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11:55 AM ET, April 12, 2021

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New York Times:
Minnesota Officer Shoots Driver, and Protesters Clash With Police  —  A young Black man died after an officer shot him during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, near where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death of George Floyd  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A 20-year-old Black man died …
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Star Tribune:
Violence flares after Brooklyn Center police fatally shoot man, 20, inflaming tensions during the Derek Chauvin trial  —  Man, 20, killed after being pulled over for traffic violation in Brooklyn Center  —  A Brooklyn Center police officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon …
Associated Press:
Man Shot by Minnesota Police in Traffic Stop Dies
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Cindy McCain set to land Biden ambassadorship  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  President JOE BIDEN is preparing to name Republican CINDY MCCAIN to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration's first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.
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Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden Republicans?  Some in GOP open to president's agenda  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jay Copan doesn't hide his disregard for the modern Republican Party.  —  A solid Republican voter for the past four decades, the 69-year-old quickly regretted casting his 2016 ballot for Donald Trump.
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a ‘slush fund’
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.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents  —  First dog Major Biden bites second person in White House  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden's German shepherd, Major, will receive training after two biting incidents involving workers at the White House, according to first lady Jill Biden's spokesman.
Discussion: Insider
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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 …
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens  —  A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform  —  Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public …
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Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
How Facebook let fake engagement distort global politics: a whistleblower's account  —  The inside story of Sophie Zhang's battle to combat rampant manipulation as executives delayed and deflected  —  Shortly before Sophie Zhang lost access to Facebook's systems, she published one final message …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
ADL demands Fox News fire Tucker Carlson over anti-Semitic trope: ‘This has deadly significance’  —  Last week on Fox News, Tucker Carlson argued that immigration to the United States would “dilute the political power” of Americans in a segment that also referenced “white replacement theory” …
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Tom Porter / Insider:
Tucker Carlson is repeatedly using his platform to downplay white supremacy and violence, critics say
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson and White Replacement
Discussion: RedState, Raw Story and Eschaton
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed a Black Army Medic Is Fired  —  Joe Gutierrez, who is accused of using excessive force during a traffic stop in Windsor, Va., has been dismissed, the town said.  —  A police officer in Virginia who confronted a uniformed Black Army medic at gunpoint and doused …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Root, CBS News, NPR and TheGrio
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NBC4 Washington:
Officer Accused of Force in Stop of Black Army Officer Fired
Discussion: Insider and MyNorthwest.com
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tends his legacy 8,000 miles away  —  He reshaped the federal judiciary.  He made history as the longest-serving Senate GOP leader.  But Mitch McConnell has unfinished business more than 8,000 miles from the halls of Congress.  —  There's no more consistent or surprising through line …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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Mike Allen / Yahoo News:
“You're not a one-person show”: Pelosi unloads on “The Squad” in new biography
Discussion: IJR
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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Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout ‘nuclear terrorism’
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 …
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Mitch McConnell's Threat Backfires As Big Business Meets To Cut Off GOP Cash
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
The rise of domestic extremism in America  —  Data shows a surge in homegrown attacks not seen in a quarter-century  —  Domestic terror incidents by year  —  Domestic terrorism incidents have soared to new highs in the United States, driven chiefly by white-supremacist …
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Will Smith's production pulls out of Georgia, citing the state's voting law.  —  Will Smith and the director Antoine Fuqua said on Monday that they were pulling their upcoming film production “Emancipation” out of Georgia because of the state's new voting law, which has been denounced …
Adam Jentleson / The Atlantic:
How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop  —  President Joe Biden came into office facing four “converging crises”: COVID-19, climate change, racial justice, and the economy.  But after a few weeks of fast action on a pandemic relief plan, a fifth crisis will determine the fate of the rest …
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden nominates a critic of Trump's immigration policies to lead Customs and Border Protection.  —  President Biden will nominate Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson, Ariz., and a critic of the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies, to lead Customs and Border Protection …
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.
CNN:
Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Sandra Feuerstein, New York federal judge  —  (CNN)A woman has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run accident that killed federal judge Sandra Feuerstein and injured a 6-year-old in Boca Raton, Florida, on Friday.
Discussion: The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Hawley hauls in $3M after attempt to block election results  —  Sen. Josh Hawley raised more than $3 million during the first three months of the year, underscoring how the Missouri Republican converted his high-profile opposition to the certification of the 2020 election into big fundraising support.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How Hunter Biden's Memoir Played in the White House  —  Hunter Biden was careering above Highway 10 in the Sonoran desert.  Eastbound behind the wheel of a rented Lincoln Town Car, exhausted and speeding 80 mph, he'd closed his eyes just long enough to zag off the road and into the air, twirling to land in the opposite lanes.
Discussion: Breitbart
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll  —  ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's lucrative book deal is not the only instance where the governor's office mixed private activities and government staff.
Discussion: HotAir
 
 
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Matthew Chance / CNN:
Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The border is even worse than you think  —  MISSION, Texas — Anyone paying attention …
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice
Discussion: The Hill and KDFX-TV
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court's Bridgegate Ruling Casts Shadow on Federal Fraud Cases
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex McKenna / Washington Examiner:
Ohio State employs 150 diversity officials, to add more professors focused on social and racial justice
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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Discussion: HuffPost and IJR
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Why big-spending Biden can shrug off GOP warnings of inflation
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Old Trump health team rivalries resurface in Texas House race
Discussion: NBC News
Kadia Goba / Axios:
House members still reeling from Capitol siege
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic
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