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9:30 AM ET, April 17, 2021

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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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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Roger Stone owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and fees, Justice Dept. alleges in lawsuit
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and ABC7
Reuters:
U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
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.”
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.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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.
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
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 …
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
After backlash, Biden will increase the limit on refugee admissions.  —  After a backlash from Democrats and human rights activists, the White House abruptly reversed course on Friday on the number of refugees it will allow into the United States, a reflection of President Biden's continuing struggle with immigration policy.
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The White House:
Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021
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
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.
Discussion: Twin Cities
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: MSNBC and East Bay Times
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: ijr.com and Raw Story
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.
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: ABC News, WBUR and IJR
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden's emergence shadows his father's presidency  —  Every day, Hunter Biden calls his sponsor three times, trying to keep his drug and alcohol addiction at bay.  Every night, by his own account, President Biden calls him before he goes to bed — and, if Hunter doesn't pick up, a string of texts follows.
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.
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: New York Times and Insider
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
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
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Russia's surveillance state still doesn't match China.  But Putin is racing to catch up.  —  MOSCOW — Russian authorities are ramping up the use of facial recognition technology to track opposition protesters to their homes and arrest them — a powerful new Kremlin tool to crush opposition.
Washington Post:
Get police out of the business of traffic stops  —  TJ Grayson is a third-year student at Yale Law School.  James Forman Jr. is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale and the author of “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”  —  The past week has given us a familiar set of tragedies.
Discussion: Slate
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.
Ted Van Green / Pew Research Center:
Americans overwhelmingly say marijuana should be legal for recreational or medical use  —  As more states, including Virginia and New York, continue to legalize marijuana, an overwhelming share of U.S. adults (91%) say either that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use …
Discussion: HotAir
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.
 
 
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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
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Biden calls Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama ‘Japanese boy’ in odd compliment
Talking Points Memo:
2020 Election Conspiracy Theorists Rush To Bankroll Arizona Senate GOP's Sketchy Audit
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
Black Lives Matter co-founder hits back against critics questioning property purchases
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
CNN:
Gaetz does damage control, telling GOP colleagues he's been treated unfairly
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87
Discussion: Washington Post
Dirk VanderHart / opb:
Oregon lawmakers reach deal to end delay tactics slowing session
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying Biden's Victory Saw Drop in Business Contributions
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
Ruth Graham / New York Times:
Liberty University Sues Jerry Falwell Jr., Alleging Deception