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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
The New York Times is readying a big newsletter push as Substack tries to poach its top writers with advances worth hundreds of thousands  — The New York Times is readying a newsletter push as Substack comes after top journalists.  — Substack offered opinion writer Liz Bruenig a $200,000 advance, double her Times salary.
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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.
Sam Baker / Axios:
U.S. lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine  —  The CDC and FDA on Friday lifted the recommended pause on use of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine, saying the benefits of the shot outweigh the risk of a rare blood clot disorder.  —  Why it matters: The move clears …
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Herald
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Associated Press:
US to resume J&J COVID vaccinations despite rare clot risk
Discussion: HotAir and Politico
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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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.
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Robert A. George / Bloomberg:
Police Reformers Need to Pick Their Battles
Josh Hammer / MSN:   The Toxicity of the Permanent Outrage Mentality
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Capitol riot suspect arrested after Bumble match alerts feds … A New York man who boasted to his Bumble match about storming the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was arrested Thursday after his would-be date contacted authorities, according to court documents.
Discussion: CBS News, CBS New York and allsides.com
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Justice Dept. now expects to charge more than 500 in Capitol riot probe
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
He boasted on Bumble about storming Capitol, feds say. His would-be date turned him in: ‘We are not a match’
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.
CNN:
Gaetz probe includes scrutiny of potential public corruption tied to medical marijuana industry  —  Women detail late-night parties with Gaetz  —  (CNN)Federal authorities are looking into whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas involving Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and several young women …
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Dems won't post $1M bond, so election audit won't be paused  —  A brief weekend pause in the Arizona Senate's election audit that a judge ordered on Friday won't happen because the Arizona Democratic Party declined to put up a $1 million bond that the judge requested to cover any expenses …
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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
MIT researchers say you're no safer from Covid indoors at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies  — An MIT study showed that people who maintain 60 feet of distance from others indoors are no more protected than if they socially distanced by just 6 feet.
Discussion: OutKick and TheBlaze
U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Family Indicted for Selling Toxic Bleach as Fake “Miracle” Cure for Covid-19 and Other Serious Diseases, and for Violating Court Orders  —  Defendants Accused of Attempting to Avoid Government Regulation by Selling Products Through a Company They Deceptively Named “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing”
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Oath Keeper's Chilling Exchange About Nancy Pelosi Keeps Him Behind Bars in Capitol Siege Case  —  An Oath Keepers leader's chilling correspondence with another person who allegedly fantasized about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's “head rolling down the front steps” persuaded a federal judge …
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 …
Rana Ayyub / TIME:
‘This Is Hell.’ Prime Minister Modi's Failure to Lead Is Deepening India's COVID-19 Crisis  —  Ayyub is an Indian journalist and the author of Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up  —  Dr. Jalil Parkar, one of India's leading pulmonologists, wears his exhaustion on his face.
Bloomberg:
Rich Americans Face Biden Tax Hike With Anger, Denial and Grief  — Investors irked by plan for capital gains tax of up to 43.4%  — The proposal strikes at the heart of widening U.S. wealth gap  —  Charles Myers was sitting in a first-class seat on a flight from New York to Dallas when his phone started blowing up Thursday.
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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 …
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.
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.”
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
The Newest Status Symbol for High-Net Worth Homeowners: Trophy Trees  —  In search of the perfect garden, the super rich are paying upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in huge old trees by helicopter, barge and flatbed truck  —  For decades, Walter Acree operated …
Benjamin Din / Politico:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw ‘hopeful and confident’ of recovery following emergency eye surgery  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Friday that his emergency eye surgery “went very well,” although he still had “a while to go” before he was fully recovered.  —  “I can lift my head up again and no longer …
Brad Schrade / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Businesswoman image key to Marjorie Taylor Greene's rise  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene relentlessly repeated her central argument: Democrats were destroying the country, and she was ready to fight them.In stump speeches and on social media posts, in television ads and on campaign signs …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Key Administration Nominations in National Security … WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve in key national security positions in his Administration.  — Brenda Sue Fulton …
Los Angeles Times:
California Guard members feared fighter jet would be ordered to frighten protesters  —  In March of last year, California National Guard members awaited orders from Sacramento headquarters to make preparations for any civil unrest that might arise from the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia GOP won't let Orthodox Jews vote absentee in Sabbath-day convention
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
Why Aren't We Celebrating Operation Warp Speed?
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Low-Skill Workers Aren't a Problem to Be Fixed
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Bloomberg:
Biden Tells Erdogan He'll Brand Armenian Massacres as Genocide
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Why The U.S. Should Be Shipping Its Vaccines to the Rest of the World—Right Now
Smithsonian's National Zoo:
Smithsonian To Reopen Seven Museums and the National Zoo in May
Discussion: ABC17NEWS and NBC4 Washington
Regina M. Egea / RealClearPolicy:
New Jersey's Self-Inflicted Fiscal Woes May Bring Statewide Property Tax
Anita Kumar / Politico:
The border turned out to be a better attack on Biden than even Republicans thought