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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
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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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 …
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.
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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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
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 …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:   15 Republican senators vow to oppose earmarks amid intraparty squabble
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.
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
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.
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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Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo May Face Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book  —  The New York State attorney general was formally authorized to examine whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted improperly while writing his book about the pandemic.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State comptroller has issued …
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: Breitbart and The Federalist
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.
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 …
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
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.
Betsy Klein / CNN:
White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a ‘crisis’  —  Why Biden's immigration policies differ from Trump's  —  (CNN)The White House on Monday backtracked after President Joe Biden over the weekend described the influx of migrant children on the country's southern border as a …
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
Grace Panetta / Insider:
A government ethics office refused to approve Kanye West's financial disclosures from his failed presidential campaign  — A government ethics office rejected Kanye West's financial disclosure from his 2020 presidential run.  — West failed to disclose his wife Kim Kardashian West's income on the form, which is unusual.
Discussion: CREW
Glenn C. Altschuler / The Hill:
Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure  —  When he took the oath of office, President Biden faced a confluence of crises as great or greater than any of his predecessors.  The Coronavirus, which had already claimed 400,000 lives, was setting records for positive cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
How New York's Gov. Cuomo Has Survived Calls For Resignation—So Far  —  He and his advisers huddled to discuss how other Democratic leaders responded to scandals; strong polls help  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was certain about one thing in early March …
Politico:
Senate nears breakthrough on hate crimes bill  —  Senators are closing in on an agreement to pass legislation to stem the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, according to multiple aides in both parties.  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that the chamber …
Discussion: ABC News, RedState and The Reload
Politico:
Judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy leaders involved in Capitol riot  —  A federal judge has revoked bail for two leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist group, contending that newly revealed evidence of their role in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol has shown …
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 …
 
 
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The next big voting rights fight is in Texas
Ben Fox / Associated Press:
AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard D. Kahlenberg / New York Times:
If You Care About Social Justice, You Have to Care About Zoning
Discussion: National Review
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Tyrannosaurs likely hunted in packs rather than heading out solo, scientists find
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why the next two weeks are critical for the Biden presidency
Discussion: The Hill, The Western Journal and WMUR
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
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
Ari Emanuel Takes on the World
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Who Killed Ashli Babbitt
CNN:
Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story