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Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
LeBron James's moral bankruptcy is showing  —  The public persona of LeBron James is one of a socially conscious, brave leader who speaks against injustice.  The reality is that he pushes detestable, repulsive political talking points and uses his platform to defend genocide and spread racial hatred.
Discussion: OutKick
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John Futty / The Columbus Dispatch:
‘No opportunity’ to de-escalate: Use-of-force experts say Columbus officer obeyed training in shooting Ma'Khia Bryant  —  An Ohio criminal-justice professor who studies the fatal use of force by law-enforcement officers didn't hesitate to render an opinion after watching body-camera video …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Jen Psaki baselessly and disgracefully racialized the killing in Columbus
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Ted Cruz rips ‘grossly irresponsible’ LeBron James after NBA star tweets 'you're next' at Columbus cop
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Biden Commits the U.S. to Halving Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030  —  President Biden committed the United States to cutting emissions by half by the end of the decade at a virtual Earth Day summit.  Some 40 world leaders, including from China and Russia, are attending the conference.
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership on Clean Energy Technologies
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:   Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050, Insurance Giant Warns
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden sets target of cutting US emissions up to 52% by 2030 but won't detail how to get there
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Biden Preparing to Declare That Atrocities Against Armenia Were Genocide  —  The designation for the World War I-era killings would further fray U.S. relations with Turkey, but it is a risk the president appears willing to take to further human rights, officials said.
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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 …
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
A Troubled Rule of Law  —  The pervasive sense that cities would burn if Derek Chauvin were not convicted raises questions about whether the jury's verdict was reached dispassionately.  —  Public safety  —  Politics and law  —  The Social Order  —  America's cities did not burn last night.
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Associated Press:
Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Derek Chauvin Is Being Held in Solitary Confinement For 23 Hours a Day
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US Capitol Police officer allegedly told units to only monitor for ‘anti-Trump’ protesters on January 6  —  Washington (CNN)A US Capitol Police officer directed “all outside units” on the morning of January 6 to only monitor for anti-Trump agitators “who want to start a fight,” not any …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Tim Marchman / Popping Tins:
Welcome to Popping Tins  —  This is a newsletter about tinned seafood; in its inaugural issue, Bela-Olhão Lightly Smoked Sardines in Olive Oil are reviewed.  —  5 hr ago  —  Long written off in the United States as a food of grim necessity when not actively reviled …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Navalny Has a Lesson for the World  —  When Alexei Navalny boarded a plane to Moscow on January 17, he turned his life into a metaphor.  He knew it, his wife knew it, and everybody else on the plane knew it.  So did the millions of people who had watched his documentary videos …
Discussion: Hackwhackers
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Federalist and The Hill
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
An unvaccinated worker set off an outbreak at a U.S. nursing home where most residents were immunized.  —  An unvaccinated health care worker set off a Covid-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Kentucky where the vast majority of residents had been vaccinated, leading to dozens of infections …
New York Times:
Sexual Assault Allegations Against Biographer Halt Shipping of His Roth Book  —  W.W. Norton, citing the accusations that the author, Blake Bailey, faces, said it would stop shipping and promoting his new best-selling book.  —  Earlier this month, the biographer Blake Bailey was approaching …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
GOP Stands Up to ‘Cancel Culture’ by Criminalizing Dissent  —  In January, Ron DeSantis argued that combating the repression of political speech was “the most important legislative issue” of 2021.  —  During an appearance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Florida governor delivered …
Politico:
Pentagon investigated suspected Russian directed-energy attacks on U.S. troops  —  The Pentagon has briefed top lawmakers on intelligence surrounding suspected directed-energy attacks against U.S. troops, and officials identified Russia as a likely culprit, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Republican candidate for governor says Chauvin verdict makes her ‘sick’  —  RICHMOND — A prominent Republican candidate for Virginia governor said that the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin this week made her “sick” and that jurors didn't acquit because they feared a violent backlash.
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Politico:
Black Democrats urge party to shift its voting rights push  —  Democrats have spent months touting an expansive proposal that would reshape U.S. elections.  But with the bill's Senate prospects growing more dire, key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing to narrow their strategy.
Discussion: NBC News and IJR
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 …
CNBC:
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.  — Under a deal, Foxconn will reduce its planned investment to $672 million from $10 billion …
Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune:
Governor vetoes North Dakota transgender sports bill  —  Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday vetoed a bill restricting transgender girls in K-12 sports.  —  The bill had passed the House 69-25 and the Senate 27-20 after conference committee amendments.  —  House Bill 1298, brought by Rep. Ben Koppelman …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
As the voting-rights fight moves to Texas, defiant Republicans test the resolve of corporations that oppose restrictions  —  As the battle over a new Georgia law imposing identification requirements for mail ballots and other voting limits raged this month, Republicans in Texas knew they would be next …
The American Mind:
A Statement Regarding “Critical Race Theory”  —  All Americans of good will and common sense must oppose the spread of this pernicious ideology.  —  Editors' Note … As Americans concerned for the common good of the nation, we reject the following tenets of “Critical Race Theory” …
Discussion: Manhattan Institute
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Are Masks Necessary Outdoors?  —  We're looking at two Covid questions people may have heading into summer.  —  Should you still be wearing a mask outdoors?  And how should you reorient your family's life once the adults have been vaccinated but the children have not yet been?
Discussion: HotAir and spectator.us
William Wan / Washington Post:
Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession … The doctor's bag now sits in his closet gathering dust.  He lost his stethoscope somewhere in the house — a familiar weight that sat on his neck for two decades.  —  It's been months since Justin Meschler, 48, practiced medicine.
 
 
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Christopher F. Rufo / RealClearInvestigations:
The Shaky Foundations of LA's Housing ‘Entitlement’ for the Homeless
Hans Bader / Liberty Unyielding:
No sign that George Floyd was killed because of his race
Discussion: Power Line
Tyler Merritt / National Review:
Trevor Noah Is Wrong about the Police
New York Post:
The Post says: Everyone get vaccinated!
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
No, Mr. President, the ‘soul of America’ isn't racist
Axios:
World leaders brace for historic Trump Facebook ban decision
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
U.S. sees unprecedented drop in vaccinations over past week
Discussion: HuffPost and Politico
Ivana Saric / Axios:
House votes to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing
Discussion: Insider and Politico
Ali Swenson / Associated Press:
Study lacks evidence on masks, isn't linked to Stanford
Politico:
Clyburn facing potential $5,000 metal detector fine
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Tim Scott hopes to reintroduce version of GOP police reform bill
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and NPR