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1:40 PM ET, April 12, 2021

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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  —  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
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:
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 …
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
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Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and CNN
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 …
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NBC4 Washington:
Officer Accused of Force in Stop of Black Army Officer Fired
Discussion: Insider and MyNorthwest.com
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR:
Officer Who Handcuffed And Pepper-Sprayed Black Army Lieutenant Is Fired
NBC News:
Biden DOJ refuses to release key Trump admin documents about zero tolerance family separation policy  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has refused to disclose key documents from the Trump administration's planning of the “zero tolerance” policy that separated thousands of migrant families …
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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Jim Acosta Mocks Trump's ‘Grievance Groundhog Day’: ‘He Gets Up Every Day, Gripes About the Election, and Wakes Up the Next Day Still a Loser’
Discussion: IJR and HuffPost
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
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.
Mike Allen / Yahoo News:
“You're not a one-person show”: Pelosi unloads on “The Squad” in new biography  —  Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief, conducted 10 interviews with Speaker Pelosi for a biography, “  —  Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power,” that's out April 20.
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tends his legacy 8,000 miles away
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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 …
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 …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Biden faces pressure from Pelosi, Sanders over whether to double down on Obamacare or expand Medicare  —  House Democratic leadership and Sen. Bernie Sanders split as Biden administration sculpts next package  —  The White House is facing diverging pressure from two powerful allies …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
State Dept. Out to Tackle Diversity Failings With New Appointment  —  Career diplomat Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be tasked with reversing the department's record of big promises and little results.  —  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has tapped a former senior career diplomat …
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
Codifying the Big Lie  —  The GOP's doubly dishonest “election integrity” playbook  —  I've been trying to keep my cool, but the right's defense of new Republican-authored laws regulating elections, such as the one recently established in Georgia, is so dishonest it's hard to stay on an even keel.
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 …
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
 
 
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