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ProPublica:
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax  —  The Secret IRS Files  —  In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world's richest man, did not pay a penny in federal income taxes.  He achieved the feat again in 2011.
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ProPublica:
Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%  —  We are disclosing the tax details of the richest Americans because we believe the public interest in an informed debate outweighs privacy considerations.  —  Today, ProPublica is launching the first in a series of stories based …
Discussion: HotAir, Twitchy and National Review
ProPublica:   You May Be Paying a Higher Tax Rate Than a Billionaire
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks before Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds  —  The U.S. Capitol Police had specific intelligence that supporters of President Donald Trump planned to mount an armed invasion of the Capitol at least two weeks before the Jan. 6 riot …
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Ron Johnson Senator from Wisconsin:
Sen. Johnson and Colleagues Request Answers from DOJ on Unequal Application of Justice to Protestors  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), along with senators Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), sent a letter on Monday …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Senators reveal further Capitol riot security failures in bipartisan report
New York Times:
Biden Justice Department Seeks to Defend Trump in Suit Over Rape Denial  —  Donald Trump is facing a defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who has accused Mr. Trump of raping her.  —  During the presidential campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr., then the Democratic candidate …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Biden Justice Department defends Trump in suit over rape denial  —  The Biden administration is pressing on with a controversial Justice Department defense of President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by a writer who accused him of raping her at a New York City department store in the 1990s.
The Daily Beast:
What if This Is Just the Tip of Trumpworld's Iceberg of Crazy?  —  We're only starting to find out now just how much influence the conspiracy-peddlers wielded in Trump's White House—and how much they'll wield in his future.  —  It was unhinged, even by Trumpworld standards.
Paul Butler / Washington Post:   The best way for Garland to protect the Justice Department is to stop defending his predecessor
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 …
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Justin Haskins / The Hill:
By rejecting Democrats' election overhaul bill, Joe Manchin may have saved America  —  On Sunday, the Charleston Gazette-Mail published an op-ed by Sen. Joe Manchin in which the West Virginia Democrat announced his opposition of the For the People Act, a bill that aims to impose a variety …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Some Democrats wonder when Schumer will get tough with Manchin
Discussion: Political Wire
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Hundreds Arrested After FBI Reveals It Secretly Ran Encrypted Messaging App for Criminals  —  ‘TROJAN SHIELD’  —  Hundreds of alleged criminal underworld figures have been arrested around the globe after using an encrypted messaging app that was secretly being controlled by the FBI and Australian intelligence.
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Mike Corder / Associated Press:
Global sting: Secure FBI-run messaging network tricks crooks  —  THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Criminal gangs divulged plans for moving drug shipments and carrying out killings on a secure messaging system secretly run by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday, as they unveiled …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Newsmax turned down embattled Republican Matt Gaetz for a job -spokesperson  —  Conservative media outlet Newsmax, a favorite of former President Donald Trump's, rejected embattled Republican U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz's request for a job, a spokesperson for the website said on Monday.
Bryan Metzger / Politico:
Why the GOP Just Got Blown Out in a Congressional Race  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—  Two weeks before the GOP had its first chance to pick up a seat in Congress since Joe Biden became president, the Republican Party of New Mexico hosted a three-day event dubbed “Operation Freedom.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup's trend since 1996.  This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015 …
Discussion: Forbes and Joe.My.God.
R.R. Reno / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates  —  Even those who aren't woke seem damaged by the experience, and they're deprived of role models.  —  I'm not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America's elite universities.  That marks a change.  A decade ago I relished the opportunity …
Jacob Soboroff / NBC News:
More than 2,100 children separated at border ‘have not yet been reunified,’ Biden task force says … More than 2,100 children separated at the border by Trump administration's “zero tolerance” program “have not yet been reunified” with their parents, according to the task force working to reunite the families.
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Amanda Coletta / Washington Post:
Muslim family in Canada killed in ‘targeted’ attack, police say  —  TORONTO — A man accused of mowing down five members of the same family with a black pickup truck in an Ontario city on Sunday, killing four and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy, targeted them because they were Muslim …
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Right-wing ‘Boogaloo’ militants plotted violence against cops so Trump would invoke Insurrection Act: Court docs  —  An Air Force sergeant accused of killing law enforcement officers last year in California was part of an extremist cell plotting “war” against police, according to newly revealed court filings.
Discussion: Daily Kos and CBS San Francisco
David Harsanyi / National Review:
The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment  —  If the right to bear arms was intended to preserve slavery, why did civil-rights leaders insist that black Americans should be armed to protect themselves?  —  Left-wing academic Carol Anderson's new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news.
Discussion: The Bulwark
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama criticizes Republicans for embracing 2020 falsehoods  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama said Republicans have been “cowed into accepting” a series of positions that “would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” telling CNN's Anderson Cooper he is worried …
The Texas Tribune:
An anti-abortion program will receive $100 million in the next Texas budget, but there's little data on what's being done with the money  —  Critics say the fast-growing Alternatives to Abortion program is secretive and a “waste” of money.  But the program has strong supporters …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Harris border-czar flop: Guatemala president blames Biden, AOC objects  —  Maybe Kamala Harris should have gone to the border instead.  Joe Biden put the Vice President in charge of handling the migrant crisis, but later claimed he meant that Harris would lead the diplomatic effort to resolve it.
Liz Essley Whyte / Center for Public Integrity:
Spreading vaccine fears.  And cashing in.  —  Meet the influencers making millions by dealing doubt about the coronavirus vaccines.  —  Heather Simpson never thought to question vaccines.  Her parents vaccinated her when she was a child, and she got tetanus and flu shots as an adult.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Scoop: Illegal border crossings most in over decade — with four months to go  —  The number of migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year is already the most since 2006 — with four months left to go, according to preliminary Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data obtained by Axios.
Paul Brandus / USA Today:
The four best ways Team Biden can show America the Donald Trump era is really over  —  Trump treated our Constitution and laws as doormats.  Biden must reassert the primacy of the law and the importance of transparency in our democracy.  —  Tame the COVID-19 pandemic?  Check.
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
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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Ronald J. Pestritto / RealClearPublicAffairs:
Why the Early Progressives Rejected American Founding Principles
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed
Discussion: The Western Journal
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to Address Short-Term Supply Chain Discontinuities
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
Gov. Whitmer's approval rating drops after string of controversies, poll finds
Discussion: Townhall
Julia Harte / Reuters:
From Vermont to Kentucky, some Republicans expand voting access in 2021
Discussion: The Hill and Bangor Daily News
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans hold up Biden personnel nominee over ‘critical race theory’ and abortion rights
Nicole Di Ilio / Newlines Magazine:
‘I Will Kill Myself’: The Enduring Nightmare of Lebanon's Kafala System
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Are We Destined for a Trump Coup in 2024?
Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden warned as a court slaps down race-based COVID relief
Marley Parish / Pennsylvania Capital-Star:
Pa. GOP lawmakers stay quiet on who paid for their trip to see Arizona audit. What's the impact?
Discussion: NBC10 Philadelphia
Fox News:
Biden White House powered by family connections
Discussion: HotAir and The Bulwark
Derek Lacey / USA Today:
New Super PAC formed with one goal: Fire Madison Cawthorn
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Prosecutors Subpoena Material Related to Andrew Cuomo's Book
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World
Discussion: Morning Shots and National Review
Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:
Trump's Deranged Theory That Democrats Would Replace Biden Might Have Helped Him Lose 2020
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, costing around $17 to $18, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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