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6:10 PM ET, April 1, 2021


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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic's Wrongest Man  —  The pandemic has made fools of many forecasters.  Just about all of the predictions whiffed.  Anthony Fauci was wrong about masks.  California was wrong about the outdoors.  New York was wrong about the subways.  I was wrong about the necessary cost of pandemic relief.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP war on voting takes an ugly new turn  —  Opinion by  —  An extraordinary event took place in Georgia on Wednesday night.  Republicans sought to cancel a tax break for Delta Air Lines, the state's biggest employer, as punishment for the heresy of criticizing the new voter suppression law Republicans passed last week.
Robert Hart / Forbes:
Georgia House Passes Bill Stripping Delta Of A Multimillion Tax Break After It Slammed The State's New Voting Restrictions  —  Georgia Republicans voted to strip Delta Air Lines of a jet fuel tax break worth tens of millions of dollars Wednesday after the company u-turned to unequivocally condemn …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
What a Pepsi can says about the GOP's rift with corporate Atlanta  —  The election law sparks a new divide between Republicans and Georgia business giants  —  Moments after gaveling the legislative session to an end early Thursday, House Speaker David Ralston stood before a bank of TV cameras …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stacey Abrams: Georgia companies shouldn't face boycott ‘yet’ over election law
The Daily Beast:
Republicans Have Been Waiting for a Matt Gaetz Scandal to Break  —  The Florida congressman's less-than-sterling reputation among his colleagues has many Republicans questioning the wisdom of jumping to his defense.  —  After Rep. Matt Gaetz accused a Florida lawyer of a $25 million extortion scheme …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Matt Gaetz built a devoted fan base, but has few friends in Washington
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Matt Gaetz's claim that ‘travel records’ debunk the allegations against him
Geoff Duncan / USA Today:
Georgia's election reform law isn't voter suppression, but Republicans need to ease up  —  Republicans have a huge hole to climb out of because of the 2020 election.  Conservatism shouldn't be confused as divisive or mean-spirited.  —  Once again, Georgia found itself in the national spotlight …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Biden's Election-Reform Deception
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Republicans seek DOJ briefing on claims of ‘suspicious’ pre-Jan. 6 Capitol tours  —  Republicans on a key House committee are pressing the Justice Department and Capitol Police to brief them on a review of Democratic allegations that some GOP lawmakers provided “suspicious” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:   Two Capitol Cops Sue Trump for Jan. 6—What Are Their Chances?
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
SCOOP: Inside Dems' plans to take down Lauren Boebert  —  Ally Mutnick, Melanie Zanona, Marianne LeVine and Nicholas Wu contributed.  —  CASH COW — We're about to find out how Donald Trump's campaign to overturn the presidential election — which culminated in an insurrection …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi backs adding tax break for wealthier homeowners to Biden infrastructure bill
Discussion: Politico
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Strange New Doctrine of the Republican Party  —  In 2002, the Weyerhaeuser paper mill in Valliant, Oklahoma, faced a drug problem.  Managers at the mill in the small town, just north of the Texas line, brought contraband-sniffing dogs into the parking lot to identify suspect cars.
Discussion: Bulwark+
Houston Chronicle:
Analysis reveals nearly 200 died in Texas cold storm and blackouts, almost double the official count  —  The deaths of nearly 200 people are linked to February's cold snap and blackouts, a Houston Chronicle analysis reveals, making the natural disaster one of the worst in Texas this past century.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
How Nancy Reagan helped end the Cold War  —  The second weekend of February 1983 found much of the Eastern Seaboard trapped under one of the biggest snowfalls of the century.  The nation's capital, notoriously ill-equipped for extreme weather, was paralyzed under a frozen blanket 17 inches deep.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Top takeaways from our Ron Klain interview
Inside the ‘Lord of the Flies’ factionalism now plaguing Trumpland  —  Just one month after Donald Trump left the White House, a top donor to his campaign received a call on his personal cellphone from a Republican candidate seeking financial support.  —  The call was unsolicited …
Ian Duncan / Washington Post:
A woman called for a highway's removal in a Black neighborhood.  The White House singled it out in its infrastructure plan.  —  Since she moved back home to Tremé almost a decade ago, Amy Stelly has waged a campaign for the removal of a highway that cuts through her New Orleans neighborhood.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Breitbart
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell rules out GOP support for Biden spending plan  —  Mitch McConnell on Thursday ruled out support from his Republicans for President Joe Biden's new infrastructure plan, all but ensuring that the proposal will have to pass with lockstep Democratic unity in the Senate.
Pelosi ‘Sympathetic’ to Move to Lift SALT Cap in Biden Bill
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Times
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Pfizer says Covid-19 vaccine protection lasts at least six months, protects against variants  —  Take an exclusive look inside a busy Covid-19 vaccine facility  —  (CNN)The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months …
Pfizer and BioNTech Confirm High Efficacy and No Serious Safety Concerns Through Up to Six Months Following Second Dose in Updated Topline Analysis of Landmark COVID-19 Vaccine Study
Anna Massoglia /
Foreign billionaire conspired to violate election law in straw donor scheme  —  A Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to resolve allegations that he conspired to violate federal election laws in a “straw donor” scheme to route illegal foreign contributions …
Discussion: Fox News, The Federalist and Politico
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco  —  The White House is removing the Interior Department's chief of staff, Jennifer Van der Heide, who recently planned a 50-person indoor party at the agency that the White House ordered canceled …
Amelia Pollard / American Prospect:
The Right Curriculum?  How PragerU Infiltrates Schools.  —  The right-wing nonprofit, known for viral videos like ‘The Left Ruins Everything,’ launched a program specifically designed for teachers last fall.  But according to students, its content has been in public schools for years.
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Stricter approach to late paperwork in Va. House races could end three Democratic primaries early  —  Apparently fed up with paperwork coming in late, Virginia's State Board of Elections has refused to extend a key campaign filing deadline this year, potentially affecting eight candidates running for the House of Delegates.
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Biden Administration  —  Slate is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay.  We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Biden administration whose identity is known to us and whose reputation as a good boy would be jeopardized by its disclosure.
Discussion: KRDO, Vanity Fair, Mediaite and The Hill
Annie Correal / New York Times:
How N.Y.C.'s Population Expert Says the City Will Bounce Back  —  Joseph J. Salvo, who is retiring after nearly 30 years as New York City's chief demographer, is optimistic about New York City's recovery after the pandemic.  —  In nearly three decades as New York City's chief demographer …
Discourse Blog:
The New Republic Makes an Uneasy Peace With Staff Over D.C. Move  —  Staffers say they're still worried about the magazine's future.  —  Last week, staffers at The New Republic had their first meeting with incoming editor Michael Tomasky soon after they found out simultaneously via an email …
Associated Press:
Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute  —  The Supreme Court has sided with Facebook in a lawsuit over unwanted text notifications it sent, rejecting a claim the messages violated the federal ban on robocalls  —  Lawmakers press tech chiefs over online disinformation
Discussion: Washington Post
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Marjorie Taylor Greene offers bills to fire Fauci, ban vaccine passports  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced two bills Thursday that would eliminate Anthony Fauci's salary and ban vaccine passports.  —  Greene's “Fire Fauci Act” would cut the salary for Fauci, the government's leading infectious disease expert, to zero.
Washington Post:
Some of America's wealthiest hospital systems ended up even richer, thanks to federal bailouts  —  As the crisis crushed smaller providers, some of the nation's richest health systems thrived, reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in surpluses after accepting huge grants for pandemic relief
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The problem with cheering for the Dominion lawsuit against Fox News  —  When Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani became fixtures on right-wing media with their outlandish election conspiracy theories, their disinformation was more than just false.  —  It was harmful.
Discussion: Instapundit
Jesse Dougherty / Washington Post:
Mets-Nationals postponed in Washington as coronavirus issues disrupt Opening Day  —  The Opening Day matchup between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets on Thursday has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
Discussion: The Week, and Washingtonian
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Will U.S. learn from a $1.7 trillion goof that would have paid for Biden's infrastructure plan?  |  Will Bunch  —  A Ferrari is surely a wonderful sports car, but let's be honest: Most of us couldn't afford the day-to-day maintenance, let alone the sticker price, and these beautiful creatures …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
Steyer says he has ‘no plans’ to run for public office again  —  Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer told The Hill on Thursday that he is currently not planning to run for public office again.  —  “I have no plans,” Steyer said in an interview when asked about potential future bids.
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Aallyah Wright / Michigan Advance:
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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
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Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Biden to review executive authority to cancel student debt
Discussion: The Hill and Insider
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
‘I Thought He Was Dead,’ Says a Paramedic Who Treated George Floyd
Discussion: The Week
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
One of QAnon's most widely quoted critics reveals his real name. Hint: It's not Travis View.
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Trump's own statements in old lawsuit could haunt him in a future criminal case
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story