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David Edwards / Raw Story:
McEnany lectures Biden: 'It's the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame'  —  Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.
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Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Ilhan Omar says Derek Chauvin trial ‘feels like a closed case’  —  Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said the contentious trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, “feels like a closed case.”  —  “The case to me feels like a closed case …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Who's the president?  Because it's apparently not Joe Biden  —  Joe Biden may be the president in name, but with the White House directly contradicting his proclamations twice in as many days and his notable absence from greeting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, one has to ask: who is actually running the country?
Alexa Mencia / KARE-TV:
Derek Chauvin trial: What happens when a jury is sequestered?
Star Tribune:
Who are the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial?
New York Times:
Ex-Officer May Face 40 Years in Killing That Spurred Protests
Discussion: NBC News and Althouse
Sarah Kolinovsky / ABC News:
Biden says he's praying for ‘the right verdict’ in Chauvin trial
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
George Floyd's brother says President Biden called his family to say he is praying for them
Isaac Saul / Tangle:
The Derek Chauvin trial.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Bolton puts out a poll to sandbag Trump  —  John Bolton, Donald Trump's former national security adviser turned outspoken critic, has commissioned a new poll to illustrate that the former president's grip on the Republican Party is loosening.  —  The poll, released on Tuesday morning …
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David Siders / Politico:
'It's almost like insanity': GOP base continues to lash out over Trump's defeat  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Nowhere has the post-Trump era been more painful for the Republican Party than in Georgia, where Trump loyalists' war on Republican elected officials is still raging, at great cost.
Politico:
Democratic leaders find a way to defuse conservatives' House floor sabotage  —  House Democratic leaders believe they've found a workaround to defuse weeks of delay tactics used by hard-line Republicans that have irked lawmakers in both parties and brought much of the chamber's floor action to a halt.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
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Politico:
GOP fails to censure Waters with nation on edge over Chauvin verdict  —  A GOP push to punish Rep. Maxine Waters for encouraging protests against police bias fizzled on Tuesday.  But its collapse laid bare a massive problem facing congressional leaders in both parties as they struggle to rein in members' inflammatory rhetoric.
Wall Street Journal:
Satellite Images Show Russia's Expanding Ukraine Buildup  —  Combat aircraft, other military equipment seen in Crimea and along the Ukraine border as estimates of Kremlin forces grow  —  Russia has moved warplanes to Crimea and bases near Ukraine to an extent greater than has previously been disclosed …
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
‘Anglo-Saxon’ Is What You Say When ‘Whites Only’ Is Too Inclusive  —  Last week, far-right Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar distanced themselves from a proposal to create an America First Caucus, after a document bearing the group's name made reference to “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
Cheney: I didn't invite Trump to GOP retreat in Florida
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and BizPac Review
Jonathan Edwards / Virginian-Pilot:
Norfolk fires police lieutenant who donated to accused vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse  —  NORFOLK — The second in command of the Norfolk Police Department's internal affairs unit has been fired after he made what the city manager called “egregious” comments praising Kyle Rittenhouse …
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
Matt Gaetz sparked William Barr to drop the f-bomb in a legal spat over Florida voting  —  Months before news broke that the feds were investigating him for sex trafficking, Rep. Matt Gaetz was at the center of a separate internal fight at the Justice Department.
Politico:
Trump's former aides say he whiffed on vaccination legacy  —  With more than half of adults in the country having received at least one shot of a Covid vaccine, Trump supporters remain stubbornly resistant to vaccination — and it's sparking a new round of questions over what role, if any …
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Dementia Risk After Age 50 Increases With Less Sleep, Study Says  —  The research, tracking thousands of people from age 50 on, suggests those who sleep six hours or less a night are more likely to develop dementia in their late 70s.  —  Could getting too little sleep increase your chances of developing dementia?
Kate Uesugi / American Humanist Association:
American Humanist Association Board Statement Withdrawing Honor from Richard Dawkins  —  Established in 1953, the Humanist of the Year Award is conferred annually by the American Humanist Association (AHA), recognizing the awardee as an exemplar of humanist values.
Isobel Lewis / The Independent:
Ted Nugent tests positive for coronavirus after calling pandemic a ‘scam’  —  Musician Ted Nugent has tested positive for coronavirus months after he said that the virus was “not a real pandemic”.  —  In his Christmas message shared on social media in December, Nugent called the worldwide crisis a …
Patricia McCormick / Washington Post:
The Girl in the Kent State Photo  —  In 1970, an image of a dead protester immediately became iconic.  But what happened to the 14-year-old kneeling next to him?  —  Last May, when Mary Ann Vecchio watched the video of George Floyd's dying moments, she felt herself plummet through time and space …
Eric Umansky / ProPublica:
What Police Impunity Looks Like: “There Was No Discipline as No Wrongdoing Was Found”  —  To understand why police are so rarely held accountable for killings, you should know about Kawaski Trawick, and what didn't happen to the officer who shot him. … Whatever the jury ultimately decides …
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
GOP Congressman Made Emergency Calls To Police Just To See How Quickly They'd Come  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's test of Capitol Police as they face actual threats is “reprehensible,” one officer said.  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) made two false calls for emergency help from U.S. Capitol Police …
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
India's devastating outbreak is driving the global coronavirus surge  —  Those on the country's front lines say the wave is worse than anything they have seen before.  —  NEW DELHI — More than a year after the pandemic began, infections worldwide have surpassed their previous peak.
Discussion: New York Times
John Feehery / The Hill:
The left-wing hysteria machine  —  You can see the scattered remnants of the left-wing hysteria machine on signs throughout my Capitol Hill neighborhood.  —  My favorite is those that proclaim never-ending love for the United States Postal Service.  —  We love USPS, the sign says.
Jamila R. O'Hara / The Harvard Crimson:
A ‘Fundamental’ Shift: Harvard Institute of Politics Marred by Tensions, Turnover as Kennedy School Asserts Increased Control … Four months before he lost his battle with brain cancer in 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward M.  “Ted” Kennedy '54-'56 penned a letter to then-Harvard President Drew G. Faust …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Dozen Megadonors Gave $3.4 Billion, One in Every 13 Dollars, Since 2009  —  A new study shows the role of the super rich in politics since the Supreme Court loosened restrictions on political spending more than a decade ago.  —  A dozen megadonors and their spouses contributed a combined $3.4 billion …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kristen Jordan Shamus / Detroit Free Press:
Sterling Heights couple among 334 statewide who got COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated  —  It was Easter morning when Nicole Pierson, 44, of Sterling Heights noticed her 20-month-old daughter, Emme, wasn't feeling well.  —  In the days that followed, Emme would go on to test positive for coronavirus …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Laura Reiley / Washington Post:
USDA extends universal free lunch through next school year, bringing relief to millions of food-insecure families  —  Facing a September cutoff, the agency announces it will reimburse schools at a higher rate and expand school nutrition programs to all students.
Discussion: Insider and USDA
ABC News:
3 things scientists have learned about vaccine hesitancy: Analysis  —  Vaccine hesitancy rates have been dropping, but many are still wary of the shot.  —  Why are people hesitant to trust a COVID-19 vaccine?  —  Vaccines are proven to reduce deaths and help end pandemics …
Discussion: IJR
CNN:
Montana Democrats sue after GOP governor signs into law two bills restricting voting access  —  Over 250 bills in at least 43 states aim to restrict voting access  —  (CNN)Montana Democrats are s uing the state over two bills signed into law Monday that add new restrictions to voting in the Big Sky state.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Bush: Today's GOP is ‘isolationist’ and ‘nativist’  —  Former President George W. Bush described the modern-day GOP as “isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist” in an interview Tuesday that was packed with implicit criticism of the most recent Republican president.
 
 
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell vents over ‘fake news’
Discussion: Political Wire
Stephen Gutowski / The Reload:
Leaked ATF Document Details Biden Plan to Ban ‘Ghost Guns’
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Thomas Moore / The Hill:
ADL CEO asks advertisers to boycott Tucker Carlson, Fox News
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Four questions for a senior general about Afghanistan
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Washington Football Team won't find a better name than it already has
Discussion: Fox News
Virginia Langmaid / CNN:
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent Covid often all for show, CDC advises
Discussion: Instapundit
David Fickling / Bloomberg:
The Pandemic Will Be More Deadly This Year
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
NBC News:
There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol. Why hasn't this evidence been used in court?
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story