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Rich McHugh / Insider:
A SpaceX flight attendant said Elon Musk exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, documents show.  The company paid $250,000 for her silence.  — A flight attendant for SpaceX said Elon Musk asked her to “do more” during a massage, documents show.  — The billionaire founder exposed …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’  —  Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would ban abortions from the moment of “fertilization,” which if signed into law would effectively prohibit almost all abortions in the state.
Lis Smith / Washington Post:
Opinion This is not the time to change how we talk about abortion  —  Democratic strategist Lis Smith was a senior adviser to Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Any Given Tuesday.”  —  We need to talk about how we talk about Roe.
Jan. 6 committee evidence includes official White House photos from day of Capitol riot  —  Congressional investigators have obtained a batch of official White House photographs, including images taken on Jan. 6, 2021, according to two sources familiar with the evidence.
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugo Lowell / The Guardian:
Congress members led ‘reconnaissance tours’ of Capitol before attack, evidence suggests  —  The revelation resurrects a line of inquiry into the involvement of House Republicans in the insurrection  —  The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack revealed on Thursday …
NBC News:
Trump washes hands of Perdue in Georgia as his campaign limps into final stretch  —  Dark on TV.  Trailing badly in polls.  Written off by Republican political insiders nationally and in Georgia.  —  Former Sen. David Perdue's once-spirited primary challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appears …
Discussion: WSB-TV, Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Pentagon spokesman Kirby moving to White House in senior communications role  —  Pentagon spokesman John Kirby will move to the White House in a senior communications role, according to two people familiar with the personnel move.  —  Kirby's move to the White House comes after Karine Jean-Pierre took …
NBC News:
Michigan election chief: Trump suggested I be arrested for treason and executed  —  Jocelyn Benson said she was told that the former president made the remark in a White House meeting.  A Trump spokesman accused Benson of lying.  —  Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's top election official …
New York Times:
New Evidence Shows How Russian Soldiers Executed Men in Bucha  —  Witness testimony and videos obtained by The New York Times show how Russian paratroopers executed at least eight Ukrainian men in a Kyiv suburb on March 4, a potential war crime.  —  THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IMAGES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Dylan Smith / Yellowhammer News:
Mitch McConnell-aligned super PAC drops $2M against Mo Brooks in U.S. Senate race  —  Alabama's 2022 race for the U.S. Senate has proven that there is no love lost between U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Mitch McConnell Dings ‘Isolationist’ Rand Paul: ‘Tiny Percentage of the Senate Republican Conference’
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
New York Post:
James Baker buries Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann in probe  —  WASHINGTON, DC — A former FBI official delivered devastating testimony Thursday against former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann — saying he's “100% confident” the defendant denied acting …
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
Judge in Clinton lawyer trial denies prosecution request to remove juror over ties to defendant
Discussion: The Daily Wire and New York Post
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirms she's engaged to her longtime partner, Riley Roberts: 'Yep!  It's true'  — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confirmed to Insider that she's engaged.  — AOC met her longtime partner, Riley Roberts, when they were students at Boston University.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
A look at the time Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden for a favor  —  The Fox News host often ridicules the president's son, but years ago, the two were close  —  Tucker Carlson and his wife were looking to get their son a leg up in his college application to Georgetown University when they turned …
NBC News:
Analysis of Hunter Biden's hard drive shows he, his firm took in about $11 million from 2013 to 2018, spent it fast
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Oz, McCormick unleash army of lawyers in Pa. Senate race  —  PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Mehmet Oz is still ahead by a whisker in Pennsylvania's razor-thin Senate GOP contest.  But David McCormick is slowly chipping away at his lead, and both sides are preparing for a drawn-out vote-counting process marked …
Aria Bendix / NBC News:
The symptoms and causes of monkeypox infections, which CDC calls an ‘emerging issue’  —  First case of monkeypox identified in U.S. as outbreak grows in Europe  —  New cases of monkeypox were reported in the U.K., Spain, Portugal, Italy and the U.S. this week, a rare occurrence …
David French / The Atlantic:
Murder Is Downstream From Misinformation and Hate, and Everybody Knows It  —  Actions are tied to ideas, and if ideas are toxic, then actions can kill. … There's something incredibly frustrating about America's extremism debate.  There are truths we all know, but we just don't want to apply them consistently.
Aaron Parsley /
Kellyanne Conway Writes in New Book of Husband's ‘Cheating by Tweeting’ and Ivanka Trump's Supportive Gesture  —  “I was having a hard time competing with his new fling,” Conway writes in an excerpt of her memoir Here's the Deal of her husband's habit of criticizing President Trump on Twitter
NBC News:
Stefanik's echo of ‘great replacement’ rhetoric offers clues to her national ambitions — and her changing district  —  OGDENSBURG, N.Y. — In the wake of Saturday's mass shooting in Buffalo, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has drawn national attention for echoing the kind of white nationalist …
Discussion: The Hill
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
Barnes & Noble Being Sued in Virginia Beach Over GENDER QUEER, COURT OF MIST AND FURY  —  Last week, Virginia Beach (VA) schools voted to remove Gender Queer from shelves.  It came after school board member Victoria Manning complained about it and several other books within the schools.
Discussion: Holy Bullies … and WAVY-TV
Amy Walter / Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Turn Things Around?  —  With just under six months to go until the November elections, the political environment looks as bleak as ever for Democrats.  The President's job approval ratings remain mired in the low 40s, inflation has proven to be stubborn and persistent …
Discussion: Mischiefs of Faction and The Hill
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Vengeful Madison Cawthorn Vows ‘Dark MAGA’ Takeover  —  “The time for gentile politics as usual has come to an end,” the defeated Republican wrote, presumably not in reference to the politics of non-Jews.  —  Less than 48 hours after his shocking defeat in North Carolina's primary election …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work  —  Employees say the stance runs counter to Meta policies on discussing Black Lives Matter and trans rights  —  A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace …
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
This Florida teacher married a woman.  Now she's not a teacher anymore.  —  MIAMI — Nicolette Solomon felt her mother's words come through the phone and settle, heavy, in her stomach.  —  It was January, and her mother was talking about a new bill, just proposed in the Florida legislature …
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
In a Ukrainian Town, a Collaborator Who Worked With the Russians Now Faces Justice  —  The Russian-appointed mayor of Dymer tried to persuade locals to support Moscow.  He was left behind as the Russians abruptly withdrew.  —  DYMER, Ukraine—Soon after entering this town north of Kyiv in late February …
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
These 14 states had significant miscounts in the 2020 census  —  Loading...  For the 2020 census, all states were not counted equally well for population numbers used to allocate political representation and federal funding over the next decade, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday.
Jessica Dupnack / WJBK-TV:
Birmingham private school assignment compares Barack Obama to monkeys  —  Worksheet lists former President Obama with monkeys at private Birmingham school  —  This month, the curriculum passed out to students instructed students to pick from a gallery of photos labeled apes, monkeys, and lemurs.
Discussion: TheGrio and Raw Story
MPR News:
Minnesota GOP chair Hann apologizes for antisemitic image  —  The chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota apologized Thursday for an image that was projected at the party's state convention of George Soros manipulating the strings of puppets with the faces of two prominent Jewish Democrats.
Discussion: Raw Story and Minnesota Reformer
Mike Stone / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade  —  The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Says Buffalo Shooting Suspect Not Motivated by ‘Hateful Right-Wing Rhetoric,’ But ‘Mental Illness’  —  Tucker Carlson scoffed at the idea that the 18-year-old White man who wrote racist screeds before allegedly murdering 10 Black people in a Buffalo grocery store was motivated by “hateful right-wing rhetoric.”
The words Biden DID say  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  —  JOE BIDEN's response to an avowed racist killing 10 people at a predominantly Black Buffalo grocery store has been defined, in part, by what's been left unsaid.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Project Veritas says the FBI declared it part of media  —  Project Veritas, a conservative organization known for undercover video stings of mainstream news outlets and liberal activists, contends in a new court filing that the FBI deemed the outlet to be part of the news media …
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Christopher Beam / Bloomberg:
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Soldiers Facing Discrimination from State Laws Could Request Transfers Under Draft Army Policy
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Wire
Patrick Smith / NBC News:
Dancing with Putin: Has Europe finally had enough of politicians making big money from Russia?
Discussion: Euractiv, New York Times and Politico
New York Times:
Here's Why Tallies of U.S. Covid Deaths Aren't All the Same
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
Biden's Student Loan Plan Is Personal for 30 Top Aides With Millions in Debt
GOP senators' private meeting with Google turns tense over email bias claims
Discussion: Raw Story
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
World's worst slip of the tongue
Discussion: alicublog, TheBlaze and NPR
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
‘I Had to Go Back’: Over 55, and Not Retired After All  —  After leaving the labor force …
Washington Post:
Nearly 200 Republicans vote against bill to ease baby formula shortage
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