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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 Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport Thursday night, killing eight people, wounding several others and sending witnesses running before taking his own life, police said.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden will keep Trump's historically low cap on refugee admissions.  —  The Biden administration will keep the target of refugee admissions for this year at the historically low level set by the Trump administration, walking back an earlier pledge to welcome more than 60,000 refugees into the United States.
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Associated Press:
Biden speeds refugee admissions, but doesn't lift Trump cap  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency determination that officials said would speed refugee admissions to the U.S., but he did not immediately lift his predecessor's historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol riot defendant will plead guilty, cooperate with government  —  Jon Schaffer, a heavy metal guitarist and self-described “lifetime member” of the Oath Keepers, on Friday became the first Capitol rioter to plead guilty to charges based on his participation in the attack and has entered …
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 …
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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.
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 Million  —  The lawsuit claims that Mr. Falwell, the university's former president, withheld scandalous and potentially damaging information from Liberty's board of trustees.  —  Liberty University has sued Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 million …
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Reuters:
Liberty University sues former president Jerry Falwell Jr.
Discussion: Religion News Service
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
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Russia to expel 10 U.S. diplomats in response to Biden administration sanctions
Discussion: Insider, CNN and Associated Press
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
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 …
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.
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% …
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 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: BizPac Review and New York Times
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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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 …
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: HotAir and Breitbart
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales calls Israel ‘apartheid state’  —  Dianne Morales, one of the leading candidates for mayor of New York City, called Israel an apartheid state in a private event last December, according to an audio obtained by the Forward.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 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 …
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: LGBTQ Nation and PinkNews
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Chuck Schumer Has Changed Why is the former “angry centrist” pushing his party to go bigger, bolder, and more progressive?  —  Late one Wednesday last month, Chuck Schumer padded around his inner office in the Capitol in black socks decorated with palm trees, tended to his fireplace, and conceded a few seconds of self-reflection.
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.
 
 
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Sam Wilson / Helena Independent Record:
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Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
A fourth-grade teacher marched on Jan. 6. Does she deserve to get canceled?
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP senators demand DOJ, SBA probe over whether Planned Parenthood applied for PPP loans despite ineligibility
Discussion: Townhall
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden proposals may not guarantee all Fortune 500 corporations pay federal income taxes, experts say
Discussion: National Review and USA Today
Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
The Backstory: Nancy Pelosi's No. 1 lesson on power: 'Nobody's going to give it to you. You've got to take it.'
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Liberty Unyielding
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
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Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Millions of Americans think the election was stolen. How worried should we be about more violence?
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
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Discussion: Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
The Ambassador of Blame America First
Jonathan Turley / USA Today:
What's the difference between the Wright and Babbitt shootings?
Discussion: KDFX-TV, Salon and Law & Crime
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador