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11:05 AM ET, April 11, 2021


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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 text during …
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 …
Charles Sykes / Politico:
No, the GOP and the Dems Haven't Actually Swapped Brains  —  Even after the lunacy of the past four years, the GOP's recent behavior is jaw-dropping, an extraordinary transformation that feels like the Republican Party has experienced some sort of bizarre brain swap.
Discussion: Insider
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Trump in 2024? He says only that ‘a Republican’ will win
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Respectfully, Justice Breyer, court enlargers aren't the problem  —  Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer is an engaging, intellectually serious advocate of judicial modesty and compromise.  Some years ago, he put forward an admirable concept he called “active liberty.”
Discussion: and Daily Kos
John Harwood / CNN:
Biden strengthens Obama's legacy while seeking his own  —  How Biden promised to change health care on the campaign trail  —  (CNN)With sweeping economic recovery plans, President Joe Biden seeks his own legacy like the New Deal or Great Society.  But he's also bolstering Barack Obama's.
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
Associated Press:
China admits that it's COVID-19 vaccine isn't very effective: official  —  BEIJING — In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country's top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to give them a boost.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Secret ‘Project Bernanke’ Revealed in Texas Antitrust Case  —  Program used past bid data to boost tech company's win rate in advertising auctions, according to court filing  —  Google for years operated a secret program that used data from past bids in the company's digital advertising exchange …
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
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.
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: Instapundit and Townhall
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
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
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
Sen. Bryce Bennett / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American  —  Voters turned out in record numbers in 2020.  Hundreds of thousands of folks in our state cast their ballots and exercised their most fundamental right as an American.  Unfortunately, Republicans across the nation and here in Montana …
Discussion: and Raw Story
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 …
Trudeau government threatens Halifax Security Forum over proposed Taiwan award  —  The organizers of one of the world's most prestigious defense gatherings are in the midst of an uncomfortable international standoff between the Canadian government and China over a major award they had planned to give to the president of Taiwan.
Discussion: Reuters
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 …
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Blinken: China's early ‘failure’ on Covid cooperation helped speed pandemic … WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized China's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday, arguing that the country's “failure” to cooperate in the early stages …
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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American Greatness:
The Chamber of Swamp  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has cut loose any moorings with anything …
New York Times:
‘Sense of Disappointment’ on the Left as the N.Y.C. Mayor's Race Unfolds
Jamil Smith / Rolling Stone:
George Floyd's Body Is on Trial for Its Own Murder
Discussion: and Washington Post
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors
Silvia Foster-Frau / Washington Post:
Racism is a public health threat, according to the CDC director
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Black Army Medic Pepper-Sprayed in Traffic Stop Accuses Officers of Assault
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Scoop: Biden eyes Russia adviser criticized as soft on Kremlin
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
Dean Balsamini / New York Post:
Sexual assault across NYC up 322% from same time last year
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
A Teacher Marched to the Capitol. When She Got Home, the Fight Began.
Discussion: Raw Story