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New York Times:
G.O.P. Bills Target Protesters (and Absolve Motorists Who Hit Them)  —  As the nation reacts to the guilty verdict a jury handed to Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, Republican-led states are introducing punitive new measures governing protests.  —  Republican legislators …
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Derek Chauvin Is Being Held in Solitary Confinement For 23 Hours a Day  —  Derek Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in Minnesota's only maximum-security prison after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd and led out of a courtroom in handcuffs, according to authorities.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Tucker Carlson: Public support for George Floyd is an ‘attack on civilization’  —  On Fox News Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson did not appear to be pleased with the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.  —  Indeed, according to Carlson …
Associated Press:
AP source: Garland to announce Minneapolis police probe
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
The Postal Service is running a running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans' social media posts  —  The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social media posts, including those about planned protests …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lofgren: Capitol Police official being investigated for directions to pursue only ‘anti-Trump’ protesters Jan. 6  —  A Capitol Police official radioed units outside of the building on the morning of Jan. 6 and told them only to scout for anti-Trump troublemakers — not pro-Trump protesters …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Chris Christie friends believe he's running in 2024  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering running for president in 2024, three people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.  —  Driving the news: While Christie isn't saying anything publicly about his thinking …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Welcome to the YOLO Economy  —  Burned out and flush with savings, some workers are quitting stable jobs in search of postpandemic adventure.  —  Something strange is happening to the exhausted, type-A millennial workers of America.  After a year spent hunched over their MacBooks …
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Columbus Police Shoot And Kill Black, Teenage Girl  —  A 16-year-old Black girl was fatally shot by an officer outside of her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon, according to her family.  —  The girl has been identified as Ma'Khia Bryant by her aunt, Hazel Bryant.
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall  —  Chris Carr has stepped down as chairman of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys, citing a “significant difference of opinion” in the organization's direction following a robocall that urged people to march …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Politico:
Biden: 200 million Americans have been vaccinated  —  President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration had achieved its target of 200 million coronavirus vaccinations during his first 100 days in office.  —  “This is an American achievement — a powerful demonstration of unity and resolve …
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Moves to Unwind Trump Auto-Emissions Policy
Discussion: Vox
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Part of Nationwide Shift  —  The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., moved to dismiss thousands of cases dating back decades, amid a growing movement to change the criminal justice system's approach to prostitution.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Reuters:
Foxconn mostly abandons $10 billion Wisconsin project touted by Trump  —  Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn is drastically scaling back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called “the eighth wonder of the world.”
We Out Here Magazine:
Open Letter: A Call-In To The Portland Protest Community  —  In response to ongoing behavior seen as detrimental to Black Liberation, Black protesters have drafted a letter addressing the larger Portland Protest Community, so that our values and observations are clear to all.
Politico:
Lawmakers reveal — and dispute — FBI conclusion about 2017 baseball field shooting  —  A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a “suicide by cop,” …
The Moscow Times:
As It Happened: Russians Protest in Support of Navalny  —  Putin's most outspoken critic has been on hunger strike in prison for three weeks, demanding to see his own doctors for a host of ailments.  —  Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's team called for protests across the country …
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Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Biden's associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta confirmed after GOP senator breaks ranks  —  (CNN)The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general in a narrow 51-49 vote after Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined with Democrats in support of President Joe Biden's Justice Department nominee.
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Cruz rips Biden DOJ nominee as ‘partisan ideologue’ for liking tweet attacking Nikki Haley
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Senate GOP preserves earmark ban, adds strict debt ceiling posture  —  Senate Republicans kept their decade-long earmarks ban on Wednesday but installed a new internal GOP rule that demands spending cuts as a condition for raising the debt ceiling.  —  The decision to keep the earmarks ban …
Discussion: Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox News and Roll Call
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Politico:
Senate Democrats reject Republican infrastructure bid
ProPublica:
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers  —  Politicians get the veneer of grassroots support, while shadowy consultants get rich. … Two of the leading Republican firebrands in Congress touted big fundraising hauls as a show of grassroots support …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Roger Stone spent weeks publicly defending Rep. Gaetz after being paid by his campaign  —  Since cashing a check from the reelection campaign of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in March, notorious political dirty trickster Roger Stone has furiously defended the congressman amid a firestorm surrounding a federal investigation into his activities.
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage-Control Mode
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Fox News Thinks Tucker Carlson Is Still Good for Business  —  Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, asked advertisers gathered Tuesday for Global Marketer Week to press Fox Corp. to fire its resident flamethrower and ratings-magnet, Tucker Carlson.
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Advance as U.S. Offers Sanctions Relief  —  Biden administration signals openness to easing measures against oil, finance and other sectors, but Tehran wants to see specifics  —  The Biden administration has signaled it is open to easing sanctions against critical elements …
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Introducing Pawprints  —  A newsletter from @nycsouthpaw, an internet lawyer dog  —  Thank you for finding your way here.  —  Over the years, a surprising number of you have written me very kind notes asking for a newsletter or a blog, hoping in some cases to keep up with what I'm doing …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Andrew Giuliani to meet with Trump as he preps NY gubernatorial bid  —  (CNN)Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former public liaison official inside the Trump White House, will meet with the former President at Mar-a-Lago next week as he finalizes …
New Republic:
Mark Bittman's Beef With Capitalism  —  What we grow determines how we eat, and what we eat determines how we live and die.  These simple but overlooked truths drive the work of the longtime food writer Mark Bittman, whose new book, Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food …
Discussion: New York Times
 
 
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Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Bill listing party ID for Ohio Supreme Court candidates clears Ohio Senate
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Former NY Gov Paterson and NYC Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa Joined Dov Hikind and Many Others in Vigil at French Consulate for Slain Sarah Halimi
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Presidential historian on Fox News says Benjamin Franklin successfully thwarted ‘cancel culture’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: COVID-19, crime at top of Democratic voters' minds in NY1/Ipsos poll
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Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus case rate now the lowest in the continental U.S.
Hema Parmar / Bloomberg:
Leon Cooperman Won't Attend Elizabeth Warren's Tax Hearing, But Will Watch It
Discussion: ABC17NEWS, CBS News and CNBC
Foreign Policy:
Biden Looks to Progressive for Key Human Rights Post
Hisham Melhem / Newlines Magazine:
America's Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More
Discussion: The National Interest