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Supreme Court refuses to take up Trump suit about Wisconsin election results
Donald Trump argued Wisconsin illegally allowed voters to submit their mail ballots via drop boxes because of the coronavirus pandemic.Without explanation, the justices declined to hear Trump's challenge to more than 221,000 Wisconsin ballots that Republican attorneys said were counted only because of voting procedures implemented for the pandemic.
With Jordan Erb.
1. ALL OF TRUMP'S LAWYERS: Former President Donald Trump faces legal jeopardy on multiple fronts. He runs the risk of becoming the first president to be indicted. In his corner is a mix of lawyers who helped him try to overturn the election, plus those who defended him during his first impeachment. Even in the ever-changing Trumpworld, there are many familiar faces.
Here's a peek at
Election challengers: Sidney Powell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are outcasts now, but Trump leans on other campaign veterans who played less high-profile roles in the post-election fight.
The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022
Senate elections typically happen only every two years -- except sometimes they're three years in a row.Democrats picked up two seats in November 2020. They won two more in Georgia runoffs in January 2021. And in 2022, they'll be fighting to keep control of the evenly divided chamber, where Vice President Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote.
- Key names: Justin Clark, a former deputy campaign manager, continues to coordinate Trump's legal efforts. Multiple Trump advisors have criticized Clark over his handling of court fights across battleground states that fizzled amid the baseless and conspiracy-heavy strategy advanced by Powell and others. Alex Cannon, a top campaign lawyer, has been tasked with unwinding Trump's failed reelection campaign. He may also feature prominently in any comeback bid.
The Ukraine team and White House alums: Jay Sekulow, Michael Purpura, Patrick Philbin, Eric D. Herschmann, and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone all remain involved in Trump's current affairs after joining the successful defense in his first impeachment.
The New York team: Trumpworld remains concerned about the Manhattan investigation into the Trump Organization's finances. The former president has held onto a respected team to fight it.
At CPAC, Donald Trump targets the Republican Party of Liz Cheney and Mitch McConnell
Former President Trump told CPAC he wants to "get rid of" Republicans who oppose him and supported impeachment.Trump used his first post-presidential speech Sunday to rip GOP lawmakers who backed his impeachment, and pledge to defeat them in future elections likely to be shadowed by in-fighting that could undermine the party's chances to win back Congress.
- The big names: Marc Mukasey, a New York-based criminal defense lawyer and son of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Alan Futerfas and Jane Raskin, a criminal defense lawyer who had previously helped Trump in the Russia investigation and in his first impeachment trial. Lawrence Rosen, a lawyer who advised Trump on issues related to Stormy Daniels' hush-money payment, is also involved.
- There may be more trouble coming their way: A lawyer for Jennifer Weisselberg, the former daughter-in-law of a top Trump Organization employee,
Video: Ex-Biden adviser claims US entering 'new pandemic' of COVID cases (FOX News)
2. Rep. Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a blanket pardon from Trump:for himself and other members of Congress just before Trump left office, The New York Times reports. It's unclear if the White House knew about the Justice Department's probe into whether Gaetz engaged in sex trafficking. Gaetz's office denies that he had sex with a 17-year-old or that he specifically requested a pardon related to the investigation.
A Top Mueller Deputy on How to Prosecute Trump
Andrew Weissmann says the Manhattan DA has advantages his old team didn’t. Still, it could come down to flipping the ex-president’s accountant.Once the subject of nightly news coverage and the object of liberal fantasies, the Mueller investigation is now viewed by many as a tragically missed opportunity and, to some, a failure. That view got a considerable boost last September when Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller’s deputies, wrote a book that reflected on the office’s work in remarkably frank terms — arguing that the team had pulled its punches both during the investigation and in completing its report.
3. Biden shifts the vaccine goalposts again: He announced thatby April 19. This comes after Biden already shifted his original goal from 100 million to 200 million shots - and had given states a May deadline to open eligibility.
- Fauci said vaccines likely work against variants. In an exclusive interview with Insider, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that concerns about vaccines' efficacy with new variants are overblown: "I don't believe that there's anything to panic about at this point."
Other pandemic news:
- - one week after getting his first shot. Immunity isn't immediate. The CDC reports that the vaccine Gianforte was given is 80% effective after two weeks.
- So is your governor vaccinated yet?
4. These 17 Gen Z climate activists are ready to challenge Biden: The pandemic forced young climate activists off the streets to Zoom calls and TikTok.
- Naina Agrawal-Hardin, 18, spokesperson at Sunrise Movement: "Part of the amazing thing about movements and especially movements led by young people is that we can think on our feet and we can adapt to new environments, and new contexts," she said.
- Benji Backer, 23, founder and president of American Conservation Coalition: He sees the organization's mission in the Biden years as twofold: moving the Republican Party fully away from climate denial, and pressuring Biden to embrace bipartisan solutions on climate change.
- Maya Lazzaro, 25, youth council member at Earth Guardians' Indigenous Youth Committee: Lazzaro is a strong supporter of Indigenous sovereignty, and while she supports activism at the national level, she said that "with our Indigenous youth training our intention is to create our own spaces by us and for us."
The politics of MLB's All-Star Game decision are more complicated than you think
In the wake of a new election law passed through the Georgia legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Major League Baseball decided to pull this year's All-Star Game out of the state to "demonstrate our values as a sport."In the wake of a new election law passed through the Georgia legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Major League Baseball decided to pull this year's All-Star Game out of the state to "demonstrate our values as a sport.
5. White House says no to vaccine passports: Press Secretary Jen Psaki made it clear that Americans won't be required to carry proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. These so-called vaccination passports have garnered momentum lately as the US prepares to open up, and some states - including Texas and Florida - have already banned them. Psaki said
6. More of Derek Chauvin's former colleagues testified against him: Prosecutors called three Minneapolis police officers, some of whom trained Chauvin directly, as they sought to drive home that he violated department policy by not taking his knee off of George Floyd's neck. But the defense did get a concession when Lt. Johnny Mercil, who is a use-of-force instructor for the department, said some images appeared to show Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's shoulder.
7. Mitch McConnell wants corporations to stay out of politics ... except when they donate: McConnell, the Senate minority leader, made clear that his order to CEOs to stay out of politics is not about political contributions. His clarification isn't surprising - McConnell has spent decades fighting limits on campaign contributions. But his comments make clear the odd juxtaposition of CEOs criticizing Republican efforts to pass restrictive voting laws while many of their' political arms support both parties.
8. The top things for your calendar, all times Eastern:
Supreme Court leaves major conservative cases waiting in the wings, from abortion to guns
Rather than handing conservatives a string of wins, the Supreme Court has left advocates on the right grasping for answers about high-profile cases.But rather than handing conservatives a string of victories, the justices have – so far – left advocates on the right grasping for answers about why a number of pending challenges dealing with some of the nation's biggest controversies have languished.
- 10:15 a.m.: Chauvin's trial resumes
- 10:30 a.m.: Fauci and other members of the White House pandemic team hold a news briefing
- 12:15 p.m.: Psaki holds the White House daily news briefing with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo
- 1:45 p.m.: Biden speaks about his infrastructure plan. Vice President Harris will also attend.
9. Remembering Rep. Alcee Hastings:after a career that saw him appointed as Florida's first Black federal judge since reconstruction, then being impeached on corruption charges. He staged a comeback as a congressman who focused on advancing a progressive agenda in the Democratic Party.
10. Want to be like Mike? Here's what it's like at Michael Jordan's secret golf course: Even though the NBA star has sworn his guests to secrecy, stories about the course are starting to emerge. The exclusive club has fewer than 100 members and invite-only tee times. Guests are saying the course was designed by Jordan, for Jordan, and aimed at maximizing his style of play against his opponents -
Today's trivia question: This president was such a regular at Augusta National, home to the Masters, that a cabin was built for him. Who was it?
- Yesterday's answer: The secret message that accelerated America's entry into WWI was the Zimmerman Telegram or note. British cryptographers deciphered the message from a top German official
Fact check: Justice Clarence Thomas didn't say Section 230 is unconstitutional .
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas did not say Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional in a recent concurring opinion.In a 12-page concurring opinion on the court’s dismissal of a case alleging then-President Donald Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking Twitter users, Thomas wrote of the “enormous control over speech” that large social media platforms hold. He compared them to communications utilities regulated by the government.