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Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner makes it official for California governor  —  Former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California and will officially announce her bid later today, her campaign tells Axios.
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NBC News:   Republicans say Newsom recall is all about the virus. That's not how it started
Fox News:
Caitlyn Jenner announces run for governor of California: 'I'm in!'
Discussion: ABC News, The RFAngle and Joe.My.God.
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
GOP Sen. Ron Jonhson Criticizes ‘Big Push’ To Get Everyone Vaccinated  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Thursday questioned the “big push” to ensure everyone is vaccinated against coronavirus, putting him at odds with many of his Senate Republican colleagues who have attempted to close the partisan gap in vaccination rates.
Jonathan VanBoskerck / Orlando Sentinel:
I love Disney World, but wokeness is ruining the experience |  Commentary  —  My family and I have been loyal Disney customers for decades.  We vacation at Disney World every year.  We take a Disney cruise every year or two.  Consequently, we spend way too much money in Orlando.
Discussion: Raw Story and Gothamist
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
Donald Trump plots temporary move from Mar-a-Lago north to New Jersey  — The Trump National Golf Club Bedminster will serve as the former president's summer base.  — Expect New Jersey to become the new center of Republican politics for a few months.  — Trump will gain easy access …
Discussion: Raw Story
Harvard University:
Youth Poll  —  A national poll of America's 18-to-29 year olds released today by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School shows that despite the state of our politics, hope for America among young people is rising dramatically, especially among people of color.
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Biden scores record high approval rating among young voters, according to new poll  —  It's Friday.  We made it.  It's still National Park Week - hope everyone can get a little fresh air this weekend.  This is the Power Up newsletter; thanks for waking up with us.  See you on Monday.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Most Americans support greater scrutiny of police as discrimination concerns persist, Post-ABC poll finds
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrat Joe Manchin says there's one GOP senator he'd endorse ‘in a heartbeat’  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin bucked his own party's political operation in 2020 by endorsing a Republican.  Now, he's doing it again.  —  The West Virginia senator is backing Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski's reelection bid …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin endorses Murkowski, and the border crisis Trump saw coming
Mike Levine / ABC News:
After Chauvin's conviction for Floyd murder, DOJ weighs charging him for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source  —  The judge in Chauvin's murder trial didn't let lawyers bring up the incident.  —  DOJ reportedly looking into 2017 incident between Chauvin and Black teen
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Lou Raguse / KARE-TV:
'I wish it didn't have to happen': Alternate juror reflects on Derek Chauvin trial  —  A juror who didn't know she was an alternate in Chauvin's trial details why she supports the former Minneapolis officer being convicted in George Floyd's murder.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — A woman who sat …
Will Oremus / Slate:
What Substack Is Really Doing to the Media  —  This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted a rare, live, hourlong interview to a tech journalist, where he revealed the company's plans for a slew of new audio products.  Normally, such a scoopy, wide-ranging interview would be a coup for the media company that landed it.
Discussion: Insider and Forbes
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden will unveil eye-popping new tax rates for wealthiest Americans  —  Officials haven't made clear whether the rate would apply in 2021 or 2022.
Politico:
Demings ‘seriously considering’ challenging DeSantis or Rubio  —  Florida Rep. Val Demings said she's “seriously considering” a statewide bid against Sen. Marco Rubio or Gov. Ron DeSantis, boosting Democratic hopes in a battleground state that's growing increasingly red.
Discussion: IJR and Joe.My.God.
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
The Florida Democrat weighing a statewide run
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
It's been exactly one year since Trump suggested injecting bleach.  We've never been the same.  —  One year ago today, President Donald Trump took to the White House briefing room and encouraged his top health officials to study the injection of bleach into the human body as a means of fighting Covid.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Mediaite and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging  —  On Aug. 4, 2019, the day after a gunman who had posted a hateful diatribe against Hispanics fatally shot 23 people at an El Paso Walmart, a leader of a tea party group in Texas said on Facebook …
New York Times:
U.K. Far Right, Lifted by Trump, Now Turns to Russia  —  The anti-Islam agitator Tommy Robinson struck gold in America.  Keeping it might require help from Moscow, where other British far-right activists are also finding friends.  —  LONDON — Two days after supporters …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Herschel Walker rumors blocking top Republicans in Senate race  —  The former Bulldog great Herschel Walker is still making noise about a U.S. Senate bid, floating the possibility of a campaign against Democrat Raphael Warnock to a growing number of media outlets while refusing …
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Tim Scott often talks about his grandfather and cotton.  There's more to that tale.  —  My grandfather “suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third-grader to pick cotton, and never learned to read or write. ...  Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.”
Discussion: Fox News, Axios and Twitchy
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Group Backs Gas-Tax Increase to Fund Infrastructure  —  Biden plan and rival GOP proposal have favored other revenue ideas  —  WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of House lawmakers endorsed raising the gasoline tax to pay for infrastructure spending, lending support to a measure …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Hammer / MSN:
The Toxicity of the Permanent Outrage Mentality  —  The conviction of disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on both manslaughter and murder charges ought to be, at least in theory, a seminal moment for a country hoping to foster a greater civic unity and recoil …
Smithsonian's National Zoo:
Smithsonian To Reopen Seven Museums and the National Zoo in May  —  All Other Smithsonian Museums Remain Temporarily Closed … The Smithsonian will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, Wednesday, May 5.
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
In 1st, White House to provide American Sign Language interpretation for Biden address to Congress  —  “It means the world to us,” one member of the deaf community said.  —  ABC News Live Update: Decision day for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine  —  Plus, the Department of Justice is looking …
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse  —  Trumpians are having a venomous panic attack.  —  Those of us who had hoped America would calm down when we no longer had Donald Trump spewing poison from the Oval Office have been sadly disabused.  There are increasing signs that the Trumpian base is radicalizing.
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.
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
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Courage of Our Convictions  —  Critical race theory is fast becoming America's new institutional orthodoxy.  Yet most Americans have never heard of it—and of those who have, many don't understand it.  This must change.  We need to know what it is so we can know how to fight it.
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Rising Incomes Render Republican Strategy Obsolete  —  Workers were suffering in 2016.  But the politics of grievance will likely make no sense in 2024.  —  To listen to Republican politicians, you'd think it was still 2016.  Many of them, especially the presidential aspirants …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter execs to testify at Senate hearing on algorithms  —  Facebook, YouTube and Twitter executives are slated to testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing on algorithmic amplification next week, according to congressional aides, setting up a marquee session …
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
The Anti-Majoritarian Mistake  —  Jonah Goldberg thinks liberal societies don't need much democracy.  He's wrong.  —  18 hr ago  —  This Dispatch piece by Jonah Goldberg is extremely useful in illustrating the centrality of anti-majoritarianism on the right.
Discussion: Pawprints
 
 
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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
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Washington Post:
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Politico:
White House writes off Johnson & Johnson vaccine after string of production failures
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Why Is Trump Going to War Here?  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  The crowd crammed …
Associated Press:
US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses
Discussion: We Love Trump, CNBC and Joe.My.God.
Latika Bourke / Sydney Morning Herald:
Jacinda Ardern savaged as British Parliament declares treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’
Rachel Sharp / Daily Mail:
Ma'Khia Bryant's military vet neighbor says his security camera footage proves Columbus cop had NO CHOICE but to shoot her: Second neighbor …
Associated Press:
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Administration Is Over, but the Trump Crisis Is Not