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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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: SCOOP: Harris invites all 24 female senators to dinner party
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and The Federalist
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Rich Americans Like Bezos, Musk, Buffett Avoided Income Tax
Discussion: ProPublica and National Review
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
NBC's Lester Holt Grills Kamala Harris on Migrant Crisis: 'You Haven't Been to the Border'
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Manchin is opposing big parts of Biden's agenda as the Koch network pressures him  — The Koch network has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation.  — That lobbying effort appears to be paying off.
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Democrats, Stop Negotiating With Traitors  —  The average consumer of political news can be forgiven for not being entirely sure how much to panic about the state of our democracy.  On the one hand, one can read in the mainstream press that “more than 100 scholars of democracy have signed …
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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CNN:
Senate report reveals new details about security failures ahead of January 6 attack but omits Trump's role
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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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 …
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Kristina Davis / San Diego Union-Tribune:   The FBI was behind an encrypted phone company that spied on criminals worldwide
Wall Street Journal:
Hundreds Arrested Thanks to Anom, a Messaging Service Run by the FBI
Discussion: The Verge, NPR and Reason
The Daily Beast:
Sidney Powell Just ‘Eviscerated’ Her Own Legal Defense, Experts Say  —  “That seems like an extremely damaging admission from Ms. Powell,” a top lawyer says.  —  Sidney Powell lost the plot.  —  To protect herself from a billion-dollar defamation lawsuit, the Trumpist lawyer was supposed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed  —  When Fulton County, Ga., poll manager Suzi Voyles sorted through a large stack of mail-in ballots last November, she noticed an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Cruise Ship Vaccination Requirements Are Different from Those of Other Institutions  —  A huge part of life is drawing distinctions.  —  This requires observation, foresight for likely consequences, and judgment — and even then, you can still get it wrong.  This is hard.
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.
Reuters:
U.S. report concluded COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab - WSJ  —  A report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation …
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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: HotAir, Breitbart, Forbes and Joe.My.God.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
James Murdoch spent $100 million to help fund political causes during 2020 election cycle  — James Murdoch, the son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, quietly invested $100 million into his nonprofit foundation, which then used a chunk of the money to fund political groups during the 2020 election cycle.
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 …
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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
Abbe Lowell Is the Go-To Lawyer for Embattled Politicians.  Now He Faces a Controversy of His Own.  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Abbe Lowell, one of Washington's top attorneys …
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 …
George Packer / The Atlantic:
How America Fractured Into Four Parts  —  Nations, like individuals, tell stories in order to understand what they are, where they come from, and what they want to be.  National narratives, like personal ones, are prone to sentimentality, grievance, pride, shame, self-blindness.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Miami Herald:
Rebekah Jones' Twitter account suspended, citing ‘platform manipulation,’ ‘spam’  —  Rebekah Jones, who formerly maintained Florida's COVID-19 dashboard but was fired last year as she raised concerns about transparency, was suspended Monday from Twitter for “platform manipulation and spam.”
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.
 
 
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John Nichols / The Nation:
Florida's Ron DeSantis Wants to Cancel Education About Systemic Racism
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Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
Judge orders Virginia school district to reinstate teacher who said he wouldn't use transgender students' preferred pronouns
Discussion: Law & Crime
Wall Street Journal:
Millions of J&J Covid-19 Vaccines Are at Risk of Expiring in June
Discussion: New York Post
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Ex-National Guard general enters GOP Senate primary in Arizona
Discussion: Fox News
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to Address Short-Term Supply Chain Discontinuities
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Spreading vaccine fears. And cashing in.
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
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Harris border-czar flop: Guatemala president blames Biden, AOC objects
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Paul Brandus / USA Today:
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment
Discussion: The Bulwark
Dan Merica / CNN:
Obama criticizes Republicans for embracing 2020 falsehoods