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9:55 PM ET, April 6, 2021

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New York Times:
Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon  —  The congressman was at the time under investigation over whether he violated sex trafficking laws, though it was unclear what he knew of the inquiry.  —  Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida …
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Politico:
Trump and his allies abandon Gaetz
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Gaetz Fundraises Off Of Alleged Sex Trafficking Investigation
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Examiner and CNN
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Fears of White People Losing Out Permeate Capitol Rioters' Towns, Study Finds  —  Counties with the most significant declines in the non-Hispanic white population were the most likely to produce insurrectionists.  —  When the political scientist Robert Pape began studying the issues …
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Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor  —  Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell Axios.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The unserious comparisons between Colorado's voting laws and Georgia's new one  —  From the moment Major League Baseball pulled its All Star Game out of Georgia over the state's new voting law, conservative defenders of the law have predicted impending hypocrisy.
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Fay Vincent / Wall Street Journal:
Rob Manfred's All-Star Error  —  The commissioner politicized baseball over a law he likely hadn't examined.  —  Major League Baseball decided last week to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta after the Georgia Legislature passed changes to the state's voting laws that many, including President Biden, called racist.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Patagonia giving $1 million for voting rights after new Georgia law
Discussion: Savannah Morning News
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Colorado voting laws are similar to Georgia's despite decision to move Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Bezos supports Biden's infrastructure push, backs corporate tax rate hike
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Medium:
Letter From Former Senior National Security, Military, and Elected Officials Calling On Congress To Create A Bipartisan 1/6 Commission
Discussion: CBS News
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video  —  Lynne Patton recruited and interviewed public housing tenants in New York City for a pro-Trump re-election video.  The residents accused her of tricking them into participating.  —  A former top federal housing official …
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Ex-Trump Official Fined For Hatch Act Violation Over GOP Video With Public Housing Residents
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Reuters:
U.S. arrested two Yemenis on terror watchlist who tried to cross border from Mexico  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. border agents in recent months arrested two Yemeni men on a terror watchlist in separate incidents as they crossed the border with Mexico illegally, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Monday.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Feds adding new space next to overcrowded border facility
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Trump White House provided reporters with a gusher of leaks.  With Biden, everything's changed.  —  After two and a half months of Joe Biden's presidency, something is missing from the news coverage of his administration: Leaks.  —  Juicy details about the president's behind-the-scenes conduct and decision-making?
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 …
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Wilborn Nobles / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta mayor issues executive order against Georgia's new voting law  —  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is taking action against the voting law that Gov. Brian Kemp signed on March 24.  —  On Tuesday afternoon, Bottoms issued an Administrative Order directing the City's Chief Equity Officer …
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The Trump media era ends not with a wow but a whisper  —  For about half an hour on Tuesday, a former president of the United States appeared on television to offer his unfiltered assessment of the state of American politics, of foreign policy and of the various controversies flitting around the political world.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Grace Panetta / Insider:
‘A complete rip-off’: Campaign-finance experts puzzled and stunned by Trump camp's reported ‘money-bomb’ ploy  — Experts are puzzled and stunned by the Trump campaign's reported “money-bomb” ploy.  — A New York Times investigation detailed how supporters were duped into making recurring donations.
Discussion: MSNBC, Raw Story and New York Times
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Doormen Who Stood By After Brutal Attack on Asian Woman Are Fired  —  One was seen on video closing the door to the Midtown Manhattan building after the attack, as the victim, a Filipino-American woman, lay on the street outside.  —  The lobby staff members who closed the door …
Discussion: Law & Crime
U.S. Department of Justice:
Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Attempting to Purchase Chemical Weapon on the Dark Web  —  WASHINGTON - A Missouri man was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison without parole today for attempting to purchase a chemical weapon, capable of killing hundreds of people, on the dark web with Bitcoin.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNBC
Politico:
Senior Trump and Biden officials knew for months about problems at vaccine plant  —  Senior officials in the Trump and Biden administrations knew of oversight and quality assurance problems at Emergent BioSolutions' Baltimore plant months before the company accidentally contaminated 15 million doses …
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Actual Comedians Roast Greg Gutfeld's New Fox News ‘Comedy’ Show  —  “It's like watching a guy going through a divorce doing an impression of Bill Maher,” one comedian told us.  And that was one of the kinder critiques.  —  The morning after Fox News premiered its deeply unfunny foray …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Ray Fisher Opens Up About ‘Justice League,’ Joss Whedon and Warners: “I Don't Believe Some of These People Are Fit for Leadership”  —  Over the past year, the actor has assailed the filmmaker and studio in harsh-but-cryptic tweets for what he says was racist and inappropriate conduct …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
McConnell Lashes Out at Corporations Criticizing Voting Restrictions Laws  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has long argued that corporate campaign donations are a protected, nearly sacred, form of political communication.  On Tuesday he made the case that business executives might …
New York Times:
He Was Charged in an Anti-Asian Attack.  It Was His 33rd Arrest.  —  Many people arrested in assaults on Asian residents in New York have had a history of mental health episodes, arrests and homelessness, complicating the city's search for an effective response.
Washington Post:
Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims  —  The Biden administration next week will launch a funeral assistance program that will provide up to $9,000 to cover the burial costs of each American who died of covid-19 — the largest program of its type ever offered by the federal government.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Yes, the Georgia election law is that bad  —  The debate over whether Georgia's law really suppresses voting reveals just how imperiled American democracy is.  —  Georgia's new election law SB 202, which many experts decried as an attack on the fundamental fairness of the state's elections …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Tumbles Nearly 300 Spots In Billionaire Ranks  —  The former president, who prides himself on his business acumen, refused to divest his assets upon taking office.  Had he sold out in 2017 and reinvested in the market, he'd be an estimated $1.6 billion richer.
Discussion: Raw Story, Insider and The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
Alana Abramson / TIME:
Marc Elias Fought Trump's 2020 Election Lawsuits.  Can He Win The Battle Over Voting Rights?  —  The pandemic relegated Democratic power lawyer Marc Elias to fighting election lawsuits on an iPad from his home in Northern Virginia.  He traded his suit and tie for a sweatshirt …
 
 
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence
Discussion: CNN
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Facing midterm headwinds, House Democrats target fewer districts
Discussion: Breitbart, NRCC and Political Wire
Politico:
Capitol riot defendant alleges beating by jail guards
Meredith Deliso / ABC News:
Arkansas state legislature overrides governor's veto on transgender health care bill
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Pfizer CEO says Trump told him vaccine ‘will help me’ with election
Discussion: Associated Press and IJR
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Pastor running for governor lives in luxury $1.6M home — tax free
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
U.S. State Department backs away from the idea of a Beijing Olympics boycott
Freddie deBoer:
Some Principles & Observations About Social Justice Politics
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden says psychedelic toad venom kept him sober for a year
Discussion: The Federalist
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?
Carol Robinson / al.com:
$500,000 Jefferson Davis chair stolen in Selma will be a toilet unless Confederate group hangs banner, email claims