to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tends his legacy 8,000 miles away  —  He reshaped the federal judiciary.  He made history as the longest-serving Senate GOP leader.  But Mitch McConnell has unfinished business more than 8,000 miles from the halls of Congress.  —  There's no more consistent or surprising through line …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Mitch McConnell's Threat Backfires As Big Business Meets To Cut Off GOP Cash
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump  —  (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, who's facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate as the ex-President and his allies continue to distance themselves from the Florida congressman.
New York Times:
Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage  —  The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.  —  The Natanz nuclear facility in Iran mysteriously lost power on Sunday in what Iranian officials called …
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Wall Street Journal:
Iran Blames Israel for Attack on Nuclear Facility, Vows to Retaliate  —  Tehran says attack at Natanz took out centrifuges and marked an attempt to scuttle talks with the U.S.  —  Iran on Monday accused Israel of orchestrating an attack on its main nuclear facility that destroyed a number …
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of “nuclear terrorism,” raising regional tensions as world powers and Tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why We're Freaking Out About Substack  —  A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.  —  Danny Lavery had just agreed to a two-year, $430,000 contract with the newsletter platform Substack …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents  —  First dog Major Biden bites second person in White House  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's German shepherd, Major, will receive training after two biting incidents involving workers at the White House, according to first lady Jill Biden's spokesman.
Discussion: Insider
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration plans to name former senior NSA officials to White House cyber position and head of CISA
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden Republicans?  Some in GOP open to president's agenda  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jay Copan doesn't hide his disregard for the modern Republican Party.  —  A solid Republican voter for the past four decades, the 69-year-old quickly regretted casting his 2016 ballot for Donald Trump.
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NBC4 Washington:
Officer Accused of Force in Stop of Black Army Officer Fired  —  One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired, a Virginia town announced late Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation into the case.
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Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
Virginia governor calls for investigation into police pepper-spraying of Black Army officer
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson and White Replacement  —  This racist theory is rooted in white supremacist panic.  —  On Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson caused an uproar by promoting the racist, anti-Semitic, patriarchal and conspiratorial “white replacement theory.”
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Tom Porter / Insider:
Tucker Carlson is repeatedly using his platform to downplay white supremacy and violence, critics say
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's lucrative book deal is not the only instance where the governor's office mixed private activities and government staff.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden nominates a critic of Trump's immigration policies to lead Customs and Border Protection.  —  President Biden will nominate Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson, Ariz., and a critic of the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies, to lead Customs and Border Protection …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Hawley hauls in $3M after attempt to block election results  —  Sen. Josh Hawley raised more than $3 million during the first three months of the year, underscoring how the Missouri Republican converted his high-profile opposition to the certification of the 2020 election into big fundraising support.
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How Hunter Biden's Memoir Played in the White House  —  Hunter Biden was careering above Highway 10 in the Sonoran desert.  Eastbound behind the wheel of a rented Lincoln Town Car, exhausted and speeding 80 mph, he'd closed his eyes just long enough to zag off the road and into the air, twirling to land in the opposite lanes.
Discussion: Breitbart
Alex McKenna / Washington Examiner:
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court's Bridgegate Ruling Casts Shadow on Federal Fraud Cases  —  Court's 2020 decision limiting application of antifraud laws leads prosecutors to urge dismissal of most charges in high-profile insider-trading case  —  A Supreme Court decision that threw out the fraud convictions …
Discussion: Political Wire
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice  —  The president promised one during his campaign.  But civil rights groups and police union reps both said it wasn't necessary.  —  The White House “is working with Congress to swiftly enact meaningful police reform that brings profound …
Discussion: The Hill and KDFX-TV
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic  —  Some families have come to prefer stand-alone virtual schools and districts are rushing to accommodate them — though questions about remote learning persist.  —  Rory Levin, a sixth grader in Bloomington, Minn., used to hate going to school.
Jonathan Alter / New York Times:
Can Biden Be Our F.D.R.?  —  President Biden wants to change the trajectory of the country.  He's off to a good start.  —  Mr. Alter is a journalist and the author of “The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”  —  “History doesn't repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes,” Mark Twain (supposedly) said.
 
 
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
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American Greatness:
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Old Trump health team rivalries resurface in Texas House race
Discussion: NBC News
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Trump campaign boosted by unsuspecting state GOPs
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New York Post:
Never Trump conservatives are complicit with Team Biden's moral outrages and norm-breaking
Discussion: Bloomberg