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New York Times:
Andrew Yang, Looking for Endorsement, Offends Gay Democratic Club  —  Participants described Mr. Yang's remarks as offensive, saying that even as members of the club raised policy issues, he returned to mentioning gay bars.  —  Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate and leading contender …
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Politico:
Yang accused of being ‘out of touch’ over LGBTQ comments  —  NEW YORK — Andrew Yang is facing blowback after comments made during an LGBTQ+ mayoral forum that some are criticizing as out of touch and insensitive.  —  Yang was invited to appear Wednesday at the Stonewall Democrats of NYC …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyeing Tax Rate as High as 43.4% in Next Economic Package  — People earning $1 million would pay 39.6% plus Obamacare levy  — Total tax rates for New Yorkers, Californians could top 50%  —  President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate …
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Will Seek Tax Increase on Rich to Fund Child Care and Education  —  The president's American Family Plan, which remains in flux, does not currently include an effort to expand health coverage, as administration officials had previously planned.  —  WASHINGTON — The next phase …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Stocks fall on reports that Biden wants to hike taxes on capital gains
Discussion: Breitbart, Forbes and Bloomberg
Bloomberg:
GOP Counters Biden With $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan
CNBC:
Dow closes more than 300 points lower following reports of Biden eyeing capital gains tax hike
Discussion: RedState and The Week
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Hawley votes against anti-Asian hate crime bill  —  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) was the lone senator to vote against legislation on Thursday aimed at combating a surge in anti-Asian American hate crimes.  —  A spokesperson for Hawley, a potential 2024 contender, didn't immediately respond to a question about his vote.
Discussion: Townhall
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Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
The Failing Galaxy Brain  —  There are hundreds of us...*HUNDREDS! … Welcome to Galaxy Brain, where we're off to a very slow start. … I hate to say it but Glenn is right.  After a whole ten days of entrepreneurship I can report that I am not newsletter millionaire.
CNN:
With Trump's backing, Walker freezes Senate GOP field in Georgia  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's backing of football great Herschel Walker to run for the Georgia Senate seat has been enough to effectively freeze the GOP field in place — even though some Republicans privately worry …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Current
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We should soon stop catering to the vaccine holdouts  —  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced a “pause” in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of a tiny number of instances in which women developed blood clots after getting the shot, many recoiled in horror.
Discussion: Townhall and Poynter
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Washington Post:
Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning
New York Times:
With Few New Clotting Cases, Johnson & Johnson Pause Could Be Lifted Soon
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Progressives will deliver their own response to President Joe Biden's speech to Congress … WASHINGTON — Unlike in previous years, a progressive group has decided to deliver a formal response to President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress next week.
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Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:   Kevin McCarthy Says Capitol Riot Commission Should Look At Unrelated Riots
Clare Foran / CNN:
Republican Sen. Tim Scott to deliver GOP response for Biden address to Congress
Natalie O'Neill / New York Post:
O.J. Simpson bashes LeBron James for Ohio cop tweet  —  O.J. Simpson has gone from jailbird to law-and-order crusader.  —  The famous ex-con took a pro-cop stance Thursday when he backed an Ohio officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding teen and ripped into NBA star LeBron James for a tweet that named and shamed the lawman.
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Washington Post:
A political group's hiring of Mark Halperin draws protests from staffers  —  A nonpartisan political organization is facing blowback from its employees after hiring journalist Mark Halperin, whose career as a prominent TV pundit hit a wall after he faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
Talia Lavin / MSNBC:
Behind the ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag: America's history of police violence  —  A little more than a week before the jury delivered its verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, and about 10 miles from the Hennepin County Government Center …
Discussion: NOQ Report, NBC News and Joe.My.God.
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Vile response to the Derek Chauvin verdict
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
In Defense of Teenage Knife Fighting  —  Since when do we need the cops to intervene in the recreational stabbings of our youth?  —  Just when I thought that America couldn't possibly get any softer, people start suggesting that there's a role for the police in preventing knife murders.
Laura Bassett / MSNBC:
Stacey Abrams just taught Senator John Kennedy a lesson on being prepared  —  Sen. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, went viral on Wednesday for embarrassing himself during a Tuesday hearing with Stacey Abrams about Georgia's new voter suppression law.
Discussion: Mic, Daily Kos, CBS News and HuffPost
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Lone Arizona Republican votes ‘no,’ blocking passage of bill targeting mail voting  —  A bill that would stop some voters from getting a ballot automatically mailed to them each election failed in Arizona's state Senate Thursday after a single Republican joined Democrats in voting against the legislation.
Discussion: CNN
Erica Pandey / Axios:
America scrambles for restaurant workers  —  Vaccinations keep climbing, and restaurants are ready to roar back this summer.  But eateries from Miami to Martha's Vineyard to Los Angeles are facing the same problem: not enough workers.  —  The big picture: Millions of restaurants are hiring all at once and …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
GOP AGs group promotes operative behind robocalls urging march to Capitol  —  Vote comes after Georgia AG Carr steps down as chairman  —  A political operative whose organization sent out robocalls urging Donald Trump supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol before the deadly Jan. 6 attack …
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Axios:
Russia announces end to massive troop buildup near Ukraine  —  Russia's defense minister said Thursday that massive military exercises near the border with Ukraine had been completed, and that he had ordered troops to return to their permanent bases by May 1, according to state media.
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Navalny Has a Lesson for the World
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh's Opinion Restoring Juvenile Life Without Parole Is Dishonest and Barbaric  —  In an appalling 6-3 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court effectively reinstated juvenile life without parole by shredding precedents that had sharply limited the sentence in every state.
Nir Hasson / Haaretz:
Over 30 Palestinians Injured, 20 Arrested in anti-Arab Clashes in Jerusalem  —  Earlier, in Zion Square, police attempted to prevent members of the Jewish purity Lehava group and other right-wing activists from attacking Israelis who came to protest the march
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Do We Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks Outdoors?  —  Science shows that the risk of viral transmission outside is very low.  The “two-out-of-three rule” can help you decide whether to mask up.  —  As more people get vaccinated and spring weather and sunshine beckon us outdoors …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Jake Paul Promised Them Fame.  Was It Worth the Price?  —  A look behind the scenes at life in the Team 10 house.  —  In the vast world of YouTube villains, there may be none as famous as Jake Paul.  —  The 24-year-old Vine star turned vlogger has polarized viewers with videos …
Discussion: Insider, Mic and The Wrap
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Liz Cheney vs. MAGA  —  The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6.  Instead, they turned on her.  —  The regular conference meetings of the Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, held most weeks behind closed doors in the Capitol Visitor Center …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men  —  As the Biden administration seeks to get most adults vaccinated by summer, men are holding back.  —  Holly Elgison and Len Schillaci are a mixed vaxxed couple, and they are far from alone.
Discussion: Washington Post
Emily Wax-Thibodeaux / Washington Post:
South Dakota high school rodeo club cancels annual ‘slave auction’ fundraiser  —  Annual event sparks condemnation and debate across state  —  In the tiny South Dakotan town called Faith, the high school Rodeo Club planned to hold its annual fundraising event next Monday night at the Legion Hall …
Discussion: Raw Story and Grand Forks Herald
John McCormack / National Review:
Arizona Senator Mark Kelly's Commitment to Keep SCOTUS at Nine Justices, Even if Roe Is Overturned  —  In the Capitol on Tuesday, I asked Arizona senator Mark Kelly about Massachusetts senator Ed Markey's bill to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen.
 
 
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
General: Afghan military will collapse without some US help
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Did We Forget Our Democracy Is Still Under Threat?
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Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Majority of House members express opposition to conditioning aid to Israel
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Biden's USPS nominees face confirmation hearing as Democrats consider paths to oust DeJoy
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans' social media posts