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12:05 PM ET, April 3, 2021


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Lee Moran / HuffPost:
CNN's Dana Bash 'Can't Repeat' What GOP Lawmakers Are Texting Her About Matt Gaetz  —  “I actually can't repeat what some of them say on morning television,” said the network's chief political correspondent.  —  CNN's chief political correspondent Dana Bash on Friday indicated how some Republicans …
Washington Post:
Gaetz is said to have boasted of his ‘access to women’ provided by friend charged in sex-trafficking case  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz repeatedly boasted to people involved in Florida politics about women he met through a county tax collector who has since been charged by federal authorities …
Wall Street Journal:
Matt Gaetz Says He Won't Resign as Pressure Mounts
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: 'His friend has been singing to the feds …
New York Times:
Suspect in Capitol attack appears to have been a follower of Louis Farrakhan.  —  The suspect in the death of a Capitol Police officer described himself on Facebook as a follower of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, who has repeatedly promoted anti-Semitism.
Salt Lake Tribune:
Ex-Salt Lake City police officer arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol  —  He's facing multiple counts related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.  —  (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice) Authorities say this photo shows Michael Lee Hardin, 50, of Kaysville, near a bust of Abraham Lincoln …
Discussion: UPI, Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
NBC News:
Two officers injured in car ramming at U.S. Capitol; suspect shot and in custody … A U.S. Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured after a man drove a car into a security barricade at the Capitol complex on Friday, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.
United States Capitol Police:
Loss of USCP Colleague Officer William F. Evans
ABC News:
Suspect identified in killing of officer at US Capitol barricade: Sources
Mike Freeman / USA Today:
The gutless Atlanta Braves put themselves on the wrong side of history  —  If you want to know what courage looks like, look at Major League Baseball right now.  They saw the naked, jingoistic racism of voter suppression in Georgia, and in response, decided to move this year's All-Star game from the state.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
MLB moving 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia voting law
Washington Post:
HP, Dow, Under Armour among nearly 200 companies speaking out against voting law changes in Texas, other states  —  After Georgia, voting rights activists call for corporate pushback against proposed voting bills in Texas and dozens of other states.  —  Nearly 200 companies on Friday joined …
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Study declares AOC one of the least effective members of Congress  —  She's the queen of Twitter — but less successful at lawmaking.  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the least effective members of the last Congress according to a new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking …
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Vulnerable Dems fret after getting a shock: AOC's campaign cash
Discussion: Fox News
About Amazon:
Our recent response to Representative Pocan  —  On Wednesday last week, the @amazonnews Twitter account tweeted the following back to Representative Mark Pocan: … This was an own-goal, we're unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan.  —  First, the tweet was incorrect.
Natalie Fertig / Politico:
Schumer: Senate will act on marijuana legalization with or without Biden  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer really likes to talk about weed.  —  Schumer has been making waves on cannabis policy since he first introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in April 2018.
Claire Stern / InStyle:
How CNN's Kaitlan Collins Took an “Apolitical Upbringing” All the Way to the White House  —  Her news-making MO?  “Making sure you're being fair, making sure you're reaching to people, and making sure you're right.”  —  More  —  Kaitlan Collins never dreamed she'd be a journalist …
Marquise Francis / Yahoo News:
Georgia lawmaker arrested for knocking on Gov. Kemp's door calls possible 8-year prison term ‘unfounded’  —  Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested last week after attempting to gain access to the office where Gov. Brian Kemp was signing a  —  “I felt as if time was moving in slow motion …
New York Post:
Hunter Biden's full of it — he knows it's his laptop, and he wasn't hacked
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Aiming big, Biden is looking to restore faith in government  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden preaches patience but acts with urgency, his vision of the powers of the Oval Office is quickly taking shape, modeled after Democratic predecessors who dramatically expanded the reach of government to confront generational crises.
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Eltaf Najafizada / Bloomberg:
Afghanistan's Ghani Won't Run in Snap Polls He Proposed: Mohib  — UN to hold key peace conference in Istanbul this month  — Snap elections to be within three or six months: Mohib  —  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will not run in the snap elections he proposed under a peace plan …
In new book, John Boehner blasts Ted Cruz as ‘dangerous’  —  John Boehner didn't have kind words for Senator Ted Cruz in his new book, which leads Joy to ask, ‘Does anybody like this guy?’
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Italian pizza shop owner mistakenly sanctioned by Trump: ‘I thought it was a joke’  —  On the very last day President Donald Trump was in office in January, his administration announced new sanctions targeting a catering company in Verona, Italy.  —  According to the U.S. Treasury …
Discussion: The Guardian, Insider and The Hill
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
After saying he has “no plans” to run for governor, Beto O'Rourke quick to clarify he might  —  “Nothing's changed and nothing I said would preclude me from considering a run in the future,” he told the Tribune.  —  Copy link  —  Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has not ruled out a run for governor after all.
Discussion: The Hill
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke says he's not planning to challenge Greg Abbott for Texas governor
Haley Britzky / Task & Purpose:
Multiple Army instructors suspended over alleged sexual assault of a trainee at Fort Sill  —  The Army has suspended several instructors at Fort Sill over allegations they sexually assaulted a female soldier going through initial training at the Oklahoma base.
The Intercept:
Soldier Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by 22 Troops at Oklahoma Base
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia's Election Law, and Why Turnout Isn't Easy to Turn Off
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Myanmar protesters defy crackdown, five killed; junta hunts critics
Discussion: Insider
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
As voting issue gets white-hot, political reporters try to duck the moral implications
Discussion: CNN
David Hogberg / Washington Examiner:
How ‘Neanderthal’ Texas and Mississippi defied dire COVID predictions
Clyde McGrady / Washington Post:
The strange journey of ‘cancel,’ from a Black-culture punchline to a White-grievance watchword
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
There's something very wrong with our press
Discussion: Breitbart, Forbes and TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
A Chinese ‘Auntie’ Went on a Solo Road Trip. Now, She's a Feminist Icon.
Harmeet K. Dhillon / The Federalist:
Vaccine Passports Are A Serious Threat To American Civil Liberties
Washington Post:
Giant holds off on ordering vaccine as D.C. residents cancel appointments
Discussion: Backbencher