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1:05 PM ET, April 17, 2021

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New York Times:
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters  —  About 31 percent of adults in the United States have now been fully vaccinated.  Scientists have estimated that 70 to 90 percent of the total population must acquire resistance to the virus to reach herd immunity.
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Post:
Trump loyalists start ‘America First Caucus’ to promote U.S. as ‘uniquely Anglo-Saxon’  —  Far-right Republicans in Congress are forming an “America First Caucus” that would promote nativist policies, according to materials outlining the group's goals first obtained by Punchbowl News.
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:
America First Caucus Rejected By Right-Wing Freedom Caucus  —  Members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus are among a wide array of House Republicans rejecting a nascent group being organized by Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) whose platform reportedly aims to preserve “anglo-saxon political traditions.”
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Fury over ‘Anglo-Saxon’ caucus  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are two developing stories you should watch this weekend that have Washington up in arms:  — A CONGRESSIONAL WHITE CAUCUS?:  Reports that Reps. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) and PAUL GOSAR (R-Ariz.) …
Discussion: NBC News and POLITICUSUSA
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Forming Caucus To Promote ‘Anglo-Saxon Political Traditions’
Shannon Palus / Slate:
It's About Time for Us to Stop Wearing Masks Outside  —  One of the last times I stepped outside my Brooklyn apartment without a mask on was in early spring 2020, just before the state issued a mask mandate.  I remember because as my dog peed on a tree, a neighbor asked me pointedly where my mask was.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Roger Stone owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and fees, Justice Dept. alleges in lawsuit  —  The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Friday against Roger Stone, claiming he owes the Internal Revenue Service almost  —  $2 million in unpaid tax bills stretching back more than a
Discussion: Slate, CBS News and BuzzFeed News
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Is Reportedly Investigating Ex-Trump Official Who Debunked The Russia Collusion Narrative
Discussion: RedState
John McWhorter / It Bears Mentioning:
THE VICTORIANS HAD TO ACCEPT DARWIN.  WE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT COPS KILL WHITE PEOPLE AS EASILY AS THEY KILL BLACK PEOPLE.  —  Otherwise, our conversation on race is deeply and perniciously fake.  —  9 hr ago  —  The death of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis necessitates a new mental habit among us enlightened American souls.
Discussion: Insider
Tony Webster / Minnesota Reformer:
Federal judge orders Minnesota state troopers to not arrest journalists covering protests  —  A Minnesota federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists or ordering them to disperse while covering protests.
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Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
You Have to Read This Letter  —  A New York father pulls his daughter out of Brearley with a message to the whole school.  Is the dam starting to break?  —  I was planning to publish a roundup today of the many thoughtful responses to Paul Rossi's essay.  I'm going to save that post for Sunday …
Jayati Ramakrishnan / Oregonian:
Portland protesters light fires, smash downtown windows; police declare riot  —  A group of protesters in downtown Portland lit fires, smashed the windows of businesses, a church and the Oregon Historical Society, and caused other various damage during a destructive demonstration Friday night and early Saturday.
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and CBS News
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel comes under pressure to show more independence from Trump  —  Amid the din of clanking glasses and cheering at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club on April 10, the former president ribbed Ronna McDaniel, the Republican Party chairwoman, about her relationship with the GOP's potential 2024 White House contenders.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Why Police Can Stop Motorists With Air Fresheners Hanging in Their Cars  —  A majority of states have laws making it illegal to hang anything from a rearview mirror that obscures a driver's view.  But critics say the laws are often used as pretexts.  —  Phil Colbert was on his way to meet …
Discussion: Althouse
Jack Shafer / Politico:
How Substack Revealed the Real Value of Writers' Unfiltered Thoughts  —  What sort of journalist who has been filing brilliant, scoopy copy about technology, privacy and politics for the past two years on the New York Times editorial page would leave that main-course for the side-dish of a newsletter?
Discussion: New York Times
CNN:
There will be no graceful exit from the Covid-19 pandemic  —  Opinion by Mathew Burrows and Barry Pavel  —  How Covid has collapsed the world's healthcare systems  —  Dr. Mathew Burrows, who spent 28 years at the CIA and State Department, serves as director of the Foresight, Strategy …
Politico:
Gaetz ex-girlfriend feared alleged sex-trafficking victim taped call for feds  —  MIAMI — Matt Gaetz's former girlfriend has told friends she's worried that the woman who is key to the federal government's sex-crimes investigation tried to get her to incriminate the Florida lawmaker on a recorded call.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Coronavirus is disappearing from the halls of Congress even if the political rancor over the pandemic is not  —  Congress crossed a critical threshold Wednesday that is a testament to the power of vaccines: 75 straight days without a single member announcing a positive test for the coronavirus.
Politico:
Data gap threatens to complicate Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause  —  It could take two weeks or longer for federal health agencies to gather and analyze enough data to determine conclusively whether there is a link between Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine and reports of rare …
Discussion: WBUR, NBC4 Washington, IJR and ABC News
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
TikTok Turns Average Joes Into Stars.  Then What?  —  Even when a creator scores a viral hit, repeat success can prove elusive  —  When Kendra Womack uploaded a short video of her aunt's Labrador retriever to TikTok last year, she didn't expect what happened next.
Sun-Sentinel:
Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold  —  The number of Florida seniors entering the hospital for COVID dropped sharply over the past month, an indication that the vaccination campaign begun in December has been effective in protecting the group most vulnerable to the disease.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
National World War I Memorial unveiled in Washington more than 100 years later  —  President Joe Biden said it commemorates the “courage” of American “Doughboys.”  —  Congressman wants to award Congressional Gold Medal to ‘Harlem Hellfighters’  —  Tom Suozzi of New York announced he's introducing …
Discussion: The Federalist
Washington Post:
With a sense of betrayal and relief, Afghans eye a future without U.S. troops  —  KABUL — When the 44-year-old women's rights activist saw the news that all U.S. forces will withdraw by Sept. 11, her thoughts immediately flashed to fear of the Taliban returning to power.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN has shed more than half its viewers since Biden took office, down staggering 60 percent in key demo  —  MSNBC ratings also dramatically down since January  —  Tomi Lahren blasts CNN over leaked video showing liberal bias  —  CNN has been hemorrhaging viewers since President Biden took office …
Discussion: RedState and The RFAngle
Raja Razek / CNN:
Florida woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Kamala Harris  —  (CNN)A Miami woman has been charged for allegedly threatening to kill Vice President Kamala Harris, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
 
 
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Matt Viser / Washington Post:
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Ted Van Green / Pew Research Center:
Americans overwhelmingly say marijuana should be legal for recreational or medical use
Discussion: HotAir
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Russia's surveillance state still doesn't match China. But Putin is racing to catch up.
Washington Post:
Get police out of the business of traffic stops
Discussion: Slate
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 16, 2021
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
QAnon Candidates Are Winning Local Elections. Can They Be Stopped?
Discussion: HillReporter.com
Politico:
President Moonbeam  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide …
Hannah Frishberg / New York Post:
Man accidentally gets one Moderna and one Pfizer COVID vaccine
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
Hong Kong Court Sentences Jimmy Lai and Other Pro-Democracy Leaders to Prison
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden calls Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama ‘Japanese boy’ in odd compliment
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeos violated rules on use of State Department resources, IG finds