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4:45 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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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: Political Wire
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 …
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
The Intellectualist:
Analysis: Latest Russian Sanctions Report Confirms Trump Campaign Colluded With Russia
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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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Scott Wong / The Hill:   McCarthy and Biden haven't spoken since election
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House GOP leader: Won't punish Gaetz unless charges filed
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
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 …
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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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Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Pelosi says she won't bring bill to expand Supreme Court to the floor
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Pelosi dismisses progressive ‘court packing’ legislation
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.”
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Maxine Waters snaps at Jim Jordan as COVID hearing with Fauci erupts into shouting match: ‘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 …
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 …
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Jessica D'Onofrio / ABC7:
Adam Toledo shooting: Bodycam video of teen killed by CPD released by COPA; family calls for peace
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: Twitchy
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Is Giving ‘Red Pills’ To Millions. White Nationalists Are Thrilled.
Discussion: wgbh.org, Raw Story and Washington Post
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients  —  Incidence is rare, occurring in only 0.008% of cases and in line with expectations  —  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small cohort of approximately 5,800 cases …
Susan Page / Politico:
Inside Nancy Pelosi's War With AOC and the Squad  —  Adapted from Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, to be published by Twelve Books on April 20.  —  “Nancy doesn't have much patience for people who don't know what they don't know.”  —  That was what a senior congressional …
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Kerry Picket / Washington Examiner:
Pelosi dismisses Republican criticism over border crisis
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and IJR
Dan Primack / Axios:
J.D. Vance tells associates he plans to run for Senate in Ohio  —  J.D. Vance, venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” has told friends and colleagues that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Discussion: VICE, Insider, TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Introducing Substack Local, for a new generation of local news  —  Today, we're announcing Substack Local, a US$1,000,000 initiative to foster and develop the local news ecosystem by helping independent writers build local news publications based on the subscription model.
Washington Post:
17 requests for backup in 78 minutes  —  A reconstruction shows how failures of planning and preparation left police at the Capitol severely disadvantaged on Jan. 6  —  At 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 6, a D.C. police commander facing a swelling crowd of protesters on the west side of the U.S. Capitol …
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
One Of The Cops Involved In Breonna Taylor's Death Just Got A Book Deal  —  Who better to tell the inside story of the tragedy than one of its perpetrators?  —  One of the cops who participated in the no-knock raid that resulted in Breonna Taylor's death last year just got a book deal.
Politico:
GOP uses threats hearing to air political, personal grievances  —  Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee used the panel's first public hearing in five years on the United States' most dire global threats to air a range of domestic grievances to intelligence and law enforcement leaders Thursday …
Steve Hayes / The Dispatch:
'We Just Can't Do This Anymore'  —  Business owners who want to hire workers are finding it impossible to compete with the pandemic relief packages' enhanced unemployment payments.  —  4 hr ago  —  WATERVILLE, Ohio—On a typical pre-pandemic Monday morning, Dale's Diner would be buzzing.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Christie to GOP Study Group: Call Biden Out as ‘a Liar’  —  Republicans are bloodied and beaten, and maybe just a little too bashful for their own good.  At least, so says Chris Christie.  —  Knocked back on their heels and forced to answer for every outrageous thing Donald Trump did …
Washington Post:
U.S. could have 300 million extra vaccine doses by end of July, raising concerns about hoarding  —  The United States is on track to have gathered an oversupply of hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses as soon as July, even while many countries in the developing world …
Discussion: HotAir and Al Jazeera
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Sparks Greater Party, Education Gaps Than Predecessors  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden's job approval ratings during his first two full months in office show greater divisions by party and educational attainment than those of his recent predecessors.
Washington Free Beacon:
Kristen Clarke, Bigot and Liar  —  Having sworn to answer all questions truthfully, in an appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division offered a series of answers that strained credulity and veered into outright falsehood.
The Guardian:
Facebook planned to remove fake accounts in India - until it realized a BJP politician was involved  —  Whistleblower points to double standard in Facebook's enforcement of rules against powerful  —  Facebook allowed a network of fake accounts to artificially inflate the popularity of an MP …
 
 
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Laura Santhanam / PBS NewsHour:
Biden's poll numbers on the economy rival Trump's for the first time
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and NPR
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity
Courtney Subramanian / USA Today:
Exclusive: Biden administration frees up $39 billion to help ailing child care industry
Discussion: The White House
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Boston cop who bragged about ramming protesters with patrol car allowed to return to work: report
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Few Americans Who Identify As Independent Are Actually Independent. That's Really Bad For Politics.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CBS News' mysterious ‘retired newsman’ support adds to chaos surrounding ‘60 Minutes’ report on DeSantis
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
The Coming Backlash  —  So, a criminal with a warrant who resists arrest meets …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The End of the Insider Party Network
Jordan Green / Raw Story:
Leaked chats reveal ‘National Guardsman’ and White Lives Matter organizer is forming new fascist group that wants a race war
madison.com:
3 teachers resign after investigation into slavery lesson at Sun Prairie middle school
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Fell to a New Pandemic Low Last Week
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals