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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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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?
Philip Klein / National Review:
Evidently, Jen Psaki's Job Is to Pretend Joe Biden Didn't Say What Everybody Heard Him Say  —  On Tuesday, as the jury deliberates in the Derek Chauvin trial, President Biden became the latest prominent Democrat to weigh in.  He told reporters “I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict.
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.”
Discussion: Washington Post and New Republic
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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
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Cheney: I didn't invite Trump to GOP retreat in Florida
Discussion: BizPac Review
Politico:
GOP push to censure Waters, with nation on edge, reveals bigger problems
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and USA Today
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Troubled Waters: Congresswoman's comments complicate the Chauvin case  —  The final day of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis seemed at times to be a remake of the 1981 neo-noir film, “True Confessions.”  Call it “True Concessions.”  Judge Peter Cahill acknowledged that Rep. Maxine Waters …
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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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and Raw Story
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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.
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 …
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
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
DHS watchdog declined to pursue investigations into Secret Service during Trump administration, documents show  —  The chief federal watchdog for the Secret Service blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the agency's handling of the George Floyd protests …
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
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?
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.
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 …
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Georgia Faith Leaders to Urge Boycott of Home Depot Over Voting Law  —  Black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in the state are planning a “warning shot” for other Republican-led states that are trying to limit voting access.  —  A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia …
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.
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
Nick DePaula / ESPN:
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant estate elect not to renew partnership with Nike  —  With Kobe Bryant's five-year, post-retirement endorsement extension with Nike having expired this month, Vanessa Bryant and the Kobe Bryant estate elected not to renew the partnership, she confirmed to ESPN in a statement Monday night.
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Private School Head Admits ‘Anti-racist’ Curriculum Is ‘Demonizing White People for Being Born’  —  The head of a New York City private school that has been accused of indoctrinating students with progressive politics and “anti-racist” orthodoxy privately acknowledged that the school is guilty of …
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.
NBC News:
There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol.  Why hasn't this evidence been used in court? … WASHINGTON — FBI officials have repeatedly said they gathered no credible intelligence in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection suggesting that pro-Trump extremists intended to storm the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Washington Football Team won't find a better name than it already has  —  The Washington — get this — Rubies?  The Washington Demon Cats?  Yeah, there's a legend about some creature that haunts federal government buildings here.  Still.  —  The Washington Red Hogs?
Discussion: Fox News
David Fickling / Bloomberg:
The Pandemic Will Be More Deadly This Year  —  Consider the surging case count in India.  A false sense of complacency is discouraging any course correction, and numbers could get worse still.  —  Covid-19 is going to kill more people in 2021 than it did last year.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan  —  Republicans say President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have a tough time getting through the Senate intact because of several key provisions that will open the legislation up to parliamentary challenges under the arcane Byrd Rule.
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 …
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Cruz grills Stacey Abrams on claim Georgia election was ‘stolen’ from her through voter suppression in tense exchange  —  Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Stacey Abrams during a Senate hearing over claims that her run for Georgia governor was “stolen” from her through voter suppression.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
California Exit Interview: One couple's final straw came when voters rejected Prop.  15  —  Alison Grady and Ernest Brown made a spreadsheet of places they wanted to live a few years ago, and Oakland came out on top.  Within a day of moving to The Town, Brown found a salsa dance class near Lake Merritt …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Policy group hires Mark Halperin years after sexual harassment scandal  —  Political journalist Mark Halperin, whose career crumbled in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has joined No Labels, a D.C.-based bipartisan policy group, Punchbowl News reports.
Daniel N. Gullotta / The Bulwark:
All the President's Historians  —  Joe Biden has met with scholars to discuss his presidency and likely legacy—but what are we to make of his special relationship with historian Jon Meacham?  —  In a White House meeting in early March, Joe Biden spent more than two hours in private …
 
 
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Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
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Michael Gold / New York Times:
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
The NRA is decimated and the GOP is out of power. It may not be enough for gun control.
Discussion: Breitbart
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
67 percent of Americans unaware of John Durham probe: Poll
Discussion: Associated Press
Ken Alltucker / USA Today:
No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart beginning this week
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Week
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia police asked federal drug agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests last June, emails show
Virginia Langmaid / CNN:
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent Covid often all for show, CDC advises
Discussion: Instapundit
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Jamal Simmons / The Hill:
It's not ‘woketivism,’ it's good business