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9:35 AM ET, April 9, 2021

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The Daily Beast:
Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo'd Teen … In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900.  The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money.
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New York Times:
Biden Announces Action on Guns, Saying ‘This Is Just a Start’  —  Representative Matt Gaetz's communications director has also resigned amid a federal sex trafficking investigation.  President Biden inaccurately described “loopholes” in federal regulations of firearms during a speech outlining his first actions to combat gun violence.
Manu Raju / CNN:
First GOP member of Congress calls on Matt Gaetz to resign  —  (CNN)Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger became the first congressional Republican to call on his colleague from Florida, Rep. Matt Gaetz, to resign in the face of a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations.
Brandon Gage / HillReporter.com:
Matt Gaetz Could Be ‘Uncomfortable’ After Informant's Lawyer Makes This Announcement
Discussion: The Week, HuffPost and New York Times
New York Times:
Indicted Matt Gaetz Associate Is Expected to Plead Guilty, Lawyers Say
Orlando Sentinel:
Joel Greenberg paid $7,500 to Anthony Sabatini while Seminole Tax Collector
Discussion: Fox News
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
In New Book, Boehner Says He Regrets Clinton Impeachment  —  Former Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, writes that the drive to remove President Bill Clinton was a politically motivated move he wishes he had repudiated.  —  WASHINGTON — Former Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio …
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Washington Post:
In new book, John Boehner says today's GOP is unrecognizable to traditional conservatives and dishes on his time in politics  —  John Boehner in a new memoir derides today's Republican Party as unrecognizable to traditional conservatives like himself, held hostage by both former president Donald Trump …
Discussion: HuffPost and Florida Politics
Julian E. Zelizer / New York Times:
Book Review: ‘On the House,’ by John Boehner
Discussion: NPR
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus  —  Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic.  —  She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher.  She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one.
Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson gives passionate defense of “white replacement theory”  —  Carlson: “If you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate ... they become hysterical because that's what's true.  Let's just say it that it's true”
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Vladimir Putin Has a Message: “Hey, Joe, Are You Listening?”  —  The Biden Administration can't escape the Russia problem.  —  Vladimir Putin would like a word.  All of the talk in Washington these days is about China, or our crazy dysfunctional politics, or the pandemic and its consequences.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:   My trial in Moscow this week was an exercise in absurdity
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua says Yale punishing her over false student allegations  —  The author of a controversial 2011 book on parenting says that Yale Law School is punishing her over false allegations raised by students by removing her from a position teaching one of the law school's “small groups …
Dave Gilson / Mother Jones:
Trump Put a Right-Wing Radio Host in Charge of a National Park.  Emails Show the Chaos That Ensued.  —  Click the highlighted text for more.  —  Last December 7, Michael Savage kicked off his radio program by railing yet again against the “demonic” and “fascist” governors who had locked down their states to slow the spread of COVID.
Discussion: Raw Story
Amy Sherman / PolitiFact:
In gun policy address, Joe Biden exaggerates about background checks at gun shows  —  If you go to a gun show and buy a firearm from a federally licensed seller, you will have to pass a background check, just as if you went to a bricks-and-mortar gun store.  You would only escape a background check …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why filibuster reformers aren't (quite) ready to give up on Joe Manchin  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III's declaration in a Post op-ed piece that there is “no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster” continues to stir angst.  After all, if the West Virginia Democrat means …
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Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show  —  Political appointees also tried to blunt scientific findings they deemed unfavorable to Trump, according to new documents from House probe  —  Trump appointees in the Health and Human Services department …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Federal prosecutors get the green light to start offering plea deals to Capitol riot defendants, attorneys say  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors have informed some Capitol riot defendants the Justice Department has given the green-light to cut guilty plea deals, a step toward bringing …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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WTOP:
Capitol riot defendant ‘viciously’ beaten in D.C. jail, lawyer says
Discussion: CBS News
Brad Esposito / Nieman Lab:
“The idea that we can change anything, I have given up on”: NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny on documenting the “depressing” internet  —  “Suddenly, the stupid stuff on the internet, the scary stuff on the internet, became just so mainstream and important.  And that totally should not be.”
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Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Politicians dread the sting of #KHive, the fervent online fans of Kamala Harris  —  When Rep. Ro Khanna started pressing Vice President Kamala Harris to use her procedural power to push a national minimum wage hike a few weeks ago, he found himself targeted by a swarm of online Harris supporters.
Discussion: PRESS RUN and Politico
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump hands Rubio coveted reelection endorsement in Florida  —  Former President Trump on Friday endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) reelection bid in Florida, throwing his support behind the incumbent senator and former GOP Primary foe in his adopted home state.
Rosa Brooks / Politico:
What About the Cops Who Watched George Floyd Die?  —  Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer currently on trial for the killing of George Floyd, is an all-too familiar type: a bully with a badge and gun.  During his 19 years as an officer, Chauvin was the subject of a score of misconduct complaints.
The Markup:
Google Blocks Advertisers from Targeting Black Lives Matter YouTube Videos  —  “Black power” and “Black Lives Matter” can't be used to find videos for ads, but “White power” and “White lives matter” were just fine  —  Last June, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made a big promise to help Black YouTubers.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Disney makes its pick for next ABC News president  —  Disney has found the next president of ABC News.  —  Kimberly Godwin, the executive vice president of CBS News, is in the final stages of negotiations with Disney to become president of ABC News, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Marilyn Berger / New York Times:
Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99  —  The Duke of Edinburgh, who married the future queen in 1947, brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional frank comments hurt his image.  —  Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II …
Hannah Sampson / Washington Post:
Florida governor sues the CDC to get cruises sailing immediately  —  Making good on an earlier threat, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Thursday that the state has filed a lawsuit against the federal government demanding that cruises be allowed to resume from the United States immediately.
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
New York Is Taxing the Rich.  Here's Who Made That Happen.  —  A budget that spends on education, homelessness and undocumented immigrants is the product of years of progressive politics, not a governor looking for a diversion.  —  About a decade ago, it became increasingly common …
Bloomberg:
Biden Proposes $715 Billion for Pentagon in First Budget Outline  — Plan likely to be portrayed to Democrats as a compromise  — It amounts to a small decrease when adjusted for inflation  —  President Joe Biden plans to request $715 billion for his first Pentagon budget …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Exclusive: How Donald Trump upended Nancy Pelosi's plans, then she unraveled his  —  This story is adapted from “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power,” which will be published April 20 by Twelve Books.  Author Susan Page, the Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY …
CNN:
Scathing watchdog report reveals Capitol Police had expired ammo, ineffective shields during riot  —  Mother of injured officer to riot accomplices: How dare you?  —  (CNN)A scathing report by the US Capitol Police watchdog obtained by CNN reveals that there were even more law enforcement failures prior …
Discussion: Insider and Talking Points Memo
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Antony Blinken offers a window on how Biden's foreign policy decisions will be made  —  As Secretary of State Antony Blinken describes President Biden's approach to major foreign policy issues, you don't sense a “doctrine” so much as a pragmatic mind-set: Solve problems …
 
 
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New York Post:
Team Cuomo's nursing-home coverup was even worse than we knew
Rachel Elbaum / NBC News:
Holocaust survivors launch new campaign to show how ‘it started with words’
Rep. Nancy Mace / Washington Examiner:
Vaccine passports: When fear threatens freedom
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
White nationalist “groyper” movement links up with anti-vaxxers, threatens use of weapons
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
YouTube faces backlash as progressive journalist claims tech giant ‘trying to push us off the platform’
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Caron / taxprof.typepad.com:
Bar Exams May Soon Be Easier To Pass, As States Eye Changes
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Mattise / Associated Press:
Hagerty talks elections with Trump after affirming Biden win
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and The Hill
Doha Madani / NBC News:
1 dead, 5 others shot in Texas industrial park shooting; suspect in custody
Discussion: FOX 26 Houston and Raw Story
Sherman Smith / Kansas Reflector:
Kansas Senate Majority Leader had 0.17 blood alcohol level in wrong-way pursuit
Discussion: Political Wire
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AP source: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself