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12:00 PM 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.
CNN:
GOP's Trump obsession is giving Biden an opening
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.
Discussion: The Playlist
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 …
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Emma Kinery / Bloomberg:
Share of Democrats in U.S. Spikes After Biden Win, Poll Shows
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
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 …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Justice Breyer Rejects ‘Conservative’ Tag for Supreme Court
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
David Roth / Defector:
What Exactly Is Donald Trump Upset About Here?  —  One remarkable and inspiring thing about former President of the United States Donald Trump is that he has somehow spent unimaginable thousands of hours in his life watching television without ever getting good at it.
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Reuters:
Exclusive-U.S. to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration plans to unveil a package of about $150 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance that was cut off by then-President Donald Trump …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Joe Biden is not planning to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Discussion: HotAir and Al-Monitor
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
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 …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
VP Harris visits Chicago bakery even as border crisis escalates  —  Harris has been tapped as Biden's point person to deal with the border  —  ‘Fill the gaps’: Tomi Lahren slams Biden's border handling after recent return to AZ  —  Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday visited a bakery in Chicago …
Discussion: ABC7
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Harris Is Moving Into Newly Renovated Official Residence
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: Axios, Politico, IJR and Crooks and Liars
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.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Chuck Schumer is thinking big — gridlocked Senate be damned  —  Chuck Schumer vowed in November that when his Democrats “take Georgia, then we change the world.”  He wasn't far off.  —  The New Yorker's ascension to Senate majority leader gave President Joe Biden the power to spend trillions …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Dianne Feinstein signals she's open to abandoning Senate filibuster for voting rights
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 …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing …
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Finding From Particle Research Could Break 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 called a muon …
Ben White / Politico:
Corporate America tears down Biden's infrastructure plan  —  Corporate America has loudly complained for years about the crumbling state of the U.S. infrastructure and demanded that Washington invest heavily to catch up to the rest of the developed world.  —  But now that President Joe Biden …
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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.  —  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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Schlinkmann / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tishaura Jones wins mayoral race: 'It's time for St. Louis to thrive'  —  ST. LOUIS — City Treasurer Tishaura Jones won the St. Louis mayor's race Tuesday, defeating Alderman Cara Spencer in a contest matching two progressive Democratic women.  —  Unofficial final returns showed Jones pulling …
Discussion: The Appeal
Defense News:
Rejoining Open Skies would send ‘wrong message’ to Russia, State tells partners  —  WASHINGTON — The United States appears unlikely to rejoin the 34-nation Open Skies Treaty over its concerns about Russian noncompliance, with the Biden administration telling international partners …
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Mitch McConnell and the Agony of the Post-Trump Corporate Republican  —  On June 15, 2012, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a speech portentously titled “Growing Threats to Our First Amendment Rights: An Address by Mitch McConnell.”  ("Address" is the term politicians use for speeches they wish to be taken seriously.)
Jessica Schneider / CNN:
Ten more members of Congress join NAACP lawsuit against Trump and Giuliani for conspiring to incite US Capitol riot  —  Rep. Thompson explains use of the KKK act in lawsuit against Trump  —  (CNN)Ten members of Congress who were in the House gallery as rioters breached the Capitol on January 6 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Mo Brooks nabs Trump endorsement in Alabama Senate race  —  Former President Donald Trump is endorsing Rep. Mo Brooks in the Alabama Senate race, a nod that could dramatically reshape next year's GOP primary for the state's open seat.  —  “Few Republicans have as much COURAGE and FIGHT …
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
JPMorgan Secretly Emailed the Trump Administration About Bailing Out the Oil Industry  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  In October, top executives at JPMorgan Chase wrote in an op-ed …
 
 
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Liberal comedian Samantha Bee admits she pulls punches when it comes to Biden: 'I can't deny that'
Discussion: Twitchy
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hunter Biden Acknowledges Only Four Of His Five Children In Memoir, Ignoring Love Child He Had With Stripper
Discussion: National Review
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
‘Leave no Tigrayan’: In Ethiopia, an ethnicity is erased
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The biggest potential danger to Jordan's King Abdullah II is himself
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, February 2021
Discussion: Breitbart and UPI
 Earlier Items: 
Courtenay Brown / Axios:
Dimon calls on companies to be policymakers
Discussion: New York Post and CNBC
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
‘A Whole Bunch of Crazy’: Inside the South Carolina GOP's MAGA Coup
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Jennifer Rubin shatters glass ceiling, becomes first woman to win ‘Liberal Hack Tournament’
Katherine Eban / Vanity Fair:
“We Are Hoarding”: Why the U.S. Still Can't Donate COVID-19 Vaccines to Countries in Need
Erin Silvia / Hollywood Life:
Dave Chappelle Claims He Saw Celebs Leaving ‘Dirty Notes’ For Trump Staff At White House Party
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
What a photo of Trump's new office reveals about how he wants to be remembered
Discussion: Insider