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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
Dan Primack / Axios:
Stocks fall on reports that Biden wants to hike taxes on capital gains
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.
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
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.
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
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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
Latika Bourke / Sydney Morning Herald:
Jacinda Ardern savaged as British Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’  —  Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size  —  London: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been savaged for sucking up to China and turning her back on the Five Eyes alliance during …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
On police and race, LeBron James becomes part of the problem  —  Lebron James is professional basketball's greatest player since Michael Jordan.  He's also a political activist, which is his right as an American citizen.  —  But as is the case with so many who have Twitter and other social media accounts …
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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.
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
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
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
BBC:
Putin warns of tough Russian action if West crosses ‘red line’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West not to cross a “red line” with Russia, saying such a move would trigger an “asymmetrical, rapid and harsh” response.  —  The warning came in his annual state of the nation address …
Discussion: HotAir
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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
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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Chris Isidore / CNN:
Foxconn's giant factory in Wisconsin sounded too good to be true.  Turns out it was  —  New York (CNN Business)When first announced in 2017, Foxconn's plan to build a massive electronics factory in Wisconsin was hailed by then-President Donald Trump as a sign of the rebirth of American manufacturing.
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 …
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Democrats Ask Justice Barrett To Recuse In Case Involving Nonprofit Donor Privacy  —  Democratic Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees are asking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from participating in a case involving a conservative nonprofit …
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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Shashank Bengali / New York Times:
India sets a global record for daily infections.  —  India's rapidly worsening coronavirus outbreak is now expanding on a scale beyond any previously measured in more than a year of the pandemic: The health ministry reported more than 310,000 new infections on Thursday, the most recorded in any country on a single day.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The New Swing Voters  —  The last election's most unexpected twist is framing one of the most urgent questions confronting both parties today: What explains Donald Trump's improved performance among Latino voters?  —  The president who began his first national campaign by calling Mexicans …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
It's time to cut off the gas for Myanmar's military coup leaders  —  AS THE conflict between Myanmar's military and the country's civilian population grows more acute — soldiers have been using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to clear barricaded streets — some are warning …
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 …
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.
 
 
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The Filibuster's Most Devilish Trick
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
Discussion: The Hill
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
Discussion: Roll Call and CBS News
Arthur Delaney / HuffPost:
Kevin McCarthy Says Capitol Riot Commission Should Look At Unrelated Riots
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Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
General: Afghan military will collapse without some US help
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Vaccination Gender Gap: Women Are Getting Shots at a Higher Rate Than Men
Discussion: Washington Post
Raya Jalabi / Reuters:
The legal war between the Saudis and their former spymaster
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Did We Forget Our Democracy Is Still Under Threat?
Discussion: Bulwark+