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Stephanie K. Baer / BuzzFeed News:
Video Shows A 13-Year-Old Boy Had His Hands Up When A Police Officer Fatally Shot Him  —  A 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Chicago by a police officer had his hands up when the cop fired his weapon, new videos show.  —  The city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability posted …
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Chicago Tribune:
In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands raised before Chicago cop fires fatal shot (warning: graphic content)  —  By JOHN J. KIM / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119823939”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews% …
WGN-TV:
Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’  —  CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo may have been wrong.  —  During a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam the night of the shooting …
Jessica D'Onofrio / ABC7:
Adam Toledo shooting: Bodycam video of teen killed by CPD released by COPA; family calls for peace
Gregg Montgomery / WISH-TV:
Watch Live: Multiple people shot, gunman fatally shoots self at FedEx facility  —  INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said.  — APP USERS: Go online to see a live video feed from the scene
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CNN:
8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say  —  (CNN)A gunman opened fire outside and inside a FedEx facility near Indianapolis' main airport Thursday night, killing eight people, wounding several others and sending witnesses running before taking his own life, police said.
New York Times:
Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data  —  A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration revealed on Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials …
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Rachel Maddow Explains Trump's Russia Collusion Crime
Discussion: MSNBC
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Defense Department confirms leaked video of unidentified aerial phenomena is real  —  Pentagon confirms UFO video is real, taken by Navy pilot  —  (CNN)The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of “unidentified aerial phenomena” taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects.
Discussion: Mystery Wire and Political Wire
NBC News:
Republicans struggle to craft counteroffer to Biden's $2 trillion jobs plan … WASHINGTON — First, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Wednesday that a price tag of $600 billion to $800 billion was the “sweet spot” for bipartisan agreement on infrastructure.
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador  —  Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat, is in the final stages of vetting to serve as President Biden's ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Across the administration …
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
America's Racial Self-Flagellation at the UN Only Helps Rogue States  —  “Racial discrimination against minorities is a chronic sickness in American society.”  —  “...the challenges facing the United States in human rights are deep-seated.  They did not just emerge over the past four years, such as Black Lives Matter.”
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Wall Street Journal:   The Ambassador of Blame America First
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Senate passes ‘anti-riot’ bill, sends it to DeSantis to sign into law  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate on Thursday approved an “anti-riot” bill championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, sending it to him for signature into law over the objections of Democrats and civil rights groups …
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals  —  Officers and officials also donated to fundraisers for far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans  —  A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed …
Pew Research Center:
Biden Nears 100-Day Mark With Strong Approval, Positive Rating for Vaccine Rollout  —  Share of Americans viewing illegal immigration as a ‘very big’ problem grows  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to better understand the public's views on how the Biden administration …
Discussion: NBC News, New York Times, Townhall and CNBC
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why Democrats shouldn't sweat GOP attacks on Biden's jobs plan
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months  — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated.  — He also said it's possible people will need to get vaccinated against the virus annually.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Reuters puts its website behind a paywall.  —  Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business.  —  The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday …
Jesse Naranjo / Politico:
Yang under fire for appearance in video suggesting violence toward women  —  Andrew Yang faced an onslaught of criticism Thursday after a video circulated of the leading mayoral candidate laughing when asked if he “choked b—  es.  In the video, someone asks the mayoral front-runner whether a man, “while he's f—ing b—
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Yang widens his lead in latest public poll as PAC forms to boost his candidacy
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘A nicer version of Trump’: GOP donors flock to DeSantis  —  One evening in February, Ron DeSantis quietly slipped into the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.  —  Over dinner, the Florida governor addressed an audience of deep-pocketed donors convened by the influential Bradley Foundation …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Herald
William Tong / The Hill:
We need Kristen Clarke and diverse officials for the Justice Department  —  When President Biden announced his plan last month to combat anti-Asian violence, racism, and bias.  It was a momentous recognition of an invisible history our country has long ignored.
Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
After the Riot  —  It's been 100 days since the attack on the Capitol, and those who were inside still struggle with their memories.  —  When a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the world watched as the rioters entered the building, breaking windows and pushing through barriers.
Washington Examiner:
Speaker Pelosi should not talk with forked tongue on court-packing scheme  —  When a Democratic proposal is too partisan and radical even for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that's a clear sign it's an awful idea.  —  Pelosi, on Thursday, said she would not bring up for a floor vote a bill …
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Question Biden Won't Answer  —  It's not just generals who are always prepared to fight the last war.  President Biden's April 14 announcement that U.S. forces will leave Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of 9/11 has a long and complicated backstory.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S., Iranian Nuclear Negotiators Look for Ways to Untie Sanctions Knot  —  Vienna talks seek to plot course to economic relief in exchange for return to atomic limits  —  VIENNA—Negotiators for the U.S. and Iran, working to revive an international deal aimed at restricting Tehran's atomic ambitions …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
A New ‘Denim Cycle’?  After a Decade, Jeans Move From Skinny to Loose  —  American shoppers are flocking to high-waisted, loosefitting jeans in droves and companies believe they may become a hallmark of the post-pandemic world.  —  The obituary for skinny jeans has been written …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Feeding Hate With Video: A Former Alt-Right YouTuber Explains His Methods  —  Focus on conflict.  Feed the algorithm.  Make sure whatever you produce reinforces a narrative.  Don't worry if it is true.  —  To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
CNN:
Cruz joins Paul in ditching mask despite CDC recommendations  —  (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer wearing a face mask as he walks the halls of the Capitol complex or goes to the Senate floor for debates and votes.  —  “At this point I've been vaccinated.  Everybody working in the Senate …
Alex Bollinger / LGBTQ Nation:
Tearful mom begs Texas lawmakers not to throw her in jail for supporting her trans child  —  Amber Briggle is “terrified... that my words will be used against me” and her son “will be taken from me.”  —  Amber Briggle testifies in the Texas Senate  —  The mother of a transgender boy testified …
Matt Loffman / PBS NewsHour:
New poll shows Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-transgender laws  —  The rights of transgender Americans has been a growing topic of debate on sports fields, in state capitols and in Congress.  The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, says more than 30 state legislatures …
Discussion: NPR, Political Wire and CNN
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
The Democrats' Giant Dilemma  —  John Fetterman is one of the most photographed rising stars in the Democratic Party.  As gargantuan as Lurch Addams, with a bald head, goatee and closet full of Dickies shirts—and tattoos running down his arm marking every date a life was taken while he was mayor …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How an attempted Canadian kowtow to China backfired  —  When the Halifax International Security Forum awards its top 2020 prize to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen later this month, the Chinese government's effort to thwart that plan will have failed — along with the Canadian Defense Ministry's …
Discussion: HotAir, Politico and Foreign Policy
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway takes sides in Ohio Senate primary  —  Kellyanne Conway, who served as campaign manager and counselor to former President Donald Trump, has been named a senior adviser to Ohio Senate hopeful Bernie Moreno, taking sides in a race that has become a fight over which GOP candidate is closest to the former president.
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
Washington Post's Josh Rogin Calls Out Media for Ignoring Potential Connection Between Fauci's Research and Covid Outbreak  —  Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin lamented the media's refusal to discuss aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including Dr. Anthony Fauci's role in it, in an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden promised to stop seizing border wall land.  His DOJ is still doing it.  —  Nearly three months into office, Joe Biden's administration is seizing land near the southern border, fueling fears that the government will continue building one the most enduring symbols of Donald Trump's presidency: a border wall.
 
 
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Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
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Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
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Discussion: Salon, KDFX-TV and Law & Crime
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The ‘cancel culture’ wars are exhausting and useless. Here are five proposals for a truce.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Gallows or guillotines? The chilling debate on TheDonald.win before the Capitol siege.
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
House Democrats In Safe Seats Ask DCCC Donors For Help Fending Off Progressive Challenges
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Tessa Duvall / Courier-Journal:
Louisville cop writing a book to reveal the ‘truth’ behind the Breonna Taylor shooting
Chris Dunker / Omaha World-Herald:
Lawmakers blast North Platte Sen. Groene for ‘racist’ comments during debate
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Unused Vaccines Are Piling Up Across U.S. as Some Regions Resist
Associated Press:
Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference
Washington Post:
How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz
McCaffrey Blauner / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Told to ‘Shut Your Mouth’ After Ranting Endlessly at Fauci