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Washington Post:
FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign targeting Biden  —  The FBI warned Rudolph W. Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead …
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New York Times:
Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani's communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.  —  Two years ago, Rudolph W. Giuliani finally got one thing …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell takes on the 1619 Project  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU READ ONE THING — GARRETT GRAFF'S oral history of the bin Laden raid: “'Congratulations, You Killed Osama bin Laden': How the hunt for the world's most notorious terrorist actually went down—as told by the people inside the room.”
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Rudy Accuses Federal Prosecutors Of ‘Spying’ In New Tucker Carlson Meltdown Interview  —  Rudy Giuliani gave his first interview on Thursday following the FBI searches of his home and office, telling Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the DOJ had “spied on me.”
The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says  —  PEN PALS … The Daily Beast has obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon.  —  A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs  —  Matt Gaetz is going on tour.  With Marjorie Taylor Greene.  —  Rocked by a steady stream of leaks about a federal investigation into alleged sex crimes, the Florida congressman is planning to take his case on the road by holding rallies across …
Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.  Why did I seek his approval for so long?  —  More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey …
Discussion: The Nation
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Slate:
Blake Bailey's Students Worshipped Him.  They Trusted Him.  When They Grew Up, He Preyed On Them.  —  Before he was Philip Roth's biographer, Blake Bailey taught the eighth grade.  His students say he made them feel special.  They worshipped him.  They trusted him.  He used it all against them.
Discussion: New York Times and Deseret News
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Mike Pence reemerges.  But Trumpworld is moving on.  —  The final weeks of the Donald Trump-Mike Pence partnership were an unmitigated disaster.  Pence, the fiercely loyal vice president, was ushered to safety in the halls of Congress after he refused his boss' wishes to not certify the election results.
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, The Hill and CNN
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Pence, Christie, other top potential GOP White House contenders to speak at Texas donor event
Discussion: CBS News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement … WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country insist more laws are needed to protect election integrity, Virginia Republicans have found themselves in a bit of a voter ID quagmire.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Wall Street Journal:
Tim Scott's GOP Revival Message  —  A powerful rebuttal to Joe Biden's big government agenda.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The worst job in Washington is delivering the out-of-power party's rebuttal to a President's address to Congress.  Invariably the poor soul looks small in comparison …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott's Speech Is Telling
Discussion: Twitchy and The Federalist
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Florida passes new voting law that includes restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes  —  Florida's Legislature on Thursday passed an election bill that includes new restrictions on drop boxes and voting by mail over concerns from Democrats and voting rights activists that the new restrictions amount to voter suppression.
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Brennan Center for Justice:
Election Experts Send Letter to the Department of Justice on Arizona Audits … Election experts wrote a letter to Chris Herren, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, requesting that he deploy federal monitors to the location of the Arizona audit.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's big-spending agenda, brought to you by the Trump era  —  President Biden on Wednesday laid out his latest proposal for a massive increase in government spending, pushing the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.  The proposal brings the price tag of his three biggest initiatives …
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
At Least 44 Killed at Overcrowded Lag Ba'Omer Event in Northern Israel  —  More than 150 sustained injuries ■ Police deflect blame for deadly stampede  —  At least 44 people were killed at mass Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Mount Meron in northern Israel.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
How the US won the economic recovery  —  I looked for a country that got the economic response to Covid-19 right.  I found the US.  —  Graphics by Christina Animashaun … Jasmine Holloway knows it sounds odd.  But March 2021, when she and the rest of America were enduring the 13th month …
CNN:
Al Qaeda promises ‘war on all fronts’ against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan  —  (CNN)This weekend marks the 10th anniversary since Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was killed by US special-operations forces, Seal Team 6 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments  —  Joe Rogan back-pedaled on statements he made on his podcast last week when he suggested young people who are healthy do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.  —  Why it matters: Rogan's comments drew swift backlash from critics, including multiple Biden officials.
Discussion: The Sun, CNN, Raw Story, Insider and POLITICUSUSA
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: CDC's mask guidance is still too strict for the vaccinated, some experts say  —  Virtually everyone was vaccinated at the joint session of Congress this week.  Yet it still looked like a pandemic scene as President Biden addressed masked and distanced lawmakers in the House chamber.
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and Townhall
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Sharp Divide at the Supreme Court Over a One-Letter Word  —  In an immigration ruling that scrambled the usual alliances, the justices differed over the significance of the article “a.”  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government must comply strictly …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Bidenism's One-Two Punch  —  The president's case for his program rests on egalitarian nationalism and the value of democracy.  That's a more potent case than the Democrats have had in decades.  —  Meyerson-Biden-speech-042921  —  Joe Biden peppered his first address before Congress with policies so popular they're hard to oppose.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Why are the liberals of Takoma Park suing to protect a piece of asphalt?  —  Takoma Park is one of those places rich for snark.  —  An enclave of families, hippies and Washington's do-gooders who cleanse their souls of government work at hot yoga and nourish their morality at the natural food co-op …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
'I'd Never Been Involved in Anything as Secret as This'  —  On the morning of May 1, 2011, most Americans had never heard of Abbottabad.  By that night, the dusty midsize city near the mountains of northwest Pakistan was the center of the biggest story in the world.
Daniel L. Schmutter / New York Post:
Court-packing isn't just a bad idea — it's downright unconstitutional  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are proposing a bill to “pack” the US Supreme Court by adding four new seats.  The obvious aim is to dilute the power of the current conservative majority.
Discussion: Reason
David Keltz / The American Spectator:
Democrats' D.C. Statehood Push Has Nothing to Do With Representation  —  It's about — surprise, surprise — expanding their power in Congress.  —  Protesters march for D.C. statehood, January 16, 2017, Washington, D.C. (Xavier Ascanio/Shutterstock.com)  —  Last Thursday, the House approved …
Discussion: New Republic and The Daily Signal
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co. … EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter infiltrates North Bay anti-fascist group  —  SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking comments were made during an online meeting of far-left activists in Sonoma County …
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Ted Cruz's Accidental Confession  —  His anti-woke-CEOs rant?  It inadvertently reveals a cynical GOP calculation.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-MAGA), has announced in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that he is taking a stand on principle.  He will no longer accept corporate donations.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week, Daily Kos and Salon
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
The World Knows Her as ‘Disaster Girl.’ She Just Made $500,000 Off the Meme.  —  Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month's NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.  —  The name Zoë Roth might not ring any bells.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump crashes final days of Texas special election  —  The first competitive special election of the new election cycle has quickly turned into a 2020 redux: It's the Donald Trump show all over again.  —  Trump made a late foray in the 23-candidate scramble for a vacant congressional seat in North Texas …
Politico:
Biden's next pandemic challenge: Getting Americans to accept the virus  —  President Joe Biden's first 100 days saw real gains against the pandemic, but the next 100 days — and the 100 days after that — will determine how well Covid-19 is contained.  —  And containment, not eradication …
 
 
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Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
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U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana:
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John Koblin / New York Times:
President Biden's first formal address drew nearly 27 million viewers.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky:
Calling For Information On Corruption
Carl O'donnell / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pfizer begins exporting U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Aditi Sangal / CNN:
India's Covid-19 crisis is a problem for the world
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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
Number of children held in Border Patrol facilities drops 84% since peak last month
Discussion: Mediaite
National Post:
Matt Taibbi: Congressional Democrats heroic fight to save the rich
Discussion: CNN
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice concerned about Afghan troop withdrawal
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
What Covid-19 Vaccine Skeptics Have in Common
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
WATCH: Professor Berates Student For Calling Police ‘Heroes’
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