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9:05 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 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 and Associated Press
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Exit Strategy  —  In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy, the Biden administration is really the Trump administration but with civilized manners.  In no respect is that more true than in the president's announcement of a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan …
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Washington Post:
Biden takes the easy way out of Afghanistan. The likely result is disaster.
Washington Post:
Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021
New York Times:
Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   Following withdrawal announcement, battle to determine Afghanistan war's legacy begins
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?
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Insider and National Review
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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
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘A gaslighting chamber of insanity’: Moderate Republicans seethe at Biden  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  “It's a f—ing nightmare.”  —  That was the lament of a staffer working for one of the members of the so-called G-10, the group of 10 Republican senators who insist they're itching …
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.
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 …
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 …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN staffer admits network hyping Matt Gaetz coverage because rep is ‘problem for the Democratic Party’  —  'That's propaganda because it's helping us in some way', technical director Charles Chester tells reporter  —  Matt Gaetz rejects calls for resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations
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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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Financial Times:
US pushes Japan to back Taiwan at Biden-Suga summit  —  Washington seeks joint statement of support as it courts allies to counter China  —  The US is urging Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga to issue a joint statement of support for Taiwan amid rising Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region …
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 …
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America  —  President Biden has gone too far.  —  His executive order creating a commission to study packing the Supreme Court is an outrage.  Even if it is just another sop to the left, opening the door to such an attack on our system of government is unforgivable.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
CNN:
Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate campaign as Ron Johnson freezes GOP field  —  (CNN)Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launched her campaign for Senate on Wednesday, jumping into what's expected to be a contentious Democratic primary as Republicans eagerly await word …
Discussion: The Hill and WisPolitics.com
 
 
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Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans broadly support the details of President Biden's infrastructure plan
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
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Discussion: NPR
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane
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Politico:
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Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Republican Party Finds a New Group to Demonize
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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: Poynter and HotAir
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Politico:
Inhofe backs pause in Pentagon nomination amid GOP calls for probe
Albuquerque Journal:
Gov.'s campaign settles with ex-spokesman