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12:25 AM ET, April 13, 2021


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BCA identifies officer in Daunte Wright shooting  —  Monday night, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center Sunday.  —  The BCA identified the long-time veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department as Officer Kim Potter.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Daunte Wright shooting: Brooklyn Center city manager fired after call for due process for police officer  —  ‘Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties,’ Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott said  —  Twin Cities under state of emergency after deadly police shooting
Discussion: RedState
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Minnesota Republicans slam Gov. Tim Walz for Daunte Wright police shooting reaction  —  Minneapolis erupted in looting and riots late Sunday after Wright was shot  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for April 12  —  Minnesota Republicans slammed Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat …
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Daunte Wright was stopped for expired plates, but driving while Black may have been his ‘crime’ … The chain of events that ended with yet another fatal police shooting of a Black man in Minnesota began in what has become a typical tragedy — with a traffic stop for a minor infraction.
Mohamed Ibrahim / Associated Press:
Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump: McConnell ‘helpless’ to stop Biden from packing court  —  Former President Trump said late Monday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is “helpless” against considerations by President Biden to expand the number of Supreme Court justices serving on the bench.
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 …
Republicans pray for truce after Trump attacks on McConnell
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint, says Fox sees no problem with Tucker Carlson's ‘replacement theory’ remarks  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League's demand that the company f ire host Tucker Carlson …
Sam Baker / Axios:
The warning signs of a longer pandemic  —  All the things that could prolong the COVID-19 pandemic — that could make this virus a part of our lives longer than anyone wants — are playing out right in front of our eyes.  —  The big picture: Right now, the U.S. is still making fantastic progress on vaccinations.
Discussion: HotAir and CNBC
Ron Hurtibise / Sun-Sentinel:
Another cruise line will require vaccines; DeSantis says no  —  SilverSea Cruises became the second major cruise line to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all passengers when it resumes global itineraries on June 5.  —  The decision could set up a confrontation with Florida …
NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation  —  The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.  This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.
Ben Dreyfuss / bend:
And like that —poof—he was gone.  —  A note about me and Mother Jones.  —  3 hr ago  —  Personal news: I am no longer editorial director at Mother Jones.  You need to find new reasons to pretend to cancel your subscriptions.  —  I was hired at MJ in July of 2013 as their engagement editor.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Arclight Cinemas And Pacific Theatres Won't Be Reopening; Parent Company Decurion Hands Keys Back To Landlords  —  EXCLUSIVE: Refresh for more details The last thing we needed to hear as the box office and exhibition were rebounding from the pandemic was a piece of bad news …
Discussion: Forbes, The Wrap and CBS Los Angeles
Yaniv Kubovich / Haaretz:
Israeli Defense Officials Warn Leaks on Iran Operations ‘Will Blow Up in Our Faces’  —  Some officials fear that inter-agency battles for prestige and political motives are leading to the series of reports and could push Iran to a severe reaction  —  A recent series of reports attributing …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs Ken Salazar for ambassador to Mexico  —  The Biden administration is vetting Ken Salazar, a former senator and Interior secretary, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: President Biden is close to publicly naming a slate of ambassadors.
Biden keeping Trump's pick for Moscow ambassador in place
Discussion: РБК, and Daily Kos
Donna Ladd / Mississippi Free Press:
‘Darn’ Tootin' It Is!':  Gov. Tate Reeves Again Declares Confederate Heritage Month, SCV Says  —  Despite asking Gov. Tate Reeves' office since late March if he planned to again declare April as Confederate Heritage Month with no response, this publication just found what appears to be this year's proclamation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Broke Its Own Rules to Radically Redefine Religious Liberty  —  Late on Friday night, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Tandon v. Newsom, which blocked California's COVID-related ban on religious gatherings in private homes.  Chief Justice John Roberts dissented …
The White House:
President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate 11 Key Administration Leaders on National Security and Law Enforcement … WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate 11 members of his Administration to lead on national security and law enforcement at White House and across key agencies.
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
NBC News:
Will Smith movie ‘Emancipation’ abandons Georgia over voting restrictions  —  LOS ANGELES — Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith will move production on their big-budget, runaway slave thriller “Emancipation” out of Georgia in protest over the state's controversial new voting restrictions.
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why it's good that corporations are defending democracy  —  With more corporations making public displays of support for democracy amid ongoing GOP assaults on voting rights, it's easy to mock them for “wokeness,” or to discern deeply cynical motives at play.
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie
Discussion: VICE and Raw Story
New York Times:
Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier  —  The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.  —  WASHINGTON — Exiled from Twitter …
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 …
Harvard Law Review:
Race-ing Roe: Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, and the Battle for Roe v. Wade  —  The full text of this Article may be found by clicking on the PDF link to the left.  —  Amidst a raft of major Supreme Court decisions, a relatively quiet concurrence has planted the seeds for what may precipitate …
New York Times:
A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden  —  The Louvre inspected the “Salvator Mundi” and certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci.  But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting's owners.  —  French curators had worked for a decade to prepare …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
German Lopez / Vox:
Marijuana legalization has won  —  Marijuana legalization is sweeping states from Virginia to New Mexico.  The writing is on the wall.  —  The US is nearing a tipping point of sorts on marijuana legalization: Almost half the country — about 43 percent of the population …
Reuters to name Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief  —  (Reuters) -Reuters News is set to name one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history.
John Ganz / Unpopular Front:
Andew Yang and the Age of Blah  —  Yeah yeah yeah NFT, Cryto-Currency, UBI, Electric Car, just get me the hell out of here  —  The mood among political observers in New York is glum, fatalistic, mordant: Andrew Yang is going to be mayor.  His campaign of corny jokes, silly spectacles …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Cornyn's ugly, transparent attempt to paint Biden as a Manchurian Candidate  —  For almost the entirety of the 2020 presidential general election campaign, Republicans tried in vain to make Joe Biden's lack of a public profile an issue.  The aim was threefold: (1) They wanted to make him look weak …
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
The High Cost of Clearing Tent Cities  —  Late in March, authorities in Los Angeles attempted to remove a large encampment of unhoused people who had settled in tents along Echo Park Lake.  Such encampments are increasingly common sights on sidewalks and beneath overpasses in U.S. cities …
Washington Post:
Biden picks former New Jersey attorney general to lead DEA  —  Anne Milgram, a critic of the criminal-justice system, would shape drug enforcement amid a worsening opioid crisis, if confirmed.  —  The Biden administration plans to tap Anne Milgram, a former state attorney general, prosecutor …
Discussion: New York Times
Democrats dare GOP to filibuster Asian American hate crimes bill  —  Senate Republicans are weighing whether to mount the first official filibuster of the new Congress — a move that would re-ignite debate over whether the minority has too much power to block most bills.
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Discussion: TheGrio
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Discussion: Mic
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