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Bloomberg:
Biden Eyeing Capital Gains Tax as High as 43.4% for Wealthy  — 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 for wealthy individuals …
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Stocks fall on reports that Biden wants to hike taxes on capital gains  —  Stocks fell Thursday following media reports that President Biden wants to nearly double the capital gains tax paid by wealthy Americans.  —  Inside the numbers: Biden reportedly is considering a proposal of a 39.6% top rate …
Discussion: Forbes
CNBC:
Dow closes more than 300 points lower following reports of Biden eyeing capital gains tax hike
Discussion: RedState and The Week
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Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Vile response to the Derek Chauvin verdict
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.
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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: New York Magazine
Bloomberg:
GOP Counters Biden With $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan  — Plan focuses more on roads, opposes corporate tax hikes  — Electric vehicles, unspent money targeted to pay for plan  —  Senior Senate Republicans offered a $568 billion counter to President Joe Biden's $2.25 trillion jobs package Thursday …
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
House Dems slam ‘racist’ filibuster blocking ‘everything we love,’ say Americans ‘do not care about procedure’
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 …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Are Masks Necessary Outdoors?
Discussion: HotAir
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 …
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Senate passes anti-Asian hate crimes bill  —  The Senate voted 94-1 on Thursday to pass legislation that aims to improve anti-Asian hate crime tracking and identification.  —  Why it matters: It's a rare bipartisan endorsement of a bill by the 50-50 Senate, and comes in the wake of a spike of anti-Asian hate crimes over the last year.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Bill to combat hate crimes against Asian Americans passes Senate with bipartisan support
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Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
What you need to know about DC statehood
Discussion: ABC News, Townhall and Bloomberg
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
Discussion: Associated Press and Hackwhackers
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and UPI
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Big Lie has gotten so bad that even some Republicans are running from it  —  The Big Lie of 2020 is conventionally defined as the claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump.  But it's broader than that.  It also encompasses a softer version of this idea: The insultingly disingenuous baloney …
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.
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
The Postal Service is 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, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run  —  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told party officials Wednesday that she's considered stepping down from her post to challenge Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022.  —  McDaniel's remarks came during …
Discussion: The Hill, RedState, IJR, Joe.My.God. and OutKick
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
BuzzFeed News:
“Hindsight Is 20/20”: An Internal Report Shows How Facebook Failed To Prevent The “Stop The Steal” Movement  —  Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of a House of Representatives committee that his company had done its part “to secure the integrity of the election.”
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why the World Can't Trust America on Climate  —  America has finally kicked its climate-denial habit.  —  I know, you've heard that one before.  Twenty-eight years ago today, a Democratic president announced that the U.S. would “take the lead in addressing the challenge of global warming …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Checking in on Biden's Approval Rating as Hundred Days' Mark Nears  —  Steady on average, but individual pollsters vary greatly  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Joe Biden's approval rating has been steady and positive, though many other presidents had better early numbers.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
Activists dump cow poop to protest Biden climate plan  —  Climate activists gathered in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to dump wheelbarrows full of cow poop near the White House in protest of President Biden's climate plan, which they say is “bullshit” and does not go far enough to protect the environment.
 
 
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