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10:50 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 …
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.
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
History will cast a shadow over Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan  —  Afghanistan nagged at Joe Biden 10 years ago.  He thought the Pentagon was muscling a new president, Barack Obama, into adding more troops for an unwinnable war.  He believed the United States' interests …
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Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Biden's White House communications strategy is driving Republicans insane
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, CNN and Raw Story
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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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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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Peter Weber / The Week:
Late night hosts list things more dangerous than Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, including COVID-19
Discussion: Vox and CNN
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.
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 …
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Bernie Madoff, Architect of Largest Ponzi Scheme in History, Is Dead at 82  —  His enormous fraud left behind a devastating human toll and paper losses totaling $64.8 billion.  —  Bernard L. Madoff, the one-time senior statesman of Wall Street who in 2008 became the human face of an era …
Discussion: NBC News, The Daily Beast and Meduza.io
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.
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
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
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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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 …
Washington Post:
The FBI wanted to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.  It turned to a little-known Australian firm.  —  Azimuth unlocked the iPhone at the center of an epic legal battle between the FBI and Apple.  Now, Apple is suing the company co-founded by one of the hackers behind the unlock.
DW.COM:
Germany, US revive security cooperation  —  US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III is the first Biden administration official to come to Germany.  Several high-stakes issues have been on his agenda — and he has made some surprise announcements.  —  Germany is getting 500 more US troops.
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Biden rolls back Trump's anti-abortion curbs on family planning funds  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday moved to unwind former President Donald Trump's anti-abortion restrictions on federal family planning funds.  —  New rules proposed Wednesday would largely return the Title X program …
Discussion: Fox News and NPR
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Max Eden / City Journal:
Canceled at Georgetown  —  The law school dean sacrifices university policy and basic fairness to mob justice.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Why some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress want to bring back a tax break for the rich
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Biden's decision: How hard to punch back at Putin's hackers
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Party in Power Is Directing a Corporate Conspiracy against Its Political Opposition
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Cruz, Hawley Introduce MLB Antitrust Bill In Retaliation For Pulled All-Star Game
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Tara Golshan / HuffPost:
Democrats Propose Permanent Boost To Unemployment Benefits
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CNN:
Wisconsin Treasurer jumps into crowded Democratic Senate primary as Ron Johnson freezes GOP field
Discussion: WisPolitics.com
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Court Vindicates Black Officer Fired for Stopping Colleague's Chokehold
Paul Matzko / Libertarianism.org:
The Insurrectionary Ideology of National Conservatism
Politico:
Biden moves to leverage corporate America's falling out with GOP
Discussion: IJR
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Jerusalem Post:
Natanz attack hit 50 meters underground, destroyed most of the facility