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12:20 PM ET, April 15, 2021

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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 …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
U.S. says Manafort associate passed sensitive polling data to Russian intelligence  —  The U.S. government has sanctioned Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant indicted in the Mueller investigation in 2018, for carrying out election influence operations on behalf of Russian intelligence services.
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
New Sanctions On Manafort Deputy Suggest Deeper Role Of Russian Intel In 2016  —  The Biden administration slapped Konstantin Kilimnik, an assistant of Paul Manafort and alleged Russian spy, with sanctions on Thursday as it escalated economic measures against Moscow.
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The government finally connects the line from Trump's campaign to Russian intelligence
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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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration imposes significant economic sanctions on Russia over cyberspying, efforts to influence presidential election
Robin Bravender / Insider:
We spoke with 21 of Matt Gaetz's high-school classmates.  Some say they could have predicted the congressman's sex scandal.  — Some of Matt Gaetz's former classmates spoke exclusively with Insider about his high school days.  — Gaetz, now 38, had a reputation as a know-it-all who talked over his classmates and teachers.
Discussion: HillReporter.com, HotAir and Raw Story
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The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old  —  VEN-UH-OH … Venmo payment records reveal a vast network of young women received money from Rep. Matt Gaetz's associate, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg.  —  As new details emerge about Rep. Matt Gaetz's role …
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Townhall and Mediaite
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Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Is Giving ‘Red Pills’ To Millions.  White Nationalists Are Thrilled.  —  After the Fox News host doubled down on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, white nationalists were excited at what it could mean for their movement.  —  After Fox News host Tucker Carlson doubled …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals  —  Critics be damned, the President is ending the Forever War waged by Bush, Obama, and Trump in Afghanistan.  —  On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced the close of the two-decade-long American war in Afghanistan, giving the U.S. military a deadline …
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New York Times:
Veterans React to Biden's Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement
Discussion: Washington Post
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, alongside progressive activists pushing to transform the high court.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Accused Capitol rioter planned an escape to Switzerland, prosecutors said.  Now he'll stay in jail.  —  When Jeffrey Sabol returned to his Colorado home after allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol and assaulting two police officers on Jan. 6, he fried his electronic devices in the microwave …
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.
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.
madison.com:
3 teachers resign after investigation into slavery lesson at Sun Prairie middle school  —  An external investigation into a lesson asking sixth-graders at a Sun Prairie middle school in February how they would punish a slave led to three teachers at the middle school resigning.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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 …
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.
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House panel approves bill to create commission on slavery reparations  —  A House committee on Wednesday approved legislation to create a commission to make recommendations on paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved people, the furthest the bill has advanced since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago.
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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 …
Discussion: CNN, Insider, IJR and National Review
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.
Jordan Green / Raw Story:
Leaked chats reveal ‘National Guardsman’ and White Lives Matter organizer is forming new fascist group that wants a race war  —  The organizer of the aborted White Lives Matter rally in Raleigh, NC claims to be a National Guard member who wants to launch an “aboveground fascist movement,” …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘YOU SON OF A B*TCH!’  Geraldo Rivera, Dan Bongino Get in Shouting Match Over Police, Protests  —  Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino faced off for a second time this week on Sean Hannity's show and ended up getting into an even bigger shouting match over policing.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
First 100: Arts Venue Closures Likely After Months-Long Delay in Federal Grant Program  —  Technical glitches at the Small Business Administration leaves independent business owners on a knife's edge.  —  First100-041521  —  Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco in March.  —  It's April 15, 2021 and welcome to First 100.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The End of the Insider Party Network  —  The pipeline from corporate America and Democratic insider circles into government is being challenged.  —  Then-Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a photo opportunity with others including former staffer Ricki Seidman, far left, December 2013, at the White House.
 
 
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Biden administration asks Supreme Court not to hear challenge to all-male military draft
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Retail sales explode in March as consumers use stimulus checks to spend heavily
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Biden Sparks Greater Party, Education Gaps Than Predecessors
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Leila Fadel / NPR:
Muslim Civil Rights Leader Accused Of Harassment, Misconduct
Kimmy Yam / NBC News:
Macaulay Culkin's past comments and how white parents might ‘other’ their multiracial children
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Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Fell to a New Pandemic Low Last Week
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Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
In push for overhaul in Florida elections, Senate Republicans ease up and create new controversy
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Blue States That Make It Hardest to Vote
Discussion: Alternet.org
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Warnock off to a fast fundraising start for 2022 Senate re-election race
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Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP launches ‘super MAGA Trump’ primary
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