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Orlando Sentinel:
Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida's political scandals  —  Before he resigned in disgrace last year, Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg doled out dubious contracts to a number of Republican politicians …
Discussion: floridapolitics.com
Washington Post:
Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021  —  President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, people familiar with the plans said, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 …
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Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:   Exit Strategy  —  In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy …
CNN:
Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   Following withdrawal announcement, battle to determine Afghanistan war's legacy begins
YouGov:
All US states ranked from best to worst, according to Americans  —  There are endless rankings of the US states: whether they are the best places to live, the best places to do business, how much fun they are.  Such judgements are made by economists, companies, and journalists - but what do Americans themselves think?
New York Times:
U.S. Calls for Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Rare Clotting Cases  —  The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control will stop using the vaccine at federal sites and urge states to do so as well while they examine the safety issues.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says company can deliver 10% more doses to the U.S. by the end of May than previously agreed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds  —  Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Findings of the Inspector General's Report on the Capitol Riot  —  Intelligence failures, orders to use less aggressive measures and equipment breakdowns contributed to the Capitol Police's botched response, a watchdog found.  —  A new report by the Capitol Police's internal watchdog found …
USA Today:
Pelosi on Jan. 6: ‘They would have had a battle on their hands’ if the mob had caught her
ProPublica:
“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War  —  Steven Carrillo's path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. … Co-published with FRONTLINE.  —  The Insurrection  —  The Effort to Overturn the Election
Discussion: Defense One and csis.org
Washington Post:
Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-vet and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said  —  The 26-year veteran police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn. who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, has resigned “in the best interest of the community.”
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Star Tribune:
Officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center is identified as 26-year veteran
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis wants voters' signatures to match.  Would his pass the test?  —  If the Florida governor gets his way, mail-in ballot signatures would have to match the most recent signature on file with the state.  His own signature history shows how autographs evolve.  —  Updated Just now
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate poised to advance rare bipartisan measure aimed at hate crimes against Asian Americans  —  Senate leaders are poised to move ahead Wednesday on the rarest types of legislation in this bitterly divided atmosphere, a bipartisan effort to investigate hate crimes focused on Asian Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Bill Press / The Hill:   Corporate America defies the GOP
Susan Davis / NPR:
Top Republicans Work To Rebrand GOP As Party Of Working Class
Lissandra Villa / TIME:
John Boehner on His New Book, the Rise of Donald Trump and the Future of the GOP  —  John Boehner left office months before the biggest political story of the decade played out: Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination, became President, and redefined the Republican Party.
Albuquerque Journal:
Gov.'s campaign settles with ex-spokesman  —  SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's gubernatorial campaign has paid at least $62,500 as part of a settlement with a former staff member who had accused her of sexual mistreatment during a staff meeting, according to documents filed Monday.
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Daniel J. Chacón / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Former campaign staffer who accused Lujan Grisham of abuse receives settlement
Discussion: Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's defense of his ‘replacement’ rant gives away the game  —  Tucker Carlson is under fire for declaring that Democrats want to “replace” the current voting citizenry with “more obedient voters from the Third World,” to “dilute” the power of U.S. voters.
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Justin Horowitz / Media Matters for America:   Frequent Fox guest Charlie Kirk praises and endorses Tucker Carlson's “replacement” theory
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Reading the Republican Autopsy  —  It's real, and it's spectacular.  —  1. The Autopsy Is Happening Right Now  —  In the days after Democrats unseated an incumbent president and won unified control of Congress, the victorious party went though a round of self-analysis and recriminations.
Discussion: Raw Story
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Egypt seizes the Ever Given, saying its owners owe nearly $1 billion for Suez Canal traffic jam  —  A few weeks ago, Egypt was frantically trying to get the massive container ship Ever Given out of the Suez Canal.  —  Now, authorities are saying the vessel is not allowed to leave.
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South China Morning Post:   Egypt impounds megaship that blocked Suez Canal, seeks compensation
Project Veritas:
PART 1: CNN Director ADMITS Network Engaged in ‘Propaganda’ to Remove Trump from Presidency ... ‘Our Focus Was to Get Trump Out of Office’ ... ‘I Came to CNN Because I Wanted to Be a Part of That’  — CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester: “Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out.
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Fox News:
CNN staffer admits network's focus was to ‘get Trump out of office,’ calls its coverage ‘propaganda’
Discussion: RedState
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Biden To Make Historic Census Director Pick With Latinx Statistician Rob Santos  —  In a historic move, President Biden is naming Robert Santos, one of the country's leading statisticians and the American Statistical Association's president, as his intended nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau.
Nancy Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Invites President Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress on April 28  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Joseph R. Biden inviting him to address a Joint Session of Congress.  —  In the letter, the Speaker wrote, “Nearly 100 days ago …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Paul Rossi / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
I Refuse to Stand By While My Students Are Indoctrinated  —  Children are afraid to challenge the repressive ideology that rules our school.  That's why I am.  —  I am a teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan.  Ten years ago, I changed careers when I discovered how rewarding …
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
Florida Democrats Sound the Alarm After ‘Spanish-Language OAN’ Buys Miami Radio Station, Fires Liberal Host  —  Raul Martinez was the kind of well-connected radio host based in a swing state who got major interviews during the 2020 campaign, like then-candidate Joe Biden …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Republican Party Finds a New Group to Demonize  —  Ken Mehlman wanted to apologize.  Speaking with The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder in 2010, the former Republican National Committee chair came out as gay, and acknowledged that, despite being a party leader, he had not worked against the GOP's strategy …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Trump alumni launch largest post-administration group  —  A constellation of Trump administration stars today will launch the America First Policy Institute, a 40-person nonprofit group with a first-year budget of $20 million, and the mission of perpetuating former President Trump's populist policies.
Discussion: Fox News, KDFX-TV and Vanity Fair
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Tries and Fails to Bait Jon Stewart Into Attacking Biden  —  Martha MacCallum attempted to twist Jon Stewart's advocacy for veterans exposed to burn pits into a criticism of Democrats.  The comedian wasn't having it.  —  After decades of mercilessly “eviscerating” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Dem pollsters acknowledge ‘major errors’ in 2020 polling  —  A group of top Democratic Party pollsters are set to release a public statement Tuesday acknowledging “major errors” in their 2020 polling — errors that left party officials stunned by election results that failed to come close to expectations in November.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the media ever hold the Trump enablers responsible?  —  The who's who of the Republican Party, including the 2024 wannabe presidential contenders, ventured out to Mar-a-Lago over the weekend to pay homage to disgraced former president Donald Trump, who instigated a violent insurrection.
 
 
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The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
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