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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the explosive new Trump-DOJ revelations  —  On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department took the highly unusual step in 2017 and 2018 of subpoenaing the account data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee …
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Politico:
Barr distances himself from Trump-era subpoenas of Democratic lawmakers  —  Former Attorney General William Barr on Friday distanced himself from reports that the Trump Justice Department seized communications records belonging to two prominent Democratic lawmakers who were spearheading investigations into then-President Donald Trump.
Washington Post:
Senate Democrats threaten to subpoena Barr, Sessions for testimony over Justice Dept.'s secret pursuit of two House Democrats' data  —  Senate Democratic leaders on Friday demanded that former attorneys general in the Trump administration testify over secret subpoenas of two House Democrats.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
New York Times:
Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress  —  The Justice Department seized records from Apple for metadata of House Intelligence Committee members, their aides and family members.  —  WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Garland declares voting rights expansion ‘central’ to democracy  —  The attorney general's speech comes as voting rights legislation faces dire odds in Congress.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a Senate Appropriations hearing.  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland affirmed Friday …
Linda So / Reuters:
Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers  —  Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal.  The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: rightwing firm posed as leftist group on Facebook to divide Democrats  —  FEC investigation failed to uncover link to Rally Forge, a firm with close ties to Turning Point USA  —  digital marketing firm closely linked to the pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA was responsible …
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
Here are the winners of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes  —  The Pulitzers, regarded as one of the highest honors in journalism, were announced later than usual this year due to the pandemic.  —  The Pulitzer Prizes, usually announced at a ceremony at Columbia University, were announced remotely again …
Discussion: CNN and The Root, more at Mediagazer »
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Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
A freelancer who wrote a Runner's World essay on Ahmaud Arbery's killing has won a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing  —  The long read by Mitchell S. Jackson also won a top award by ASME just one day ago.  —  “Peoples, I invite you to ask yourself, just what is a runner's world?
Sam Metz / Associated Press:
Nevada schools reckon with race, triggering polarization  —  RENO, Nev. (AP) — One year after protests over racial injustices and police violence swept the country, clashes over how to teach students about racism and its role in U.S. history are raging in school districts across Nevada and elsewhere …
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Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon legislators expel Rep. Mike Nearman, who helped armed protesters enter Capitol  —  The Oregon House voted 59-1 Thursday to expel Rep. Mike Nearman, the first time it has ejected a sitting representative.  —  Lawmakers removed Nearman because he let far-right demonstrators …
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Dirk VanderHart / opb:
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Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago police officer charged in connection with US Capitol breach  —  Karol J. Chwiesiuk is at least the 10th individual from Illinois charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol breach, and he is the fourth on that list from the Chicago area.  —  Federal authorities have arrested …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“I'm not finished”: Harris' border-czar tour flop continues  —  Something tells me this won't assuage fears from Democrats that Kamala Harris is out of her depth in dealing with the border crisis.  The Biden administration can't ask for a friendlier venue than Univision for its immigration policies …
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Yousef Munayyer / Jewish Currents:
What Does “From the River to the Sea” Really Mean?  —  IN RECENT WEEKS, as Palestinians rose up in their homeland, in the wider Middle East, and around the world, you probably heard the slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”  In cities across the globe …
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Joseph Krauss / Associated Press:
EXPLAINER: What will change under Israel's new government?
Discussion: The Times of Israel
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Takes Steps to Increase Availability of COVID-19 Vaccine  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Following careful review and deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking important steps that will allow a critically needed supply of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine to be made available.
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Washington Post:
‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct  —  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — In December, Katie Logan called the police in this Minneapolis suburb to unearth a buried secret: Her high school physics teacher …
Discussion: Raw Story
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News Has Won Its First Pulitzer Prize  —  BuzzFeed News won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for a series of innovative articles that used satellite images, 3D architectural models, and daring in-person interviews to expose China's vast infrastructure for detaining hundreds of thousands of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.
mailchi.mp:
“New Yorkers will be sick of me”  —  After getting slammed for fleeing the city for his country home in New Paltz during the pandemic, Andrew Yang warned New Yorkers that they would see him in the city around the clock - at least during his first term - if he's elected mayor.
Discussion: City & State NY, Slate and Politico
Melanie Warner / Politico:
The Geophysicist Who Stormed the Capitol  —  KITTREDGE, Colo.—  The text message showed up on John Bergman's phone in late January.  Sent to him by a former work colleague, it came with the question “Have you seen this??” and linked to an article and video from a news channel.  Bergman pressed play.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Racism didn't exist in the military before Biden, US Senator says with straight face  —  ‘Growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago’  —  A White senator from the South told America's first Black defense secretary on Thursday that President Joe Biden's …
Discussion: Fox News, New York Post and Joe.My.God.
Politico:
Coronavirus restrictions spark mutiny against GOP governor  —  BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little had only briefly traveled out of state to attend a Republican governors' conference when his own lieutenant governor made him regret it.  —  Without warning, GOP Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin took advantage …
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Inside the palace intrigue in Jordan and a thwarted ‘deal of the century’  —  President Donald Trump had a dizzying dream for a diplomatic “deal of the century” for Arab-Israeli peace that would unite his allies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Democracy Is Already Dying in the States  —  While Senator Joe Manchin is demanding that both parties agree on any further federal voting-rights legislation, a new study quantifies how completely Republicans have excluded Democrats from the passage of the restrictive voting laws proliferating in red states.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
YouTube Bans Sen. Ron Johnson For Discussing Early Treatment Of COVID-19  —  YouTube's position is that content on the site must parrot whatever comes from its narrow set of authorities, even though their positions change frequently and dramatically.
Discussion: Insider, Fox News, Joe.My.God. and OutKick
New York Times:
Vaccinate the World  —  Wealthy countries are pledging to donate a billion doses.  Will it be enough?  —  Roughly 20 percent of the world's people have received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine.  The speed with which the remaining 80 percent are vaccinated will mean the difference between life …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Trumpists Are America's Jacobites  —  “He loved authority and business.  He had a high sense of his own personal dignity,” one commentator observed.  “He was not altogether destitute of a sentiment which bore some affinity to patriotism ... His second wish was to be feared and respected abroad.
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Op-eds in a Chinese state tabloid slammed U.S. policy.  The author works at the Pentagon.  —  The headline hardly stood out on the website of the hyper-nationalistic Chinese newspaper.  —  “Why US will lose a war with China over Taiwan island,” announced the April 27 op-ed in the Global Times …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
After her arrest, she found her explicit photos sent to a strange number.  A state trooper answered the line.  —  Minnesota State Trooper Albert Kuehne sat in his cruiser in March 2020 and scrolled through a phone belonging to a 25-year-old woman he'd just detained on suspicion of drunken driving.
Discussion: TheGrio and The Daily Caller
Naomi Fry / New Yorker:
Julian Casablancas Wants a Better New York  —  The singer led the city's rock revival.  As a supporter of the mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, he's thinking much bigger.  —  For nearly two decades, Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of the Strokes and the Voidz, has been synonymous with New York City …
 
 
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Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.
Just The News:
Feds subpoenaed Hunter Biden during 2016 election, raising worry over unpaid taxes on Ukraine work
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Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Republicans say lowering the bar for overturning elections is bad policy. So why did they try?
Discussion: Alternet.org
Ben Dreyfuss / Good Faith:
If A Republican Congress Throws The 2024 Election To Trump, Then What?
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump struggles to find a challenger to Kemp in Georgia
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Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
The world is horrified by the dysfunction of American democracy
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Laura A. Bischoff / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he opposes controversial anti-vaccine bill
Medium:
Astroturfing, Dr. Evil, and N.Y.C.'s Elite Schools
Discussion: VICE
Deb Haaland / Washington Post:
My grandparents were stolen from their families as children. We must learn about this history.
Discussion: Indian Country Today
Connie Schultz / USA Today:
Magnets, vaccines and the toll the conspiracy of misinformation takes on our ability to protect ourselves
Discussion: WOIO and Washington Post