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11:00 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
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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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
McCarthy: GOP not the party of ‘nativist dog whistles’  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday that the Republican Party is not the party of “nativist dog whistles” in an apparent response to a new right-wing caucus that explicitly calls for promoting “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Justice Department sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging millions in unpaid taxes  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday sued Roger Stone, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, accusing Stone and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid income taxes.
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Politico:
Feds hit Roger Stone with $2 million tax suit  —  The Justice Department is suing political strategist and longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone for almost $2 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, dating back more than a decade.  —  The civil suit, filed Friday in federal court …
Reuters:
U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
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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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 …
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.
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Is Reportedly Investigating Ex-Trump Official Who Debunked The Russia Collusion Narrative
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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.
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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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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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
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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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
NBC News:
U.S. has new intel that Manafort friend Kilimnik gave Trump campaign data to Russia … The U.S. intelligence community has developed new information about Konstantin Kilimnik, whom they call a Russian spy, that leads them to believe the associate of ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort …
Discussion: East Bay Times and MSNBC
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP attacks on Biden's plan are imploding.  New data will make this even worse.  —  Republicans are in a brutal political position right now.  They're struggling to find an attack on President Biden's jobs plan that will land, and their leading option — that raising taxes will kill jobs …
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
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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 …
Kale Williams / Oregonian:
Portland police fatally shoot man in Lents Park  —  Portland police shooting at at Lents Park  —  Portland police shot and killed a man Friday morning in Lents Park after responding to reports of person with a gun, the bureau said.  —  Officers responded around 9:30 a.m. and confronted the man, police said.
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
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
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Oregon lawmakers reach deal to end delay tactics slowing session  —  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.
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden calls Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama ‘Japanese boy’ in odd compliment … President Biden on Friday awkwardly hailed Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama as a “Japanese boy” during a press conference in the Rose Garden with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Discussion: Washington Times and The Guardian
Politico:
President Moonbeam  —  Welcome to POLITICO's 2021 Transition Playbook, your guide to the first 100 days of the Biden administration  —  JOE BIDEN is channeling FDR, or so the endless headlines scream.  Others, like Biden's close ally Rep. JIM CLYBURN (D-S.C.), suggest HARRY TRUMAN is the better role model.
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
Andrea Rodríguez / Associated Press:
Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba  —  HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country's 1959 revolution.  —  The 89-year-old Castro …
 
 
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Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
QAnon Candidates Are Winning Local Elections. Can They Be Stopped?
Discussion: HillReporter.com
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
Jerusalem Post:
US pressuring Israel to stop commenting on Iran - report
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Black Lives Matter co-founder hits back against critics questioning property purchases
Discussion: Breitbart and Townhall
CNN:
Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he's been treated unfairly
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Chuck Schumer Has Changed Why is the former “angry centrist” pushing his party to go bigger, bolder, and more progressive?
Discussion: Breitbart and The Bulwark
George W. Bush / Washington Post:
Immigration is a defining asset of the United States. Here's how to restore confidence in our system.
Discussion: CNN, IJR, Politico and Breitbart