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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.
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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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  —  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.
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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CNN:
Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:   Exit Strategy  —  In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy …
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?
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
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
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
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.
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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
Star Tribune:
Officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center is identified as 26-year veteran  —  She got her police license in 1995 at age 22, according to state records.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  The police officer who fired the shot that killed a 20-year-old man Sunday in Brooklyn Center …
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Washington Post:
Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-vet and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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, CNN and Vanity Fair
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 …
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake won't face discipline, police chief says  —  The Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was paralyzed from the waist down after the shooting in August, has returned to work and will not face discipline, the department announced Tuesday.
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
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 …
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.
Politico:
Obstacles and expectations loom as Democrats draft Biden's $2T infrastructure bill  —  President Joe Biden is reassuring skeptical Republicans that he's willing to give ground on his signature infrastructure package — underscoring exactly how much work his own party has left to do.
Roger Harrabin / BBC:
World's wealthiest ‘at heart of climate problem’  —  The world's wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.  —  It says the world's wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, according to the UN.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Politico:
Inhofe backs pause in Pentagon nomination amid GOP calls for probe  —  A top Republican is calling on Senate leadership to delay a vote on Pentagon nominee Colin Kahl unless the FBI completes an investigation into whether he tweeted out classified information, following a demand for a probe by GOP lawmakers.
The White House:
Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia … President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.  They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue …
 
 
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Reade Pickert / Bloomberg:
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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
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