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4:00 PM ET, April 12, 2021


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Mohamed Ibrahim / Associated Press:
Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Minneapolis suburb where a Black man was fatally shot during a traffic stop say the officer who fired intended to use a Taser, not a handgun.  —  Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.”
Star Tribune:
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 …
Minnesota officer shouted ‘Taser!’ but fired a gun instead, fatally shooting a man at a traffic stop, police say  —  (CNN)[Breaking news update at 1:16 p.m. ET]  —  A 20-year-old man was fatally shot during a traffic stop after a Minnesota police officer shouted “Taser!” …
Washington Post:
Minn. police officer who shot Daunte Wright apparently meant to use Taser but accidentally fired gun, police chief says  —  The suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old unarmed Black man during a traffic stop Sunday apparently meant to fire a Taser but instead made an …
New York Times:
Minnesota Officer Shoots Driver, and Protesters Clash With Police
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 …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Will Smith & Antoine Fuqua Confirm Georgia Exit Of ‘Emancipation’: “We Cannot In Good Conscience Provide Economic Support” After Recent Election Law - Update  —  Said star Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua: “At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting …
NBC News:
Will Smith movie ‘Emancipation’ abandons Georgia over voting restrictions
President Donald J. Trump Receives First NRSC Champion for Freedom Award  —  Washington, D.C. - This weekend, NRSC Chairman Rick Scott presented President Donald J. Trump with the NRSC's inaugural Champion for Freedom Award.  This award is presented to conservative leaders who have worked tirelessly …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Senate Republicans Create New ‘Annual’ Award, Give It to Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos and NBC News
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: Breitbart and Insider
Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
- Raheem Kassam / The National Pulse:
EVIDENCE: How CNN Faked A Story About Matt Gaetz, Got Caught, But Still Won't Remove It.
Discussion: CBS Miami
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 …
NBC4 Washington:
Officer Accused of Force in Stop of Black Army Officer Fired
Discussion: Insider and
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 …
Matthew Chance / CNN:
Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops  —  On the front lines in eastern Ukraine (CNN)Ankle-deep in thick black sludge, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky moves stealthily with his troops in single file through the warren of trenches and tunnels that form …
Politico:   Can Ukraine deploy U.S.-made weapons against the Russians?
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.
Washington Post:
How the corporate backlash to Georgia's new voting law is shaping other fights around the country over access to the polls  —  Behind closed doors, aides to Georgia's top Republicans and its leading business interests spent the final days of March hashing out new voting legislation in an effort …
Abraham Mahshie / Washington Examiner:
Defense secretary says attack on Iranian nuclear site won't derail talks  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on a visit to Jerusalem, demurred when asked if U.S. intelligence was involved in an attack that caused a serious setback to Iran's nuclear enrichment goals Sunday …
Rebecca Alter / Vulture:
Adam McKay Calls Aaron Sorkin ‘the Right-Wing Version of Me’  —  It's the Spidermen pointing the finger at each other meme, but for middle-aged, white, male, quippy, liberal Hollywood directors.  In an interview on Monday, the New York Times asked The Big Short and Vice director Adam McKay …
Discussion: New York Times and Decider
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.
Madison Dapcevich /
Did Ted Nugent Ask Why There Were No Lockdowns for ‘COVID 1 Thru 18’?  —  Musician Ted Nugent questioned why there weren't lockdowns for “COVID one through 18” in a Facebok Live video posted on April 7, 2021.  —  Rating  —  True … In a nearly 12-minute video shared from the verified Facebook account …
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: National Review and Breitbart
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
How Tucker Carlson's racist rhetoric gives new life to Trumpism  —  Some in the Republican Party hope that it can eventually maintain the Trump coalition without the toxic excesses of Donald Trump's disordered personality.  Already, a variety of talented and calculating figures …
Naveena Sadasivam / Grist:
Leaked calls show ALEC's secret plan to fight Biden on climate  —  A new ALEC working group is promoting long-shot tactics like nullification and a constitutional convention.  —  Republican efforts to stall President Joe Biden's climate agenda are slowly beginning to take shape.
Discussion: Mic
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
ABC's Jonathan Karl takes Joe Biden's “bridge” comments wildly out of context  —  Karl's report on Biden's agenda is riddled with misinformation and Republican messaging — and the quotation of Biden's “bridge” remark is flat-out dishonest  —  ABC News' chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl …
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats disrespecting Georgia Democrats  —  Are President Joe Biden's over-the-top attacks on Georgia's election laws ("Jim Crow on steroids") backfiring?  That's a question I asked in my most recent Washington Examiner column, and it appears that the answer is yes.
Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg:
Michigan's Plea for More Vaccines Is Rejected by Biden Team  — CDC chief says state needs shutdowns to take on virus spike  — Psaki says administration won't shift vaccines among states  —  The Biden administration on Monday put Michigan's Democratic governor on notice that her plea …
Graham Vyse / Washington Post:
D.C.'s rising libertarian star, with her ‘healthy skepticism of state power,’ secures an influential podcast  —  Jane Coaston hates the phrase “the Black community.”  The 33-year-old journalist always jokes about her next “Black community meeting,” mocking the idea that she and millions …
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Maura Ewing / The Appeal:
Philadelphia D.A. Race Could Ramp Up the War on Drugs
Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
‘Skilled predator’ FBI boss harassed 8 women, watchdog finds
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
This QAnon-Loving ‘Stop the Steal’ Leader Wants to Be Arizona's Next Secretary of State
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
The Other Reason the Labor Force Is Shrunken: Fear of Covid-19
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
State Dept. Out to Tackle Diversity Failings With New Appointment
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Al Jazeera
 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Data about the Capitol rioters serves another blow to the White, working-class Trump-supporter narrative
Discussion: Raw Story
James Arkin / Politico:
Former N.C. governor expected to launch Senate bid this week
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos Elections
Lizzy Burden / Bloomberg:
Nobel Economist Warns Against Wealth Tax to Pay for Pandemic
Discussion: Insider
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare
Discussion: NBC News
Adam Jentleson / The Atlantic:
How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop
Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Sandra Feuerstein, New York federal judge
Discussion: The Hill
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden nominates a critic of Trump's immigration policies to lead Customs and Border Protection.
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll
Discussion: HotAir and Law & Crime