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Axios:
Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93  —  Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.  —  The big picture: President Biden …
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former Democratic senator and vice president whose unusually candid and forward-looking bid for the pinnacle of American politics was blocked by President Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection victory …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93  —  Under Jimmy Carter, he was the first V.P. to serve as a genuine partner of a president.  His own run for the top position ended in a crushing defeat.  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president and champion …
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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Gabby Orr / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. takes on new role as top adviser inside the Trump family  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has elevated his son Donald Trump Jr. to an unofficial new role inside his orbit as he weighs the idea of a comeback presidential bid in 2024 that would require him to maintain …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Trump says he is ‘beyond seriously’ considering 2024 White House run
Discussion: HotAir
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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Axios:
Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression  —  Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
With tens of thousands of Russian troops massing at Ukraine border, buildup becomes more ominous
Axios:
Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia  —  The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Luke McGee / CNN:
Two Russian agents have been linked to a high-profile poisoning and a deadly explosion, but there's little Europe can do
Discussion: The Economist
U.S. Mission Russia / U.S. Embassy & Consulates …:
Ambassador Sullivan is returning to the United States for consultations this week …
Discussion: CBS News and NPR
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.
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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
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.
Discussion: Current
Rafael A. Mangual / City Journal:
Who Killed Adam Toledo?  —  How did a 13-year-old boy end up in an alley with a gun at 2:30 on a Monday morning?  —  Public safety  —  On March 29, just after 2:30 AM, Chicago's ShotSpotter alert system detected eight or nine gunshots in the West Side, largely Latino, neighborhood of Little Village …
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Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:   Teen's death puts focus on split-second police decisions
bellingcat:
Senior GRU Leader Directly Involved With Czech Arms Depot Explosion  — In 2018, Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider identified the two persons whom UK police charged with the Novichok poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal as GRU officers Col. Alexander Mishkin and Col. Anatoly Chepiga.
Virginia Langmaid / CNN:
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent Covid often all for show, CDC advises  —  (CNN)The risk of surface transmission of Covid-19 is low, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.  Far more important is airborne transmission — and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good..
Discussion: Instapundit
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters for Having ‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’  —  House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that he will move to formally censure House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) …
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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 …
Discussion: National Review
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.
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?
Jamal Simmons / The Hill:
It's not ‘woketivism,’ it's good business  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should put away his worry beads about big business.  Corporate leaders haven't gone soft on liberalism.  Instead, Republicans have gone “wobbly” on democracy and that's not good for business.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren invites billionaire critic Leon Cooperman to testify at Senate hearing on taxes  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants one of her biggest critics to face lawmakers in a hearing next week.  — Warren, a progressive Democrat from Massachusetts, is inviting billionaire investor Leon Cooperman …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Raw Story
Adam Grant / New York Times:
There's a Name for the Blah You're Feeling: It's Called Languishing  —  It's the neglected middle child of mental health, and can dull your motivation and focus.  It may be the dominant emotion of 2021.  —  At first, I didn't recognize the symptoms that we all had in common.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call  —  Most Americans support the pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and so far there's no evidence that it's leading to broader vaccine hesitancy, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
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.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
RNC sets fundraising record in March in drive to retake control of Congress  —  Republican Party spotlights grassroots appeal, noting most contributions came from small-dollar donors  —  Ronna McDaniel slams ‘disgusting, divisive’ rhetoric from left on Georgia voting law
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia police asked federal drug agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests last June, emails show  —  The Philadelphia Police Department enlisted federal drug agents to infiltrate crowds of protesters during racial justice demonstrations in the city last spring, a move that critics say may have circumvented …
Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
China launches app for citizens to report anyone who has ‘mistaken opinions’ or ‘denies the excellence of socialist culture’  — The app and hotline has been released ahead of party's 100th anniversary in July  — It will allow citizens to report others for ‘mistaken opinions’ shared online
Discussion: Summit News
Politico:
Liberals warn Biden against lengthy talks with GOP  —  Joe Biden's entreaties to Republicans on his infrastructure bill are picking up steam.  But progressives are warning the president not to get too attached to his GOP friends.  —  “I personally don't think the Republicans are serious …
 
 
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John Cooper / The Daily Signal:
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CNN:
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Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight
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Justice News:
Lev Tahor Leaders Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Tess Owen / VICE:
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Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘Fox is not news’: New CNN morning anchor debuts with blistering takedown of right-wing network
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