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2:35 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.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Why Is Joe Biden Blocking Joe Biden from Raising the Refugee Cap?  —  President Joe Biden, speaking at the U.S. State Department, February 4: … Oddly, 72 days after that announcement, Biden has not signed that executive order.  This is not a situation where Biden needs Congress to pass legislation.
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 …
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
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CNN:
8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 Million  —  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 has sued Jerry Falwell Jr. for $10 million …
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Reuters:
Liberty University sues former president Jerry Falwell Jr.  —  U.S. parents begin to ask: Should my child get a COVID-19 shot?  —  United States  —  Gunman's motive still unclear in massacre of eight at Indianapolis FedEx site  —  United States  —  Chicago releases graphic video of police shooting 13-year-old
Discussion: Religion News Service
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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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 …
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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
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, Politico, IJR and Breitbart
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
‘A nicer version of Trump’: GOP donors flock to DeSantis  —  One evening in February, Ron DeSantis quietly slipped into the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.  —  Over dinner, the Florida governor addressed an audience of deep-pocketed donors convened by the influential Bradley Foundation …
Chicago Tribune:
In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands raised before Chicago cop fires fatal shot (warning: graphic content)  —  By CHRIS SWEDA / CHICAGO TRIBUNE “,sourceId: “119823990”,shareUrl: “https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagotribune.com%2 Fnews% …
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden  —  A study by a liberal group found a reverse coattails effect in 2020: Down-ballot candidates may have helped elect President Biden, rather than the other way around.  —  Ebony Carter faced an uphill climb when she decided …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Biden Boom Has Begun  —  Last week, fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits than at any time since March 2020.  Last month, retail sales in the U.S. rose by 9.8 percent, the largest increase in nearly a year.  Factory activity in the state of New York just hit its highest level since 2017 …
David Lim / Politico:
Biden administration investing $1.7B to better track Covid-19 variants  —  The Biden administration announced Friday it is spending $1.7 billion to expand the country's ability to track coronavirus variants.  —  The money, from the last pandemic relief package, will go toward sequencing …
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The White House:
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Announces $1.7 Billion Investment to Fight COVID-19 Variants
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Biden hits 59 percent approval rating in Pew poll  —  A majority of Americans — 59 percent — approve of President Biden's handling of his job nearly as he approaches 100 days in office, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Friday.  —  The poll found Biden's job approval …
Discussion: HotAir and New York Times
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NBC News:
Polls show Biden reaping solid approval ratings with popular policies
Discussion: BizPac Review and New York Times
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?  —  Late one Wednesday last month, Chuck Schumer padded around his inner office in the Capitol in black socks decorated with palm trees, tended to his fireplace, and conceded a few seconds of self-reflection.
Sam Wilson / Helena Independent Record:
Bill restricting ballot collection voted down by Montana Senate  —  The Montana Senate voted down a bill on Wednesday that would have restricted absentee ballot collection in Montana, with some Republicans joining Democrats who opposed the measure as creating an unnecessary barrier for mail-in voting.
New York Post:
Social media again silences The Post for reporting the news  —  Once more unto the breach.  —  On Thursday, Facebook decided its users should not be able to share a New York Post article about the property buying habits of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter.
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir, RedState, Breitbart and Twitchy
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
The Democrats' Giant Dilemma  —  John Fetterman is one of the most photographed rising stars in the Democratic Party.  As gargantuan as Lurch Addams, with a bald head, goatee and closet full of Dickies shirts—and tattoos running down his arm marking every date a life was taken while he was mayor …
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
NYC mayoral candidate Dianne Morales calls Israel ‘apartheid state’  —  Dianne Morales, one of the leading candidates for mayor of New York City, called Israel an apartheid state in a private event last December, according to an audio obtained by the Forward.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Helaine Olen / Washington Post:
A fourth-grade teacher marched on Jan. 6.  Does she deserve to get canceled?  —  Kristine Hostetter is a competent fourth-grade teacher.  No one disputes that students both enjoy and benefit from their time in her San Clemente, Calif., classroom.  She is also heavily involved …
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Millions of Americans think the election was stolen.  How worried should we be about more violence?  —  A recent survey showed an estimated 50m Republicans believe the false claim, but experts say many Trump supporters appear to be cooling down  —  Three months after an insurrection at the US capitol …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Andrew Yang, Celebrity Politician  —  Andrew Yang was, briefly, a corporate attorney, then an executive at a test preparation company, then the founder of a nonprofit that encourages entrepreneurship.  (It has a mixed record.)  He ran for president in 2020, more or less as the Reddit Candidate …
Dominique Mosbergen / HuffPost:
North Carolina Police Issue ‘Critical’ Warning After 2 Transgender Women Found Dead  —  Charlotte police said they're investigating whether the deaths of two transgender women — both shot in hotel rooms — are connected.  —  Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, issued a “critical” …
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and PinkNews
 
 
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FiveThirtyEight:
It's Not Just Young White Liberals Who Are Leaving Religion
Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
GOP senators demand DOJ, SBA probe over whether Planned Parenthood applied for PPP loans despite ineligibility
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
The Backstory: Nancy Pelosi's No. 1 lesson on power: 'Nobody's going to give it to you. You've got to take it.'
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Liberty Unyielding
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
F.D.R. Didn't Just Fix the Economy
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Mike Pompeo pours cash into new PAC bearing his slogan
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Ted Cruz threatens to burn John Boehner's book over criticisms
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Boehner Stands to Make Millions in Drug Money From Biden Win
Discussion: Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
The Ambassador of Blame America First
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The ‘cancel culture’ wars are exhausting and useless. Here are five proposals for a truce.
Discussion: alicublog
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador
New York Times:
Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data