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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.”
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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 …
CNN:
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!” …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Minnesota Republicans slam Gov. Tim Walz for Daunte Wright police shooting reaction
New York Times:
Daunte Wright Shooting an ‘Accidental Discharge,’ Brooklyn Center Police Chief Says
Politico:
Biden to nominate Wormuth to be first female Army secretary  —  President Joe Biden plans to nominate Pentagon veteran Christine Wormuth to be the first female Army secretary, the White House announced on Monday.  —  Wormuth, a former top policy official at the Defense Department during …
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Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more  —  Three months in, Joe Biden's White House has settled on a firm press strategy: First, do no self-harm.  —  The president is not doing cable news interviews.  Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Cornyn's ugly, transparent attempt to paint Biden as a Manchurian Candidate
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents
Discussion: Breitbart and Insider
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 …
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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
NBC News:
Will Smith movie ‘Emancipation’ abandons Georgia over voting restrictions
CNN:
Biden keeping Trump's pick for Moscow ambassador in place  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration recently decided to keep the Trump-appointed US ambassador on the job in Moscow for the foreseeable future, two senior administration officials told CNN, demonstrating a willingness …
Discussion: spectator.us and Political Wire
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Matthew Chance / CNN:   Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops
Politico:   Can Ukraine deploy U.S.-made weapons against the Russians?
NRSC:
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Senate Republicans Create New ‘Annual’ Award, Give It to Trump  —  On Saturday night, Donald Trump embarrassed Republican donors by delivering a rambling, grievance-laden speech that attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “dumb son of a bitch.”
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
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 …
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Politico:
‘Felt like a setup’: WhatsApp chat shows Gaetz ally scrambling to contain fallout  —  MIAMI — The feds were closing in.  And Rep. Matt Gaetz's friend, Joel Greenberg, was in a panic.  —  The Florida county tax collector was five days away from a federal indictment for sex trafficking involving …
Kara Voght / Mother Jones:
Democrats' Next Plan to Get Biden's Agenda Over the Finish Line: Fire the Scorekeeper  —  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.  —  President Joe Biden unveiled a $2.25 trillion jobs …
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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 …
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 …
Cole Carnick / Washington Free Beacon:
Harry Reid Warns Dems Against Packing Supreme Court  —  Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Saturday cautioned Democrats against expanding the size of the Supreme Court.  —  “I think we better be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court,” Reid told CNN.
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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 …
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
Tom Grundy / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Photo restorer who added smiles to Cambodian genocide victims violated the law, gov't says  —  Anger grows as VICE deletes article and Cambodian heritage body demands apology.  —  Cambodia's Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has said that an Ireland-based photo restoration artist broke …
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.
Jim Mustian / Associated Press:
‘Skilled predator’ FBI boss harassed 8 women, watchdog finds  —  NEW YORK (AP) — One woman carried a ruler at FBI headquarters so she could smack James Hendricks' hands when he reached for her legs and breasts.  Another went home shaken after he tugged on her ear and kissed her cheek during a closed-door meeting.
- Raheem Kassam / The National Pulse:
EVIDENCE: How CNN Faked A Story About Matt Gaetz, Got Caught, But Still Won't Remove It.  —  In the early afternoon of April 11th, 2021, internal and external communications staffers for embattled Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-1) received a request for comment from newly minted CNN reporter Gabby Orr.
Discussion: CNN, HillReporter.com and CBS Miami
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 …
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
Former N.C. governor expected to launch Senate bid this week  —  Pat McCrory, the former Republican governor of North Carolina, is planning to launch his campaign for the state's open Senate seat this week, according to people familiar with his plans.  —  The former governor …
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
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
Politico:
Judge releases Trump appointee charged in Capitol riot  —  A federal judge has granted pretrial release to the only Trump administration appointee known to have been charged in connection with the storming of the Capitol during the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Raw Story
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
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier
Discussion: Raw Story
Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Virus-killing fan-maker Big Ass Fans adds former CDC director as advisor
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats disrespecting Georgia Democrats
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
ABC's Jonathan Karl takes Joe Biden's “bridge” comments wildly out of context
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie
Discussion: VICE
 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
Madison Dapcevich / Snopes.com:
Did Ted Nugent Ask Why There Were No Lockdowns for ‘COVID 1 Thru 18’?
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare
Discussion: NBC News
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
How Hunter Biden's Memoir Played in the White House
Discussion: National Review
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll
Discussion: HotAir and Law & Crime