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9:35 PM ET, April 11, 2021

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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 …
New York Times:
Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage  —  The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.  —  The Natanz nuclear facility in Iran mysteriously lost power on Sunday in what Iranian officials called …
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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 …
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Says Its Foes Targeted Nuclear Plant to Derail Potential Talks With U.S.
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Times of Israel
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Pentagon chief declares ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump  —  (CNN)Rep. Matt Gaetz, who's facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations, was recently denied a meeting with Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate as the ex-President and his allies continue to distance themselves from the Florida congressman.
Discussion: Political Wire and Insider
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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 …
Mark Follman / Mother Jones:   How Trump Unleashed a Domestic Terrorism Movement—And What Experts Say Must Be Done to Defeat It
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump slashes at McConnell as he reiterates election falsehoods at Republican event
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Biden pollster urges blunt tax talk  —  The top pollster for Joe Biden's presidential campaign is advising the White House to do something that often makes Democrats nervous: Talk loudly and proudly about raising taxes on the rich.  —  Why it matters: John Anzalone tells Axios his extensive polling …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Trump campaign boosted by unsuspecting state GOPs  —  Federal regulators are probing financial reporting discrepancies stemming from an effort to funnel $75 million through state Republican parties to the national GOP effort to reelect Donald Trump, Axios has learned.
Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
Virginia governor calls for investigation into police pepper-spraying of Black Army officer  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Sunday he is directing Virginia State Police to investigate a traffic stop during which two police officers held an Army second lieutenant at gunpoint in the southeast part of the state.
Discussion: NPR, WRIC-TV and Digby's Hullabaloo
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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.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Liz Cheney on Matt Gaetz: ‘The Charges Certainly Are Sickening’  —  ‘NOT GOING TO COMMENT FURTHER’  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), while trying to avoid giving any detailed comment on the Matt Gaetz teen sex scandal, still made sure to get her point across about one of her chief tormenters in the House.
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New York Post:
Never Trump conservatives are complicit with Team Biden's moral outrages and norm-breaking  —  Remember Never Trump?  —  For four years, an influential clique of think tankers, Republican operatives and talking heads claimed that any conservative who supported Donald Trump was complicit with a uniquely malevolent presidency.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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: TheBlaze and Alternet.org
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 …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
NYC Co-Op Boards Would Have to Explain Why They Deny Buyers, Under New Bill
Saleha Mohsin / Bloomberg:
Biden Team Eyes Potential Threat From China's Digital Yuan Plans
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Biden set to accept fewest refugees of any modern president, including Trump, report says
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
Crenshaw will be ‘effectively blind’ for a month following surgery for detaching retina
Sam Amico / OutKick:
Wipe This: COVID Risk From Touching Contaminated Surfaces Almost Nil, CDC Says
Discussion: The Times of Israel
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Identity Politics Is Destroying America
Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times:
My Family's Global Vaccine Journey
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Congress should stop attacking DeJoy and consider his plan to fix the Postal Service
Wall Street Journal:
CEOs Plan New Push on Voting Legislation
Discussion: Insider
CNN:
‘We cannot go back to normal’: Boston's Mayor Kim Janey sees a mandate for racial equity in post-Covid era
Discussion: The Hill
Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
Case count, masks and ventilation are key
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
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
Akilah Johnson / Washington Post:
For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection
Sen. Bryce Bennett / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana Republican voter suppression agenda is un-American
Discussion: HillReporter.com and Raw Story