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9:30 AM ET, April 14, 2021

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New York Times:
Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.  —  Joel Greenberg, a former elected official in Florida, has been talking to federal investigators since last year about the conduct of Representative Matt Gaetz and others.  —  A former local official in Florida indicted …
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Politico:
New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip  —  MIAMI — The group took off for their Bahamas weekend getaway on three separate flights.  Most of the passengers, which included at least five young women, flew out of Orlando on two separate private planes.  Matt Gaetz flew commercial.
CNN:
Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others  —  ‘Bombastic, antagonistic, unapologetic’: A look at Gaetz's political career  —  Orlando, FL (CNN)The first thing some of the women were asked to do when they got to the house parties in the gated community …
Discussion: HotAir, Mediaite and Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
The veteran air force pilot hoping to oust scandal-hit Republican Matt Gaetz  —  Bryan Jones will challenge the congressman, who is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking, in the next primary  —  A veteran air force pilot is laying the groundwork to challenge the scandal-hit congressman Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Gaetz's glare stings House GOP — but his future's safe for now
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
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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USA Today:
Pelosi on Jan. 6: ‘They would have had a battle on their hands’ if the mob had caught her  —  WASHINGTON - On her 100th day as speaker of the 117th Congress, Nancy Pelosi discussed the dramatic events that opened her tenure, when a mob that stormed the Capitol wanted to kill her.
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 …
Discussion: NPR, Associated Press and The Week
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
History will cast a shadow over Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Exit Strategy  —  In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy …
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Biden Can Redeem His Mistake
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
New York Times:
Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain  —  Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies …
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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
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?
Washington Post:
Trump didn't bring White working-class voters to the Republican Party.  The data suggest he kept them away.  —  White working-class voters had been moving to the Republican Party for years.  Trump stopped the trend.  —  Republican leaders have been hailing a class realignment of the parties.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
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Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Susan Davis / NPR:
Top Republicans Work To Rebrand GOP As Party Of Working Class
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
Washington Examiner:
Vaccine passports?  We'll pass  —  Sometimes, it seems that under liberal Democratic governments, everything is either illegal or mandatory.  So even as the federal government is halting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and slow-walking approval of the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines …
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Peter Weber / The Week:
Late night hosts list things more dangerous than Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, including COVID-19
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Joseph Cox / VICE:
FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks  —  The FBI obtained court approval to access vulnerable computers across the United States.  —  Joseph Cox  —  On Tuesday the Department of Justice announced the FBI was given approval to access hundreds of computers across …
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Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Daunte Wright slaying sparks new ‘defund the police’ push  —  The tragic death of a 20-year-old black man in a Minneapolis suburb reignited calls from Democrats and activists to change policing radically.  —  On Monday evening, Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for the end of traditional law enforcement altogether.
Discussion: RedState, The Hill and Twin Cities
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Dom Calicchio / Fox News:
AOC says Daunte Wright death no ‘accident,’ instead part of ‘indefensible system’
Discussion: IJR
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility  —  The attack was reportedly carried out through a remotely detonated device smuggled into the facility.  —  The alleged Israeli attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 …
Washington Post:
Caron Nazario saw Eric Garner, his ‘uncle,’ die in police hands.  Then officers assaulted him six years later.  —  For a moment, as the video played on his cellphone, Charles Welch thought he was about to watch a White police officer kill one of his family members for the second time.
Discussion: Politico, Kevin Drum and Insider
Debbie Kaminer / New York Daily News:
There's no vaccine for hypocrisy  —  The latest battle in the COVID-19 culture wars involves “vaccine passports,” with some Republican leaders taking a surprisingly anti-business and pro-regulation stance.  Despite the term's ubiquity, there is no one official vaccine passport …
Axios:
Exclusive: Texas nonprofit got massive border contract after hiring Biden official  —  A Texas nonprofit that recently hired a Biden transition official got a contract worth as much as $530 million to help manage the influx of migrant children at the southern border, Axios has learned.
Politico:
Biden moves to leverage corporate America's falling out with GOP  —  The business community doesn't dislike President Joe Biden's proposal to hike corporate taxes to pay for a massive $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan.  They detest it.  —  But there are some reasons to think corporate leaders …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
New York Times:
Top Bidder for Tribune Newspapers Is an Influential Liberal Donor  —  The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss helped build a sophisticated behind-the-scenes operation that attacked Republicans and promoted Democratic causes.  —  WASHINGTON — Long before he emerged as a potential champion …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Court Vindicates Black Officer Fired for Stopping Colleague's Chokehold  —  Cariol Horne acted to keep a white officer from using what she saw as excessive force.  Fifteen years later, a judge said her firing was wrong.  —  It was a cold November day in Buffalo when Officer Cariol Horne responded …
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 …
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane  —  In the words of one House Republican campaign operative, 'It's a nightmare'  —  If there's a cliché that summed up Joe Biden's defeat of an extremely progressive Democratic primary field, it's the pithy maxim that Twitter is not real life.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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 and NBC News
Paul Matzko / Libertarianism.org:
The Insurrectionary Ideology of National Conservatism  —  Today's national conservatives, like the Redeemer Democrats of the insurrection of 1876, endorse “herrenvolk democracy.”  —  Even by the usual dour standards of national conservatism, the months following the failed January 6th insurrection have been an embittered time.
 
 
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Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
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Financial Times:
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CNN:
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Discussion: The Hill and WisPolitics.com
Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans broadly support the details of President Biden's infrastructure plan
Discussion: New York Times
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
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Politico:
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
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Politico:
Clyburn doesn't want Biden to be like FDR
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Politico:
Inhofe backs pause in Pentagon nomination amid GOP calls for probe