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5:35 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!” …
New York Times:
Daunte Wright Shooting an ‘Accidental Discharge,’ Brooklyn Center Police Chief Says
New York Times:
Minnesota Officer Shoots Driver, and Protesters Clash With Police
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: and Political Wire
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 …
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.
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Major Biden to get training after two biting incidents
Discussion: Breitbart and Insider
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
John Cornyn's ugly, transparent attempt to paint Biden as a Manchurian Candidate
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
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  —  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
- 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: CBS Miami
Embattled Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is denied a meeting with Trump
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Striking Natanz facility planned long before Vienna talks - sources  —  At the time the operation was planned, it was still unclear exactly when and if the US and Iran would return to serious negotiations regarding a return to the 2015 nuclear deal.  —  The strike on Iran's key Natanz nuclear facility …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
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.
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 …
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: Fox News and Breitbart
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
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
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 …
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Naveena Sadasivam / Grist:
Leaked calls show ALEC's secret plan to fight Biden on climate
Discussion: Mic
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats disrespecting Georgia Democrats
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
This QAnon-Loving ‘Stop the Steal’ Leader Wants to Be Arizona's Next Secretary of State
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Fiona Rutherford / Bloomberg:
Michigan's Plea for More Vaccines Is Rejected by Biden Team
New York Times:
A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie
 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: CNN, The Hill and Daily Kos Elections
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare
Discussion: NBC News
Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Sandra Feuerstein, New York federal judge
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Bragg / Albany Times Union:
Cuomo's government staff did work on 'super PAC's' poll
Discussion: HotAir and Law & Crime