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2:30 PM ET, April 6, 2021

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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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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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why half-hearted conservative boycotts rarely take root  —  One of the first times that Donald Trump publicly called for a boycott, it was not over a key civil rights or humanitarian issue.  It was, instead, about an annoying TV ad.  —  “Get rid of this commercial,” Trump said in a video recorded at Trump Tower in 2011.
Discussion: Raw Story
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
McConnell versus the First Amendment
Discussion: The Atlantic, Esquire and MSNBC
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 …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Story Cannot Always Be the Reaction of the Republican Party  —  The American media is likely unsalvageable because, whatever happens, it remains entirely unable to grasp why people dislike it so much.  Take, by way of example, Axios's summary of Sunday's 60 Minutes debacle, which begins:
Discussion: HotAir and RedState
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘60 Minutes’ faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
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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Politico:
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ex-Trump official penalized for violating Hatch Act  —  The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday announced a settlement with former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official Lynne Patton, a political appointee and ally of former President Trump, for a Hatch Act violation over a video …
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Carol Robinson / al.com:
$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 …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Said His ‘Travel Records’ Would Exonerate Him.  Not So Fast.  —  Among the bevy of items under investigation: the Florida congressman's campaign filings.  —  When it first came out last week that Rep. Matt Gaetz was under investigation for his sexual involvement with a 17-year-old …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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’
Washington Post:
Trump got evicted from ‘the swamp.’ Some of his people are trying to stick around.  —  There are plenty of fish in the swamp, but some of the best-connected ones live in a 200-gallon aquarium at Reince Priebus's house.  —  “It's not just saltwater fish, but an actual reef,” Priebus explained in a recent phone call.
Discussion: Insider and The Intellectualist
Tracy Connor / The Daily Beast:
Montana Governor Who Rescinded Mask Mandate Now Has COVID  —  QUARANTINED  —  Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, who rescinded the state's mask mandate weeks after taking office, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The 59-year-old Republican got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Thursday …
Los Angeles Times:
Amid ‘huge tension,’ San Francisco set to formally suspend renaming of public schools  —  Back in January, the San Francisco Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to rename more than 40 schools as supporters cheered the board for “unapologetically” targeting historical figures they deemed racist, including Abraham Lincoln.
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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 …
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Republican Party Isn't Rebranding After 2020  —  Typically, after losing a presidential election, a political party will undertake an intense intra-party debate over why it didn't win and how the party needs to change to take back the White House.  Democrats did so after losing in 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2016.
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.
Matt Pusatory / wusa9.com:
Police: Active shooter dead in Frederick, 2 hurt  —  The two victim are in critical condition, according to the Frederick police chief.  —  FREDERICK, Md. — Two people are in critical condition and a suspect is dead after a shooting in Frederick.  —  Police in Frederick responded to an an active shooter in the city Tuesday morning.
The Daily Beast:
Why Republicans Can't Seem to Lay a Glove on Biden  —  “They just completely reinvented a coalition and their messaging overnight,” James Carville explains.  —  That new documentary on QAnon ended with something of a bang, with one likely suspect seeming to half-confess that he was “Q,” the oracle of the violent conspiracy movement.
Rob Crilly / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden says psychedelic toad venom kept him sober for a year  —  President Joe Biden's son Hunter tried everything to wean himself off alcohol and crack — from yoga and therapy to psychoactive drugs and the anesthetic ketamine.  —  But in his new memoir, he credits the secretions …
Discussion: The Federalist
Greg Myre / NPR:
After A Major Hack, U.S. Looks To Fix A Cyber ‘Blind Spot’  —  The National Security Agency considers itself the world's most formidable cyber power, with an army of computer warriors who constantly scan the wired world.  Yet by law, the NSA only collects intelligence abroad, and not inside the U.S.
Bo Erickson / CBS News:
81% of teachers vaccinated or have appointments, according to union survey  —  A new survey of educators by the nation's second-largest teachers union shows as of April 1 at least 81% of educators had been vaccinated for COVID-19 or were scheduled to get their shots, according to data shared with CBS News by the union.
Discussion: Political Wire
American Greatness:
Media, Politicians Still Spreading the ‘Big Lie’ About Officer Sicknick  —  Democratic leaders and the American news media aren't just dishonest and shameless—they're fully depraved.  —  Three months ago this week, Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, died.
Discussion: NPR, Politico and Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
Brazil has become South America's superspreader event  —  LIMA, Peru — With a sense of dread, the doctor watched the patients stream into his intensive care unit.  —  For weeks, César Salomé, a physician in Lima's Hospital Mongrut, had followed the chilling reports.
Associated Press:
As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access  —  This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older.  But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don't have access to the vaccine.  Those men and women are Florida state prisoners.
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Meet the NY Republican who aims to defeat House Democrats' reelection chair
Discussion: ABC News
Mona Zhang / Politico:
Koch-backed group joins marijuana push after Zoom with Snoop Dogg
CNN:
US Air Force test to launch ultra-fast hypersonic missile fails
Discussion: The National Interest
Shah Meer Baloch / The Guardian:
‘Every year we dig mass graves’: the slaughter of Pakistan's Hazara
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Why Is the Supreme Court Hesitating on Abortion?
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Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issues order prohibiting ‘vaccine passports’
Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
He Led Hitler's Secret Police in Austria. Then He Spied for the West.
Discussion: The Week
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
Vice President Kamala Harris Lists in Washington, D.C.
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Janet Yellen's proposal to revolutionize corporate taxation
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
Two Yemeni Men Arrested by Border Patrol Identified on the FBI's Terrorism Watch List