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7:05 PM ET, April 14, 2021

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U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved …
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Jerry Dunleavy / Washington Examiner:
Officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot will not be charged
Discussion: ABC News and Wall Street Journal
New York Times:
The Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright was charged with manslaughter.  —  BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, after appearing to mistake her handgun for her Taser was arrested on Wednesday and charged …
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Daunte Wright accused of choking and robbing woman at gunpoint, had arrest warrant  —  Wright's case was still pending when he was pulled over Sunday for having an expired license plate.  —  Lawrence Jones: Dems using police tragedy to push radical agenda  —  Daunte Wright …
Politico:
‘The Pentagon is not making these decisions’: How Biden's team overrode the brass on Afghanistan  —  The military spent more than a decade urging three different American presidents to stay in Afghanistan.  With President Joe Biden's decision this week to withdraw all U.S. forces by Sept. 11, they finally lost the battle.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Defense One
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Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Petraeus Trashes Biden Decision to Quit Afghanistan  —  Pulling out now is an “unforced error,” the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan said.  Other former war leaders say the threat can be managed.  — AFGHANISTAN - WHITE HOUSE - INTELLIGENCE - CONGRESS - TERRORISM
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Examiner and Slate
QU Poll:
Biden Receives High Marks On Pandemic, Low Score On Mexican Border Situation, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Infrastructure Plan Is More Popular If Corporate Taxes Fund It  —  As President Joe Biden approaches his 100th day in office, he receives a positive 48 - 42 percent job approval rating …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
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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 …
New York Times:
The C.E.O.s Who Didn't Sign a Big Defense of Voting Rights  —  Hundreds of leaders and companies signed a letter opposing strict limits.  They did not.  —  A big show of corporate solidarity  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies and executives …
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New York Times:
Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain
HuffPost:
Mitt Romney And Kyrsten Sinema Team Up On Bipartisan Proposal To Increase Minimum Wage  —  Senate Democrats have had little success finding agreement among themselves on how much to increase the federal minimum wage.  —  Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) …
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Carly Roman / Washington Examiner:
Moderna working to combine flu and coronavirus vaccines  —  Moderna said it's working on combining the flu vaccine with its COVID-19 vaccine.  —  Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel told CNBC's Squawk Box that the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company is developing a vaccine that will protect …
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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 …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Cruz challenges Biden DOJ pick's contention that she opposes defunding police  —  Kristen Clarke insisted she opposes defunding police, despite a 2020 op-ed with a headline calling for it  —  Cruz challenges Biden DOJ Kristen Clarke pick over her position on defunding police
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Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term  —  The Montgomery County Republican has served in Congress for more than two decades.  —  Copy link  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, announced Wednesday morning that this will be his last term serving in the U.S. House.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Shades of 2016: Republicans Stay Silent on Trump, Hoping He Fades Away  —  Just like when Donald J. Trump was a candidate in 2016, rival Republicans are trying to avoid becoming the target of his attacks or directly confronting him, while hoping someone else will.
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
New Target for New York's Ascendant Left: Rep. Carolyn Maloney  —  Justice Democrats, a left-wing group that fueled the rise of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is backing Rana Abdelhamid's primary bid.  —  Nearly three years ago, a little-known left-wing organization helped engineer …
Discussion: HuffPost, KDFX-TV, Twitchy and The Hill
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nydems.org:
Statement from NYS Democratic Chairman on the Socialists Challenge to Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bad news for journalists: The public doesn't share our values.  But there's hope.  —  Ask almost any group of journalists to name the core values of their profession, and they'll probably deliver a list like this:  —  Oversight.  We're the watchdogs keeping an eye on government officials and other powerful people and institutions.
Jeff Coltin / City & State NY:
Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign is being run by a lobbying firm  —  Andrew Yang's two campaign managers, his press secretary, his policy director and multiple senior advisers don't actually work for his New York City mayoral campaign.  They're employed by Tusk Strategies …
Anand Giridharadas / The Atlantic:
Welcome to the New Progressive Era  —  Washington in the first days of the Biden administration is a place for double takes: A president associated with the politics of austerity is spending money with focused gusto, a crisis isn't going to waste, and Senator Bernie Sanders is happy.
Discussion: Eschaton
CBS News:
White House to name Erika Moritsugu to Asian American liaison position  —  The Biden administration is expected Thursday to announce Erika Moritsugu to a senior-level Asian American liaison position, according to sources familiar with the decision making.  —  The White House committed …
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
One in Five Still Shun Vaccine  —  Biden gets high marks for Covid response  —  West Long Branch, NJ - About 1 in 5 American adults remain unwilling to get the Covid vaccine, even as more people are getting the shot.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll also finds that President Joe Biden continues …
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, HotAir, Bloomberg and Fox News
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: HotAir, Raw Story and New York Magazine
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Statement of Prof. William A. Jacobson Opposing Cornell Faculty Senate Proposed Critical Race Mandates  —  “these Proposals both individually and collectively impose an ideological orthodoxy and adherence to a Critical Race Theory (CRT) view of the world, in violation of the educational purpose …
Discussion: National Review
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Anti-Vax Activists Are Quietly Bending State Politics To Their Will  —  At least five states are considering bills based on language written by a fringe group.  Across the U.S., legislators are promoting bad science and COVID denial.  —  Anna Merlan  —  South Carolina State Representative Bill Chumley was feeling vindicated.
Discussion: Mic and Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's toxic ‘replacement’ rhetoric gets picked up in the House  —  From the moment Fox News's Tucker Carlson explicitly advocated the idea that immigrants are “replacing” real Americans — a rhetorical construct popular among self-proclaimed white nationalists — the danger was obvious.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why in the world would Team Trump need a ‘policy institute’?  —  As Donald Trump settles into his role as a semi-retired, failed former president, he and his team continue to construct a growing political machine.  For example, Trump already has a leadership PAC, ironically called “Save America …
Jlucivero / Innocence Project:
Innocence Project Responds to Recent Factual Misstatements in Anthony Wright Case  —  The following statement may be attributed to the Innocence Project (New York, NY) which is affiliated with the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.  The Innocence Project is a 501(c)(3) …
Tim Mak / NPR:
What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot  —  More than three months after the U.S. Capitol riot, a bomb-maker remains on the loose.  —  A majority of the public's attention has been focused on the hundreds of people who have been charged for their role on Jan. 6.
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Republicans prepping smaller counteroffer to Biden's infrastructure plan  —  Republicans are preparing a counteroffer to President Joe Biden's infrastructure proposal, a plan that's likely to be in the range of $600 to $800 billion, more targeted in scope and funded by unspecified user fees, according to several GOP senators.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Prosecutors Disclosed New Evidence That The Oath Keepers Were Ready To Bring A Stash Of Firearms To The Capitol  —  WASHINGTON — The day after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, surveillance video from a hotel in Virginia showed participants in the alleged Oath Keepers conspiracy carrying …
Brad Devereaux / MLive.com:
'A mask shouldn't have a political party,' says GOP leader who thinks he caught COVID-19 at Republican meeting  —  KALAMAZOO, MI — Jason Watts said days after attending a Republican Party district meeting at a restaurant in Portage, he heard that several others at the meeting contracted COVID-19 and started feeling symptoms himself.
 
 
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Janelle Bitker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Boba shortage: Bay Area and the rest of the U.S. may soon have no bubbles for tea
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:
Mounting corporate opposition to proposed voting restrictions tests long-standing alliance with GOP
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why is the GOP waging a culture war? Follow the money.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Falun Gong, Steve Bannon And The Trump-Era Battle Over Internet Freedom
NATO:
North Atlantic Council Ministerial Statement on Afghanistan
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Gov. Brian Kemp censured by two county Republican Parties
Teddy Ng / South China Morning Post:
China warns of military action against Taiwan on eve of US visit
Washington Post:
The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. It turned to a little-known Australian firm.