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7:55 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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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
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.
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: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Associated Press:
Justice Breyer says big Supreme Court changes could diminish trust  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday said liberal advocates of big changes at the Supreme Court, including expanding the number of justices, should think “long and hard” about what they're proposing.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Breyer says expanding the Supreme Court could erode trust
Discussion: The Hill and Reason
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.
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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  —  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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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Biden wants to cement a governing majority.  His Build Back Better bill is his plan to do it.  —  It “really could be definitional for our party for the next 50 years.”  —  President Joe Biden is looking to remake the structure of the American workforce.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned  —  The Senate majority leader said Democrats' current opportunity comes around “maybe twice a century.”  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is seeking reelection next year as one of a trio of Democratic leaders who could rack up achievements rivaling FDR's New Deal.
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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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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?
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says economic boom fueled by deficit spending, vaccines could ‘easily run into 2023’  — Dimon sees strong growth for the world's biggest economy in the near term, thanks to the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus pandemic that has left many consumers flush with savings …
John Nichols / The Nation:
Betsy DeVos Takes Her Assault on Public Schools Back to the States  —  A DeVos-backed group is pouring money into a statewide education race in Wisconsin, which will be decided Tuesday.  —  Betsy DeVos did not succeed in dismantling public education during her four-year tenure as Donald Trump's secretary of education.
Forbes:
What Do The President's Son, George Floyd And Rapper DMX Have In Common?  A Disease Called Addiction  —  On the surface, they couldn't be more different.  A lawyer and son of the current United States president.  A high school athlete and father whose life gained national attention because of the gut-wrenching way it ended.
Discussion: Fox News
Brittany Shammas / Washington Post:
Gaetz fought revenge porn bill, saying ex-lovers can use photos as they see fit, sponsor says  —  When Florida legislators passed a bill aimed at preventing people from sharing sexually explicit photos of their ex-partners online, then-state Rep. Matt Gaetz cast one of just two House votes against it.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Built on a lie’: Jen Psaki annihilates Peter Doocy's misleading question on Georgia voting  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday pushed back against the assertion that Georgia's new voting laws are less restrictive than Colorado's laws.  —  Psaki was asked the question …
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: Raw Story, New York Times and MSNBC
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Joe Biden is not planning to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict  —  Instead, the new administration intends to build on some of Donald Trump's Middle East policies.  —  Then-Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech at a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on March 9, 2016, in Jerusalem.
Discussion: Middle East Monitor and Al-Monitor
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 …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Calls Grow to Abandon Regulations Eased Under Covid (Hello, Cocktails to Go)
Discussion: The Week
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson On Transgender Health Care Bill: ‘Step Way Too Far’
New York Times:
‘We Are Doomed:’ Devastation from Storms Fuels Migration in Honduras
Politico:
Capitol riot defendant alleges beating by jail guards
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Minneapolis use-of-force instructor: Officers not trained to use knee on neck
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Biden administration to launch massive funeral assistance program for covid victims
Alana Abramson / TIME:
Marc Elias Fought Trump's 2020 Election Lawsuits. Can He Win The Battle Over Voting Rights?
Elizabeth Spiers / My New Band Is:
My New Band Is: Loser, Baby
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”
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Ex-Trump Official Fined and Barred From Government Over R.N.C. Video
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Doormen Who Stood By After Brutal Attack on Asian Woman Are Fired
Discussion: Law & Crime
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Tumbles Nearly 300 Spots In Billionaire Ranks
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and The Daily Caller