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9:20 AM ET, April 7, 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:
MTG's eye-popping fundraising haul  —  With Nicholas Wu.  —  GREENE RAKES IN THE GREEN: We have a scoop for you this morning: Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), the controversial MAGA firebrand, raised over $3.2 million in the first three months of this year, according to a source close to her campaign.
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Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Bezos supports Biden's infrastructure push, backs corporate tax rate hike
Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America tears down Biden's infrastructure plan
Discussion: KARK-TV
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“We Are Hoarding”: Why the U.S. Still Can't Donate COVID-19 Vaccines to Countries in Need  —  On the morning of March 31, roughly 25 Biden administration officials gathered at the White House, double-masked, for a meeting called on short notice by a member of the National Security Council.
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New York Times:   U.S. Bet Big on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted
Politico:
Senior Trump and Biden officials knew for months about problems at vaccine plant
Discussion: Insider
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Quarterly Gap in Party Affiliation Largest Since 2012  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In Gallup polling throughout the first quarter of 2021, an average of 49% of U.S. adults identified with the Democratic Party or said they are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party.
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Share of Democrats in U.S. Spikes After Biden Win, Poll Shows
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Althouse, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer says expanding the Supreme Court could erode trust  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday that proposals to expand the Supreme Court to dilute the power of its conservative majority risk making justices appear more political and could hurt the court's influence with the public.
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Associated Press:   Justice Breyer says big Supreme Court changes could diminish trust
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.
Discussion: OutKick, The Federalist and Fox News
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David Roth / Defector:
What Exactly Is Donald Trump Upset About Here?
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Boehner Blasts Trump, Saying He ‘Incited That Bloody Insurrection’  —  In his new book, John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker, sharply rebukes the former president for his role in the “mob violence” at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  —  John Boehner, the Republican former House speaker …
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE: Pence returns to MAGA world with Trump-backed political group  —  Former Vice President Mike Pence will take a step back into public life and a possible 2024 run with the launch Wednesday of the Advancing American Freedom advocacy group, designed to merge traditional conservative thinking with Trumpism.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Axios, The Hill and IJR
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
Dimon calls on companies to be policymakers  —  JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is calling on companies to play a bigger role in the world's problems, saying today in his annual shareholders letter that the business sector should be a “responsible community citizen.”
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Hugh Son / CNBC:   Jamie Dimon says economic boom fueled by deficit spending, vaccines could ‘easily run into 2023’
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Elections Chief Warns Biden May Register ‘Uninformed,’ ‘Woke’ College Voters  —  Mississippi's top election official says he is worried that the nation will suffer if more “woke” and “uninformed” college students become registered voters.  Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson …
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Miller's Next Act Finds a Stage in the Courts  —  Trump senior adviser—and conservative lightning rod—launches new legal group to challenge Democratic policies through lawsuits  —  WASHINGTON— Stephen Miller has come to admire the effectiveness—and aggressiveness …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence  —  The vice president had been living temporarily in Blair House while Number One Observatory Circle underwent repairs.  —  WASHINGTON — Number One Observatory Circle is finally ready for its newest resident.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Goodbye to Gate 35X, cursed portal to the rest of America  —  Let's get right to it: It was a bus station.  A bus station in an airport.  It was two places you'd rather not be, melded into one place.  —  There was no flourish to its badness.  Gate 35X at Reagan National Airport …
Medium:
Letter From Former Senior National Security, Military, and Elected Officials Calling On Congress To Create A Bipartisan 1/6 Commission  —  Frmr Nat'l Security, Military, & Elected Officials  —  We are former senior national security, military, and elected officials who have represented or served Democrats …
Discussion: CBS News and UPI
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Jennifer Rubin shatters glass ceiling, becomes first woman to win ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’  —  Washington Post columnist narrowly defeats CNN's scandal-plagued anchor Chris Cuomo in final  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for April 6  —  In 2016, Hillary Clinton made history by becoming …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
What a photo of Trump's new office reveals about how he wants to be remembered  —  Americans got a glimpse of Donald Trump's post-presidential office for the first time on Monday, when former White House aide Stephen Miller tweeted out a picture of himself with Trump.
Discussion: Insider
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Florida Dem claims he told CBS DeSantis-Publix story was ‘bulls—’; producer says info used ‘on background’  —  ‘60 Minutes’ producer claimed in email to DeSantis office ‘deadline has passed’ for interview with Florida emergency management director  —  ‘60 Minutes’ continues to receive backlash for Ron DeSantis-Publix package
Discussion: IJR
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden wants to cement a governing majority.  His Build Back Better bill is his plan to do it.  —  President Joe Biden's sprawling infrastructure plan doesn't just attempt to turn decades-old progressive policy pursuits into law.  Aides and operatives inside and out of the White House …
Erin Silvia / Hollywood Life:
Dave Chappelle Claims He Saw Celebs Leaving ‘Dirty Notes’ For Trump Staff At White House Party  —  Dave Chappelle talked about attending one of the ‘last big parties’ then President Barack Obama threw and revealed he saw some fellow attendees writing ‘crazy’ notes for Donald Trump and his staff to find.
Discussion: Mediaite
Meg O'Connor / The Appeal:
Tishaura Jones Wins St. Louis Mayoral Race  —  Jones's election is the latest in a string of progressive victories in the region.  —  Tishaura Jones won the race for St. Louis mayor tonight with 51.68 percent of the vote.  —  It was a close race between city treasurer Jones and her opponent …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden builds his wall  —  If you thought Joe Biden hated walls, you might be extrapolating from when he said, “There will not be another foot of [Donald Trump's] wall constructed in my administration.”  But perhaps you didn't listen to Janet Yellen, the new treasury secretary …
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 …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Jim Bakker Is Now Using His End Times Broadcast to Warn About Zombies  —  For years, right-wing pastor Jim Bakker has been using his daily television program to terrify his audience into believing that the End Times are upon us, often for the apparent purpose of selling them products designed to help them survive the apocalypse.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: Andrew Giuliani targets Cuomo, plans 2022 gubernatorial bid  —  Andrew Giuliani, a former top Trump aide and son of “America's Mayor,” is “heavily considering” a bid for governor of New York in 2022, potentially setting up an epic clash between the two biggest political families in recent New York history.
Emily Goodin / Daily Mail:
Fit for a President!  Kamala Harris gets her own ‘Resolute’ desk built by the Navy with reclaimed wood from the USS Constitution and a piece of metal from the USS Arizona that sank in Pearl Harbor  — Navy Seabees built Kamala Harris and the secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker new desks
Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Turkey's leader met two E.U. presidents.  The woman among them didn't get a chair.  —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with the European Union's two presidents, but an awkward moment when the woman among them was left standing caused a bit of a diplomatic stir.
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: CNBC and The Daily Caller
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Joe Biden is not planning to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict  —  It's the ultimate prize in diplomacy, and almost every modern president has sought it despite the long, treacherous odds: a resolution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian crisis.  —  Joe Biden, though, isn't all that interested.
Discussion: PRESS RUN and Al-Monitor
 
 
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Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan
Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Dianne Feinstein signals she's open to abandoning Senate filibuster for voting rights
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
‘A Whole Bunch of Crazy’: Inside the South Carolina GOP's MAGA Coup
Discussion: Raw Story
Forbes:
What Do The President's Son, George Floyd And Rapper DMX Have In Common? A Disease Called Addiction
Discussion: Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Calls Grow to Abandon Regulations Eased Under Covid (Hello, Cocktails to Go)
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
‘We Are Doomed:’ Devastation from Storms Fuels Migration in Honduras
John Nichols / The Nation:
Betsy DeVos Takes Her Assault on Public Schools Back to the States
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Grace Panetta / Insider:
‘A complete rip-off’: Campaign-finance experts puzzled and stunned by Trump camp's reported ‘money-bomb’ ploy
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Trump White House provided reporters with a gusher of leaks. With Biden, everything's changed.