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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
Kansas City Star:
Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel arrested for battery after physical altercation with student  —  Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery on Thursday after getting into a physical altercation with a student while substitute teaching in Wellsville.
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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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
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
Joe Biden, the Republicans, and Kids' Stuff  —  As the new Administration enters its next hundred days, the child wars are likely to grow more intense and, in some quarters, more detached from reality.  —  “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” a children's book celebrating ordinary people …
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
‘Lefty social engineering’: GOP launches cultural attack on Biden's plan for day care, education and employee leave
The Hill:
Census confirms Texas and Florida are America's future  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  We suspected people were moving by the thousands to Texas and Florida.  Now Washington has proof.  The recent census results added two congressional seats to Texas and bolstered Florida's representation …
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.
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 …
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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
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
CNN Can't Whitewash Joe Biden Opposing the Osama bin Laden Raid  —  Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of Barack Obama's announcement of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.  The raid was the undoubted high point of Obama's presidency - nothing else he did was as popular across party lines …
Discussion: Power Line
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   The Jimmy and Joe Show
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:   Biden's cautious stance on the bin Laden raid a decade ago tells us how he might handle a crisis now
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’
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump's Secret Rules for Drone Strikes Outside War Zones Are Disclosed  —  The release of the 2017 policy — with redactions — stemmed from open-records lawsuits by The Times and the A.C.L.U.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has disclosed a set of rules secretly issued …
Glenn Greenwald:
The Left Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations  —  Equating accusations with proven fact is reckless and repressive.  It is also standard behavior in liberal politics, whereby they ruin lives without a second thought.  —  15 hr ago
Discussion: CBS New York
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
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.”
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.
 
 
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Clyburn: US must ‘get rid of these racist pockets’
Discussion: RedState
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
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Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
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Associated Press:
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Associated Press:
California plans early release for 76,000 prison inmates — including violent felons
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Andrew Yang Promised to Create 100,000 Jobs. He Ended Up With 150.
Discussion: The Week
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
How Georgia's Fast-Growing Voter Rolls Could Affect Redistricting
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Disney Got Itself A ‘If You Own A Themepark...’ Carveout From Florida's Blatantly Unconstitutional Social Media Moderation Bill
Yahoo News:
How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies