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6:55 PM ET, April 16, 2021

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Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Biden will keep Trump's historically low cap on refugee admissions.  —  The Biden administration will keep the target of refugee admissions for this year at the historically low level set by the Trump administration, walking back an earlier pledge to welcome more than 60,000 refugees into the United States.
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Associated Press:
Biden speeds refugee admissions, but doesn't lift Trump cap  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed an emergency determination that officials said would speed refugee admissions to the U.S., but he did not immediately lift his predecessor's historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Top Senate Democrat faults Biden for blocking ‘vetted refugees currently waiting’ to enter US
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Biden to keep in place Trump's refugee cap
Associated Press:
Police ID killer in FedEx shooting as 19-year-old man  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police scoured a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and searched the suspected gunman's home Friday looking for a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family members of the eight victims spent agonizing hours awaiting word on their loved ones.
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Gregg Montgomery / WISH-TV:
Watch Live: Multiple people shot, gunman fatally shoots self at FedEx facility  —  INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said.  — APP USERS: Go online to see a live video feed from the scene
CNN:
8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say
Wall Street Journal:
Indianapolis Mass Shooting: At Least Eight Dead at FedEx Facility
Discussion: CNN and Grand Forks Herald
Washington Post:
Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach  —  A founding member of the Oath Keepers arrested in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to cooperate against others in the case — the first defendant to publicly flip …
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Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr., Alleging Deception  —  The lawsuit claims that Mr. Falwell, the university's former president, withheld scandalous and potentially damaging information from Liberty's board of trustees.  —  Liberty University sued its former president Jerry Falwell Jr. this week …
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeos violated rules on use of State Department resources, IG finds  —  Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules governing the use of taxpayer-funded resources when he and his wife, Susan, asked State Department employees to carry out tasks for their personal benefit …
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Forming Caucus To Promote ‘Anglo-Saxon Political Traditions’  —  Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) are starting a right-wing caucus in Congress that seeks to “follow in President Trump's footsteps,” which could prove yet another thorn in the side …
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar to launch ‘America First Caucus’ that praises ‘Anglo-Saxon political traditions’
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
US police and public officials donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, data breach reveals  —  Officers and officials also donated to fundraisers for far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans  —  A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How Kash Patel rose from obscure Hill staffer to key operative in Trump's battle with the intelligence community  —  In the Trump administration's four-year battle with the intelligence community, a recurring character was a brash lawyer named Kashyap P.  “Kash” Patel.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Democratic lawmaker Vernon Jones challenges Kemp in GOP primary  —  A former Democratic state legislator who switched parties after he endorsed Donald Trump launched an insurgent challenge Friday against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, setting the stage for a race that will test the former president's influence in Georgia.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Former state Rep. Vernon Jones launches challenge to Kemp in Georgia
Discussion: CBS News and HotAir
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Biden officials rescind Trump's okay for Texas's $100 billion-plus Medicaid plan  —  Friday decision is seen as an effort to push Texas officials toward expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to cover more low-income residents  —  The Biden administration on Friday rescinded approval …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying Biden's Victory Saw Drop in Business Contributions  —  PAC donations fell about 80% for objectors, compared with 35% drop for those who voted to approve results, latest campaign filings show  —  WASHINGTON—Republican members of Congress who voted …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Frank Thorp V / NBC News:
After the Riot  —  It's been 100 days since the attack on the Capitol, and those who were inside still struggle with their memories.  —  When a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the world watched as the rioters entered the building, breaking windows and pushing through barriers.
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87  —  A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity.  —  Vartan Gregorian, the ebullient Armenian immigrant who climbed …
Talking Points Memo:
2020 Election Conspiracy Theorists Rush To Bankroll Arizona Senate GOP's Sketchy Audit  —  The fundraising effort has been promoted by Lin Wood, who has ties to the cyber consultant tapped to lead the Senate's review of Maricopa County's 2020 election.  —  The audit that Arizona's GOP Senate …
George W. Bush / Washington Post:
Immigration is a defining asset of the United States.  Here's how to restore confidence in our system.  —  George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States.  —  Next week, I'm proud to publish a new collection of my paintings, entitled “Out of Many, One.”
Discussion: CNN, IJR, Breitbart and Politico
NBC News:
Republicans struggle to craft counteroffer to Biden's $2 trillion jobs plan … WASHINGTON — First, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said Wednesday that a price tag of $600 billion to $800 billion was the “sweet spot” for bipartisan agreement on infrastructure.
FiveThirtyEight:
It's Not Just Young White Liberals Who Are Leaving Religion  —  Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.  —  Poll(s) of the Week  —  Only 47 percent of American adults said they were members of a church, mosque or synagogue, according to recently released polling that was conducted by Gallup throughout last year.
Discussion: Raw Story
Carol E. Lee / NBC News:
In secret Facebook groups, America's best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories  —  WASHINGTON — They're the most elite, lethally trained members of the U.S. military, widely considered the best of the best.  And yet in secret Facebook groups exclusively …
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Black Lives Matter co-founder hits back against critics questioning property purchases  —  A Black Lives Matter co-founder has hit back at people questioning her multimillion-dollar real estate purchases.  —  In an interview with Black News Tonight on Thursday, Patrisse Cullors pushed …
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Matt Loffman / PBS NewsHour:
New poll shows Americans overwhelmingly oppose anti-transgender laws  —  The rights of transgender Americans has been a growing topic of debate on sports fields, in state capitols and in Congress.  The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization, says more than 30 state legislatures …
CNN:
Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he's been treated unfairly  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing a scandal that threatens to end his career, is privately telling his colleagues that he has been treated unfairly while at the same time saying he's been cooperative with the Justice …
Glenn Greenwald:
Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One  —  The most significant Trump-era alliance is between corporate outlets and security state agencies, whose evidence-free claims they unquestioningly disseminate.  —  1 hr ago
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Your browser does not support the audio element.  —  Legislative Democrats in Oregon have agreed to relinquish a powerful advantage in redrawing the state's political districts for the next 10 years in exchange for a commitment from Republicans to stop blocking bills with delay tactics.
Your Side / WFLA-TV:
‘Huge mistake’: DeSantis slams federal response to Johnson & Johnson blood clot issues  —  POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the federal government's actions Friday with regards to the recent pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and the recommendations …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Faces New Pressure to Act on Russia's Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and Axios
Cleve Wootson / Washington Post:
Republicans try to crown Harris the ‘border czar.’ She rejects the title.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and BizPac Review
David Corn / Mother Jones:
The GOP Is Raising Money Off Tucker Carlson's Racism
Discussion: Fox News, The Guardian and spiked
PR Newswire:
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and The Cura Foundation “Unite to Prevent”
 Earlier Items: 
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales calls Israel ‘apartheid state’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
A fourth-grade teacher marched on Jan. 6. Does she deserve to get canceled?
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden hits 59 percent approval rating in Pew poll
Discussion: NBC News and HotAir
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Millions of Americans think the election was stolen. How worried should we be about more violence?
Discussion: Raw Story
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden