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8:10 AM ET, April 14, 2021

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New York Times:
Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept.  —  Joel Greenberg, a former elected official in Florida, has been talking to federal investigators since last year about the conduct of Representative Matt Gaetz and others.  —  A former local official in Florida indicted …
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Politico:
New details shed light on Gaetz's Bahamas trip  —  MIAMI — The group took off for their Bahamas weekend getaway on three separate flights.  Most of the passengers, which included at least five young women, flew out of Orlando on two separate private planes.  Matt Gaetz flew commercial.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:   The veteran air force pilot hoping to oust scandal-hit Republican Matt Gaetz
Politico:
Gaetz's glare stings House GOP — but his future's safe for now
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6, Report Finds  —  Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.
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USA Today:
Pelosi on Jan. 6: ‘They would have had a battle on their hands’ if the mob had caught her  —  WASHINGTON - On her 100th day as speaker of the 117th Congress, Nancy Pelosi discussed the dramatic events that opened her tenure, when a mob that stormed the Capitol wanted to kill her.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Key Findings of the Inspector General's Report on the Capitol Riot  —  Intelligence failures, orders to use less aggressive measures and equipment breakdowns contributed to the Capitol Police's botched response, a watchdog found.  —  A new report by the Capitol Police's internal watchdog found …
Discussion: NPR and Associated Press
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?
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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Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Exit Strategy  —  In important aspects of foreign and national-security policy …
Washington Post:
Biden takes the easy way out of Afghanistan. The likely result is disaster.
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:   Following withdrawal announcement, battle to determine Afghanistan war's legacy begins
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis wants voters' signatures to match.  Would his pass the test?  —  If the Florida governor gets his way, mail-in ballot signatures would have to match the most recent signature on file with the state.  His own signature history shows how autographs evolve.  —  Updated Just now
ProPublica:
“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War  —  Steven Carrillo's path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. … Co-published with FRONTLINE.  —  The Insurrection  —  The Effort to Overturn the Election
Discussion: Defense One
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.
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Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Susan Davis / NPR:
Top Republicans Work To Rebrand GOP As Party Of Working Class
Washington Examiner:
Vaccine passports?  We'll pass  —  Sometimes, it seems that under liberal Democratic governments, everything is either illegal or mandatory.  So even as the federal government is halting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and slow-walking approval of the AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines …
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Axios:
Exclusive: Texas nonprofit got massive border contract after hiring Biden official  —  A Texas nonprofit that recently hired a Biden transition official got a contract worth as much as $530 million to help manage the influx of migrant children at the southern border, Axios has learned.
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 …
Jerusalem Post:
Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility  —  The attack was reportedly carried out through a remotely detonated device smuggled into the facility.  —  The alleged Israeli attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 …
Washington Post:
Caron Nazario saw Eric Garner, his ‘uncle,’ die in police hands.  Then officers assaulted him six years later.  —  For a moment, as the video played on his cellphone, Charles Welch thought he was about to watch a White police officer kill one of his family members for the second time.
Discussion: Politico, Kevin Drum and Insider
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN staffer admits network hyping Matt Gaetz coverage because rep is ‘problem for the Democratic Party’  —  'That's propaganda because it's helping us in some way', technical director Charles Chester tells reporter  —  Matt Gaetz rejects calls for resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations
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New York Times:
Top Bidder for Tribune Newspapers Is an Influential Liberal Donor  —  The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss helped build a sophisticated behind-the-scenes operation that attacked Republicans and promoted Democratic causes.  —  WASHINGTON — Long before he emerged as a potential champion …
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
Florida Democrats Sound the Alarm After ‘Spanish-Language OAN’ Buys Miami Radio Station, Fires Liberal Host  —  Raul Martinez was the kind of well-connected radio host based in a swing state who got major interviews during the 2020 campaign, like then-candidate Joe Biden …
Politico:
Biden moves to leverage corporate America's falling out with GOP  —  The business community doesn't dislike President Joe Biden's proposal to hike corporate taxes to pay for a massive $2 trillion-plus infrastructure plan.  They detest it.  —  But there are some reasons to think corporate leaders …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
New York Times:
Hundreds of Companies Unite to Oppose Voting Limits, but Others Abstain  —  Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies …
Discussion: National Review
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Tries and Fails to Bait Jon Stewart Into Attacking Biden  —  Martha MacCallum attempted to twist Jon Stewart's advocacy for veterans exposed to burn pits into a criticism of Democrats.  The comedian wasn't having it.  —  After decades of mercilessly “eviscerating” …
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Corporations of the World, Unite!  —  The internal contradictions of “woke capitalism” are a mixed blessing for the Democratic Party.  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  “Woke capitalism” has been a steadily growing phenomenon over the past decade.
CNN:
Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate campaign as Ron Johnson freezes GOP field  —  (CNN)Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launched her campaign for Senate on Wednesday, jumping into what's expected to be a contentious Democratic primary as Republicans eagerly await word …
Paul Matzko / Libertarianism.org:
The Insurrectionary Ideology of National Conservatism  —  Today's national conservatives, like the Redeemer Democrats of the insurrection of 1876, endorse “herrenvolk democracy.”  —  Even by the usual dour standards of national conservatism, the months following the failed January 6th insurrection have been an embittered time.
Politico:
‘Breyer Retire’ campaign looms over Dems' tenuous majority  —  Democrats are grappling with judicial déja vu: an aging liberal Supreme Court justice, a paper-thin Senate majority and activist pressure to swing the bench leftward.  —  Justice Stephen Breyer is 82 and Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Post
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR:
Biden To Make Historic Census Director Pick With Latinx Statistician Rob Santos  —  In a historic move, President Biden is naming Robert Santos, one of the country's leading statisticians and the American Statistical Association's president, as his intended nominee to head the U.S. Census Bureau.
Financial Times:
US pushes Japan to back Taiwan at Biden-Suga summit  —  Washington seeks joint statement of support as it courts allies to counter China  —  The US is urging Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga to issue a joint statement of support for Taiwan amid rising Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region …
 
 
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Linley Sanders / YouGov:
Americans broadly support the details of President Biden's infrastructure plan
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Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
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Clyburn doesn't want Biden to be like FDR
Discussion: HuffPost
Politico:
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Roger Harrabin / BBC:
World's wealthiest ‘at heart of climate problem’
Discussion: Raw Story
Albuquerque Journal:
Gov.'s campaign settles with ex-spokesman
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
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Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story