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10:40 AM ET, April 6, 2021

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Politico:
Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) built a public profile as an unapologetic, unambiguous, omnipresent booster of President Donald Trump.  —  But as his own political career skids toward disaster amid allegations that he had sex with a minor and paid for sex …
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Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Said His ‘Travel Records’ Would Exonerate Him. They Don't.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Matt Gaetz matters little to Liz Cheney
Discussion: HuffPost and Salon
Katie Hill / Vanity Fair:
Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent. Now He's Accused of Doing Just That
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Biden administration officials falsely describe infrastructure jobs estimate
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and comeback, dies at 84  —  Congressman Alcee Hastings, whose life was marked by perseverance, calamity and a comeback, has died.  He was 84.  —  Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer …
Axios:
DeSantis milks “60 Minutes” spat  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally with his eyes on the White House, is dialing up a dispute with “60 Minutes” — seizing on a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media.  —  Why it matters: It's a political gift akin …
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Erick-Woods Erickson / Erick Erickson's Confessions …:
Conservatives Must Unite and Apply Counter-Pressure  —  If corporations want to go woke, they need to know they'll go broke.  —  3 hr ago  —  CNBC is the latest media outlet to run stories targeting corporations for giving money to Republicans who support election reform measures.
Discussion: RedState and CNBC
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout  —  New York (CNN Business)"60 Minutes" is facing backlash for a story it aired Sunday on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — including from the supermarket chain Publix and two prominent Democrats in the state.
Richard Cowan / Reuters:
‘Stay out of politics,’ Republican leader McConnell tells U.S. CEOs, warns of ‘consequences’  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lashed out at corporate America on Monday, warning CEOs to stay out of the debate over a new voting law in Georgia that has been criticized …
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Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
The GOP wants to cancel Coca-Cola — but keep corporate taxes low  —  If you'd asked me, say, five years ago what the Republican Party's economic ideology was, I'd have boiled it down to something like “Government interference in free market capitalism is a hindrance to liberty and growth — and potentially a gateway to socialism.”
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Slate and Crooks and Liars
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Biden set to announce he's moving deadline for all US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccine to April 19  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday that he is moving up his deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by almost two weeks.
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NBC News:
Biden to announce April 19 deadline for making all adults eligible for Covid vaccine
Discussion: Washington Times and Al Jazeera
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said the decision 'doesn't make a whole lot of sense'  —  MLB All-Star game to be played in Denver after leaving Georgia  —  Major League Baseball announced …
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Carol Robinson / al.com:
$500,000 Jefferson Davis chair stolen in Selma will be a toilet unless Confederate group hangs banner, email claims  —  A Confederate monument valued at $500,000 was stolen in March from a Selma cemetery, officials confirmed today.  —  This morning, a group that claims to have taken the monument …
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The Montgomery Advertiser:
‘White Lies Matter’ group claims responsibility, demands ransom for stolen Confederate monument
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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 …
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American Greatness:
Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick  —  Democratic leaders and the American news media aren't just dishonest and shameless—they're fully depraved.  —  Three months ago this week, Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died.
Discussion: Politico and Real Clear Politics
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Laurence H. Tribe / The Boston Globe:
Capitol police have the best case against Trump for the insurrection
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.  —  There are plenty of fish in the swamp, but some of the best-connected ones live in a 200-gallon aquarium at Reince Priebus's house.  —  “It's not just saltwater fish, but an actual reef,” Priebus explained in a recent phone call.
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
After school shootings, NRA exec sought refuge on 108-foot yacht: 'Thank God I'm safe'  —  After dozens were killed at two mass school shootings in recent years, National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre said the ensuing public outrage put him in so much danger that he had to take shelter …
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Republican Party Isn't Rebranding After 2020  —  Typically, after losing a presidential election, a political party will undertake an intense intra-party debate over why it didn't win and how the party needs to change to take back the White House.  Democrats did so after losing in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2016.
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Kyrsten Sinema Defends Filibuster as Pressure Mounts From Progressives  —  Arizona Democrat says the problem is senators' behavior, not the chamber's rules  —  PHOENIX— Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has emerged as the staunchest Democratic defender of the filibuster, brushing off fire …
Associated Press:
US, Iran expected to begin indirect nuclear talks in Vienna  —  VIENNA (AP) — Efforts to bring the United States back into the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear program stepped up a gear Tuesday as Iran and the five world powers still in the accord met in Vienna while Washington is due to start indirect talks with Tehran.
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Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Biden Envoy To Iran On What To Expect In Renewed Nuclear Talks
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and wabe.org
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Coming (Cancel) Culture War  —  The Republican plan to make 2022 about wokeness run amok is less stupid (and even more cynical) than it sounds  —  The battle lines have been drawn.  Democrats are running on an agenda of steady leadership, vaccinating people, distributing $1400 relief checks …
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List  —  CALEXICO, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two Yemeni men within the last 2 months that were identified on a terrorism watch list.
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
If It's Not Jim Crow, What Is It?  —  Georgia's new voting law has to be understood in its own peculiar historical context.  —  The laws that disenfranchised Black Americans in the South and established Jim Crow did not actually say they were disenfranchising Black Americans and creating a one-party racist state.
Discussion: Slow Boring and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
A recruiter joined Facebook to help it meet its diversity targets.  He says its hiring practices hurt people of color.  —  The recruiter quit after 11 months, adding fuel to claims that it discriminates against Black applicants  —  Rhett Lindsey was so eager to work at Facebook, he applied for a job there three times.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Janet Yellen's proposal to revolutionize corporate taxation  —  President Biden is proposing a substantial increase in the rate of corporate taxation as part of his infrastructure plan, bumping the headline rate up from 21 percent to 28 percent.  This is actually below where it was before 2017 …
 
 
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Vice President Kamala Harris Lists in Washington, D.C.
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
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Eamon Javers / CNBC:
The extortion economy: Inside the shadowy world of Ransomware payouts
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia's New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Former Cop Arrested for Storming Capitol Was Once Named ‘Officer of the Year’ After Falsely Accusing Black Man of Murder
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
Americans' Worry About Catching COVID-19 Drops to Record Low
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Colorado redistricting chairman removed due to Facebook posts about election
Discussion: The Hill and TheDenverChannel.com
 Earlier Items: 
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Why did Biden put Harris in charge of the border crisis?
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
David Crary / Associated Press:
Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US
Politico:
Inside the delay at DOJ
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress
Discussion: The Hill
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show