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10:10 PM ET, April 14, 2021

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The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old  —  VEN-UH-OH … Venmo payment records reveal a vast network of young women received money from Rep. Matt Gaetz's associate, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg.  —  As new details emerge about Rep. Matt Gaetz's role …
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Benjamin Din / Politico:
Rep. Matt Gaetz announces ad buy to ‘fight back’ against CNN, allegations  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday announced a six-figure ad buy for a spot that targets CNN, as he fights to save his political career amid sexual trafficking allegations.  —  The new 30-second ad will be featured …
CNN:
Women detail drug use, sex and payments after late-night parties with Gaetz and others
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court … Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A new bill would add 4 seats to the Supreme Court  —  It's on!  —  Four Democratic members of Congress plan to introduce legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court, which would, if passed, allow President Biden to immediately name four individuals to fill those seats and give Democrats a 7-6 majority.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and KHON2
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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Washington Post:
Armed ‘quick reaction force’ was waiting for order to storm Capitol, Justice Dept. says  —  As the Capitol was overrun on Jan. 6, armed supporters of President Donald Trump were waiting across the Potomac in Virginia for orders to bring guns into the fray, a prosecutor said Wednesday in federal court.
Associated Press:
Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting
Discussion: HotAir, POLITICUSUSA, Bloomberg and REVOLT
Matt McKinney / Star Tribune:
Officer arrested, charged with second-degree manslaughter in killing of Daunte Wright  —  The charge carries maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter was arrested late Wednesday morning at the offices …
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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 …
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Daunte Wright accused of choking and robbing woman at gunpoint, had arrest warrant
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.
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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
Bloomberg:
U.S. Poised to Impose Russia Sanctions Over Election, SolarWinds  — Moves coming as soon as Thursday, days after Biden-Putin call  — U.S. blames Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference  —  The Biden administration is poised to take action against Russian individuals …
Discussion: CNN
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Politico:   Forthcoming Russia sanctions won't include Nord Stream 2
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: New York Times, Bloomberg and The Hill
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: ‘A gaslighting chamber of insanity’: Moderate Republicans seethe at Biden
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Western Warnings Tarnish Vaccines the World Badly Needs  —  Amid a deep residue of mistrust, American and European cautions on the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines risk igniting anti-vaccine fervor in the global south.  —  Safety worries about the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines …
Discussion: New York Post
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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 …
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
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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Daniel McCarthy / spectator.us:
The strange death of the Democrats  —  The party will decline because it has a demographic problem  —  The Democratic party is dying.  That may be hard to believe since Democrats control both houses of Congress and won the last presidential election with a record 81 million votes.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
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Washington Post:
Biden selects Erika Moritsugu as Asian American outreach director
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.) …
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Mike Gibbons used Russian and Ukrainian stock footage to illustrate the ‘American dream’ in his Senate announcement video  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - Despite describing the United States as the “greatest country in the history of the world” in his announcement that he would run for U.S. Senate …
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
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.
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.
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
Gabriel Sterling / Washington Post:
Mr. President, your misinformation on Georgia's voting law is dangerous  —  Gabriel Sterling is the chief operation officer and chief financial officer in the office of the Georgia Secretary of State.  —  “Someone is going to get hurt.”  I made that prediction four months ago regarding misinformation about the 2020 election.
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 …
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Impeachment Hotline Gets Over 100 Messages  —  Investigators sort through calls and emails as the governor faces harassment and other allegations  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—More than 100 messages have come through a hotline set up two weeks ago by investigators working on the impeachment probe …
 
 
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Cissy Zhou / South China Morning Post:
‘Crucial moment’ in Xinjiang cotton fallout pushes China to launch own body
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Rare bipartisan Senate vote advances measure to address anti-Asian hate crimes
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Why is the GOP waging a culture war? Follow the money.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Statement of Prof. William A. Jacobson Opposing Cornell Faculty Senate Proposed Critical Race Mandates
Discussion: National Review
Tim Mak / NPR:
What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot
Brad Devereaux / MLive.com:
'A mask shouldn't have a political party,' says GOP leader who thinks he caught COVID-19 at Republican meeting
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term
Washington Post:
Trump didn't bring White working-class voters to the Republican Party. The data suggest he kept them away.
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and New York Magazine