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11:25 PM ET, April 1, 2021


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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women  —  The congressman and a former official in Florida sent money to the women using cash apps, receipts showed.  —  WASHINGTON — A Justice Department investigation into Representative Matt Gaetz …
Gaetz showed nude photos of women he said he'd slept with to lawmakers, sources tell CNN  —  (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida Republican being investigated by the Justice Department over sex trafficking allegations, made a name for himself when he arrived on Capitol Hill as a conservative firebrand …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Matt Gaetz built a devoted fan base, but has few friends in Washington
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Republicans Have Been Waiting for a Matt Gaetz Scandal to Break
Scoop: Biden doesn't plan to revive SALT deduction, possibly losing key moderates  —  President Biden is unlikely to propose reinstating state and local tax deductions in his second tax-and-spending package despite pressure from several fellow Democrats, according to people with direct knowledge of the planning.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
SCOOP: Inside Dems' plans to take down Lauren Boebert
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi backs adding tax break for wealthier homeowners to Biden infrastructure bill
Discussion: Politico
Pelosi ‘Sympathetic’ to Move to Lift SALT Cap in Biden Bill
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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.
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Vaccine Passports and the Categorical Impermissibility of Inconveniencing Republicans  —  On the GOP's principled incoherence about freedom of association  —  Conservatives have been freaking out about the mere possibility of vaccine passports, government-issued documents certifying the bearer's Covid jabs.
Discussion: HotAir
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+
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Can Vaccinated People Spread the Virus?  We Don't Know, Scientists Say.  —  Researchers pushed back after the C.D.C. director asserted that vaccinated people “do not carry the virus.”  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday walked back controversial comments made by its director …
Trump and his advisors are shrugging off DOJ's Capitol riot probe.  But they see danger in the Georgia and New York investigations.  — Trump and his advisors are dismissing the threat of legal exposure to him from the Capitol riot.  — More danger is seen in what they call the …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Republicans seek DOJ briefing on claims of ‘suspicious’ pre-Jan. 6 Capitol tours
Discussion: Political Wire
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:
Two Capitol Cops Sue Trump for Jan. 6—What Are Their Chances?
Discussion: Bulwark+
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
A Man Found 15,000 Bees in His Car After Grocery Shopping  —  An off-duty firefighter in Las Cruces, N.M., whose hobby is beekeeping, safely removed the swarm from the man's car in an Albertsons supermarket parking lot.  —  He had just finished grocery shopping, but a New Mexico man got …
Discussion: CBS News and UPI
Washington Post:
New York attorney general probes finances of key Trump aide  —  The New York attorney general has gathered personal financial records of the Trump Organization's longtime chief financial officer and his family, according to a witness who provided some documents — another sign of legal pressure …
Discussion: Insider, Forbes and New York Magazine
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.
Discussion: HotAir, Politico and
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.
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: Breitbart and Daily Kos
Army probes missing rifle from National Guard unit deployed to the Capitol  —  A misplaced or unaccounted-for weapon is a major security risk, Guard members said.  —  National Guard stand their posts around the Capitol at sunrise.  The Army has dispatched its in-house criminal investigative arm …
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Jim Clyburn ‘Insulted’ By Joe Manchin's Position On Voting Rights Bill  —  The high-ranking House Democrat warned that his party will “pay the biggest price it has ever paid at the polls” if the bill is not enacted into law.  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-highest ranking member …
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Dems pine to face Ron Johnson just one more time  —  Here's something you don't see every day: Democrats goading an incumbent Republican senator to run for reelection.  —  It's not only that Democrats see Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) as finally ripe for defeat after closely aligning himself …
American Airlines Statement on Texas Voting Legislation  —  Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access.  To make American's stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it.  As a Texas-based business …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
That Spotty Wi-Fi?  There's $100 Billion to Fix It.  —  WASHINGTON — Kimberly Vasquez, a high school senior in Baltimore, faced a tough problem when the pandemic began.  She had no fast internet service in her home, but all her classes were online.  —  Marigold Lewi, a sophomore at the same school …
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Oath Keepers founder, associates exchanged 19 calls from start of Jan. 6 riot through breach, prosecutors allege  —  Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, his deputy and three members who guarded Roger Stone exchanged nearly 20 phone calls over three hours on Jan. 6, coinciding with the first assault …
USA Today:
This isn't your ex-president's ‘Infrastructure Week.’ Biden plan is big, serious and paid for.  —  The American Jobs Plan is not just a response to past failures.  It's essential for our national future.  We cannot recover or grow or be safe without it.  —  President Joe Biden has just unveiled …
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
Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
There's a New Cheesecake Factory in DC, and the White House Press Corps Is Psyched  —  “TODAY'S THE FREAKING DAY,” tweeted one reporter on opening day.  —  When you think of Washington “power restaurants,” Cheesecake Factory probably doesn't come to mind.  But what is a power spot if not simply …
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 …
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 …
Christopher Hooks / Texas Monthly:
Meet “Big Dan” Rodimer, the Jersey Guy Who Wants to Be a Texas Cowboy (and Congressman)  —  The path to power takes many twists and turns.  If Dan “Big Dan” Rodimer wins the May 1 special election in the Sixth Congressional District south of Dallas, his hero's journey will have led him through …
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.
Mark Blumenthal / YouGov:
The $1.9 trillion price tag increased support for COVID-19 relief  —  The scope of President Biden's recently passed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, which he described as “big and bold,” drew criticism in some quarters as excessive.  Republican Senator Mitt Romney, for example …
Michael Schaffer / Washingtonian:
The Washingtonian Interview: Kojo Nnamdi  —  With his WAMU show ending, the radio favorite reflects on his decades covering DC.  —  Kojo Nnamdi first hit the DC airwaves back when he was managing an activist bookstore.  Now, a half century after starting his career at Howard University's …
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.
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 …
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Tom Cotton / National Review:
There's No Place in America's Military for Racist Training
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hannah Hartig / Pew Research Center:
Share of Republicans saying ‘everything possible’ should be done to make voting easy declines sharply
Discussion: Courthouse News Service and Forbes
Bryan Metzger / Responsible Statecraft:
How a shadowy, hawkish new group tied to Iranian monarchists is gaining influence in Congress
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Biden might just understand public opinion better than his critics
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
Stricter approach to late paperwork in Va. House races could end three Democratic primaries early
Aimee Picchi / CBS News:
USDA drops Trump plan to cut food stamps for 700,000 Americans
Discussion: The Intellectualist
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Associated Press:
Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute
C. Lee Shea / War on the Rocks:
The Longest Telegram: A Visionary Blueprint for the Comprehensive Grand Strategy Against China We Need
Discussion: Washington Post and Foreign Policy
Charles Fain Lehman / Washington Free Beacon:
How ‘Defund the Police’ Killed Police Reform
Annie Correal / New York Times:
How N.Y.C.'s Population Expert Says the City Will Bounce Back
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The problem with cheering for the Dominion lawsuit against Fox News
Discussion: Instapundit
Jesse Dougherty / Washington Post:
Mets-Nationals postponed in Washington as coronavirus issues disrupt Opening Day
Discussion: The Week, and Washingtonian