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CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 who watched say Biden's speech left them feeling optimistic  —  Biden: A nation in crisis is ‘on the move again’  —  (CNN)About half of Americans who watched President Joe Biden's address to Congress had a very positive reaction to the speech, and 71% said they walked away feeling …
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The White House:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress … Madame Speaker.  —  Madame Vice President.  —  No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it's about time.  —  The First Lady.  —  The Second Gentleman.  —  Mr. Chief Justice.
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Most viewers approve of Biden's speech  —  Most viewers who tuned in to watch President Biden's speech liked what they heard and came away feeling optimistic about America.  —  Speech viewers described the president as “Presidential, “Caring,” “Inspiring” and “Bold.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden's big speech tonight is like no other
CNN:   CNN Poll: Americans want bipartisanship, but most don't think it will happen
New York Times:
Biden's Speech to Congress: Full Transcript
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
'They're Very Ungracious People': Trump Rails at Biden Admin for Not Acknowledging His ‘Accomplishments’ in Office  —  Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo primed former President Donald Trump to go on the attack against Joe Biden's administration for not doing more to recognize the “accomplishments” of his predecessor.
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Fox Business:
Trump: I'm ‘committed’ to this country like ‘never before’  —  Former President Trump, in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo, discusses the border crisis, President Biden's tax policies, and a potential run for president in 2024.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Quint Forgey / Politico:
'It's, like, so unfair': Trump defends Giuliani after FBI raid
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
‘It could destroy our country:’ Trump slams Biden for border crisis in response to speech
CNN:
US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House  —  Washington (CNN)Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious …
Rudy Giuliani Common Sense Podcast:
Statement by Robert J. Costello on April 28, 2021  —  Rudolph Giuliani has authorized Robert J. Costello to release the following statement regarding the events on April 28, 2021:  —  The Biden department of justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) …
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NBC News:
Big government is back. Can the Trump-influenced GOP stop it?
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Joe Biden warns democracy is still threatened and Trump's looming shadow proves it
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Benjamin Din / Politico:
‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response
New York Times:
Republican Rebuttal to Biden's Speech: Tim Scott's Full Transcript
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Feds plan to indict Chauvin, other three ex-officers on civil rights charges  —  Ex-cop would face federal charges in two cases; three others just in Floyd case.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Leading up to Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Justice Department officials had spent months gathering evidence …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden's $400,000 tax cap for individual earnings, not joint filers  —  President Biden's promise not to raise taxes on Americans who make less than $400,000 only applies to individuals — not married couples filing jointly, a White House official clarified to Axios on Wednesday.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Can Democrats Avoid a Wipeout in 2022?  —  The good news for Democrats who watched Joe Biden unveil a historically ambitious agenda last night is that newly elected presidents have almost always passed some version of their core economic plan—particularly when their party controls both congressional chambers, as Biden's does now.
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grew Robustly in First Quarter  —  GDP grew 6.4% in the first quarter as the government distributed Covid-19 stimulus checks and consumers stepped up spending  —  U.S. gross domestic product rose at a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter, expanding a consumer-led rebound from the pandemic.
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Ben Popken / NBC News:   U.S. economy grew at 6.4 percent annual rate in first quarter as consumer spending drives robust recovery
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are raising self-sabotage to an art form  —  When the 2020 Census numbers were released, it was an open question as to whether the Republican effort to insert a citizenship question into the census had hampered counting in three red states with large Hispanic populations.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden's Speech Offers an Alternate Reality for Democrats to Love, After Four Years of Trumpian Fantasy  —  The President, channelling his inner Elizabeth Warren, pitches an American utopia after a dystopian plague year.  —  Candidate Joe Biden campaigned as the centrist exemplar of a return …
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FiveThirtyEight:
Advantage, GOP  —  In tennis, the two players switch sides of the court after every odd game — to even out any advantages that one player might have due to the sun.  Democracy is no tennis game, but it is nevertheless a competition.  —  And in the U.S., the competition is far from fair.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump's Battle to Win the First 100 Days  —  There's not just one 100-day clock that's reached its peak this week—there are two.  —  First, of course, is Joe Biden's—the collective assessment of what he's said and done since his inauguration as the 46th president on January 20.
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. Labor Secretary says most gig workers should be classified as employees  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's top labor official said most gig workers in the United States should be classified as “employees” deserving of related benefits, in what could be a policy shift …
Karen Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Stocks Are Off to Best Start to a Presidential Term Since Great Depression  —  S&P 500 has risen 10% since Mr. Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration  —  The stock market is set to close out President Biden's first 100 days in office on Thursday with its best start to a presidential term since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
With masks and distancing, Biden's speech sent the wrong message about the power of our vaccines  —  With his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden missed his biggest opportunity to reduce vaccine hesitancy.  —  The problem wasn't the content of his speech — it was the setting.
Alexandra Odynova / CBS News:
Russia's Alexey Navalny “just a horrible skeleton” in 1st court appearance since prison hunger strike  —  Moscow — Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny appeared in court on Thursday for the first time in months, and he looked worse for the wear.  Attending a hearing …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive data: Biden staffing makes history  —  President Biden put his Cabinet in place faster than any other administration since President Reagan, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel says in a report provided first to Axios.  —  By the numbers: Biden has announced his intent …
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Rachel Hollis, Lifestyle Author, Faces Backlash  —  Rachel Hollis, the best-selling author and motivational speaker, built a blockbuster business sharing her “authentic” self.  Then things got a little too real.  —  May 14 was supposed to mark Rachel Hollis's return to her happy place: a stage in front of an adoring audience.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News knows Rudy Giuliani isn't credible.  That's why he'll be on tonight.  —  Fox News knows Rudy Giuliani isn't a credible source for accurate information.  That's why the network is hosting him tonight on its premiere program after FBI agents executed a search warrant on his Manhattan apartment on Wednesday.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
De Blasio says New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC Thursday that New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1, with no restrictions on restaurants, retail, or any other business.  —  Why it matters: It will be a major milestone …
 
 
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Former Georgia deputy bragged he'd charge Black people with fake felonies to strip them of voting rights: FBI
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Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
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Charles Monaco / Working Families Party:
Rep. Jamaal Bowman Delivers WFP Response to Biden Joint Address
Discussion: The Nation and Reason
Christopher F. Schuetze / New York Times:
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