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9:15 AM ET, April 6, 2021


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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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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: HuffPost and Los Angeles Times
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.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Biden administration officials falsely describe infrastructure jobs estimate
Republicans want to make ‘woke’ corporations pay — literally  —  Livid at what they see as corporate America's progressive posturing on cultural issues, top Republicans are pushing for swift retribution and targeting those companies' bottom lines.  —  In recent days, GOP leaders …
Discussion: New York Times and Insider
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republican battle with MLB intensifies  —  Republicans are spoiling for a high-profile fight with MLB as they ramp up pressure on the league's commissioner to reverse a decision to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta over the state's new voting law.  —  GOP lawmakers are publicly scrutinizing …
Denver Post:
2021 MLB All-Star Game coming to Coors Field, source says
Discussion: OutKick and UPI
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes  —  Democrats just got an unprecedented Senate blessing.  —  Senate Democrats just got some wonky procedural news that has some pretty big implications for President Joe Biden's agenda.  —  On Monday night …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The GOP, America's most selfless political party
Discussion: Townhall and Wall Street Journal
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
Washington Free Beacon:
The March to Appeasement  —  There will be no peace between Iran and its enemies  —  Elections have consequences, and one consequence of the 2020 election will be a return to the foreign policy of the Obama era that seeks to punish Israel, isolate the Arabs, elevate Iran as a regional power …
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.
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.
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: Raw Story and HotAir
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Former Cop Arrested for Storming Capitol Was Once Named ‘Officer of the Year’ After Falsely Accusing Black Man of Murder  —  A former Utah police officer who won one of his department's highest honors for a false murder arrest has been charged with crossing the “thin blue line” in the Jan. 6 plot to overthrow the U.S. government.
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 …
Carol Robinson /
$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 …
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 …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Eric Bolling won't run for Congress  —  Conservative TV host Eric Bolling has ruled out waging a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Nancy Mace in South Carolina.  —  The former Fox News personality had been considering taking on Mace, who sharply criticized former President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol.
Discussion: The Hill
RJ Reinhart / Gallup:
Americans' Worry About Catching COVID-19 Drops to Record Low  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the same time Americans' satisfaction with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has surged, their concerns about getting the virus and about the availability of coronavirus tests and hospital services/treatment have fallen to record lows.
Discussion: The Hill
Adam Harris / The Atlantic:
Reopening Schools Is the Easy Part  —  Brian Woods has seen a lot in his nearly 30 years as an educator in the Northside Independent School District, in San Antonio.  Tornadoes and storms have damaged buildings and left area campuses without power for weeks.  Hurricanes have sent an unexpected surge of students into the district.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Georgia's New Law, and the Risk of Election Subversion  —  A reminder from a January phone call that the reform bill by congressional Democrats may not have the proper protections.  —  What would have happened if the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, had responded, “OK …
Discussion: Georgia Recorder
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 …
Understaffed and overtaxed, Capitol Police reeling from trauma of body and mind  —  2021 has exacted a toll on the men and women protecting the Capitol and Congress.  —  Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman has acknowledged the strain her force is under, warning PTSD and morale issues could result from Friday's attack.
Discussion: The Hill
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David Crary / Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers' Union, killed in car crash on Easter Sunday
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
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
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
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Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
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Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Supreme Court Rejects Alex Jones's Bid to Overturn Sanctions for Rant Threatening Sandy Hook Families' Lawyer on His Show
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void