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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
By bearing witness — and hitting ‘record’ — 17-year-old Darnella Frazier may have changed the world  —  Her motivations were simple enough.  You could even call them pure.  —  “It wasn't right,” said Darnella Frazier, who was 17 last year when she saw George Floyd pinned under a Minneapolis police officer's knee.
Discussion: The Intercept
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Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Anti-Anti-Chauvinism  —  Conservative trolls are the REAL victims!  —  We all saw it.  It was captured on video.  It lasted nine interminable minutes.  It ignited our righteous indignation—an oil fire floating on an ocean of grief.  —  Most people felt this way about the video of the murder …
Discussion: CNN, ABC17NEWS, Twitchy and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Columbus Police Fatally Shoot Black Teen Who Called Them for Help, Aunt Says  —  Just as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter, Columbus police killed another person.  Eyewitnesses said the victim was a Black teenager.  —  COLUMBUS—A Columbus police officer shot …
Discussion: WCMH-TV
Washington Post:
Derek Chauvin convicted of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd  —  Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day.
New York Times:
Ex-Officer May Face Decades for Killing That Spurred Protests  —  Members of the jury, I will now read the verdicts as they will appear in the permanent records of the Fourth Judicial District: State of Minnesota, County of Hennepin District Court, Fourth Judicial District, state of Minnesota …
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Harris says verdict in Chauvin trial ‘will not heal the pain that existed for generations’
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?
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
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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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
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House rejects GOP attempt to censure Rep. Maxine Waters over remarks about 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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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
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Track Down Capitol Rioter With Facial Recognition Hit On His Girlfriend's Instagram  —  Stephen Chase Randolph was arrested in Kentucky.  Federal authorities say he told undercover agents it was “f**king fun” to be in the Capitol mob.  —  Federal authorities arrested a suspect …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell vents over ‘fake news’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday vented about his “frustration” with media coverage of the Biden administration's exploration of expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court.  —  McConnell chastised members of the Capitol press corps …
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Sen. Chuck Grassley / Washington Examiner:
Packing the court strikes out independent judiciary
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 …
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.
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: POLITICUSUSA and HotAir
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
‘The wheels fell off’: How Biden's misgivings on border surge upended plan on refugees  —  President Biden overruled his top foreign policy and national security aides, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, when he kept in place the Trump administration's record low cap on the number …
Discussion: Townhall and PolitiFact
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
A year before the Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting, the gunman browsed White supremacist websites, police say
Jamila R. O'Hara / The Harvard Crimson:
A ‘Fundamental’ Shift: Harvard Institute of Politics Marred by Tensions, Turnover as Kennedy School Asserts Increased Control
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Fox News
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
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David Fickling / Bloomberg:
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