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Evan Perez / CNN:
First on CNN: US recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to Colonial Pipeline ransomware hackers  —  Washington (CNN)US investigators have recovered millions of dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to hackers whose attack prompted the shutdown of the key East Coast pipeline last month, according to people briefed on the matter.
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. says it recovered most of the ransom paid after the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack.  —  The Justice Department said on Monday that it had recovered much of the ransom paid to hackers last month who shut down the computer systems of Colonial Pipeline, a critical pipeline operator.
CNN:
Exclusive: New audio of 2019 phone call reveals how Giuliani pressured Ukraine to investigate baseless Biden conspiracies  —  (CNN)Never-before-heard audio, obtained exclusively by CNN, shows how former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Rudy Giuliani relentlessly pressured and coaxed …
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Joe Manchin's awful new stance could blow up in his face  —  By now you've heard that Sen. Joe Manchin III has essentially declared he has consigned us to a future of minority rule.  In a new piece, the West Virginia Democrat says he'll vote against his party's voting rights legislation and will never …
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David Edwards / Raw Story:   Steve Bannon pushes ‘major effort’ to ‘bring Joe Manchin into the Republican party’
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Democrat calls Manchin ‘the new Mitch McConnell’ and says he is working to thwart Biden's agenda
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Biden should go it alone  —  Seventeen months — that's all the time that's left.
New York Times:
Gripped by ‘Dinner Party-gate,’ Yale Law Confronts a Venomous Divide  —  A dispute centering on the celebrity professor Amy Chua exposes a culture pitting student against student, professor against professor.  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On March 26, a group of students at Yale Law School approached …
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Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
The Tiger Mom and and the Hornet's Nest For decades, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld were Yale Law power brokers.  A new generation wants to see them exiled.  —  Photo: Photograph by Gillian Laub for New York Magazine  —  It's supposedly haunted," Amy Chua says brightly as she ushers …
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:
Trump's Deranged Theory That Democrats Would Replace Biden Might Have Helped Him Lose 2020  —  The president was obsessed with the idea that Democrats would strip the primary win from Joe Biden and nominate Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama instead, reporter Michael Bender writes in an upcoming book.
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Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World  —  “This is an earthquake,” a prominent Christian writer told me.  —  The publication of an extraordinary February 24, 2020, letter by Russell Moore, one of the most influential and respected evangelicals in America (and a friend), has shaken the Christian world.
Discussion: The Dispatch
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Schumer recommending 2 voting rights lawyers to be judges  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is recommending President Joe Biden nominate two prominent voting rights attorneys to serve as judges on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and on the federal bench in Manhattan.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit challenging male-only draft
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Guatemala's prez blames Biden for border crisis as protesters tell Kamala Harris ‘Trump won’  —  Vice President Kamala Harris was greeted Monday by protesters in Guatemala telling her “Trump won” and “go home” — as the country's president blamed President Biden for this year's migrant crisis.
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ABC News:
Biden's task force finds more than 3,900 children separated from families at border under Trump
Discussion: Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Material Related to Andrew Cuomo's Book  —  State officials who edited early versions of New York governor's memoir were among those receiving requests for information  —  Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed material related to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent memoir …
CBC News:
Muslim family members targeted in fatal hit and run, police say, driver charged with murder  —  3 adults and 1 teen dead, child in London, Ont., hospital with serious injuries from Sunday incident  —  A 20-year-old man was charged Monday with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder …
Discussion: globalnews.ca, Insider and Snopes.com
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court rules against immigrants with temporary status  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents.  —  Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court …
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
GOP chair expects former Nevada AG Laxalt to run for Senate  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of the Senate Republican political arm says he expects former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt to challenge Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada next year.
New York Times:
What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.  On Friday, Facebook said the former president would not be allowed …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Report Concluded Covid-19 May Have Leaked From Wuhan Lab  —  The 2020 lab report was used by the State Department in its own inquiry during Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON—A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming …
Jack Rasmus / CounterPunch:
Biden Capitulates: Cuts Corp Taxes & Cuts Infrastructure Spending  —  Reuters reported last week that Biden announced a massive shift in his fiscal policy, cutting (not raising) corporate taxes even further than had Trump, AND cutting his proposed infrastructure spending bill by hundreds …
Ian Beacock / New Republic:
Who Will Read Niall Ferguson's Doom?  —  In November 2006, Niall Ferguson traveled to the Bahamas.  Then a professor of history at Harvard, he had been invited to address Morgan Stanley's swank annual gathering for investors in Lyford Cay, a 1,000-acre gated community (and tax shelter) of 450 homes in the British Colonial style.
Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Eric Adams jumps in front, Yang slips in NY1/Ipsos poll  —  Eric Adams has surged to the front of the pack, overtaking Andrew Yang and building a six-point lead in the Democratic primary for mayor, according to the exclusive results of a new Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll.  —  What You Need To Know
Foreign Policy:
Defiant Belarus Snubs U.S. Ambassador  —  As relations between the West and Belarus crash, the U.S. envoy is barred from entering the country.  —  In February 2020, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a historic visit to Belarus on a mission to normalize ties with the authoritarian country …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Here's How Georgia Could Conduct A Forensic Audit Of November's Election  —  Auditors split into seven teams of two conducted a manual recount of around 71,000 presidential ballots in Macon, Ga., part of the recount held November 2020.  In 2021, efforts to hold so-called “forensic audits” …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden snubs D-Day's 77th anniversary, angering veterans  —  Veteran calls Biden's failure to recognize D-Day ‘reprehensible’  —  Trey Gowdy marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day  —  A homeland security source told Fox News that service members and veterans are upset after President Biden failed …
New York Times:
Nicaragua's Democracy Hangs by Thread as Crackdown Deepens  —  Under President Daniel Ortega, the country is a step away from becoming a one-party state.  Money-laundering charges against his main rival have heightened concerns.  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Opposition candidates have been detained.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Too many people are still underestimating the Trump threat  —  Former president Donald Trump's secret weapon has always been that it is hard for educated people to take him seriously.  He acts like a preening buffoon with pretensions of grandeur — doltish and delusional in equal measure.
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Jason Delgado / Florida Politics:
Twitter suspends Rebekah Jones  —  Twitter on Monday suspended Rebekah Jones, a former Department of Health data curator who made national headlines after being fired from the department for insubordination from its platform.  —  While it is unclear why Twitter suspended the account …
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump to launch speaking tour with Bill O'Reilly  —  Former President Trump is launching a speaking tour with former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly that will aim to “provide a never before heard inside view of his administration.”  —  The series, dubbed “The History Tour,” …
New York Magazine:
Choire Sicha to Join New York Magazine as Editor-at-Large  —  New York Magazine editor-in-chief David Haskell announced today that Choire Sicha is joining as an editor-at-large.  He will regularly write short-form pieces for Intelligencer, the magazine's news and politics vertical, along with longer essays and critical pieces.
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Budget Refers to Mothers as ‘Birthing People’ in Nod to Woke Activists  —  President Joe Biden embraced the woke terminology favored by radical left-wing activists in his 2022 budget proposal, which refers to mothers as “birthing people.”  —  The text of Biden's record-breaking $6 trillion budget …
Kim Hart / Axios:
Scoop: Conservatives sound alarm against taking Big Tech money  —  Conservatives in Washington are growing much more leery of groups with financial ties to Big Tech.  —  Driving the news: The American Principles Project, a conservative advocacy group, will send a letter today warning Republican lawmakers …
 
 
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