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8:55 PM ET, April 5, 2021


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Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent.  Now He's Accused of Doing Just That  —  Matt and I forged an unlikely friendship in Congress, and he was one of the few colleagues who spoke out after a malicious nude-photo leak upended my life.
Rep. Matt Gaetz / Washington Examiner:
The swamp is out to drown me with false charges, but I'm not giving up  —  Washington scandal cycles are predictable, and sex is especially potent in politics.  Let me first remind everyone that I am a representative in Congress, not a monk, and certainly not a criminal.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
This should not happen more than once  —  There are several details of the Matt Gaetz story that keep sticking in my head, but the one that sticks in it most is the report that the Florida Republican used to wander around and show his colleagues nude photos of people he had slept with.
Discussion: Mediaite
Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have pushed false and misleading accounts to downplay the event …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The eruption of fake GOP outrage at MLB is actually very clarifying  —  Opinion by  —  Here's a juxtaposition that neatly captures the state of today's GOP: Republican lawmakers are telling their voters to get angry at corporations that express support for the voting rights of African Americans …
McConnell: Corporations Shouldn't Fall for Absurd Disinformation on Voting Laws
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Disney, Geico and other corporations backed Florida lawmakers now sponsoring restrictive voting bills
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: ‘Stay out of politics’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate parliamentarian to let Democrats bypass GOP filibuster on two more bills  —  The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid a GOP filibuster on two more pieces of legislation, setting the stage for President Biden's infrastructure agenda …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
2 Dem senators balk at Biden's new spending plan  —  Joe Manchin wants his party's leaders and President Joe Biden to make significant changes to their sweeping new tax-and-spend legislation — and he's got other Democratic senators with him.  —  The West Virginia Democrat is readying …
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Biden Economic Plan Gets Boost From Senate Procedural Ruling
Discussion: CBS News and Associated Press
“60 Minutes Should Be Ashamed”: Dem Palm Beach County Mayor Says CBS Smeared Ron DeSantis With Publix Segment  —  Do you know how unfair a story has to be to a Republican, especially a Trumpist Republican with national ambitions, for multiple Democrats to step up in his defense?
National Review:
60 Minutes' Dishonest DeSantis Hit Job
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show  —  The Supreme Court rejected an attempt by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to overturn sanctions affirmed by the Connecticut Supreme Court for his threatening rant …
Valerie Edwards / Daily Mail:
Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing an Uber Eats driver in D.C. ‘reach plea deal with prosecutor ensuring they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility’  — Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Mohammad Anwar …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party  —  Republican politicians have proven themselves an admirably selfless bunch.  Time and again, they've handed over credit to Democrats — and Democrats alone — for all sorts of popular policy initiatives.  —  A year ago, Washington Republicans …
Wall Street Journal:
The New Shortage: Ketchup Can't Catch Up  —  The pandemic turned restaurants into takeout specialists, boosting demand for the condiment; ‘Everyone out there is grabbing for ketchup’  —  Supply chain problems are reaching into a far corner of the business universe: Ketchup packets.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Live Updates: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Vetoes Bill Restricting Transgender Rights  —  Mr. Hutchinson, a Republican, called the state legislation “off course.”  But state lawmakers could override the veto.  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, a Republican, vetoed an anti-transgender bill.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
A QAnon revelation suggests the truth of Q's identity was right there all along  —  The extremist movement's leader had purported to be a top-secret government operative.  But a possible slip-up in a new documentary about QAnon suggests that Q was actually Ron Watkins, the longtime administrator of the 8kun message board.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Yellen calls for a global minimum corporate tax rate.  —  Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen made the case on Monday for a global minimum tax, kicking off the Biden administration's effort to help raise revenue in the United States and prevent companies from shifting profits overseas to evade taxes.
The New York Times Company:
Frank Bruni Stepping Down as Columnist; Named Endowed Chair at Duke University  —  Frank is joining Duke University as an endowed chair in journalism in June.  He will no longer be a columnist but will continue to write his newsletter and will remain a contributing Opinion writer.
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
White Evangelical Resistance Is Obstacle in Vaccination Effort  —  Millions of white evangelical adults in the U.S. do not intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  Tenets of faith and mistrust of science play a role; so does politics.  —  Stephanie Nana, an evangelical Christian in Edmond …
Washington Post:
Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, killed in car crash on Easter Sunday  —  Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, was killed in a two-car crash in Prince George's County on Sunday night, the union confirmed Monday.  —  She was 70.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Are we entering a ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic?  Experts disagree.  —  The data doesn't look good.  After weeks of decline, the average number of new coronavirus infections reported each day is higher than it's been in a month.  The number of people in hospitals with covid-19 has been stubbornly stagnant since mid-March.
Israel's election aftermath: The good, the bad and the ugly  —  Former Knesset Member: The last thing Israel needs is a fifth election  —  Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of “The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President.”
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
Why they will never cancel Foucault  —  Imagine if a political philosopher from outside the hard Left — John Rawls, say, or Karl Popper — was credibly alleged to have abused small boys.  He would disappear from the curriculum, mainstream publishers would drop his books, and his ideas would circulate only in samizdat form.
Jesse Singal / Reason:
A Professor Pushed Back Against ‘White Fragility’ Training.  The College Investigated Her for 9 Months.  —  Elisa Parrett, a newly tenured 38-year-old professor of English at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the only public technical institute in Washington state …
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Josh Hawley, a critic of Biden picks' support for wars in Middle East, previously blogged in support of Iraq War  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a frequent critic of Biden administration nominees for supporting the Iraq War and other “forever wars,” himself wrote in support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Dismisses Case on Trump Blocking Twitter Followers as Moot  —  Plaintiffs lawyer applauds precedent of lower-court ruling against ex-president; Justice Thomas criticizes Twitter's permanent ban of Trump after Jan. 6  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a lawsuit …
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Small-Time Landlords Struggle to Keep the Lights on as ‘Devastating’ Eviction Moratorium Continues  —  Stephanie Graves had a decision to make: buy new signage so she could open the pool at one of her apartment complexes, or pay the electric bill.  She couldn't afford both.  —  Ultimately, it wasn't a hard decision.
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
N.Y. Attorney General's Office Slams NRA Bankruptcy as a ‘Masterclass in Bad Faith’ as Gun Group's Trial Begins  —  The National Rifle Association's bankruptcy trial kicked off to fireworks in a federal court in Texas on Monday, as a lawyer from New York Attorney General's office ripped CEO …
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void … The day after Thanksgiving 2019, residents of Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania, watched from their windows as state and local police combed through their backyards looking for Kyle Michael Jones.
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia State Media Gears Up for a War ‘Against the West’  —  One Kremlin propagandist even suggested that the struggle for Ukraine will end in a “nuclear conflict” between Russia and NATO.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Russia is gearing up for war again, local experts, state media propagandists, and government officials are all saying.
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Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retires Planes Used to Monitor Russia Under ‘Open Skies’ Treaty
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Antony Blinken: The public can't ‘start traveling again’ before worldwide vaccination
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
How Did the Proud Boys Have Better Lines of Communication about National Guard Reinforcements than the National Guard Did?
Discussion: Raw Story
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Secretary of State Benson won't testify before Senate on Michigan's election audits
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Doctor Who Pronounced George Floyd Dead Says He Believed ‘Asphyxia’ Most Likely Caused Death
A.B. Stoddard / The Bulwark:
We Need a 9/11 Commission for COVID
Alex Silverman / Morning Consult:
MLB Fans More Likely to Support League's Decision to Move All-Star Game Than Oppose It
Discussion: TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden administration upholds former Egyptian leader's immunity from torture lawsuit by U.S. citizen
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Daniel Kreiss / Wired:
Polarization Isn't America's Biggest Problem—or Facebook's
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly may have just revolutionized evictions | Editorial
Ryan Mills / National Review:
Dem Abuses Prompted Georgia Voting Law's Food-and-Drink Rule
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
America's Next Insurgency
McDonald's, Other CEOs Tell Investors $15 Minimum Wage Won't Hurt Business
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Google wins big in Supreme Court clash with Oracle