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3:55 PM ET, April 11, 2021

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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: GOP donors privately pan Trump's ‘horrible’ RNC speech  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A slew of well-heeled Republican National Committee donors descended on Palm Beach this weekend, excited to be schmoozed, eager for access to DONALD TRUMP and other potential 2024 nominees …
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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 …
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
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 …
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:   How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It
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 …
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CNN:
Incident at Iran's Natanz facility a ‘terrorist action,’ nuclear chief says
Discussion: KDFX-TV
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel
Discussion: The Hill and The Times of Israel
Lateshia Beachum / Washington Post:
Maskless Florida woman who coughed on Pier 1 customer gets 30 days in jail  —  A Florida woman who, without wearing a mask, purposefully coughed on another customer in a Pier 1 store last year has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.  —  Debra Hunter, 53, will serve time in Duval County jail …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing ‘to balance the conservative majority’  —  “Breaking News: President Biden will create a panel to study expanding the Supreme Court in an effort to balance the conservative majority created by Donald Trump.”
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Respectfully, Justice Breyer, court enlargers aren't the problem
Discussion: Alternet.org and TheBlaze
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Twitter Censors Criticism of BLM Founder Buying $1.4 Million Home In Predominantly White Neighborhood  —  We have been discussing the expanding censorship on Twitter and social media.  The latest example involves the story of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37 …
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors' million-dollar real-estate buying binge
Danielle Wallace / Fox News:
Cheney calls Gaetz allegations ‘sickening,’ stays mum on calls for resignation  —  Cheney declines to say if she was surprised by the allegations  —  Gaetz slams ‘lying’ media  —  U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday she found the sexual misconduct allegations against fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz …
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida Republicans see opening as Gaetz's legal peril rises
Discussion: Raw Story
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Of hate, crimes and hate crimes: Anti-Asian violence is not quite what city pols want it to be  —  Flipping through the paper on Friday, you could read about:  —  A young Asian man who was at the Home Depot in East New York when a man brandished a two-by-four and asked his girlfriend, “Why you with that little d—k Asian n—
Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
Case count, masks and ventilation are key  —  “There are three factors to consider,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, who studies the airborne transmission of Covid-19.  —  “How prevalent is the virus in the population?
Discussion: National Review
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
David Cohen / Politico:
China hasn't been forthright on Covid, Blinken says  —  The world still needs “to get to the bottom of” the origins of Covid-19, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday, and that means China still owes the world some answers.  —  “I think China knows that in the early stages of Covid …
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Akilah Johnson / Washington Post:
For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection  —  BOSTON — The line started outside, on a street usually teeming with people waiting to enter college bars, and snaked up the stairs of an old firehouse to the Brazilian Worker Center, where shots of the coronavirus vaccine …
CNN:
‘We cannot go back to normal’: Boston's Mayor Kim Janey sees a mandate for racial equity in post-Covid era  —  Boston (CNN)For 200 years, Boston has been led by an unbroken string of White men — until now.  Kim Janey, a Black woman who traces her roots in the city back generations …
Discussion: The Hill
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: Law & Crime and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation  —  Companies from PayPal to AMC have signaled they will support joining effort for voter access, people say  —  Dozens of chief executives and other senior leaders gathered on Zoom this weekend to plot what several said big businesses should do next …
Discussion: Insider
The Hill:
The GOP commitment to democracy  —  The ongoing attempt by GOP legislators in 43 states to curtail access to voting is the latest in a series of actions by Republican elites that seem designed to undermine our democratic system of government.  These actions raise perhaps the most pressing question …
David K. Li / NBC News:
Police accused of threatening, pulling gun on Black Army lieutenant during Virginia traffic stop … Virginia police pulled guns on a Black Army officer during a traffic stop and threatened to execute him in a parking lot, according to the serviceman's lawsuit and video of the encounter.
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Stringer Theory The comptroller's reward for a career in public service?  Third place in the polls.  —  Last fall, Scott Stringer wasn't just confident.  “He was cocky,” said one person close to him.  “He was very aggressive about it, like, 'I am going to be the next mayor …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Can the Meritocracy Find God?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Brought the Economy to Its Knees, but CEO Pay Surged
Discussion: Raw Story
Kate Abnett / Reuters:
China, Russia undermine international Myanmar response, EU's top diplomat says
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price
Sen. Bryce Bennett / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
American Greatness:
The Chamber of Swamp  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has cut loose any moorings with anything …
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
Trudeau government threatens Halifax Security Forum over proposed Taiwan award
Discussion: Reuters
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
A Billionaire-Funded Website With Ties to the Far Right Is Trying to “Cancel” University Professors
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's Trojan horse presidency
Discussion: Instapundit
Washington Examiner:
Biden's gun control policies would treat everyone like a criminal
New York Times:
‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed
Discussion: The Atlantic
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
'You Can't Trust Anyone': Russia's Hidden Covid Toll Is an Open Secret
Axios:
Scoop: Biden eyes Russia adviser criticized as soft on Kremlin
David Smith / The Guardian:
The scandal that wasn't: Republicans deflated as nation shrugs at Hunter Biden revelations
Discussion: unz.com and Washington Free Beacon