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4:10 PM ET, April 7, 2021

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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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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 …
Caroline Simon / Roll Call:   Democrats weigh reconciliation bill for immigration action
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Why Not Fewer Voters?  —  The fact is that voters got us into this mess.  Maybe the answer isn't more voters.  —  Much of the discussion about proposed changes to voting laws backed by many Republicans and generally opposed by Democrats begs the question and simply asserts that having more people vote is …
Discussion: Washington Post
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Finding From Particle Research Could Rewrite Known Laws of Physics  —  It's not the next Higgs boson — yet.  But the best explanation, physicists say, involves forms of matter and energy not currently known to science.  —  Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle seems …
Tom Jones / Poynter:
‘60 Minutes’ misses the mark in its story about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and COVID-19 vaccines  —  The investigative journalism show is highly respected, but not infallible.  A sloppy moment on Sunday's show is raising serious concerns.  —  CBS's “60 Minutes” is the finest …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Gov. DeSantis wins new fans on right in ‘60 Minutes’ fight
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.
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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 …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Just Knows He's an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin's Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior  —  Even as other Hollywood bullies are being sidelined, the uber-producer behind ‘The Social Network’ and Broadway's ‘To  Kill a Mockingbird’ has been given a pass for his volcanic temper.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden to unveil long-awaited executive action on guns  —  President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a long-awaited package of executive actions to curb gun violence Thursday at the White House, according to four people familiar with the plan.  —  The announcement comes nearly three months …
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 …
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.
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Ivana Saric / Axios:
Andrew Giuliani says he plans to run for New York governor
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Giuliani Denies Defaming Dominion With Election-Fraud Claims
Discussion: Law & Crime and Raw Story
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 …
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Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
Corporate America isn't welcoming former Trump Cabinet officials with open arms, headhunters say  —  The toxicity of the former president's brand is choking off traditional money-making opportunities for members of his inner circle.  —  Before she joined the Trump administration as transportation secretary …
Anna Bross / The Atlantic:
Statement From Atlantic Media on Unauthorized Access of Its Servers  —  A forensic investigation found no evidence that any subscribers', customers', or clients' financial or sensitive information was involved.  —  On March 1, 2021, Atlantic Media, a minority shareholder and former corporate owner …
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
In her own words: Woman describes Cuomo's alleged groping at mansion  —  Woman says governor's ‘sexually aggressive’ behavior increased over time  —  ALBANY — The call came on a weekday in late November.  The governor inexplicably had a technical issue with his mobile phone and needed assistance at the Executive Mansion.
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 …
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.
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris hasn't visited border since being named migration point person  —  Vice President Kamala Harris has not visited the border in the 14 days since she was first tapped to address the “root causes” of the migration crisis.  —  However, Harris has been spotted in a Chicago bakery …
Discussion: Fox News, National Review and ABC7
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Cole Lauterbach / Washington Examiner:
Brnovich invites Harris to tour Arizona's southern border amid immigration surge
Discussion: Breitbart and Reuters
Robby Soave / Reason:
A Medical Student Questioned Microaggressions.  UVA Branded Him a Threat and Banished Him from Campus.  —  Kieran Bhattacharya is a student at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine.  On October 25, 2018, he attended a panel discussion on the subject of microaggressions.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
CBS shake-up: Two TV station executives exit following L.A. Times investigation  —  CBS has ousted two powerful TV station executives following allegations of racist and abusive behavior.  —  Peter Dunn, who served as president of the TV Stations group since 2009, and David Friend …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The question that's about to dominate politics  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  What is infrastructure?  —  That's a question that will dominate politics for the spring and summer.  —  President JOE BIDEN wants the concept to be defined expansively, using it for priorities …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fulton DA won't prosecute lawmaker arrested during election law signing  —  Fulton County's district attorney said Wednesday that she won't prosecute the Democratic lawmaker who was arrested last month after she knocked repeatedly on the door of Gov. Brian Kemp's state office …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Associated Press
Washington Post:
Justice Breyer warns proponents of packing Supreme Court to ‘think long and hard’ about the risks  —  Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Tuesday that advocates of expanding the Supreme Court to dilute the power of its conservative majority should “think long and hard” about the risk …
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Red Bull, Elon Musk, and Matt Gaetz  —  Politics and the attention economy.  —  1. Red Bull and Elon Musk  —  What is “Red Bull”?  —  “Red Bull” is a carbonated energy drink.  It is packaged in metal cans.  These cans and the liquid inside them are manufactured by Rauch …
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
It's Time to Fix the 1887 Law That Led to the Capitol Riot  —  Since there will apparently not be a bipartisan commission to examine the Capitol riot, it's no longer clear there will be a reevaluation of the arcane law that created the occasion for that attempted insurrection.
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
Once the party of small government and big business, the GOP has turned upside down  —  WASHINGTON — For decades, the Republican Party stood for limited government, free enterprise, free expression and local control.  —  But look what has changed inside the GOP and within the conservative movement since Donald Trump's presidency:
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Teachers' Union Head Rips Jews in Interview on School Reopening  —  Union leader Randi Weingarten criticized Jews as “part of the ownership class” dedicated to denying opportunities to others in an interview released on Friday.  —  Weingarten—who is herself Jewish and draws a six-figure salary …
David Gambacorta / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Conspiracy Land … Omar Sabir explained his decision to his wife quietly, out of earshot of their six children, who were all under the age of 12.  He needed to start spending nights at a hotel.  Just in case.  —  The Nov. 3 presidential election was just days away.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
Legacy Media Corruption Is At The Heart Of Our National Conflict  —  The Georgia example is instructive in illustrating exactly how much of our conflict is downstream of the broken media.  —  The media's false reporting about new election legislation in Georgia whipped up a controversy …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Michigan AG Says Sidney Powell's Claim that ‘No Reasonable Person’ Would Believe Her Kraken Theories Is Exactly Why She Should Be Sanctioned  —  Defending herself from more than $1 billion in liabilities from Dominion Voting Machines, lawyer Sidney Powell argued late last month that that …
 
 
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CNBC:
Op-ed: Stop saying Covid vaccine passport and learn from messaging missteps of the past
Eric Kaufmann / Manhattan Institute:
The Social Construction of Racism in the United States
Discussion: National Review
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
Donor Darla Moore writes off USC after it fails to acknowledge her mother's death
Brian J Barth / OneZero:
Homeless in the Shadow of Apple's $5 Billion Campus
David Schuman / WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Buffalo Business Owner With Huge ‘Trump 2020’ Flag Prepared To ‘Go To Jail’ For Violating City Rules
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘They Just Walked In’: Tucker Carlson's Bizarre Revisionist Defense of Capitol Rioters
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Politico
Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tishaura Jones wins mayoral race: 'It's time for St. Louis to thrive'
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
‘Leave no Tigrayan’: In Ethiopia, an ethnicity is erased
Discussion: The Week