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7:35 AM ET, April 6, 2021


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Jason Garcia / Orlando Sentinel:
Former lawmaker says Gaetz fought ‘revenge porn’ law: ‘He thought that any picture was his to use as he wanted’  —  While serving in the Florida Legislature, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz opposed a bill meant to stop people from sharing sexually explicit images of their ex-lovers because Gaetz believed …
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
Gaetz's Accused Extorter Confirms, Denies $25 Million Shakedown  —  Dubious consultant Bob Kent admits he sought cash for questionable “rescue” mission in Iran.  —  The man Rep. Matt Gaetz has accused of trying to extort millions from his family—and blamed for recent allegations of sexual improprieties …
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.
POLITICO Playbook: Matt Gaetz matters little to Liz Cheney  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  When news broke of the feds' investigation into whether Rep. MATT GAETZ (R-Fla.) violated federal sex trafficking law and had sex with a 17-year-old, so did the memes of Rep. LIZ CHENEY'S (R-Wyo.) inner victory dance.
Discussion: Washington Post and Salon
Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
This should not happen more than once  —  There are several details of the Matt Gaetz story …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
Rep. Matt Gaetz / Washington Examiner:
The swamp is out to drown me with false charges, but I'm not giving up
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 …
Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes  —  Democrats just got an unprecedented Senate blessing.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Senate Democrats just got some wonky procedural news that has some pretty big implications for President Joe Biden's agenda.
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Dems can use unprecedented move for an extra filibuster-proof bill, Schumer aide says  —  Democrats can pass another major piece of legislation — such as President Joe Biden's $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan — by revisiting the budget process they used to approve his coronavirus relief …
Georgia State Rep: I'm Introducing A Bill To Make Our State's Election Laws The Same As Delaware's  —  Actually, he's introducing two bills.  One, “The President Joe Biden Jim Crow on Steroids Voting Act,” would replace Georgia's new election law with Delaware's much more restrictive provisions.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times and The Guardian
Coors Field to host 2021 MLB All-Star Game, sources say  —  Coors Field in Denver has been chosen to host this year's All-Star Game, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Monday.  —  MLB opted to move the game out of Atlanta due to voting laws passed in Georgia last month.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
2021 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Denver's Coors Field after event pulled out of Atlanta
Discussion: HuffPost, Yahoo News and The Hill
Denver Post:
2021 MLB All-Star Game coming to Coors Field, source says
Discussion: UPI
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth  —  MAGA political philosophy is not systematic, but it is comprehensive.  Right-wing populism offers a distorted lens to view nearly all of life.  —  Through this warped lens, progress toward equal rights is actually the oppression of White people.
Discussion: HotAir
Paulina Villegas / Washington Post:
Fauci pushes back on GOP criticisms, calling claims ‘bizarre’
Discussion: Raw Story and Insider
Isaac Schorr / National Review:
Tom Nichols Has No Excuse  —  Ron DeSantis sometimes panders to his base in ways that I find objectionable.  It's a behavior I expect from — but still lament in — nearly every politician in this fallen world.  Tom Nichols, a pundit, has no such excuse though.
Discussion: RedState, Twitchy, CBS News and Breitbart
“60 Minutes Should Be Ashamed”: Dem Palm Beach County Mayor Says CBS Smeared Ron DeSantis With Publix Segment
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 …
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.
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.
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Why did Biden put Harris in charge of the border crisis?  —  In March, the Border Patrol apprehended more than 171,000 migrants who had made illegal crossings into the United States, the highest monthly total since 2006 — and it included more than 18,800 children who arrived without their parents.
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
US, Iran hold 1st indirect talks in bid to save nuclear deal  —  While the two sides won't meet, it could lead to a breakthrough to save the deal  —  Defense Secretary on Iran: Response at ‘time and place of our own choosing’  —  ABC News' Martha Raddatz speaks with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin …
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 …
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
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
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 …
Inside the delay at DOJ  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration  —  Biden's Justice Department is lagging behind.  —  Over 10 weeks since inauguration and nearly a month after MERRICK GARLAND was sworn in as attorney general …
U.S. looks into reports of atrocities in Ethiopia's Tigray region  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is looking into reports of human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.  —  Department spokesman Ned Price told …
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.
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
Colorado redistricting chairman removed due to Facebook posts about election  —  Danny Moore will stay on the commission, but was removed from the top slot  —  Danny Moore, the chair of Colorado's congressional redistricting commission, was removed from his chairmanship Monday …
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.
David Crary / Associated Press:
Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US  —  The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine.  It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration …
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
Billy Richling / Bklyner:
Coney Island Rides Open On Friday, New Roller Coaster and Baseball Starting Soon  —  The famed amusement district is poised to re-open this week.  —  This Friday, April 9, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park will open to the public, albeit at a limited capacity and with new COVID guidelines …
Discussion: New York Post
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
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
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Biden administration officials falsely describe infrastructure jobs estimate
Caitlin Dickerson / The Atlantic:
America Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses
Howard Wolfson / Bloomberg:
How Maya Wiley Would Run New York
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Retires Planes Used to Monitor Russia Under ‘Open Skies’ Treaty
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
Russia State Media Gears Up for a War ‘Against the West’
Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Hannan / Washington Examiner:
Why they will never cancel Foucault
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Hawley, a critic of Biden picks' support for wars in Middle East, previously blogged in support of Iraq War
Discussion: Political Wire
How Did the Proud Boys Have Better Lines of Communication about National Guard Reinforcements than the National Guard Did?
Discussion: Raw Story
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
US touts ‘working level’ talks with Palestinians after Abbas snubs Blinken
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:
Doctor Who Pronounced George Floyd Dead Says He Believed ‘Asphyxia’ Most Likely Caused Death
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly may have just revolutionized evictions | Editorial
Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
America's Next Insurgency
The New York Times Company:
Frank Bruni Stepping Down as Columnist; Named Endowed Chair at Duke University
Discussion: The Hill