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2:30 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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and National Review
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.
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 …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Georgia governor defends voting law amid corporate backlash
Washington Examiner:
Why all the lies about Georgia's new voting law?
Discussion: Politico, IJR and The Nation
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 …
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Matt Gaetz's claim that ‘travel records’ debunk the allegations against him  —  “It is a horrible allegation, and it is a lie.  The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman, and that is verifiably false.  People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case.”
Thomas Moore / The Hill:
Fox has no interest in hiring Matt Gaetz
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Washington Post:
Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-FBI agent who went missing
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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
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.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Megan Henney / Fox News:
Buttigieg defends Biden's $2.25T spending plan, despite just a fraction going to roads, bridges  —  Just 5.6% of the $2.25T in spending will go toward rebuilding the nation's roads, bridges  —  Buttigieg says millions of jobs will be created by infrastructure plan
Associated Press:
New GOP-led voting restrictions move forward in Texas  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans advanced a slate of proposed new voting restrictions Thursday that would reduce options to cast ballots, limit polling hours and hand more power to partisan poll watchers.
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.
Kimberly Wehle / The Bulwark:
Two Capitol Cops Sue Trump for Jan. 6—What Are Their Chances?  —  They allege that he “inflamed, encouraged, incited, directed, and aided and abetted” the insurrectionist mob that attacked them.  —  Yesterday, two Capitol police officers who were injured in the Jan. 6 insurrection sued Donald J. Trump …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Republicans seek DOJ briefing on claims of ‘suspicious’ pre-Jan. 6 Capitol tours
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS News:
Capitol Police inspector general slams department's January 6 planning
Discussion: Raw Story
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, NPR and Washingtonian
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
Alabama yoga bill stalls after conservative groups object  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's decades-old ban on yoga in public schools could stay in place a little longer following push-back from conservative groups.  —  The Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday did not advance …
Los Angeles Times:
4 killed, including child, in mass shooting at Orange office complex  —  Four people, including a child, were killed Wednesday evening and a fifth person was injured in a mass shooting at an Orange office complex.  —  It marks the third mass shooting in the United States in two weeks …
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Jonathan Shaw / Harvard Magazine:
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Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Trump's own statements in old lawsuit could haunt him in a future criminal case
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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New York Times:
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