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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 …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Biden to Announce Full Withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11
Discussion: The National Interest
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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Washington Post:
Officer Kim Potter resigns: 26-vet and former union president fatally shot Daunte Wright, police said  —  The 26-year veteran police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn. who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, has resigned “in the best interest of the community.”
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 …
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.
Star Tribune:
Protesters, police clash at Brooklyn Center police station
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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
NBC News:
Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be paused in U.S. after ‘extremely rare’ blood clots, FDA and CDC say
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.
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 Federalist and The College Fix
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation
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.
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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.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Republicans Are Making 4 Key Mistakes  —  It's not only Georgia.  —  In every state where Republicans control a chamber of the legislature, bills to restrict voting are advancing fast.  Arizona and Texas Republicans have acted especially aggressively to choke off unwanted voters in time for 2022.
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 …
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Officer killed in attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda  —  Officer Billy Evans, 41, died April 2 after being struck by an attacker's car.  —  New concerns over security in Washington, D.C. after driver killed officer  —  The assailant rammed a barricade and killed one Capitol Police officer …
Discussion: Politico and IJR
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
GOP edges back from filibuster cliff on hate crimes bill
Discussion: VICE, Washington Post and The Dispatch
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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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
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