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Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say  —  Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.
Gerren Keith Gaynor / TheGrio:
Maxine Waters slams GOP attacks over ‘confrontational’ comment: ‘I am nonviolent’  —  Exclusive: In an interview with theGrio, California US Rep. Maxine Waters accuses Republicans of distorting her words, adding “I'm not going to be bullied by them.”  —  Loading the player...
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Associated Press:
Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial
Discussion: The Week
Paul Walsh / Star Tribune:
Closing arguments: Prosecution says Derek Chauvin's actions unjustified; defense calls them ‘reasonable’
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida's controversial “anti-riot” bill into law on Monday, a measure that vastly increases law enforcement's powers to crack down on civil unrest.  —  The bill, which passed mostly along partisan lines …
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Greg Allen / NPR:
Florida Adopts Nation's Toughest Restrictions On Protests  —  Florida's Governor has signed a law that he called the “strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement measure in the country.”  The law was written in response to protests around the country last summer following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
William Barr, Amy Coney Barrett land book deals  —  While some veterans of Donald Trump's administration are having a tough time selling memoirs about their time in power, others with ties to Trump who didn't embrace his election conspiracy theories have sold book deals.
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court passes on Second Amendment cases challenging lifetime gun ownership ban
Discussion: Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Irrational Covid Fears  —  Why do so many vaccinated people remain fearful?  Listen to the professor's story.  —  Guido Calabresi, a federal judge and Yale law professor, invented a little fable that he has been telling law students for more than three decades.
Discussion: Power Line
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
MyPillow Sues Dominion Voting Systems in Federal Court in Minnesota  —  The voting-machine maker sued MyPillow and CEO Mike Lindell in February for defamation over election-fraud claims  —  MyPillow Inc. sued voting-machine maker Dominion Voting Systems on Monday, a counter move after Dominion sued …
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The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Recruits First Amendment Heavy Hitters to Fight Dominion
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Andrew Yang leads Democrats in Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll on mayor's race  —  For the past few months, Andrew Yang has been treated as the frontrunner in the mayor's race by both the media and his fellow candidates, despite the fact there had been few reliable polls in the race.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There is an important difference between a celebrity candidate and a candidate who is a celebrity
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and BizPac Review
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Democracy Faces a Rising Threat Splitting Republicans and Democrats  —  The country is increasingly split into camps that don't just disagree on policy and politics — they see the other as alien, immoral, a threat.  Such political sectarianism is now on the march.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Trump wants you to boycott Coke.  His properties are still serving it  —  New York (CNN Business)Over the past few years former President Donald Trump has called for boycotts against a number of companies, so it's hardly unusual to see him add Coca-Cola, Delta and other corporate giants …
Rick Scott / Fox Business:
Sen. Rick Scott: Dear Woke Corporate America, beware of the backlash that's coming  —  It turns out that power does corrupt, and you have become corrupt  —  Larry Kudlow examines corporate giants appeal to the ‘woke’ mob  —  I hope you are all having fun with your virtue signaling.
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Faces Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book  —  The New York State attorney general has opened an investigation into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted improperly while writing his book about the pandemic.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State attorney general has opened …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order  —  The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien,” “illegal alien” and “assimilation” when referring to immigrants in the United States …
Newsbusters:
STUDY: Once Top Trump-Bashers, TV News Now Loves Joe Biden  —  Text to Speech  —  For four years, the liberal media led the Left's fierce resistance to the Trump administration, slamming the President night after night after night.  Now, a new study by the Media Research Center finds …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories  —  Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories, fueling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm.
Discussion: CNN
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
The Essential Philip Roth  —  Looking to read one of his books?  Let us help.  —  Probably you cannot accurately measure a writer — or any person — until the moment after his death.  A life can stretch out in front of you, but until it's over, you don't know how the beginning truly informed the end …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Manchin to cosponsor PRO Act, union-backed bill that would crush right-to-work laws  —  West Virginia passed right-to-work legislation in 2016  —  Eric Shawn: Sen. Joe Manchin, making Senators mad...or glad?  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will co-sponsor the Senate version of House Democrats' PRO Act …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the GOP is fretting about its inability to define Biden  —  For the better part of a year now, Republicans have tried and largely failed to define Joe Biden — or even just to make people dislike him.  And with his 100th day as president approaching, they're admitting as much.
Associated Press:
Prosecutor: FedEx shooter never had ‘red flag’ hearing for seized gun  —  INDIANAPOLIS — A former FedEx employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis never appeared before a judge for a hearing under Indiana's “red flag” law, even after his mother called police …
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
White House removes scientist picked by Trump official to lead key climate report  —  Betsy Weatherhead, chosen to steer government's National Climate Assessment, has been reassigned to U.S. Geological Survey  —  White House officials have removed Betsy Weatherhead, an experienced atmospheric …
Washington Post:
Howard University's removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe  —  Cornel West is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and serves on the board of academic advisers of the Classic Learning Test.  Jeremy Tate is the founder and chief executive officer of the Classic Learning Test.
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes  —  Policy could be paired with proposal to ban menthols; FDA must decide whether to pursue menthol ban by April 29  —  The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine levels …
Discussion: Insider and Political Wire
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
Consent of the Governed  —  Seven million more Americans voted for Joe Biden than Donald Trump.  Yet Republicans filed more than sixty lawsuits to have Trump declared the winner.  Even when those failed, 140 Republican Members of Congress voted to reject the results.
Laura K. Field / Niskanen Center:
The Highbrow Conspiracism of the New Intellectual Right: A Sampling From the Trump Years  —  One of the strongest temptations of the Trump era has been to assume that Republican support for Trump was fundamentally limited to fringe groups and the economically disadvantaged …
Peter King / The Hill:
What the statistics show about police shootings and public safety  —  Whatever the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, that case — and the tragedy of another death, this time of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?  —  Last week, I covered my nose and mouth with close-fitting fabric like a good citizen and walked to a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where I de-masked at a patio table to greet a friend.  I sat with my chair facing the entrance and watched dozens …
Discussion: New Republic, HotAir and The Week
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Suggests U.S. Explore Conditional Aid to Israel … At today's meeting of the annual J Street conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., suggested that the U.S. consider conditional aid to Israel.  —  “I support military assistance to Israel,” said Warren's planned remarks …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Cancel Rent’ Champion Ayanna Pressley Raked in Thousands as Landlord, Records Show  —  The progressive congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) has called rent cancellation legislation “literally a matter of life and death.”  At the same time, she has collected cash from her own rental properties.
Discussion: HotAir, Twitchy and OutKick
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Biden won't bring on board controversial Russia expert  —  A Russia expert whose bid to join the Biden National Security Council sparked an outcry among prominent critics of the Kremlin is no longer under consideration for the role, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Washington Post
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Biden Set to Push Critical Race Theory on U.S. Schools  —  The woke revolution in the classroom is about to go federal.  In an early but revelatory move, President Biden's Department of Education has signaled its intent to impose the most radical forms of Critical Race Theory on America's schools …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Who Killed Ashli Babbitt  —  Is it too much to ask to know the name of the federal government employee who, on our behalf, shot an unarmed veteran who was, at worst, trespassing in a public building?  Apparently, it is, since no one in our glorious, licensed, and neutered regime media seems to want to tell us.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Apple to reinstate Parler on its app store  —  Apple told lawmakers on Monday it will reinstate Parler on its app store now that the popular-with-conservatives social network plans to adopt new content moderation rules.  —  How we got here: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado …
 
 
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Several key officials leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce as lobbying group faces GOP criticism
Christy Lopez / Washington Post:
Traffic enforcement is broken in the U.S. Here's how we can fix it.
Discussion: The Atlantic and Balloon Juice
Glenn C. Altschuler / The Hill:
Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure
Discussion: Reason
Grace Panetta / Insider:
A government ethics office refused to approve Kanye West's financial disclosures from his failed presidential campaign
Discussion: CREW
Politico:
Senate nears breakthrough on hate crimes bill
Discussion: RedState, The Reload and ABC News
Betsy Klein / CNN:
White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a ‘crisis’
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Tyrannosaurs likely hunted in packs rather than heading out solo, scientists find
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Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
‘White Terror Is As American As The Stars And Stripes’: How The Left Is Answering Ibram Kendi's Call For Racial Strife
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Apple to Allow Parler App Back on iPhones: Live Updates
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and Al Jazeera
USA Today:
Former sheriff's deputy Stephen Nicholas Broderick arrested in fatal shootings of 3 in Austin
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Makes Historic First Flight on Mars