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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Directors Decided Bill Gates Needed to Leave Board Due to Prior Relationship With Staffer  —  Company's board members began investigation in 2019 into woman's allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates; Mr. Gates's spokeswoman says decision to leave board in 2020 wasn't related to the matter
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New York Times:
Long Before Divorce, Bill Gates Had Reputation for Questionable Behavior  —  Melinda French Gates voiced concerns about her husband's relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and a harassment claim against his money manager.  —  By the time Melinda French Gates decided to end her 27-year marriage …
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Gave Bill Gates Advice on How to End ‘Toxic’ Marriage, Sources Say  —  BROMANCE … A person who attended meetings at Epstein's townhouse says Gates enjoyed holding court there.  —  Bachelor sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein gave Bill Gates advice on ending his marriage …
Discussion: New York Post and Eschaton
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel, raising red flags for some House Democrats
Discussion: The US Sun
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How a Jeopardy!  Contestant's Hand Gesture Became Part of a Conspiracy  —  How hundreds of “Jeopardy!” contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won't be talked out of it.  —  It is an ironclad rule of the private Facebook group of past “Jeopardy!” …
Axios:
Episode 9: Trump's war with his generals  —  Axios' “Off the rails” series documents the end of the Trump administration, from election night 2020 through the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.  —  One important piece is only now beginning to emerge: Former President Donald Trump's last-minute bid …
David Siders / Politico:
Teflon Joe muddies GOP's midterm strategy  —  When the National Republican Senatorial Committee sought to attack four vulnerable Senate Democrats in a series of new ads this spring, President Joe Biden was nowhere to be found.  Instead, the NRSC juxtaposed photographs of the senators …
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Olivia Beavers / Politico:
Can McCarthy still discipline MTG?  —  GREENE HOUSE EFFECT: Even if Kevin McCarthy wanted to punish Marjorie Taylor Greene for her hallway antics last week, could he?  —  McCarthy (R-Calif.) no longer can deploy his most powerful weapon: removing her from her two committees.
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Senate Republicans launch full-court press to woo Sununu  —  Recruiting the sitting governor of New Hampshire for one of the country's tightest Senate races paid off for Democrats six years ago.  Now the GOP is aiming to replicate that strategy.  —  Republicans have launched an all-out effort …
Los Angeles Times:
AT&T to spin off HBO, other WarnerMedia assets in a huge deal with Discovery.  What went wrong?  —  Three years ago, AT&T Inc. marched into Hollywood with big ambitions to be a 21st century media colossus, connecting its booming cellphone business with legendary media properties — HBO …
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Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
AT&T Is Preparing to Merge Media Assets With Discovery
CNN:
US investigates second suspected case of mystery ‘syndrome’ near White House  —  (CNN)Two White House officials were struck by a mysterious illness late last year — including one who was passing through a gate onto the property — newly revealed details that come as investigators …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
CBS News:
Republicans weigh in on Liz Cheney and direction of GOP — CBS News poll  —  When House Republicans ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post, it spoke to the direction of the Republican Party in at least one specific way: what should happen to those who publicly break with former President Donald Trump?
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Bloomberg:
The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything  —  A year ago, as the pandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying.  Today, on the rebound, it's companies furiously trying to stock up.  —  Mattress producers to car manufacturers …
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
How Dems learned to stop worrying (mostly) and embrace tax hikes  —  President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are taking a big gamble: that raising taxes can be popular.  —  As discussions heat up about how to pay for trillions in new spending on infrastructure …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Ben White / Politico:   Tax the rich? Executives predict Biden's big plans will flop
The Daily Beast:
Trump Has Blown Off Rudy Giuliani's Pleas for Help as Feds Circle  —  Giuliani appears to be in hot water, and his allies keep asking for Trump's help.  But so far, the ex-president isn't willing to ride to the rescue of his one-time lawyer.  —  In the weeks since the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gino Spocchia / The Independent:
Photo emerges of Republican barricading chamber doors during US Capitol attack after he compared rioters to ‘tourists’  —  ‘Do Georgians always barricade doors against normal, everyday tourists?’ one critic asked  —  A photo has emerged of Andrew Clyde, the Republican congressman who claimed …
Discussion: Insider and Washington Post
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
US for 3rd time blocking Security Council joint statement calling for ceasefire — diplomats tell ToI  —  NEW YORK — For the third time in a week, the US is blocking a joint statement from the Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, two diplomats involved tell The Times of Israel.
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Reuters:
Israel air strikes kill 42 Palestinians, rockets fired from Gaza
Glen Johnson / Axios:
Scoop: Lincoln Project offshoot aims to boost civics education  —  An offshoot of the Lincoln Project is launching Tuesday, aiming to unify people opposed to partisan dysfunction and authoritarianism through civics education and grassroots organizing, Axios has learned.
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
Scott McDonald / Newsweek:
Texas Reports Zero Deaths 2 Months After Biden Called its Reopening Plan as ‘Neanderthal Thinking’  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott caught heat from Democratic lawmakers when he announced on March 2 this year he would fully reopen the state by the next week.  Mississippi lawmakers declared a similar reopening plan about the same time.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
For Trump, Hamas and Bibi, It Is Always Jan. 6  —  There are many ways to understand what is happening today between Hamas and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel, but I prefer to think about it like this: They are each having their own Jan. 6 moment.  —  Just as a mob was unleashed …
Joe Davidson / Washington Post:
‘You need people to work in the public good’: Four impeachment witnesses on the lessons they learned about American democracy  —  To mark Public Service Recognition Week, the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service assembled former federal foreign policy experts who gained fame by boldly …
Discussion: Raw Story
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Franklin Graham worries Trump too old to run in 2024  —  The Rev. Franklin Graham says a potential 2024 presidential bid by Donald Trump would “be a very tough thing to do,” the prominent Christian leader told “Axios on HBO.”  —  Why it matters: Graham, the president of the Billy Graham …
Discussion: Insider, HuffPost and The Week
Bill Whitaker / CBS News:
UFOs regularly spotted in restricted U.S. airspace, report on the phenomena due next month  —  Bill Whitaker reports on the regular sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, that have spurred a report due to Congress next month.  —  We have tackled many strange stories on 60 Minutes, but perhaps none like this.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Impossible Vice Presidency  —  Air Force Two is a smaller plane than Air Force One.  The exterior is the same light-blue and white, but unlike the commander in chief's plane, the vice president's aircraft is open plan—from the back, you can see all the way to the front, where a small office doubles as a bedroom.
Discussion: Politico
Kim Hart / Axios:
The new digital extortion  —  If you run a hospital, a bank, a utility or a city, chances are you'll be hit with a ransomware attack.  Given the choice between losing your precious data or paying up, chances are you'll pay.  —  Why it matters: Paying the hackers is the clear short-term answer …
NBC News:
Should Joe Biden worry about soaring lumber prices?  —  WASHINGTON — If a tree falls in a Canadian forest and a logger has to drive 16 hours to haul it out, does it crush the U.S. president's economic agenda?  —  That improbable question may be on the minds of some in Washington …
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Henry Goldman / Bloomberg:
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
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Discussion: The Right Scoop
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Plan for Free Community College Faces Resistance
Katherine Blunt / Wall Street Journal:
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Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
From India, Brazil and Beyond: Pandemic Refugees at the Border
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Axios:
Biden's danger: The great overreaction
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THE CITY:
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Neil Munro / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Diverts Healthcare Cash to Help Illegal Migrants
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Devin Nunes Goes Full Psycho On Fox And Claims The US Funded COVID 19 Creation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will soon have a woman as its top editor. And yes, that matters.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Dallas prosecutor disbarred for withholding evidence that could have cleared men of murder charges
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Alexandria will remove police from public school hallways