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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
The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Recruits First Amendment Heavy Hitters to Fight Dominion
Discussion: Washington Times and 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
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
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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Kelly McLaughlin / Insider:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs ‘anti-riot’ bill that grants civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters and protects police budgets from being cut
Discussion: WJXT-TV, Breitbart and WSVN-TV
WTXL-TV:
DeSantis signs ‘anti-riot’ bill into law
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Megan Gannon / WFLA-TV:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans lean into uphill battle against 2 little-known Biden nominees  —  The GOP almost certainly can't stop Joe Biden from getting a lineup of leading progressives confirmed to senior Justice Department posts.  But Republicans — especially those eyeing the White House …
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and Raw Story
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:   15 Republican senators vow to oppose earmarks amid intraparty squabble
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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: Twitchy, OutKick and HotAir
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 …
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Kimberly Guilfoyle joins Greitens' Senate campaign as national chair  —  Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top official on former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign and Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, will serve as national chair for former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' 2022 Senate bid, the Greitens campaign announced Monday.
USA Today:
Former sheriff's deputy Stephen Nicholas Broderick arrested in fatal shootings of 3 in Austin  —  Ryan Autullo Tony Plohetski John BaconUSA TODAY  —  AUSTIN - The former sheriff's deputy suspected of killing three people in a shooting rampage near an apartment complex in Northwest Austin …
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
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Makes Historic First Flight on Mars  —  Intrepid drone becomes the first powered craft to fly on another world  —  NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter made history early Monday when the small but intrepid drone became the first powered craft to fly on another world …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘60 Minutes’ interview reveals Oath Keepers militia are being trained by police  —  In an interview with “60 Minutes” Sunday evening, Oath Keepers leader Jim Arroyo revealed that active-duty law enforcement is part of their movement and helping with militia training.  —  “Our guys are very experienced.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy leaders involved in Capitol riot  —  A federal judge is preparing to revoke bail for two top leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist group, who had been free while awaiting trial on charges stemming from their role in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Garland returns to Oklahoma City to warn that domestic terrorism is ‘still with us’  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland returned Monday to Oklahoma City — the site of the nation's most deadly act of domestic terrorism and of his formative experiences as a young prosecutor …
Discussion: USA Today
Brian Fung / CNN:
Apple will let Parler back on the App Store  —  Washington (CNN Business)Apple has approved Parler's return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday.
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
Ari Emanuel Takes on the World  —  Hollywood's most tenacious agent tries to remake himself as a mogul.  —  On February 29, 2020, Ari Emanuel, the C.E.O. of the Endeavor company, and Mark Shapiro, its president, were leaving Madison Square Garden after a Knicks game.
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  —  Although its participants may not know it, our ruling class is speaking in Ibram X. Kendi's tongue, and realizing his ‘antiracist’ vision.
New York Times:
Adults in all U.S. states are now eligible for vaccination, hitting Biden's target.  Half have had at least one dose.  —  All adults in every U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico are now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, meeting the April 19 deadline that President Biden set two weeks ago.
Discussion: Forbes, POLITICUSUSA, CNBC, The Week, UPI and NPR
Monika Bickert / About Facebook:
Preparing for a Verdict in the Trial of Derek Chauvin  —  As the trial of Derek Chauvin draws to a close, we are doing what we can to prepare for the verdict.  This means preventing online content from being linked to offline harm and doing our part to keep our community safe.
 
 
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Brad Smith / USA Today:
The nation needs Biden's bold, futuristic infrastructure plan: Microsoft president
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why the next two weeks are critical for the Biden presidency
Discussion: The Western Journal and WMUR
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Coal Miners Union Seeks Voice in Move to Renewable Energy: Live Updates
New York Post:
Man charged with attacking undercover Asian NYPD cop released without bail
Blair Heusdens / Minnesota National Guard:
Minnesota National Guard neighborhood security team fired upon in Minneapolis
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EU holds off on using competition powers over proposed football super league
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CNN:
Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging
Discussion: Raw Story