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Wall Street Journal:
Melinda Gates Was Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019 to End Marriage With Bill Gates  —  Melinda Gates had discussions with divorce lawyers in October 2019 around when Bill Gates's ties to Jeffrey Epstein became public  —  The split between Bill and Melinda Gates, announced last week, has been in the works for a long time.
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Kinzinger compares Republican Party to the Titanic  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) on Sunday compared the Republican Party to the Titanic amid an internal battle surrounding Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and the push to oust her from her GOP leadership position.
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Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
After Times Square Shooting, Adams and Yang Stress Support for N.Y.P.D.  —  Eric Adams and Andrew Yang, among the front-runners in the New York City mayor's race, said the shooting underlined the importance of public safety.  —  Within hours of a shooting in Times Square that left three bystanders …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
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Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:   The fixer is in: What Bradley Tusk sees in Andrew Yang, and in the future of politics
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News:
Mayoral hopefuls spar over police, crime in wake of Times Square shooting
Sandra Tan / Buffalo News:
Free beer offer results in more vaccinations than all Erie County first-dose clinics last week  —  The idea of getting vaccinated had been rolling around in the back of Tyler Morsch's mind for weeks.  As a 28-year-old, he didn't feel in any particular danger, but he finally decided …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
FBI director Chris Wray barely survived the Trump era.  Now he's working with Biden's attorney general taking on domestic terrorism and probing Trump allies.  — Then-Attorney General Bill Barr threatened to quit last spring when Trump tried to fire FBI Director Chris Wray, Insider has learned.
Washington Post:
The making of a myth  —  Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology.  Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.  —  Ramsland  —  “We observed an error rate of 68.05%.  This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Larry Krasner deserves a second term as Philly district attorney |  Endorsement  —  The Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney has been drawing national attention, and understandably so.  Aside from its colorful main characters — an incumbent DA who's a national icon in progressive circles …
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:   Police robbed these Black men of their lives, too, but we're not talking about this
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
The next political battleground: school boards  —  The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country.  —  Why it matters: What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national political debate.
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Jesus Jiménez / New York Times:
2 Oklahoma Boys Pulled From Class for ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts  —  In addition to the disciplinary action they have faced, the boys' mother said that at least one of her three sons has been bullied because of the shirts.  —  Two brothers, 8 and 5, were removed from their Oklahoma …
Discussion: The Hill
Joe Drape / New York Times:
Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Fails Drug Test  —  The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose horses have failed five tests in a little more than a year, was suspended, but he denied wrongdoing.  —  The 2021 Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit, failed a drug test after the race …
Jesse Naranjo / Politico:
Fauci predicts ‘dramatic difference’ in pandemic outlook if more are vaccinated  —  Top Biden health adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday predicted that the country's coronavirus situation will be dramatically different a year from now if larger proportions of the population are vaccinated.
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Davone Morales / ABC News:
Vaccinations are the ‘end game’ to the COVID-19 crisis in India: Fauci
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Deanna Paul / Wall Street Journal:
Alvin Bragg Leans on Harlem Roots in Manhattan District Attorney Race  —  Bragg, the only Black candidate, has emerged as a front-runner in the crowded field seeking to replace Cyrus Vance  —  | Photographs by Thalia Juarez/The Wall Street Journal  —  Growing up in Harlem during …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Tory lessons for Republicans  —  Opinion by  —  Local and regional election results across Britain last week hold lessons for American politicians.  Not least is this: A Trumpist Republican Party that had taken the coronavirus pandemic more seriously and had delivered tangible benefits …
Discussion: BBC
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why politicians won't reach the vaccine hesitant  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 64% of American adults have gotten or want a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible, 15% will wait and see and 19% will either definitely not get one or will only get one if it is required.
Associated Press:
Former Delaware Governor Pierre ‘Pete’ Du Pont IV Dies  —  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (The Associated Press)  —  Wilmington, Del. (AP) — Pierre S.  “Pete” du Pont IV, a former Delaware governor and congressman who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, has died.  He was 86.
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill and New York Times
Jenny Hill / BBC:
Sophie Scholl: Student who resisted Hitler and inspires Germany  —  Her name is not widely known outside Germany, but Sophie Scholl is an iconic figure in her native country and her story is extraordinary.  —  This weekend many will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of a young woman …
Associated Press:
Putin tells Red Square parade that Nazi ideas persist  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong.  —  Speaking to the annual military parade on Moscow's Red Square …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
GOP governors slash jobless aid to try to force more Americans to return to work  —  Arkansas, Montana and South Carolina have acted in recent days to end extra $300 weekly payments to unemployed Americans, even as the Biden administration maintains generous benefits are not deterring people from seeking work
Bryan Pietsch / New York Times:
Maya Angelou and Sally Ride Will Be Honored on Quarters  —  The coins are part of a new U.S. Mint program that will feature as many as 20 American women.  —  The writer and poet Maya Angelou and the astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, are the first women …
Discussion: ABC News
Christina Zhao / MSN:
Birthing People's Day?  Cori Bush Debate Rages Into Mother's Day Weekend  —  An online debate sparked by Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush calling women “birthing people” has raged on into Mother's Day weekend.  —  On Thursday, Bush drew praise and criticism after she used the term …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
 
 
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CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
Discussion: Twitchy
Eric Ng / South China Morning Post:
Fosun unit, BioNTech to form joint venture to make Covid-19 vaccine
BBC:
Kabul attack: Families bury schoolchildren of blast that killed dozens
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
As Scrutiny of Cryptocurrency Grows, the Industry Turns to K Street
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Rep. Clyburn says qualified immunity doesn't have to be part of policing reform bill
Discussion: Iowa Capital Dispatch
New York Times:
‘Will I Recognize You?’ She Traveled 2,500 Miles to Reach Her Mother.
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Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Push to electrify mail trucks gains wide support, an unlikely win for both DeJoy and Biden
Discussion: Insider
Amity Shlaes / The Hill:
Biden as the new FDR: It's the same old bad deal for jobs
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race
Discussion: New York Times
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Democrats renew effort to get Donald Trump's financial records
Discussion: Raw Story
Ido Efrati / Haaretz:
Israel's Active COVID Cases Fall Below 1,000 for the First Time in Over a Year
Washington Post:
As convention ends, Virginia Republicans wait for governor nominee to emerge
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
The one that gets away: Joe Biden's jaded romance with Iran