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10:40 AM ET, April 14, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
The veteran air force pilot hoping to oust scandal-hit Republican Matt Gaetz  —  Bryan Jones will challenge the congressman, who is under investigation for alleged sex trafficking, in the next primary  —  A veteran air force pilot is laying the groundwork to challenge the scandal-hit congressman Matt Gaetz …
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
Gaetz's glare stings House GOP — but his future's safe for now
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
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.
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 …
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
History will cast a shadow over Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan
George Packer / The Atlantic:
Biden Can Redeem His Mistake
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
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 …
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Peter Weber / The Week:
Late night hosts list things more dangerous than Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, including COVID-19  —  “In the last few months, we've gotten all sorts of vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Montero — but for at least a little while, it looks like there's gonna be one less,” Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show.
Discussion: Vox and CNN
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Washington Examiner:   Vaccine passports? We'll pass
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why Pause The J&J Vaccine? An Expert Explains The Decision
Discussion: CBS News and NBC New York
Tammy Bruce / Washington Times:
Going grifting via Black Lives Matter  —  Co-opting a serious social issue, leftist groups exact virtue-signal payments — but don't tell Twitter  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  “How to Become Rich Using Marxism, For Dummies” could have been the alternative title for Karl Marx's famous screed …
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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?
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
American Greatness:
Get Ready to Rumble With Big Business  —  Woke corporations aren't our friends and we should stop acting like they are.  If they want to play games with our rights, we should beat them like rented mules when it comes to their bottom line.  —  Serious question: Who died …
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: New York Magazine and Raw Story
Debbie Kaminer / New York Daily News:
There's no vaccine for hypocrisy  —  The latest battle in the COVID-19 culture wars involves “vaccine passports,” with some Republican leaders taking a surprisingly anti-business and pro-regulation stance.  Despite the term's ubiquity, there is no one official vaccine passport …
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
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.
Anna Peele / Vulture:
The Soul of Bravo A year of national reckonings on race and inequality has tested how real the Housewives should be.  —  In 2020, Leva Bonaparte considered a job opportunity.  Bravo had been pursuing the hospitality executive for years in an attempt to get her to join the cast of Southern Charm.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks  —  The FBI obtained court approval to access vulnerable computers across the United States.  —  Joseph Cox  —  On Tuesday the Department of Justice announced the FBI was given approval to access hundreds of computers across …
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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: IJR
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane  —  In the words of one House Republican campaign operative, 'It's a nightmare'  —  If there's a cliché that summed up Joe Biden's defeat of an extremely progressive Democratic primary field, it's the pithy maxim that Twitter is not real life.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, CNN and Raw Story
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.
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.
Wesley Morgan / The Atlantic:
What Was America Doing in Afghanistan?  —  The soldiers living in the concrete maze of Combat Outpost (COP) Michigan treated the Taliban fire that poured in from the mountains as though it were weather: Bursts of machine-gun bullets were akin to drizzle, volleys of rocket-propelled grenades more like heavy rain.
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: The Hill, CNN and Twitchy
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 …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Court Vindicates Black Officer Fired for Stopping Colleague's Chokehold  —  Cariol Horne acted to keep a white officer from using what she saw as excessive force.  Fifteen years later, a judge said her firing was wrong.  —  It was a cold November day in Buffalo when Officer Cariol Horne responded …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Why some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress want to bring back a tax break for the rich  —  Democrats want to raise taxes.  So why are they debating cutting them for some well-off taxpayers?  —  Democrats are trying to figure out how to pay for President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan …
Discussion: Slow Boring, Raw Story and Forbes
Max Eden / City Journal:
Canceled at Georgetown  —  The law school dean sacrifices university policy and basic fairness to mob justice.  —  The Social Order  —  Education  —  Social justice activists routinely demand that we “see race,” call out disparities and feel personal shame about them, and commit to improving outcomes for minorities.
Front Page Magazine:
The Biden White House: A Diversity of Racists and Anti-Semites  —  They may look like America - but they don't think like Americans.  —  [Order David Horowitz's new book: The Enemy Within: How a Totalitarian Movement is Destroying America.]  —  This article originally appeared in PJMmedia.com.
 
 
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Tara Golshan / HuffPost:
Democrats Propose Permanent Boost To Unemployment Benefits
Discussion: Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
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Financial Times:
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CNN:
Wisconsin Treasurer jumps into crowded Democratic Senate primary as Ron Johnson freezes GOP field
Discussion: WisPolitics.com
Paul Matzko / Libertarianism.org:
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Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Elise Thomas / bellingcat:
The Curious Case of CIPDH: Fantasy Passports, Misappropriated Identities and ‘Human Rights Defenders’
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Host Tries and Fails to Bait Jon Stewart Into Attacking Biden
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Adrian Carrasquillo / Newsweek:
Florida Democrats Sound the Alarm After ‘Spanish-Language OAN’ Buys Miami Radio Station, Fires Liberal Host