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Francisco Kjolseth / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney booed at raucous Utah GOP convention as speakers attack the Biden agenda  —  With 2,145 of registered delegates in attendance at in-person convention — and masks in short supply — state's Republican leaders urge party unity after a divisive year.  —  By Bryan Schott and Tony Semerad
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Francisco Kjolseth / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah GOP state convention delegates defeat move to censure Sen. Mitt Romney  —  Convention attendees split 798-711 after a spirited debate, with some accusing Romney of betraying party values in twice supporting President Trump's impeachment.  —  By Bryan Schott and Tony Semerad  —  West Valley City
Hollywood Reporter:
Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89  —  The veteran stage actress also appeared in ‘Steel Magnolias,’ 'Mr. Holland's Opus' and as a transgender landlady four times on ‘Tales of the City.’  —  Olympia Dukakis, the dignified actress who received a supporting Oscar …
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Nardine Saad / Los Angeles Times:
Olympia Dukakis, theater veteran and Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ actress, dies at 89  —  Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, the theater veteran who rose to prominence late in her career with memorable turns in 1980s films such as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias,” has died at the age of 89.
Discussion: CNN, UPI, WFRV Local 5, Variety, Fox News and The Wrap
Axios:
Scoop: GOP leaders threaten Cheney ouster  —  Top Republicans are turning on Rep. Liz Cheney, the party's highest-ranking woman in Congress, with one conservative leader suggesting she could be ousted from her GOP post within a month.  —  Why it matters: The comments by Reps. Steve Scalise …
Dirk VanderHart / NPR:
Oregon Lawmaker Who Opened State Capitol To Far-Right Protesters Faces Charges  —  Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman, the Polk County Republican who allowed far-right demonstrators to breach the state Capitol in December, now faces criminal charges.  —  According to court records …
Discussion: ABC News, Crooks and Liars and Insider
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The Guardian:
Republican who let violent protesters into Oregon state capitol is charged
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon lawmaker who let far-right demonstrators into Capitol charged with criminal misconduct
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries  —  Republicans in several states are pushing bills to give poll watchers more autonomy.  Alarmed election officials and voting rights activists say it's a new attempt to target voters of color.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Republican state lawmakers look to empower partisan poll watchers, setting off alarms about potential voter intimidation
Discussion: Breitbart
TMZ.com:
Caitlyn Jenner Says Biological Boys Shouldn't Compete in Girls' Sports  —  Caitlyn Jenner has a take on trans athletes you might not expect — namely, if you're born as a biological boy, you shouldn't be allowed to compete in girls' sports ... at least while you're still in school, anyway.
Politico:
Charlie Crist's bid for Florida governor faces early threats  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist officially launches his comeback campaign for his old job early next week — his third bid for the office but the first as a likely underdog in what could be a crowded field.
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Kelly Hayes / Florida Politics:   Charlie Crist sets May 4 for ‘major announcement’
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show … The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency's school-reopening guidance released in February.
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Andrew Yang Promised to Create 100,000 Jobs.  He Ended Up With 150. … In Case You Missed It  —  How Pfizer Makes Its Covid-19 Vaccine  —  See how starter cells become a finished product.  —  Five Ways to Become a More Accepting Person  —  Pain can be difficult, writes Jenny Taitz, a psychologist.
Discussion: The Week
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Systemic Racism Built Mississippi.  Gov. Reeves Says It Doesn't Exist.  —  On the penultimate day of the Confederate Heritage Month he proclaimed for the second year in a row, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves made a bold declaration: “There is not systemic racism in America.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexandra Villarreal / The Guardian:
Austin voters to decide on restoring rules criminalizing homeless activities  —  A proposition on Saturday's ballot would impose fines for behavior such as camping, panhandling and sleeping outdoors  —  Summer Wright experienced homelessness on and off for years as a teenager and young adult.
New York Times:
India's Covid-19 Crisis Shakes Modi's Image of Strength  —  Overconfidence and missteps contributed to the country's devastating second wave, his critics say, tarnishing the prime minister's aura of political invulnerability.  —  NEW DELHI — His Covid-19 task force didn't meet for months.
Discussion: CNN
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Deval Patrick / Newsweek:
Voter Suppression: Bad for Democracy, Bad for Business, Bad for America  —  Across the nation, state legislators have proposed over 300 bills to make it harder to vote.  Republicans are driving these proposals, targeting voters who have voted for Democrats in the past.  Sadly, voter suppression is not new in America.
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Crown Prince's Vision for Neom, a Desert City-State, Tests His Builders  —  A project intended to help diversify the nation's economy is mired in delays and dealing with an employee exodus  —  RIYADH—If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman realizes his dream, a $500 billion city-state dubbed Neom …
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Cali Influencer Charged for Wild Claim That Latino Couple Tried to Kidnap Her Kids  —  Katie Sorensen went viral last December after saying a couple, who “didn't look necessarily clean cut,” attempted to snatch her kids from a crafts store.  —  A California mom and Instagram influencer …
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Covid Unemployment Relief Makes Help Impossible to Find  —  Congress's enhanced benefits make it more remunerative not to work.  Employers are struggling.  —  Christie Phelps came near her Covid breaking point last year as she contended with a naughty 5-year-old boy, “the most hyper child I've ever …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yahoo News:
How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies  —  On a warm day in late September nearly 10 years ago, Lisa Sales was in the basement of her Virginia home, going through files belonging to her former tenant, a man who had just been arrested and would later plead guilty to assaulting her.
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Clyburn: US must ‘get rid of these racist pockets’  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said he does not believe America is a racist country but that lawmakers must fight against “racist legislation” being pushed across the country.  —  “Yes, I do agree with that.
Discussion: RedState
Politico:
Beam her up: Harris to chair the National Space Council  —  Kamala Harris is adding chair of the National Space Council to her expanding vice presidential portfolio, senior administration officials announced Saturday.  —  Harris will put her own “stamp” of priorities on the cabinet-level body …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
‘Lefty social engineering’: GOP launches cultural attack on Biden's plan for day care, education and employee leave  —  It's not just the price tag.  —  Days after President Biden rolled out his American Families Plan — a sprawling $1.8 trillion proposal to expand federal investment in child care …
 
 
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Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
Joshua Wolf Shenk has resigned as editor of the Believer magazine
New York Times:
U.S. Shows Progress in Moving Migrant Children From Border Jails
Joe Walsh / Forbes:
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Karen E. Young / Foreign Policy:
Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
How Georgia's Fast-Growing Voter Rolls Could Affect Redistricting
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Democrats signal they're open to concessions on infrastructure
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Political Wire
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
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Discussion: Vox and Wall Street Journal
Erika Sanzi / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Monster Is in the Classroom  —  Schools indoctrinate children as young …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Associated Press:
Jared Kushner's Apartment Company Violated Consumer Laws, Judge Rules
Discussion: Raw Story