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5:35 PM ET, April 11, 2021

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Todd Frankel / Washington Post:
More than a hundred corporate executives hold call to discuss halting donations and investments to fight controversial voting bills  —  More than 100 chief executives and corporate leaders gathered online Saturday to discuss taking new action to combat the controversial state voting bills …
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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  —  Tehran (CNN)Iran's Atomic Energy Organization condemned an incident at the Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday, calling it a “terrorist action,” according to the Iranian telegram channel of the Revolution Guard Corps, or IRGC.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and KDFX-TV
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel
Discussion: The Hill and The Times of Israel
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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Mark Follman / Mother Jones:
How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It  —  “He tells them what to do.  He tells them why they're angry.”  —  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.
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 …
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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
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.
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Washington Examiner
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Joe Manchin beats his chest for D.C. elites while struggling W. Va. waits for help |  Will Bunch  —  Jeanne Peters moved to Wood County, W. Va., from Atlanta more than two decades ago seeking to launch an e-commerce business while breathing in some of what has kept families in the isolated Mountain State …
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—
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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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
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
Washington Post:
Congress should stop attacking DeJoy and consider his plan to fix the Postal Service  —  LAST YEAR was a rough one for the U.S. Postal Service.  Relentlessly bashed by then-President Donald Trump, the Postal Service landed in election-year controversy when Mr. Trump's choice for postmaster general …
Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times:
My Family's Global Vaccine Journey  —  We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics.  Which of us would be inoculated last?  —  In early February, my sister posted a video in our family's WhatsApp group.  —  It was a seven-minute CNN report on Malawi …
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: KDFX-TV and Florida Politics
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
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: The media's whitewashing of Stephen Miller's white nationalism  —  Stephen Miller, the former Trump White House senior advisor and speechwriter from Santa Monica, has gone back to the California conservative playbook for his next act: launching a legal group that co-opts social justice strategies to fight social justice.
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.
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
 
 
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Reuters:
Blinken to return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine, Afghanistan
Discussion: The Hill
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
The Hill:
The GOP commitment to democracy
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kate Abnett / Reuters:
China, Russia undermine international Myanmar response, EU's top diplomat says
Akilah Johnson / Washington Post:
For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
Stringer Theory The comptroller's reward for a career in public service? Third place in the polls.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
After Going ‘Free of L.G.B.T.,’ a Polish Town Pays a Price
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Politico:
Trudeau government threatens Halifax Security Forum over proposed Taiwan award
Discussion: Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Secret ‘Project Bernanke’ Revealed in Texas Antitrust Case
John Harwood / CNN:
Biden strengthens Obama's legacy while seeking his own
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden's Trojan horse presidency
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed
Discussion: The Atlantic