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3:20 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 …
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CNN:
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.
The Hill:
Biden to announce new Afghanistan troop withdrawal deadline
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Graham: ‘A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous’
Discussion: Political Wire
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
President Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, extending Trump's May 1 deadline
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Biden to Announce Full Withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan by Sept. 11
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.”
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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.
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
Tim Harlow / Star Tribune:
Brooklyn Center mayor takes on oversight of police department, fires city manager
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
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.
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Althouse
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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.
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?
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 …
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:
US to Increase Military Presence in Germany  —  American and NATO officials have grown increasingly concerned about Russia's deployment of additional troops near the Ukraine border.  —  BRUSSELS — The United States and NATO, anxious about a major Russian troop buildup on Ukraine's border …
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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
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
France bans air travel that could be done by train in under 2.5 hours  —  France has a well-developed train network, and the ban only affects five routes.  —  On Sunday, the French National Assembly voted to ban some short-haul flights in favor of train travel.
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.
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, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan's big employers speak out against moves to restrict voting rights  —  LANSING — Michigan's corporate leaders spoke out strongly Tuesday against GOP-sponsored legislation in the state Legislature that would place new restrictions on voting.  —  The leaders of three-dozen major …
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 …
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
 
 
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
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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 and Political Wire