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Rolling Stone:
Trump's Lawyers Warn Him: Get Ready to Be Indicted by the Feds  —  The former president has angrily complained in response to predictions that if the Justice Department is going to charge him, then “what about Joe Biden?” … The feds have also been probing whether or not Trump tried …
NBC News:
Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years in Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy case  —  Stewart Rhodes, who said after the Capitol attack that the rioters “should have brought rifles,” received the longest sentence of any Jan. 6 defendant to date.  —  WASHINGTON — The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers …
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Oath Keepers Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Jan. 6 Sedition Case  —  The sentence for Stewart Rhodes was the longest so far in the federal investigation of the Capitol attack and the first issued to a defendant convicted of sedition.  —  Reporting from Washington
Mariana Alfaro / Washington Post:
DeSantis says, if elected president, he'd consider pardons for Jan. 6 offenders  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that, if elected president, he would consider pardoning some of those convicted on charges related to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
CNN:
Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison for plot to keep Trump in power
Lauren Sforza / The Hill:
DeSantis says he'll consider pardoning Jan. 6 defendants, including Trump
Discussion: CNBC, Democrats and Fox News
George Prayias / Clay & Buck's Exclusive Interview …:
Clay & Buck's Exclusive Interview with Presidential Candidate Governor Ron DeSantis
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
It Was More Than a #DeSaster  —  Ron DeSantis's botched campaign launch suggests that he's no Trump killer.  —  I've long been of the view that Donald Trump is something akin to a horror-movie monster—a Godzilla or a T. Rex, say—for the American political system.
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Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
Now's the time to think about just how bad a DeSantis presidency would be  —  Consider what the two-term governor has wrought in his home state and in his early forays into world affairs  —  olitical journalists and pundits spent much of Wednesday obsessing over the gimmicky way that the Florida governor …
Discussion: The Nation
Sarah Smith / BBC:
The campaign launch Ron DeSantis will want to forget
Politico:
‘It turned out to be a mistake’: Botched rollout puts DeSantis on his heels
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.'s Power to Address Water Pollution  —  The justices ruled that discharges into some wetlands are not covered by the Clean Water Act.  —  Reporting from Washington  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday curtailed the Environmental Protection Agency's authority …
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Matt Ford / New Republic:
Samuel Alito's Colleagues Catch Him in a Judicial Contradiction  —  Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that a federal law banning workplace discrimination on the basis of sex also applies to gay and transgender workers.  Justice Neil Gorsuch crafted a narrow ruling that drew upon …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A new Supreme Court opinion is terrible news if you care about clean water
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court rolls back federal safeguards for wetlands under Clean Water Act
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
CPAC Is Rocked by a Resignation  —  A top leader in the organization that puts on CPAC, the highly influential conference of conservative leaders, resigned on Tuesday night citing financial mysteries surrounding the organization's leader.  —  Bob Beauprez, the longtime treasurer …
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Washington Post:
CPAC treasurer accuses chief Matt Schlapp of financial, personnel mismanagement  —  The resignation letter adds pressure on Schlapp, who is fighting a defamation lawsuit from a campaign staffer who alleges he groped him  —  Matt Schlapp, the prominent Trump ally who leads …
Discussion: The Hill and PoliticusUSA
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Haris Alic / Washington Times:   35 Freedom Caucus members demand McCarthy expand debt limit negotiations with Biden
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz / Insider:
Lauren Boebert's son called 911 in tears to report his father was ‘throwing’ him around the house.  Then she took the phone.  — In December, Lauren Boebert's teen son called 911 to report his dad was “throwing me” in the house.  — The teen sobbed throughout the two-minute call, saying he didn't understand why his dad was mad.
Alex Thompson / Axios:
DeSantis PAC adds fake fighter jets to launch video  —  The super PAC supporting Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign altered footage to include the sound and sight of fighter jets flying over the Florida governor in its video promoting his campaign launch.  — The video by Never Back Down …
Andrew Lapin / Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman's poem says she's sorry for promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion  —  (JTA) - Months before a Miami-area mother persuaded a local school to restrict access to an Amanda Gorman poem, she was posting antisemitic memes on her Facebook page.
Aaron Kliegman / Fox News:
University program linking Christians, Republicans to Nazis granted DHS funds under ‘anti-terror’ initiative  —  Biden admin funding controversial efforts to treat conservative groups as radical, watchdog warns  —  FIRST ON FOX: The Biden administration is doling out taxpayer money through …
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Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Ronna McDaniel Says Possible U.S. Default ‘Bodes Very Well for the Republican Field’ in 2024  —  Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the U.S. potentially defaulting on its debt would be a boon for Republicans in 2024.  —  McDaniel joined Wednesday's edition of The Story on Fox News …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Democrats
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Reuters:
Exclusive: Slimmed-down US debt ceiling deal takes shape  —  U.S. President Joe Biden and top Republican lawmaker Kevin McCarthy are edging close to a deal on the U.S. debt ceiling, with the parties just $70 billion apart on discretionary spending, according to a person familiar with the talks.
Chris Stokel-Walker / The i Paper:
Twitter is making researchers delete data it gave them unless they pay $42,000  —  EXCLUSIVEMove to hike price of academic access compared to ‘book burning’ amid fears it will harm fight against misinformation online  —  Academic researchers have been set a deadline of the end of the month …
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Left-behind polling memo shows abortion hurting outlook for GOP  —  Generic support for Democratic House and Senate increased  —  One party's trash is another party's treasure.  —  In the latest chapter of what seems to be a long-running series about Roll Call getting ahold of things people …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Latona / Reuters:
Killer whales wreck boat in latest attack off Spain  —  Killer whales severely damaged a sailing boat off the coast of southern Spain, the local maritime rescue service said on Thursday, adding to dozens of orca attacks on vessels recorded so far this year on Spanish and Portuguese coasts.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Target's surrender to MAGA rage shows how anti-wokeness really works  —  It is sometimes said that corporate America is a battleground in the culture wars.  This has taken on ugly new meaning in the case of Target, which just announced that it will pull some LBGTQ-friendly merchandise …
Brooke Leigh Howard / The Daily Beast:
School That Allegedly Had ‘Black’ Classrooms Now in More Trouble  —  An expanded federal probe is underway after a parent blew the whistle on apparent segregation at an Atlanta elementary school.  —  A federal department has expanded its probe into an Atlanta school district after a parent …
Rebecca Crosby / Popular Information:
Tennessee Speaker appoints conspiracy theorist to develop state social studies standards  —  Last week, Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R) announced that he had appointed Laurie Cardoza-Moore to serve on the Tennessee Standards Recommendation Committee to oversee …
Michael Peregrine / Forbes:
Gym Shoes In The Oval Office Is A Sartorial Wake-Up Call For Leaders  —  It was, to borrow a Sports Illustrated phrase, a sign that the apocalypse is near.  —  Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Navy SEALS training plagued by massive problems, according to investigation after death of sailor  —  The training program for Navy SEALs is plagued by widespread failures in medical care, poor oversight and the use of performance-enhancing drugs that have increased the risk of injury and death …
Discussion: CBS News
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
CNN Is Tanking After Its Unforgivable Trump Town Hall  —  CNN's brass defended its disastrous early-May town hall with Donald Trump on journalistic grounds, arguing that while he may present unique challenges as an interview subject—serial lying, general incoherence, a literal attempted coup …
 
 
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Cheyanne M. Daniels / The Hill:
34 percent of Black Americans say Biden's policies have helped them: survey
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FiveThirtyEight:
Over 100 Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Passed In The Last Five Years — Half Of Them This Year
CNN:
Tim Scott once described own police reform bill as a ‘defund’ bill — then attacked Democrats for same approach
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases First-Ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
Target loses $9B in week following boycott calls over LGBTQ-friendly kids clothing
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Henry Kissinger at 100: Still a War Criminal
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