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7:20 PM ET, April 11, 2021

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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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Jerusalem Post:
'Mossad behind cyber attack against Iran's Natanz nuclear facility'  —  Security cabinet set to meet next week amid growing tensions between Israel and Iran.  —  The Mossad was reportedly behind the cyberattack at the Natanz nuclear plant on Sunday that caused extensive damage to Iran's main uranium enrichment facility.
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel
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: POLITICUSUSA and HillReporter.com
New York Times:
‘Like the Tiger King Got Elected Tax Collector’: Inside the Case That Ensnared Matt Gaetz  —  Joel Greenberg, a onetime local official in Florida, is accused of an array of crimes, including bribery, stalking and corruption.  —  LAKE MARY, Fla. — Long before the F.B.I. began to scrutinize …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why We're Freaking Out About Substack  —  A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.  —  Danny Lavery had just agreed to a two-year, $430,000 contract with the newsletter platform Substack …
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.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘White Lives Matter’ rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up  —  In semi-private, encrypted chats, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists planned rallies in dozens of cities on Sunday to promote their racist movements and spread their ideologies to larger audiences.
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors' million-dollar real-estate buying binge
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
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.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Media to Buy Owner of Preet Bharara's Podcast  —  Bharara, a former Manhattan U.S. attorney, will join Vox Media as a host and creative director  —  Vox Media said it is acquiring Cafe Studios Inc., publisher of a popular podcast hosted by former Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara …
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
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Welcome to Galaxy Brain  —  Why I'm leaving (The) New York (Times).  —  Hello!  Hi!  I have a new job — you're looking at it.  Welcome to Galaxy Brain, my humble internet outpost.  I am terribly excited.  Before I arrived here, I spent a few great years as a writer at large for the New York Times Opinion section.
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 …
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
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 …
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—
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.
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
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Crenshaw will be ‘effectively blind’ for a month following surgery for detaching retina  —  Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw will be “effectively blind” for about a month after undergoing emergency surgery to reattach the retina in his left eye, he said Saturday.  —  The Republican congressman …
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
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Identity Politics Is Destroying America  —  David Horowitz has published a new book titled The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement Is Destroying America.  What follows is an excerpt from David's book, published with his permission:  —  White Male Christians
 
 
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Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story
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