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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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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  —  Video: … Maddow said: … Trump spent years denying the collusion because while there is no such crime as collusion, it is a crime for any individual to accept aid from a foreign government in an election campaign.
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
Wall Street Journal:
The Ambassador of Blame America First  —  We've come a long way from Pat Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is supposed to speak for American values and interests.  But judging by her recent remarks …
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Andrew Yang, Celebrity Politician … Andrew Yang was, briefly, a corporate attorney, then an executive at a test preparation company, then the founder of a nonprofit that encourages entrepreneurship.  (It has a mixed record.)  He ran for president in 2020, more or less as the Reddit Candidate …
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Jesse Naranjo / Politico:   Yang under fire for appearance in video suggesting violence toward women
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: HotAir, Raw Story and Associated Press
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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Dominique Mosbergen / HuffPost:
North Carolina Police Issue ‘Critical’ Warning After 2 Transgender Women Found Dead  —  Charlotte police said they're investigating whether the deaths of two transgender women — both shot in hotel rooms — are connected.  —  Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, issued a “critical” …
Discussion: PinkNews and LGBTQ Nation
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
What's the difference between the Wright and Babbitt shootings?  —  For police officers, cases mark an uncertain line that can be the difference between discipline and incarceration.  —  Within an hour of each other, charging decisions in two lethal police shootings were announced with strikingly different conclusions.
Discussion: Salon, KDFX-TV and Law & Crime
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.
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
In secret Facebook groups, America's best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories  —  WASHINGTON — They're the most elite, lethally trained members of the U.S. military, widely considered the best of the best.  And yet in secret Facebook groups exclusively …
Discussion: Alternet.org
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 …
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden  —  A study by a liberal group found a reverse coattails effect in 2020: Down-ballot candidates may have helped elect President Biden, rather than the other way around.  —  Ebony Carter faced an uphill climb when she decided …
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Alabama lawmakers vote to ban trans girls from female teams  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could soon become the next conservative state to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams.  —  The Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature on Thursday gave final passage …
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The ‘cancel culture’ wars are exhausting and useless.  Here are five proposals for a truce.  —  Every day brings a new salvo in the battle over “cancel culture.”  Disney cuts ties with conservative actress Gina Carano.  The guardians of Dr. Seuss's legacy disavow some of his books.
Tommy Beer / Forbes:
Chelsea Clinton Calls On Trump To Release Photos Of Himself Being Vaccinated  —  Chelsea Clinton said Thursday that former President Donald Trump should do “the right thing” and release photos of himself getting vaccinated against coronavirus, which, she argued, would encourage Republicans …
Discussion: Summit News, IJR, Townhall and Decider
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.
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
China-Backed Student Group Pressures Cornell on Educational Partnership  —  Ivy League school told to ignore faculty, student concerns about China's human-rights abuses  —  A student group backed by the Chinese embassy is pressuring Cornell University to ignore faculty and student opposition …
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.
 
 
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William Tong / The Hill:
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Washington Examiner:
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Roger Friedman / Showbiz411:
Hunter Biden's Confessional Book “Beautiful Things” Is a Sales Bust After First Week Despite PR Push
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
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