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5:55 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.
Orlando Sentinel:
Records: Joel Greenberg doled out contracts to politicians, strategists tied to figures in Florida's political scandals
Discussion: floridapolitics.com
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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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
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
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
Liz Peek / The Hill:
Republicans need to stop Joe Biden's progressive assault on America  —  President Biden has gone too far.  —  His executive order creating a commission to study packing the Supreme Court is an outrage.  Even if it is just another sop to the left, opening the door to such an attack on our system of government is unforgivable.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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Susan Davis / NPR:
Top Republicans Work To Rebrand GOP As Party Of Working Class
American Greatness:   The GOP's Trump Solution
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department announces court-authorized effort to disrupt exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities  —  Action copied and removed web shells that provided backdoor access to servers, but additional steps may be required to patch Exchange Server software and expel hackers from victim networks.
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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 …
Nancy Pelosi / Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Invites President Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress on April 28  —  Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the following letter today to President Joseph R. Biden inviting him to address a Joint Session of Congress.  —  In the letter, the Speaker wrote, “Nearly 100 days ago …
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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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says company can deliver 10% more doses to the U.S. by the end of May than previously agreed  — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday the company has ramped up production of its two-shot vaccine and will be able to deliver a total of 300 million doses to the U.S. two weeks early, in July.
Discussion: HotAir and Talking Points Memo
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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 …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Egypt seizes the Ever Given, saying its owners owe nearly $1 billion for Suez Canal traffic jam  —  A few weeks ago, Egypt was frantically trying to get the massive container ship Ever Given out of the Suez Canal.  —  Now, authorities are saying the vessel is not allowed to leave.
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South China Morning Post:   Egypt impounds megaship that blocked Suez Canal, seeks compensation
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's defense of his ‘replacement’ rant gives away the game  —  Tucker Carlson is under fire for declaring that Democrats want to “replace” the current voting citizenry with “more obedient voters from the Third World,” to “dilute” the power of U.S. voters.
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Justin Horowitz / Media Matters for America:   Frequent Fox guest Charlie Kirk praises and endorses Tucker Carlson's “replacement” theory
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Elise Thomas / bellingcat:
The Curious Case of CIPDH: Fantasy Passports, Misappropriated Identities and ‘Human Rights Defenders’  —  Adam Bandt is a well-known face in Australian politics.  He became the first member of the Australian Greens to be elected in a federal election to the country's House of Representatives …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Republican Party Finds a New Group to Demonize  —  Ken Mehlman wanted to apologize.  Speaking with The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder in 2010, the former Republican National Committee chair came out as gay, and acknowledged that, despite being a party leader, he had not worked against the GOP's strategy …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
Reading the Republican Autopsy  —  It's real, and it's spectacular.  —  1. The Autopsy Is Happening Right Now  —  In the days after Democrats unseated an incumbent president and won unified control of Congress, the victorious party went though a round of self-analysis and recriminations.
Discussion: Raw Story
Doha Madani / NBC News:
Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake won't face discipline, police chief says  —  The Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was paralyzed from the waist down after the shooting in August, has returned to work and will not face discipline, the department announced Tuesday.
Politico:
Inhofe backs pause in Pentagon nomination amid GOP calls for probe  —  A top Republican is calling on Senate leadership to delay a vote on Pentagon nominee Colin Kahl unless the FBI completes an investigation into whether he tweeted out classified information, following a demand for a probe by GOP lawmakers.
Dan Friedman / Mother Jones:
An Infamous International Operator Signed On to Lobby for Myanmar's Junta.  What Is He Really Up To?  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  Last month, as senior officials …
Discussion: Newsweek
 
 
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
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Politico:
Clyburn doesn't want Biden to be like FDR
Discussion: HuffPost
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Lara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows
Discussion: National Review
Roger Harrabin / BBC:
World's wealthiest ‘at heart of climate problem’
Discussion: Raw Story
Albuquerque Journal:
Gov.'s campaign settles with ex-spokesman