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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
David Perdue makes racist remarks about Stacey Abrams as he ends a lackluster campaign.  —  Mr. Perdue, who badly trails Gov. Brian Kemp in the Republican primary for governor, accused Ms. Abrams of “demeaning her own race” in describing the state's problems.
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Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Perdue Slumming With Bannon for Votes on Election Eve  —  He should be embarrassed by his last-ditch attempt to avoid embarrassment at the polls in Tuesday's primary.  —  Former President Donald Trump's favorite sacrificial Senate lamb, David Perdue, spoke on Monday with one of Trump's indicted-and-pardoned former campaign managers.
Discussion: Newsweek, CNN and HotAir
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Madison Cawthorn  —  Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined to release the following statement:
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CNN:
Former US soldier now fighting in Ukraine tells of days trapped in ‘house of horrors’  —  Special forces vet in Ukraine: ‘It really comes down to good vs. evil’ 03:13  —  Irpin, Ukraine (CNN)Kevin, a stocky American in his early 30s, climbs over the charred rubble of a former sauna and shines …
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Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Putin ally gives evidence against former Ukrainian president  —  Kyiv releases video of pro-Russian Ukrainian MP accusing Petro Poroshenko of serious crimes  —  Kyiv has released a video in which Vladimir Putin's top ally in Ukraine accuses the country's former president Petro Poroshenko of serious crimes …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Opinion Don't worry about Putin's feelings. Russia must pay for its invasion.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Biaggi Seeks to Block Sean Patrick Maloney's Chosen Path to Re-Election  —  Mr. Maloney, who leads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, upset some Democrats by opting to run in a district currently represented by a Black congressman.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
New York Times:
Russian Diplomat Resigns Over Ukraine War  —  GENEVA — A diplomat in Russia's mission to the United Nations in Geneva quit his post on Monday, expressing shame over Russia's invasion of Ukraine and describing it as a crime against both countries.  —  Boris Bondarev, a counselor …
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Slate:
Clarence and Ginni Thomas Are Telling Us Exactly How the 2024 Coup Will Go Down  —  On Friday, the Washington Post broke the news that Ginni Thomas sent emails to Arizona elections officials asking them to set aside the will of the voters and submit a slate of fake electors who would support Donald Trump …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
The Lincoln Project Just Released A Brutal Must Watch Take Down Of Elise Stefanik  —  The Lincoln Project ad calls Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) a backstabber who is on an evil quest for power and using white replacement theory to become a MAGA leader.  —  Video of the ad:  —  Video
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion A harsh new ad hitting Elise Stefanik tests ‘replacement’ attack
Discussion: Townhall and Jonathan's Newsletter
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Veers Off Script on Taiwan.  It's Not the First Time.  —  Offhand remarks that vary from the official talking points have become a feature of the Biden presidency, even as they leave his staff scrambling to spin them away afterward.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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CNN:
Biden says US would respond ‘militarily’ if China attacked Taiwan, but White House insists there's no policy change
Meghan Faulkner / CREW:
Trump profited off visit to Vegas shooting victims … Three days after the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, then-President Trump visited Las Vegas and met with victims of the shooting and first-responders.  But that visit appears to have also benefited Trump financially.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Alice Tecotzky / The Daily Beast:
How Trump Made $30,000 Off the Las Vegas Mass Shooting
Discussion: Raw Story
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Ronny Jackson Used Campaign Funds for Exclusive Club, Ethics Office Alleges  —  The office said the House Republican from Texas may have broken campaign finance regulations.  It also said Representative Alex X. Mooney, Republican of West Virginia, may have acted improperly.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: Roll Call
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Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
MAGA Rep. Accused of Making Staff Drive Hundreds of Miles to Walk His Dog
Discussion: Raw Story
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Sources: San Francisco police shot both suspect and victim in alleged Dogpatch knife assault  —  San Francisco police who responded to a reported assault by a knife-wielding man shot the alleged assailant as well as the victim, who was unarmed, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: U.S. negotiating deal among Saudis, Israelis and Egyptians  —  The Biden administration has been quietly mediating among Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt on negotiations that, if successful, could be a first step on the road to the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Craig Mauger / Detroit News:
James Craig, Perry Johnson, 3 others shouldn't make ballot, Bureau of Elections says  —  Lansing — Former Detroit police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, two of the top candidates for the Republican nomination for governor, didn't submit enough valid petition signatures to make the ballot …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and MLive.com
Deirdre Bosa / CNBC:
Airbnb is closing its domestic business in China, sources say  — All mainland Chinese listings — homes and experiences — will be taken down by this summer, but Airbnb will continue to maintain an office in the country to focus on outbound travel.  — Airbnb formally launched …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
McCormick sues over mail-in ballot procedures amid close GOP Senate fight with Oz  —  U.S. Senate candidate David McCormick has filed a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania court to compel the counting of Republican mail-in ballots submitted without a handwritten date on the outside envelope in a bid …
Los Angeles Times:
Anaheim mayor resigns amid corruption probe into his role in Angel Stadium land sale  —  Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu resigned Monday in the midst of a federal public corruption investigation linked to the $320-million sale of Angel Stadium and allegations that a secretive “cabal” of power brokers controlled the city's politics.
Christopher Ingraham / The Why Axis:
The leaded generation  —  More than half of Americans alive today were exposed to dangerous levels of lead as kids  —  The average Gen Xer lost about 6 points of IQ due to early childhood lead exposure, according to a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
John Keim / ESPN:
Source: Washington Commanders spend $100 million on land in Virginia for possible stadium  —  ASHBURN, Va., — The Washington Commanders paid more than $100 million for land in Virginia, a possible next step in building a new stadium, as well as numerous retail shops, restaurants and apartments.
Ryan Mac / New York Times:
SpaceX executive defends Elon Musk against misconduct accusations.  —  Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer, addressed sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Musk in a company email last week.  —  A top executive at the rocket maker SpaceX said she “personally” …
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
Princeton Fires Tenured Professor in Campus Controversy  —  Joshua Katz's dismissal is related to his inappropriate conduct with a female student, the university said.  He says criticism of a campus protest group is the issue.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Republicans plot foreign intervention pullback  —  Republican lawmakers — following former President Trump's lead — are working with a wide range of conservative groups to pull back American support for Ukraine, the Middle East and Europe, officials tell us.
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump's ‘Civil War’ Rhetoric Is a Growing Belief on Far Right  —  Trump shared a post claiming “civil war” in the U.S. This kind of dangerous message is increasingly en vogue on the hard right.  —  It was only two words, but it says a lot about the mindset of former President Donald Trump and some of his most hardcore supporters.
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and HuffPost
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
Raphael Warnock may love puppies.  But that beagle was borrowed  —  • The dog in a series of popular campaign ads was lent to Warnock's campaign by a supporter for the purpose of filming the commercials.  —  • Warnock had lived with dogs on several earlier occasions, but not while the ad was being filmed.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Georgia GOP primary for secretary of state to test endurance of Trump's election lie  —  When Georgia voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the Republican secretary of state primary, it won't just be a GOP nominee in a down-ballot race they're choosing.
 
 
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Parents Are Split on 'Don't Say Gay' Policy, but Americans Are Becoming More Comfortable With Queerness
Discussion: The Hill
Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
Siegel, Mayeri, & Murray on Equal Protection & the Dobbs Draft
Luis Feliz Leon / In These Times:
These Are The Workers Who Took on Amazon, and Won
Callie Patteson / New York Post:
Biden praises high gas prices as part of ‘incredible transition’
Discussion: Washington Times and Instapundit
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
80-year-old former NYC lawmaker considering run for Congress in same district as Bill de Blasio
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Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Progressive Jews urge ADL chief to apologize for calling out Democratic activist
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Fox News is going out of its way to defend Tucker Carlson as criticism grows over his promotion of white supremacist rhetoric
Discussion: Mediaite
Samantha Bergeson / IndieWire:
Lucasfilm Warned ‘Obi-Wan’ Star Moses Ingram About Racist ‘Star Wars’ Hate: It Will ‘Likely Happen’
CNN:
Supreme Court makes it more difficult for prisoners to argue they had ineffective counsel
Discussion: abc7NY and The Root
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kellyanne Conway memoir: Husband's attacks “sneaky, almost sinister”
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
Sonny Bunch / The Atlantic:
No One Has a Position Anymore  —  Hypocrisy is the only modern sin and a bit overplayed …