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9:40 PM ET, April 15, 2021

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The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops  —  It was a huge election-time story that prompted cries of treason.  But according to a newly disclosed assessment, Donald Trump might have been right to call it a “hoax.”  —  It was a blockbuster story about Russia's return …
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New York Times:
Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data  —  A Treasury Department document shed more light on links between the campaign and Russian spies.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration revealed on Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The government finally connects the line from Trump's campaign to Russian intelligence  —  So much for the ‘Russia hoax’ hoax  —  From the first moments that the report on Russian interference in the 2016 election compiled by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team became public two years ago …
Justin Hendrix / Just Security:
US Treasury Provides Missing Link: Manafort's Partner Gave Campaign Polling Data to Kremlin in 2016  —  The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday that Konstantin Kilimnik, an associate and ex-employee of Paul Manafort, “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information …
Discussion: CNBC
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government's Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections  —  WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took sweeping action against 16 entities and 16 individuals who attempted to influence …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Has an important ‘missing link’ been added to the Russia scandal?
The White House:
Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation
Zachary Basu / Axios:
U.S. says Manafort associate passed sensitive polling data to Russian intelligence
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government
Stephanie K. Baer / BuzzFeed News:
Video Shows A 13-Year-Old Boy Had His Hands Up When A Police Officer Fatally Shot Him  —  A 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Chicago by a police officer had his hands up when the cop fired his weapon, new videos show.  —  The city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability posted …
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WGN-TV:
Prosecutor who said Adam Toledo had gun in his hand ‘not fully informed’  —  CHICAGO — A key detail raised in court about the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo may have been wrong.  —  During a bond hearing for 21-year-old Ruben Roman, who was with Adam the night of the shooting …
Jessica D'Onofrio / ABC7:
Adam Toledo shooting: Bodycam video of teen killed by CPD released by COPA; family calls for peace  —  Chicago police shooting video includes bodycam footage, 3rd-party cameras, more … CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police bodycam video that captured the deadly police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months  — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely” need a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated.  — He also said it's possible people will need to get vaccinated against the virus annually.
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Defense Department confirms leaked video of unidentified aerial phenomena is real  —  Pentagon confirms UFO video is real, taken by Navy pilot  —  (CNN)The Defense Department has confirmed that leaked photos and video of “unidentified aerial phenomena” taken in 2019 are indeed legitimate images of unexplained objects.
Discussion: Mystery Wire and Political Wire
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Biden administration asks Supreme Court not to hear challenge to all-male military draft  —  The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court not to take up a lawsuit that calls the all-male military draft unconstitutional.  —  Because Congress is considering whether women should also be required …
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi dismisses progressive ‘court packing’ legislation
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Reuters puts its website behind a paywall.  —  Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business.  —  The company, one of the largest news organizations in the world, announced the new paywall on Thursday …
Washington Post:
How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz  —  The missive arrived at an Orlando-area preparatory school in October 2019, outlining a damaging allegation against a music teacher there.  —  The teacher, in the letter's telling, had had an inappropriate sexual relationship …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Intellectualist
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McCaffrey Blauner / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Told to ‘Shut Your Mouth’ After Ranting Endlessly at Fauci  —  SPARE US  —  During a meeting of the House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee on Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) had to intervene in a shouting match between Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Dr. Anthony Fauci by telling Jordan to “shut your mouth.”
The Cook Political Report:
Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index  —  The Cook Political Report is pleased to introduce the post-2020 edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for all 50 states and 435 congressional districts.  Although these district boundaries won't be in place …
Tessa Duvall / Courier-Journal:
Louisville cop writing a book to reveal the ‘truth’ behind the Breonna Taylor shooting  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One of the Louisville Metro Police officers who fired shots during the attempted search warrant execution that left Breonna Taylor dead in her apartment last year is writing a book about the case.
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Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
One Of The Cops Involved In Breonna Taylor's Death Just Got A Book Deal
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Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
A New ‘Denim Cycle’?  After a Decade, Jeans Move From Skinny to Loose  —  American shoppers are flocking to high-waisted, loosefitting jeans in droves and companies believe they may become a hallmark of the post-pandemic world.  —  The obituary for skinny jeans has been written …
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Republicans and the Great Replacement  —  The idea that they're being “replaced” is now part of the core GOP ideology  —  In August of 2017, far-right demonstrators marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting “You will not replace us!”. … That rally's organizers called it the Unite the Right rally.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson villainizes journalists on his top-rated show.  Then the threats pour in.  —  As the Fox host's popularity grows, he has found fodder in lesser-known media figures whom he presents as symbols of liberalism-run-amok.  —  Brandy Zadrozny, a reporter for NBC News who covers online extremism …
Discussion: wgbh.org, HuffPost, Raw Story and Twitchy
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
Washington Post's Josh Rogin Calls Out Media for Ignoring Potential Connection Between Fauci's Research and Covid Outbreak  —  Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin lamented the media's refusal to discuss aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including Dr. Anthony Fauci's role in it, in an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Pew Research Center:
Biden Nears 100-Day Mark With Strong Approval, Positive Rating for Vaccine Rollout  —  Share of Americans viewing illegal immigration as a ‘very big’ problem grows  —  Pew Research Center conducted this study to better understand the public's views on how the Biden administration …
Discussion: New York Times and USA Today
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden starts off presidency with positive approval marks, CNBC survey shows
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and POLITICUSUSA
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Biden promised to stop seizing border wall land.  His DOJ is still doing it.  —  The administration is past a self imposed 60-day deadline to review resources for the wall.  And it's still taking land for it.  —  Nearly three months into office, Joe Biden's administration is seizing land near …
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and CNN
Associated Press:
Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference  —  OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons.  —  William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens …
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Decision to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine causes public confidence in vaccine to sink  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  Fieldwork for the latest Economist/YouGov poll on vaccine safety perceptions was in the midst of being conducted when the Centers for Disease Control …
Chris Dunker / Omaha World-Herald:
Lawmakers blast North Platte Sen. Groene for ‘racist’ comments during debate  —  A handful of state lawmakers criticized Sen. Mike Groene on Thursday for what they said was an offensive comment made by the North Platte senator on Wednesday.  —  During floor debate, Groene inadvertently called …
Discussion: Raw Story
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador  —  Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat, is in the final stages of vetting to serve as President Biden's ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Across the administration …
The Daily Poster:
Sinema And Manchin Headlining Event For Anti-Union Group Fighting $15 Wage  —  The pair will discuss “finding bipartisan solutions” at the conference of the major lobby group fighting Dems' minimum wage and labor legislation.  —  Weeks after voting to kill a $15 minimum wage …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kellyanne Conway takes sides in Ohio Senate primary  —  Kellyanne Conway, who served as campaign manager and counselor to former President Donald Trump, has been named a senior adviser to Ohio Senate hopeful Bernie Moreno, taking sides in a race that has become a fight over which GOP candidate is closest to the former president.
 
 
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Cade Metz / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
“What would Beau say?”  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook …
Discussion: American Prospect
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
How an attempted Canadian kowtow to China backfired
CNN:
Cruz joins Paul in ditching mask despite CDC recommendations
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: We're Doomed! Send Us Money.
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Unused Vaccines Are Piling Up Across U.S. as Some Regions Resist
David Zweig / New York Magazine:
Why Public Schools Shouldn't Offer a Remote Option This Fall
Laura Santhanam / PBS NewsHour:
Biden's poll numbers on the economy rival Trump's for the first time
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and wabe.org
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CBS News' mysterious ‘retired newsman’ support adds to chaos surrounding ‘60 Minutes’ report on DeSantis
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media knows much less than it thinks
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients