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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
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
Bloomberg:
GOP Counters Biden With $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
George W. Bush says he wrote in Condoleezza Rice for president in 2020  —  Former President George W. Bush told People magazine that he wrote in his former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, when he voted for president in the 2020 election.  —  The big picture: Bush also clarified comments …
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People.com:
George W. Bush Says He Wrote-In Condoleezza Rice in 2020 Election and Clarifies ‘Nativist’ Comment  —  Bush spoke with PEOPLE about his new book of paintings, Out of Many, One, which features a selection of his portraits of American immigrants along with their stories
Discussion: The Hill, CBS News and Political Wire
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.
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, CBS News, Daily Kos, The Week and HuffPost
Vulture:
Scott Rudin, As Told by His Assistants A portrait of a toxic workplace.  —  Like Harvey Weinstein before him, Scott Rudin has been called an “open secret” throughout the entertainment industry.  For decades, the megaproducer — one of only 16 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap, Vanity Fair and ABC17NEWS
Associated Press:
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working.
Discussion: Indian Country Today
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: Current and New York Magazine
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Administration Is Over, but the Trump Crisis Is Not  —  Many Republicans are acting like the Capitol insurrection never happened, and much of Washington is fine with it.  —  When Walter Mondale, the former Vice-President, died on Monday, C-span circulated a video clip of him on the rostrum …
Discussion: Raw Story
The College Fix:
I've lived in Minneapolis my entire life.  I'm leaving Friday.  I no longer recognize my hometown.  —  OPINION: I no longer recognize Minneapolis.  I no longer want to live here.  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minneapolis is my home.  My happiest memories are here.
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: Forbes, The Federalist and Townhall
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New York Times:
With Few New Clotting Cases, Johnson & Johnson Pause Could Be Lifted Soon  —  Top federal health officials said in interviews this week that the number of rare blood clotting disorders in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has remained small.  —  WASHINGTON — Federal health officials …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We should soon stop catering to the vaccine holdouts
Discussion: Daily Kos, Townhall and Poynter
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Filibuster's Most Devilish Trick  —  On Monday, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the main character of the United States Senate, announced that he would co-sponsor one of the main items on the Democratic legislative agenda—the Protecting the Right to Organize Act …
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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 and NBC News
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Vile response to the Derek Chauvin verdict
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 …
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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Nina Totenberg / NPR:   Democrats Ask Justice Barrett To Recuse In Case Involving Nonprofit Donor Privacy
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
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
Discussion: Insider
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.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Councilman Pleads Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud.  He Has No Plans to Quit.  —  Chaim Deutsch, a city councilman from Brooklyn, falsely deducted business expenses, according to federal prosecutors.  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced on Thursday that a New York City councilman …
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.
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
As economy spikes, Republicans are still waiting for the ‘Biden depression’ that Trump predicted  —  Stock market ‘collapse’ also has yet to materialize  —  Throughout last year's campaign, President Donald Trump issued a series of increasingly dark predictions about what would happen if Joe Biden were elected.
Discussion: New York Times and Raw Story
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 …
Megan Crepeau / Chicago Tribune:
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing  —  By ARMANDO L. SANCHEZ / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119826845”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews%2Fct- adam-toledo-chicago …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
Idaho Senate Approves Bill to Kill 90 Percent of State's Wolves  —  The bill would allow the state to hire contractors to kill the wolves, which supporters say are threatening the livelihoods of Idaho's ranchers.  —  The Idaho Senate approved a bill this week that would permit the state …
Keith Allen / CNN:
Oklahoma passes a law that can protect drivers who run over protesters  —  (CNN)Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill protesters while attempting to flee and which stiffens penalties for demonstrators who block public roadways …
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
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Deep State Mouthpiece Retaliates Against Staffer Who Uncovered Russia Collusion Hoax  —  Kash Patel Exposed the Russia Collusion Hoax.  The intel and media figures behind the hoax are trying to get their revenge.  —  A frequent media mouthpiece for the intelligence community who published …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Washington Post:
Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico  —  A watchdog report uncovers bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration erected for the struggling island to receive aid after Hurricanes Irma and Maria  —  The Trump administration put …
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
GOP AGs group promotes operative behind robocalls urging march to Capitol
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Progressives will deliver their own response to President Joe Biden's speech to Congress
Moustafa Bayoumi / The Guardian:
The Biden administration has ended use of the phrase ‘illegal alien’. It's about time
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden can fulfill ‘a lot’ of climate pledge through executive orders, Kerry says
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
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Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
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