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Keeping up with the news these days is too hard. It’s impossible to know who to trust, and who is telling the closest thing to a full story without their own bias skewing reality. We use use critical reasoning and scientific measures to filter out the most misleading content, giving you quick access to diverse content you can trust.

Here are the top stories from this week:

Why the Packers traded up to get WR Amari Rodgers

To say the Packers were happy to get him would probably be an understatement. The team thinks Rodgers can be an impact player for the Packers – on offense and special teams – right away.

“His pedigree, his performance in college at a big-time stage were things that comforted us and feeling like he could step in and be a productive player for us early in his career,” Gutekunst said.

Gutekunst and his staff were enamored with Rodgers’ fit in the Matt LaFleur offense. He said the Packers have been looking for this type of player – a dynamic playmaker in the slot – for at least the last two years.

3 reasons Steelers will regret letting James Conner walk

The Steelers have shown this past season that there is not an abundance of talent in the RB room.

Pittsburgh made it known pretty early this offseason that they believe the struggles with their offense stem from the running game. It is not an easy thing to disagree with as for the last 3 seasons the Steelers have failed to rank higher than 29th in rush yards per game. It is not as if there is no hope for the run game in 2021, but the failure to resign James Conner definitely puts a damper on things.

https://www.nfl.com/news/marshawn-lynch-dr-anthony-fauci-covid19-vaccine-conversation

Watch Dr. Anthony Fauci’s amazing interview with Marshawn Lynch

Leave it to a running back from Oakland and a doctor from Brooklyn to stage the year’s most ambitious crossover event.
Marshawn Lynch hosted the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for a conversation on COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy. The results? Thirty-two minutes that perfectly straddled the line between education and entertainment.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2939783-2021-first-round-nfl-mock-draft-updated-picks-after-pro-days

2021 First-Round NFL Mock Draft: Updated Picks After Pro Days

We’re down to about a fortnight now.

It feels as though it was just yesterday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were whipping the Vince Lombardi Trophy around above the deep waters of the Hillsborough River, but that’s ancient history in terms of the NFL offseason, and free agency is already a memory.

We’re into the final countdown for the 2021 draft. And with basically the entire predraft process complete, we’re able to mock the draft with an increasingly clear picture.

Here’s our latest stab at it.

https://www.axios.com/ceo-political-activism-03b148a0-d921-4ebb-9700-48998532870b.html

The CEO job now includes political activism

America’s CEOs need policies on the coming verdict in the Minneapolis police trial; the human rights dimensions of next year’s World Cup in Qatar and Winter Olympics in Beijing; and voting-access bills — all different — moving through statehouses around the country.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/09/us/politics/trump-republicans-issues.html

How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the G.O.P.

The former president’s instincts for red-meat political fights over governing and policymaking have left party leaders in a state of confusion over what they stand for.

Republican lawmakers are passing voting restrictions to pacify right-wing activists still gripped by former President Donald J. Trump’s lie that a largely favorable election was rigged against them. G.O.P. leaders are lashing out in Trumpian fashion at businesses, baseball and the news media to appeal to many of the same conservatives and voters. And debates over the size and scope of government have been overshadowed by the sort of culture war clashes that the tabloid king relished.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/08/politics/greenberg-gaetz/index.html

Matt Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal, attorneys say

Joel Greenberg, a central figure in the ongoing investigation into Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, is likely to strike a plea deal with federal prosecutors, his attorney and prosecutors said in court Thursday, potentially putting additional legal pressure on the congressman.

Greenberg’s possible cooperation with the Justice Department could provide investigators with key details as they work to determine whether Gaetz broke sex trafficking or prostitution laws himself.

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2021-04-08/biden-lays-out-aggressive-agenda-on-gun-control

Biden Lays Out Aggressive Agenda on Gun-Control

CALLING GUN VIOLENCE IN American an “international embarrassment,” President Joe Biden on Thursday outlined a series of executive actions and a legislative wish list he said would save lives and have the support of rank-and-file Americans.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/texas-lawmakers-advance-restrictive-election-bill-n1263464

Texas lawmakers advance restrictive election bill

Texas lawmakers advanced a restrictive election bill out of a House committee Thursday morning despite major criticism from Democrats, corporations and voting rights advocates.

The legislation would impose criminal penalties for errors during the election process, such as making it a felony for an official to give a voter an absentee ballot application or solicit the submission of an application if the voter does not request it first.

https://www.businessinsider.com/mitch-mcconnell-retracts-demand-that-corporations-stay-out-of-politics-2021-4

Mitch McConnell retracts his demand that corporations ‘stay out of politics’ amid outrage over Georgia’s voting law

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday retracted his demand that corporations “stay out of politics,” with the exception of political donations, as major companies protest Georgia’s recently-passed voting rights restrictions.

“I didn’t say that very artfully yesterday,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters of his comments earlier this week. “They’re certainly entitled to be involved in politics.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/colorado-georgia-voter-laws_n_606dbebfc5b68ddf94b7adf8

GOP Politicians & Pundits Lie About Colorado’s Voting Laws In Attempt To Embarrass MLB

Last week, the MLB announced it would be pulling its All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the state’s restrictive new voting law, and moving it to far more voter-friendly Colorado.

The bill was passed by Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) at the end of last month. Now, the GOP machine is scrambling to defend the action the prompted the move — and its mouthpieces have chosen to lie, loudly and repeatedly, about Colorado’s voting system.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/06/politics/mitch-mcconnell-big-business-mlb-boycott/index.html

Here’s the cynical political reality behind Mitch McConnell bashing big business

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was blunt in his reaction to Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta this summer following the passage of a series of new election measures by Georgia elected officials.

“Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order,” warned McConnell, adding: “Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-investigations-jennifer-weisselberg-has-more-documents-for-prosecutors-2021-4

Trump Org CFO’s ex-daughter-in-law has ‘several boxes of documents’ left to give prosecutors, her lawyer says

Jennifer Weisselberg, a cooperating witness in investigations into former President Donald Trump’s finances, still has “several boxes of materials” she has yet to give prosecutors, her lawyer told Insider.

The attorney, Duncan Levin, said in an interview that he was hired to conduct an analysis of the reams of documents Weisselberg has, which include Trump Organization financial records and show how intertwined the company is with the Weisselberg family’s finances.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/546727-mcconnell-stupid-for-corporations-to-speak-out-on-politics

McConnell: ‘Stupid’ for corporations to speak out on politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blasted U.S. corporations for getting involved in national political debates, saying such decisions are alienating to consumers.

The Associated Press reported that McConnell made the remarks at a press conference, referring to criticism of Georgia’s new voting law by Coca-Cola and other companies.

“It’s quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue,” McConnell told reporters.

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2021/04/06/the-congressman-and-his-wingman-1371840

Florida has never seen a tax collector like Joel Greenberg.

Florida has never seen a tax collector like Joel Greenberg.

His Seminole County tax office was the only one in the state where employees were armed with pistols and body armor. He wore his own law enforcement badge and carried a sidearm at tax collector conferences. He let people pay property taxes with Bitcoin. He tweeted Islamophobic comments, installed a remote-controlled sprinkler system to spray petition gatherers he didn’t like and doled out fat contracts to his groomsmen shortly after winning the usually humdrum Orlando-area office with a campaign to stop “crony capitalism.”

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-spotted-looks-coke-calling-140900808.html

Trump spotted with what looks like a Coke after calling for boycott

Former presidential adviser Stephen Miller just offered a new glimpse at former President Donald Trump’s post-presidency office — and Twitter detectives have naturally gotten to work analyzing every inch of it.

Miller on Monday tweeted out a photo of himself with Trump in the former president’s office at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which The New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher took note of as the “first picture that I’ve seen of the new office set up.” One bit that immediately jumped out? Just behind Miller was what seemed to be a small statue of Trump.

https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2021/4/4/22366760/cowboys-2021-nfl-mock-draft-tracker-weve-reached-peak-consensus-when-it-comes-to-dallas-pick-at-10

Cowboys 2021 NFL mock draft tracker: We’ve reached peak consensus when it comes to Dallas’ pick at 10

How much mystery will there be when the Cowboys go on the clock at pick #10 in the 2021 NFL draft? If you believe the mock drafts, the position that the Cowboys take is already a known entity. We surveyed 10 recent mocks and all 10 had the Cowboys taking a cornerback at pick #10. Now they’re just debating of which one the Cowboys will take. Some of the argument is really just about which one is available at pick #10.

https://www.jaguars.com/news/mock-draft-tracker-11-0-increasingly-popular-at-no-25

Mock Draft Tracker 11.0: Increasingly popular at No. 25

When it comes to the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, that has been the norm throughout the offseason – and the norm continues this week, with analysts unanimously continuing to project Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence to the Jaguars there.

Todd McShay has Lions selecting a WR & LB in his latest two-round mock draft

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest mock draft, a two-rounder that involves some movement with the Lions at No. 7.
McShay mocked the Carolina Panthers moving up one spot with Detroit to make sure they can draft North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. The Panthers give the Lions a third-round pick (No. 73) to move up the one spot.

https://www.pff.com/news/draft-2021-nfl-mock-draft-denver-broncos-trade-up-for-qb-trey-lance-florida-te-kyle-pitts-lands-with-the-miami-dolphins-at-no-6

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos trade up for QB Trey Lance, Florida TE Kyle Pitts lands with the Miami Dolphins at No. 6

The trades involving San Francisco, Miami and Philadelphia have reshaped the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It now seems all but a foregone conclusion that quarterbacks will come off the board with the first three picks in the draft, potentially forcing other QB-needy teams to move up to secure one of the top-five quarterbacks before the run ends. There’s a real chance that this run ends inside the top 10 picks, as it does in my second attempt at a 2021 mock draft.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/trump-decries-cancel-culture-calls-boycott-georgia-law.html

Trump Decries “Cancel Culture,” Calls On Republicans to Boycott More Companies

Former President Donald Trump said “cancel culture” has run amok, so Republicans better start making their own cancelations. Trump issued a bitter message Saturday in which he stoked divisions over Georgia’s restrictive new voting law. It came a day after he urged a boycott of “woke companies,” including Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia. He later expanded the list of companies that he says supporters should boycott for opposing Georgia’s voting restrictions.

Trump calls for boycotts in response to boycotts over Georgia voter law

Former President Donald Trump joined the battle over Georgia’s recently-passed voting law and the reaction against it by Major League Baseball and major corporations Saturday, while also repeating his unfounded claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Trump urged supporters to fight “WOKE CANCEL CULTURE” by boycotting the entities.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/03/politics/obama-trump-mlb-all-star-game-georgia-voting-law/index.html

Obama congratulates MLB for ‘taking a stand’ against Georgia election law as Trump calls for boycott

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have weighed in on Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new sweeping election law that imposes significant new obstacles to voting.

Obama on Saturday congratulated the league “for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens,” following MLB’s Friday announcement. The Democrat’s tweeted support of the move struck a starkly different tone from his Republican successor’s statement late Friday that called for a boycott of baseball and all of the “woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections.”

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/trump-major-league-baseball-boycott-georgia.html

Trump Calls for Major League Baseball Boycott After It Moves All-Star Game Out of Georgia

Former President Donald Trump thinks it’s time to boycott baseball. Trump called late Friday for a boycott of Major League Baseball after it announced it would be pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia as a protest to the state’s new restrictive voting law. “Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections,” Trump said in a statement. “Boycott baseball.”

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-washington-football-team-sign-ryan-fitzpatrick-terry-mclaurin-2021-free-agency

Washington Football Team’s addition of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could spell a career year for WR Terry McLaurin

Few wide receivers have been dealt a tougher hand than Terry McLaurin during his first two seasons in the league, but that could all change thanks to the free-agency acquisition of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The veteran signal-caller agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal worth $10 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday. He will enter training camp as the presumptive Week 1 starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.

https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2021/03/03/philadelphia-eagles-travis-fulgham-breakout-season-2021/

Why Eagles WR Travis Fulgham will have a breakout season in 2021

Last season, Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham made the most of the first NFL action of his career.

The Eagles claimed Fulgham off waivers before signing him to the practice squad and when his number was called he instantly became a fan favorite.

Here are a few reasons why you should expect Fulgham to have a breakout season.

Third stimulus check: Will you get a $1,400 check?

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan would provide a third round of federal stimulus checks to millions of Americans. Yet while lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the proposal, there is less agreement on who should be eligible for the $1,400 direct payments.

Senate leaders reach agreement on impeachment trial rules

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins this week as Senate leaders reached an agreement Monday, giving the impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers up to 16 hours each to present their cases and creating the option for a debate and vote to call witnesses — if the House impeachment managers seek it.

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