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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Nashville Shooter's Gun Purchases Could Have Been Blocked, and Weren't  —  On the menu today: The Nashville shooter purchased seven guns from five stores before the mass shooting at a Christian school, and there is mounting evidence that those purchases could have and should have been prevented.
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NBC News:
Fear pervades Tennessee's trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter's gender identity  —  “We were already fearing for our lives.  Now, it's even worse,” one transgender advocate in the state said.  —  Shortly after news broke Monday of a fatal shooting at a private Christian Nashville …
Ron Dicker / HuffPost:
Katie Hobbs' Press Secretary Josselyn Berry Slammed For Trans-Rights Gun Meme After Shooting
Noah Berlatsky / Public Notice:   The GOP's gun obsession goes deeper than campaign donations
Tom Knighton / Bearing Arms:
Attempt at examining shooting statistics falls flat
Discussion: HotAir and Axios
Washington Post:
GOP donors open to other Trump challengers as DeSantis tries to find footing  —  Interviews show the desire for a backup option in 2024 has intensified amid questions about the Florida governor  —  Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis were nowhere to be found at this year's spring gathering …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and Axios
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Ankush Khardori / New York Magazine:
How Michael Cohen's Big Mouth Could Be Derailing the Trump Prosecution  —  As we continue week two of the Donald Trump-indictment watch, questions abound.  Is it really going to happen?  Did last week's testimony from lawyer Robert Costello in defense of Trump successfully throw a wrench in the process?
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Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Stormy Daniels Set to Host OnlyFans Livestream Q&A Ahead of Possible Trump Indictment
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
D.C. U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute 67% of those arrested.  Here's why.  —  'I can promise you, it's not MPD holding the bag on this,' D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said.  'That's B.S.'  —  As the District grapples with rising crime and increasing attention from federal lawmakers …
Associated Press:
Poll: Cut federal spending — but not big-ticket programs  —  In the federal budget standoff, the majority of U.S. adults are asking lawmakers to pull off the impossible: Cut the overall size of government, but also devote more money to the most popular and expensive programs.
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Politico:
Playbook: What Dems really think of the GOP's debt demands
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A new book-ban fiasco in Florida reveals the monster DeSantis created  —  By now, it should be blindingly obvious that many red-state book crackdowns are designed to encourage the impulse toward censorship.  By enabling lone actors to get dozens of titles removed from school library shelves …
Charlie Sykes / Morning Shots:
Judge Luttig Has a Warning for America  —  It was called the “tweet heard round the world.”  —  On the morning before the January 6th attack on the Capitol, one of the nation's most prominent conservative jurists, former Federal Appeals Court Judge J. Michael Luttig, posted a message aimed at Vice President Mike Pence.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dennis Aftergut / Slate:
Mike Pence Will Testify Against Donald Trump  —  On Tuesday, a federal district court in Washington ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify before the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter is dying  —  It's five months since Elon Musk overpaid for a relatively small microblogging platform called, Twitter.  The platform had punched about its weight in pure user numbers thanks to an unrivalled ability to both distribute real-time information and make expertise available.
Steve Vladeck / Slate:
A Federal Judge Couldn't Handle My Criticism.  So He Made Fun of My Tweets.  —  Two decades ago, writing about Bush v. Gore, my friend and former dean Ward Farnsworth suggested that “those who accuse the majority of having partisan motives underestimate the good faith of the justices …
Discussion: Reuters
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Credit Suisse whistleblowers say Swiss bank has been helping wealthy Americans dodge U.S. taxes for years  — The bank notoriously pleaded guilty in 2014 to criminal charges for “knowingly and willfully” helping U.S. clients hide offshore assets and income from the IRS.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student.  The U.S. says he was a Russian spy.  —  Johns Hopkins graduate Victor Ferreira was unmasked as GRU operative Sergey Cherkasov, according to a federal indictment and Western security officials  —  THE HAGUE — Like anyone who gets into his dream college …
Discussion: Raw Story
Popular Information:
The dangers of Dollar General  —  Dollar General is one of the most successful retailers in the world.  Last year, it recorded $37.8 billion in sales, up more than 10% over the prior year, and generated $3.3 billion in operating profit.  Over the last five years, its stock has increased by more than 120%.
Discussion: UPI and New York Times
Dan Ladden-Hall / The Daily Beast:
Marjorie Taylor Greene's Twitter Account Restricted Over Trans Post  —  LOCKED OUT  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's congressional Twitter account was restricted Tuesday after the Georgia Republican shared an image about a “Trans Day of Vengeance.”  Greene said the graphic was promoting an …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Why Glenn Youngkin Would Be Crazy Not to Run for President  —  The Virginia governor offers two things Republicans need: A non-hostile alternative to Trump and a compelling centrist challenge to Biden.  —  RICHMOND, Va. — People, please, implored the Republican governor of Virginia: Let us …
Associated Press:
Russia stops sharing information on nuclear forces with the U.S.  —  Moscow had halted all information exchanges with Washington, said Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister.  —  A senior Russian diplomat said Moscow had suspended sharing information about its nuclear forces …
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Associated Press:
Ukraine's Zelenskyy: Any Russian victory could be perilous
Starbucks Workers United:
TELL Starbucks New CEO: Respect Workers' Rights!  —  Starbucks claims to be a progressive company, but when it comes to respecting their workers' rights, they're anything but progressive.  Instead of listening to baristas and respecting their right to a union and a fair union contract …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Obamacare Keeps Winning  —  Its North Carolina victory is a sign of larger changes.  —  The government benefits began their existence as objects of partisan rancor and harsh criticism.  Eventually, though, they became so popular that politicians of both parties promised to protect them.
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Republicans Face Setbacks in Push to Tighten Voting Laws on College Campuses  —  Party officials across the country have sought to erect more barriers for young voters, who tilt heavily Democratic, after several cycles in which their turnout surged.  —  Alarmed over young people increasingly proving …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Tunku Varadarajan / Wall Street Journal:
DEI at Law Schools Could Bring Down America  —  After the Stanford episode, Ilya Shapiro sounds a warning: The threat to ‘dismantle existing structures’ is an idle one in English class.  But in legal education it targets individual rights and equal treatment under the Constitution.  —  Falls Church, Va.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
U.S. Marshals told not to arrest protesters outside justices' homes, documents reveal  —  Deputy U.S. marshals assigned to guard Supreme Court justices last year were directed to try not to make arrests, according to documents a U.S. senator revealed Tuesday, contradicting Attorney General Merrick Garland's assurances to Congress.
Discussion: Fox News, HotAir, Politico and Breitbart
Rand Paul / Courier-Journal:
Do Congressional Republicans really want to emulate China by banning TikTok?  —  Congressional Republicans have come up with a national strategy to permanently lose elections for a generation: Ban a social media app called TikTok that 94 million, primarily young Americans, use.
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Chris Christie Is the Worst Never Trumper  —  A dying gasp for relevance.  Trump vs. DeSantis is Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior and that tells you everything you need to know.  —  1. Chris Christie  —  There he was in New Hampshire.  After teasing a potential presidential run for nearly two years …
Jack Birle / Washington Examiner:
More than 30 swimmers accused of harassing dolphins in Hawaii  —  More than 30 swimmers have been accused of harassing dolphins in Honaunau Bay off the island of Hawaii on Sunday.  —  The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources's Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement …
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Idaho bill would ban ‘abortion trafficking’ for minors traveling for procedure  —  Less than a year after Idaho banned nearly all abortions, lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would prohibit minors from interstate travel for the procedure, inching closer to becoming the first state …
 
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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Julie Wernau / Wall Street Journal:
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Axios:
Fake bomb threats used to harass China critics
Discussion: Balkan Insight
CBS News:
Nikki Haley says Trump has a “hard 25%” of the Republican vote
Discussion: HuffPost, National Review and USA Today
Andrew Kerr / Washington Free Beacon:
As Veterans Learned the DCCC Had Leaked Their Data, the VA's Tech Chief Was Meeting With His Wife. She Runs the DCCC.
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Janie Har / Associated Press:
Reparations for Black Californians could top $800 billion
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Granholm Gone Wild? Energy Sec Takes Fourth Trip to Puerto Rico in Five Months
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Charlie Warzel / The Atlantic:
Why You Fell for the Fake Pope Coat
Discussion: Poynter and Althouse
Politico:
New Hampshire's Dem senators bet their party clout on divisive judicial pick
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Scott Nover / Slate:
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Bloomberg:
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