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10:55 AM ET, April 1, 2021


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Washington Post:
Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-FBI agent who went missing  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican known for his fierce allegiance to former president Donald Trump, had been under Justice Department investigation for months for a possible sex crime …
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Fox has no interest in hiring Matt Gaetz  —  Fox News has confirmed it has no plans to hire Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) for a job at the network.  —  “No one with any level of authority has had conversations with Matt Gaetz for any of our platforms, and we have no interest in hiring him,” the network said in a statement.
POLITICO Playbook: There's a new honcho atop Trumpworld  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  It's been barely three months since he left office, but former President DONALD TRUMP is already reorganizing his nascent post-White House political operation, bringing in veteran political consultant SUSIE WILES to instill order.
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 …
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Gaetz ‘Extortion’ Figure's Levinson Obsession  —  Former USAF Intel officer Bob Kent raised $250,000 from ‘ex-CIA’ circles in aborted rescue plan years before approaching Trump Republican's father  —  The mystery man at the center of Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz's charges …
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Documents detail wild alleged $25 million Gaetz extortion scheme
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
SCOOP: Inside Dems' plans to take down Lauren Boebert
Discussion: Raw Story and American Prospect
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: From Delta, a lesson for woke corporations  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  FROM DELTA, A LESSON FOR WOKE CORPORATIONS.  Atlanta-based Delta Airlines is taking …
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and Slate
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Election-Reform Deception  —  He has his facts wrong on Iowa and Georgia and applies standards inconsistently.  —  In last week's press conference, President Biden labeled Republican efforts to reform state election laws in Georgia and Iowa as “un-American” and “sick.”
95.5 WSB:
Delta CEO blasts Georgia voting law, calling it “unacceptable”; Gov. Kemp responds
Discussion: Just The News and The Hill
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Georgia governor defends voting law amid corporate backlash
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Five Thoughts About the Politics of Infrastructure  —  A few points on the politics of the Democrats' infrastructure initiative:  — President Joe Biden keeps trying to do popular things.  Government investment in infrastructure does extremely well in public opinion polls …
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 cell from a Republican candidate seeking financial support.  —  The call was unsolicited …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Texas officials circulated climate skeptic's talking points on power failures during storm  —  WASHINGTON — As millions of Texans went without power for days during February's devastating storm, Texas oil and gas regulators were circulating talking points from a noted climate skeptic blaming system failures …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Trump's own statements in old lawsuit could haunt him in a future criminal case  —  New York (CNN)Donald Trump once said he calculated his net worth, to a degree, on his “feelings,” and that he put the “best spin” on some of the assets.  —  “I think everybody” exaggerates about the value of their properties.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
N.Y. Seeks Trump Insider's Records, in Apparent Bid to Gain Cooperation
New York Times:
As Cuomo Sought $4 Million Book Deal, Aides Hid Damaging Death Toll  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted, “I am not a superhero,” in early versions of his book, drafted as his aides scrubbed a politically damaging Health Department report.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — As the coronavirus subsided in New York last year …
Washington Post:
New York authorities file hate-crime charges in attack on Asian American woman  —  NEW YORK — Local authorities said Wednesday they have filed three felony hate-crime charges against 38-year-old Brandon Elliot in the brutal stomping of an elderly Asian American woman …
Discussion: Althouse and Insider
Myanmar junta offers ceasefire to some, as UN envoy warns of ‘bloodbath’  —  UN envoy says a ‘bloodbath is imminent’ in Myanmar  —  (CNN)As the United Nations Security Council discussed Myanmar's military coup on Wednesday, the country's junta declared a “ceasefire” …
Discussion: UN News and KRDO
Pamela Falk / CBS News:   U.N. special envoy warns “a bloodbath is imminent” in Myanmar if Security Council does not act
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Republican senators line up against Biden's massive $2.2T spending bill: ‘Far cry’ from infrastructure  —  Path looking more narrow for Biden spending bill, Dems likely forced to use budget reconciliation  —  Mulvaney: Democrats' tax and spending plans aren't linked
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Biden's infrastructure plan faces controversy over price tag and design
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ray LaHood admitted hiding $50K loan from foreign billionaire  —  Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood admitted to federal prosecutors that he intentionally excluded from his financial disclosures a $50,000 loan he obtained while in office from a billionaire foreign donor …
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and New York Times
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘My God’: Former White House lawyer says ‘Donald Trump is in serious trouble’ with new lawsuit  —  Former acting White House Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace that the new lawsuit in Washington, D.C. court saying former President Donald Trump is to blame …
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Government Regulators Expose Ivanka Trump's Sham Women Empowerment Initiative  —  A Government Accountability Office report found that Ivanka Trump's women's empowerment initiative did not adequately track funds and couldn't even determine what was a woman-owned business.
Ryan Heath / Politico:
Ivanka Trump's flagship policy program slammed by government auditors
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and The Hill
Liam Stack / New York Times:
The Push to Vaccinate 20,000 Holocaust Survivors in New York  —  One survivor who got her vaccine, Eva Rose, 96, said the last year has been “lousy,” but added: “I am still here, thank God.”  —  A year spent hiding at home from the coronavirus has given Anne Bertolino, 96 …
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.
David Gilbert / VICE:
Facebook Helped Alex Jones Share ‘Prepare For War’ Posts Before the Capitol Riots  —  Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users saw Jones' lies about a stolen election, even though Jones himself has been banned from Facebook.  —  DG  —  Alex Jones has been banned from Facebook for almost two years …
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Laura Kelly / The Hill:
Pompeo ‘regrets’ not making more progress with North Korea
Discussion: IJR
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Biden Justice Department will continue to push D.C. gun cases to federal court
Discussion: The Hill
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook says voting “ought to be easier than ever”
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Is OBAMA now cancelled? Latino activists oppose Chicago suburb naming school after Barack and Michelle because ex-president was ‘the deporter-in-chief’
Jesse Drucker / New York Times:
An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Trimming Forces Sent to Mideast to Help Saudi Arabia
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Rep. Adam Kinzinger raises $1.1 million for his anti-Trump PAC in first quarter, and an equal amount for his reelection fund
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Facebook Built the Perfect Platform for Covid Vaccine Conspiracies
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Jane Recker / Washingtonian:
A Donald Trump Painting Is Coming to the National Portrait Gallery
Discussion: New York Post and The Hill
William Saletan / Slate:
The Bogus Rap on Deborah Birx
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Arizona Senate hires a ‘Stop the Steal’ advocate to lead 2020 election audit
Discussion: Arizona Republic and USA Today
Sarah Palin Reveals COVID Diagnosis and ‘Bizarre’ Symptoms, Urges Others to Continue Wearing Masks
New York Times:
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is delayed by a U.S. factory mixup.