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8:25 AM ET, April 11, 2021


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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel escorted out of RNC retreat  —  During this weekend's highly anticipated donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee in Palm Beach, Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted off the premises while his primary opponent, Jane Timken …
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event  —  Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘Dumb son of a bitch’: Trump rips McConnell at Mar-a-Lago  —  Former President Donald Trump ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before a Republican National Committee donor retreat Saturday evening, deriding him as a “dumb son of a bitch.”  —  Trump veered off his prepared during …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Trump in 2024?  He says only that ‘a Republican’ will win  —  PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump plans to affirm his commitment to the Republican Party — and raise the possibility that someone else will be the GOP's next presidential nominee — in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night.
Washington Post:
Maryland enacts landmark police overhaul, first state to repeal police bill of rights  —  BREAKING: Maryland's Democratic-majority legislature on Saturday overrode Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes of three historic police accountability bills, becoming the first state in the nation to do away …
Discussion: Politico
Baltimore Sun:
Maryland legislators pass landmark police reform package into law, overriding Gov. Hogan's vetoes
Discussion: New York Post, Fox News and HotAir
David Smith / The Guardian:
The scandal that wasn't: Republicans deflated as nation shrugs at Hunter Biden revelations  —  Trump and his allies foresaw a ticking timebomb centred on the president's son - but it has not turned out that way  —  Where's Hunter?  —  The rhetorical question about Joe Biden's troubled son …
Discussion: and The Daily Beast
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Bareback Rocket Ride’: The Hunter Biden Story
Discussion: The Western Journal
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Nevada Republicans vote to censure SOS Cegavske over voter fraud allegations  —  Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on the first day of the 81st session of the Legislature in Carson City on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.  (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)  —  The Nevada Republican Party Central Committee …
Discussion: Raw Story
Scoop: Biden eyes Russia adviser criticized as soft on Kremlin  —  President Biden is considering appointing Matthew Rojansky, head of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute, as Russia director on the National Security Council, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The Gaetz Show gets weirder  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  MIAMI — Welcome to a special edition of Playbook from Miami.  It's time for an update on The Gaetz Show, which just came to town.  —  Battling anonymous leaks that he had sex with a minor or had paid prostitutes …
Andrew Ryan Globe / The Boston Globe:
For years, the Boston Police kept a secret: the union president was an alleged child molester  —  Despite 1995 evidence, Patrick Rose kept his badge, worked on child sexual assault cases, and ascended to power in the police union.  He went on to allegedly molest five other children.
Discussion: Raw Story
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Ramsey Clark, Attorney General and Rebel With a Cause, Dies at 93  —  Mr. Clark oversaw the drafting of the Fair Housing Act in 1968 and went on to defend both the disadvantaged and the unpopular.  —  Ramsey Clark, who championed civil rights and liberties as attorney general in the Johnson administration …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's Trojan horse presidency  —  Joe Biden was elected president after a campaign rooted in rhetoric emphasizing unity, moderation, and compromise.  But with every day that passes, the veneer of centrism that got him elected over rivals such as Sen. Bernie Sanders becomes more distant of a memory.
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed  —  A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Associated Press:
‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran's Natanz nuclear site  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility lost power Sunday just hours after starting up new advanced centrifuges capable of enriching uranium faster, the latest incident to strike …
Washington Examiner:
Biden's gun control policies would treat everyone like a criminal  —  President Joe Biden unveiled a series of executive actions this week aimed at limiting access to firearms and tightening regulations on who can purchase and own them.  Compared to the extreme gun control measures Biden …
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
'You Can't Trust Anyone': Russia's Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret  —  The country's official coronavirus death toll is 102,649.  But at least 300,000 more people died last year during the pandemic than were reported in Russia's most widely cited official statistics.
New York Times:
Black Army Medic Pepper-Sprayed in Traffic Stop Accuses Officers of Assault  —  Second Lt. Caron Nazario was in uniform when two Windsor, Va., police officers ordered him to stop his car, pointed their weapons at him and doused him with pepper spray.  —  Caron Nazario, a lieutenant …
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Covid-19 hospitalizations among younger people are rising in the US — especially in one region  —  (CNN)The US just hit a record high of about 4.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines reported administered in one day, according to data published Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Second senior Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid federal investigation  —  Devin Murphy, Rep. Matt Gaetz's legislative director, has stepped down amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the Florida Republican congressman, the New York Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
How the forces inside the GOP that pushed out John Boehner led to Matt Gaetz
Discussion: Insider, Slate and Althouse
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Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
Racism is a public health threat, according to the CDC director
Discussion: Power Line
Ryan Prior / CNN:
How to speak to someone who's hesitant to get vaccinated
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Mississippi Elections Chief Says He Regrets Word Choice About ‘Woke’ Young Voters
Washington Post:
Kerry expected to travel to China in first visit by top Biden official
Andrea Petersen / Wall Street Journal:
Loneliness, Anxiety and Loss: the Covid Pandemic's Terrible Toll on Kids
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
John Ganz / Unpopular Front:
Some Thoughts on Antisemitism  —  In the most recent issue of Jewish Currents …
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Sexual assault across NYC up 322% from same time last year
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
A Teacher Marched to the Capitol. When She Got Home, the Fight Began.
Discussion: Raw Story
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Marxist BLM leader buys $1.4 million home in ritzy LA enclave
Discussion: TheBlaze and Twitchy
New York Times:
Incarcerated and Infected: How the Virus Tore Through the U.S. Prison System
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Proud Boys and other far-right groups raise millions via Christian funding site
New York Times:
Police Say an Antifa Activist Likely Shot at Officers. His Gun Suggests Otherwise.