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8:50 AM ET, April 13, 2021

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KSTP-TV:
BCA identifies officer in Daunte Wright shooting  —  Monday night, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center Sunday.  —  The BCA identified the long-time veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department as Officer Kim Potter.
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Daunte Wright was stopped for expired plates, but driving while Black may have been his ‘crime’ … The chain of events that ended with yet another fatal police shooting of a Black man in Minnesota began in what has become a typical tragedy — with a traffic stop for a minor infraction.
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Daunte Wright shooting: Brooklyn Center city manager fired after call for due process for police officer  —  ‘Effective immediately our city manager has been relieved of his duties,’ Brooklyn Center mayor Mike Elliott said  —  Twin Cities under state of emergency after deadly police shooting
Discussion: RedState
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Minnesota Republicans slam Gov. Tim Walz for Daunte Wright police shooting reaction
New York Times:
U.S. Calls for Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After 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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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Trump: McConnell ‘helpless’ to stop Biden from packing court  —  Former President Trump said late Monday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is “helpless” against considerations by President Biden to expand the number of Supreme Court justices serving on the bench.
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Politico:
Republicans pray for truce after Trump attacks on McConnell  —  Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell's relationship simply can't go on like this for Senate Republicans.  —  Though the Senate GOP is tantalizingly close to retaking the majority next year and largely united in opposition …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint, says Fox sees no problem with Tucker Carlson's ‘replacement theory’ remarks  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League's demand that the company f ire host Tucker Carlson …
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Yaniv Kubovich / Haaretz:
Israeli Defense Officials Warn Leaks on Iran Operations ‘Will Blow Up in Our Faces’  —  Some officials fear that inter-agency battles for prestige and political motives are leading to the series of reports and could push Iran to a severe reaction  —  A recent series of reports attributing …
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New York Times:
After Nuclear Site Blackout, Thunder From Iran, and Silence From U.S.
Nolan Rappaport / The Hill:
Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing  —  When Congress wouldn't give former President Donald Trump the funds he needed to construct more walls on the southern border, he issued a proclamation declaring that the situation at the southern border presented …
Discussion: National Review
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The most anti-refugee president in modern history might not be Donald Trump
Discussion: Al Jazeera, HuffPost and Law & Crime
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.
Discussion: Democracy Docket
CNN:
Republicans are politicizing the border and children's lives  —  VP Harris: People should not come to the border now  —  Julián Castro is a former presidential candidate, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and former mayor of San Antonio, Texas.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The Supreme Court Broke Its Own Rules to Radically Redefine Religious Liberty  —  Late on Friday night, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Tandon v. Newsom, which blocked California's COVID-related ban on religious gatherings in private homes.  Chief Justice John Roberts dissented …
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Steve Vladeck / Slate:   “Shadow Dockets” Are Normal. The Way SCOTUS Is Using Them Is the Problem.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Absentee Vote Logic of the New York Times  —  By making accusations of vote fraud he was not able to prove, both before and after the election, Donald Trump made it easy for his critics to dismiss as dishonest any and all concerns about election integrity.
Discussion: Instapundit
Sam Baker / Axios:
The warning signs of a longer pandemic  —  All the things that could prolong the COVID-19 pandemic — that could make this virus a part of our lives longer than anyone wants — are playing out right in front of our eyes.  —  The big picture: Right now, the U.S. is still making fantastic progress on vaccinations.
Discussion: New York Times, HotAir and CNBC
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Arclight Cinemas And Pacific Theatres Won't Be Reopening; Parent Company Decurion Hands Keys Back To Landlords  —  EXCLUSIVE: Refresh for more details The last thing we needed to hear as the box office and exhibition were rebounding from the pandemic was a piece of bad news …
Ron Hurtibise / Sun-Sentinel:
Another cruise line will require vaccines; DeSantis says no  —  SilverSea Cruises became the second major cruise line to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all passengers when it resumes global itineraries on June 5.  —  The decision could set up a confrontation with Florida …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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The Intellectualist:   Lobbying Firm Deletes Any Mention Of Gaetz Ally That Worked At Firm
Ben Dreyfuss / bend:
And like that —poof—he was gone.  —  A note about me and Mother Jones.  —  3 hr ago  —  Personal news: I am no longer editorial director at Mother Jones.  You need to find new reasons to pretend to cancel your subscriptions.  —  I was hired at MJ in July of 2013 as their engagement editor.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Democrats, led by Biden, are aiming big on health care  —  Democrats are exploring adding a huge array of health policies to upcoming spending legislation, ranging from further enhancing Affordable Care Act subsidies to allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.
Donna Ladd / Mississippi Free Press:
‘Darn’ Tootin' It Is!':  Gov. Tate Reeves Again Declares Confederate Heritage Month, SCV Says  —  Despite asking Gov. Tate Reeves' office since late March if he planned to again declare April as Confederate Heritage Month with no response, this publication just found what appears to be this year's proclamation.
Discussion: Raw Story
NCAA.org:
NCAA Board of Governors Statement on Transgender Participation  —  The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports.  This commitment is grounded in our values of inclusion and fair competition.
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Why has climate economics failed us?  —  Economists could have helped in the fight against climate change.  So far, they haven't.  —  7 hr ago  —  Ezra Klein has an excellent post at the New York Times on the politics of Bidenomics.  This part really caught my eye:
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs Ken Salazar for ambassador to Mexico  —  The Biden administration is vetting Ken Salazar, a former senator and Interior secretary, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: President Biden is close to publicly naming a slate of ambassadors.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy B. Merrill / The Markup:
How Facebook's Ad System Lets Companies Talk Out of Both Sides of Their Mouths  —  Exxon, Comcast, and other companies target people of different political leanings with different ads  —  Liberals on Facebook are given one picture of ExxonMobil.  To them, the multibillion-dollar oil giant sells itself …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Andrew Cuomo's White-Knuckle Ride  —  Amid scandals, accusations and calls for his resignation, the New York governor seems determined to prove that the instincts that have gotten him into trouble can get him out of it too.  —  Andrew Cuomo lives, still, in a 40-room Victorian mansion …
Politico:
Democrats dare GOP to filibuster Asian American hate crimes bill  —  Senate Republicans are weighing whether to mount the first official filibuster of the new Congress — a move that would re-ignite debate over whether the minority has too much power to block most bills.
 
 
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Trump Says New York Tax Law Doesn't Apply Because He's Not President
Discussion: Raw Story
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Chauncey Devega / Salon:
Leaked video reveals a GOP plan to intimidate Black and brown voters in Houston
Discussion: TheGrio
New York Times:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal