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12:55 PM ET, April 13, 2021


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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 …
Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11  —  Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden plans to announce Tuesday a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the upcoming twentieth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to three people familiar with the plans.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:   Biden to Announce Full Withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11
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
Bruce Gordon / Minnesota Department of Public Safety:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  BCA Identifies Officer in Brooklyn Center Shooting Incident  —  ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified the officer who discharged her firearm during an officer involved shooting incident that occurred on Sunday, April 11, in Brooklyn Center.
Rich Lowry / New York Post:
How did it become normal for every police shooting to bring ruinous rioting?  —  By now, it's a ritual of contemporary American life — a police-involved shooting followed by a riot.  —  Police in Brooklyn Center, Minn., shot and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop last weekend …
Tim Harlow / Star Tribune:
Brooklyn Center mayor takes on oversight of police department, fires city manager
Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Daunte Wright shooting: Brooklyn Center city manager fired after call for due process for police officer
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns
Associated Press:
US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The College Fix
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Inside Trump's private, revisionist, grievance-laden speech to the RNC  —  The Trump Show was rekindled privately Saturday night at a Republican National Committee event at the former president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., with Donald Trump delivering a speech heavy …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Will the media ever hold the Trump enablers responsible?
James Stavridis / Bloomberg:
Putin Has His Eye on Ukraine.  Biden Must Stare Him Down.  —  Russia is massing troops — reportedly as many as 20,000 — along its border with Ukraine.  Is President Vladimir Putin simply testing Washington, seeking leverage to push back on sanctions that are about to be announced …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge  —  BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops, suggesting he will not carry out a Trump administration order to withdraw thousands of them.
Laurenz Gehrke / Politico:
US to deploy 500 additional troops to Germany this year
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.
The Daily Beast:
Former Navy SEAL Admits He Marched on Capitol on Jan. 6  —  He used to serve his country.  Then he stood side by side with the Proud Boys as they stormed the the U.S. Capitol grounds. … He's a veteran of SEAL Team 4, a motivational speaker, and a fan of the Proud Boys.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon  —  BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation's third-largest state geographically.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Prosecutors: Oath Keepers appeared to stash Jan. 6 firearms at suburban Comfort Inn  —  Members of the Oath Keepers, the paramilitary extremists who played a central role in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, appeared to stash firearms at a Comfort Inn in Arlington, Va., prosecutors indicated in a late Monday court filing.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Jordan Gould / Washington Examiner:
When the social justice mob came for me  —  Throughout my life, I've always felt like an outsider.  My family is Jewish and middle-income from Miami, Florida.  Because my parents valued my education, they encouraged me to attend a private high school.  I was only able to do this by applying for and receiving financial aid.
Mark Fischetti / Scientific American:
We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We're Going to Say So  —  It's time to use a term that more than 13,000 scientists agree is needed  —  An emergency is a serious situation that requires immediate action.  When someone calls 911 because they can't breathe, that's an emergency.
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.
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Rep. Mondaire Jones: ‘No Reason To Work With’ GOP Right Now  —  The progressive New York Democrat also said President Joe Biden is “doing a tremendous job.”  —  NEW YORK ― Rep. Mondaire Jones, a New York Democrat, made history in November when he became one of the first two openly gay Black men to win a seat in Congress.
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Biden, Obamas and celebrity guests announce coronavirus vaccination TV special  —  President Biden, former President Obama, Michelle Obama and a bevy of celebs will “roll up their sleeves” this weekend as part of a starry vaccination TV special.  —  “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” airing Sunday on NBC …
National Review:
Anthony Fauci Has Worn Out His Welcome  —  More than a year ago, Americans welcomed Anthony Fauci into their homes as a sober scientist who was helping them make sense of a deadly new virus.  But he has worn out that welcome.  —  It's true that Fauci has enjoyed an illustrious career …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
House Democrats campaign arm raises $34.1M in first quarter  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raked in $34.1 million in the first three months of 2021, posting its best first-quarter fundraising total for an off-year to date.  —  The group said it will post $30.3 million …
Discussion: Breitbart
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The most anti-refugee president in modern history might not be Donald Trump  —  The most anti-refugee president in modern history may not be Donald Trump.  Right now, it's looking like Joe Biden.  —  At least according to the numbers.  —  Halfway through fiscal 2021 …
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
GOP edges back from filibuster cliff on hate crimes bill
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Thomas Novelly / Post and Courier:
Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood makes chaotic appearance in Charleston ahead of SC GOP chair bid
Discussion: Politico
Donna Ladd / Mississippi Free Press:
‘Darn’ Tootin' It Is!': Gov. Tate Reeves Again Declares Confederate Heritage Month, SCV Says
Discussion: and Raw Story