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2:55 PM ET, April 12, 2021

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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 …
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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.”
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!” …
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  —  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 …
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: Daily Kos and NBC News
Mike Allen / Yahoo News:
“You're not a one-person show”: Pelosi unloads on “The Squad” in new biography
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Mitch McConnell tends his legacy 8,000 miles away
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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 …
Discussion: wabe.org
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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
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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Eugene Daniels / Politico:
The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more
Laura Barrón-López / Politico:
Biden White House puts its police oversight commission on ice
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.
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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
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
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
Politico:
Can Ukraine deploy U.S.-made weapons against the Russians?  —  There are no geographic restrictions on the deployment of the missiles, which means Ukrainian forces can transport, distribute and use them any time.  —  A Ukrainian soldier launches a U.S. anti-tank missile Javelin during military training …
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Matthew Chance / CNN:
Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops
Discussion: unz.com
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.
Madison Dapcevich / Snopes.com:
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: VICE
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 …
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: The Hill and Daily Kos Elections
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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Nihal Krishan / Washington Examiner:
Parler attempts to rebrand itself as nonpartisan and mainstream
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New York Times:
A Clash of Wills Keeps a Leonardo Masterpiece Hidden
NBC News:
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Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
State Dept. Out to Tackle Diversity Failings With New Appointment
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher / Forbes:
Hawaii's Vaccine Passport Is Slated To Roll Out By Summer
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Data about the Capitol rioters serves another blow to the White, working-class Trump-supporter narrative
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Lizzy Burden / Bloomberg:
Nobel Economist Warns Against Wealth Tax to Pay for Pandemic
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Sandra Feuerstein, New York federal judge
Discussion: The Hill
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court's Bridgegate Ruling Casts Shadow on Federal Fraud Cases
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Law & Crime and HotAir
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Biden Republicans? Some in GOP open to president's agenda
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
‘White Lives Matter’ rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up