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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.
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 …
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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Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Russia to expel 10 U.S. diplomats in response to Biden administration sanctions
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Rachel Maddow Explains Trump's Russia Collusion Crime
Discussion: MSNBC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
A striking new poll on the GOP's nascent push for transgender youth restrictions  —  Republican-controlled state legislatures are proceeding apace with efforts to restrict transgender children from getting transition-related medical care and participating in girls' sports.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Founding member of Oath Keepers set to enter first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach  —  A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to potentially flip …
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Capitol riot defendant will plead guilty, cooperate with government
William Saletan / Slate:
Republicans Still Sympathize With the Insurrection
Discussion: IJR and NBC News
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.
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
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 CHRIS SWEDA / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119823990”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews% …
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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
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces $1.7 Billion Investment to Fight COVID-19 Variants … Funding from American Rescue Plan will help CDC and Governors monitor, track, and defeat emerging variants that are currently threatening pockets of the country
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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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 …
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: The Capitolist, HotAir and Raw Story
George W. Bush / Washington Post:
Immigration is a defining asset of the United States.  Here's how to restore confidence in our system.  —  George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States.  —  Next week, I'm proud to publish a new collection of my paintings, entitled “Out of Many, One.”
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and Breitbart
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.
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden hits 59 percent approval rating in Pew poll  —  A majority of Americans — 59 percent — approve of President Biden's handling of his job nearly as he approaches 100 days in office, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Friday.  —  The poll found Biden's job approval …
Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
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NBC News:
Polls show Biden reaping solid approval ratings with popular policies
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
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 …
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.
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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Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
America's Racial Self-Flagellation at the UN Only Helps Rogue States
New York Post:
Social media again silences The Post for reporting the news  —  Once more unto the breach.  —  On Thursday, Facebook decided its users should not be able to share a New York Post article about the property buying habits of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
Discussion: Breitbart and HotAir
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 …
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 …
The Hill:
Omar leads letter calling on Biden to raise refugee cap  —  A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) wrote to President Biden on Friday calling for him to formally raise the refugee cap to 62,500 after he has delayed the increase for weeks.
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Victor Davis Hanson / Townhall:
How to Start a War  —  Wars often arise from uncertainty.  When strong countries appear weak …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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