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10:55 AM ET, April 17, 2021

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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:
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 …
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
Discussion: Washington Examiner and ABC News
Reuters:
U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
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.
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
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.
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: Breitbart
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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 and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
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.
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
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.com
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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 …
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.
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 16, 2021 … MS. PSAKI: Hi, everyone.  I know we're loading briefing after briefing with you guys today.  But, okay, happy Friday.  —  I have a couple of items for you at the top.  Like all of you, we're horrified by the shooting overnight at a FedEx facility.
Hannah Frishberg / New York Post:
Man accidentally gets one Moderna and one Pfizer COVID vaccine  —  A mix-up led this man to get a vaccine combo pack.  —  While getting his second COVID-19 vaccine dose on Tuesday, a New Hampshire man accidentally received the Pfizer jab, despite his first dose having been from Moderna.
 
 
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Ted Van Green / Pew Research Center:
Americans overwhelmingly say marijuana should be legal for recreational or medical use
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Washington Post:
Get police out of the business of traffic stops
Discussion: Slate
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
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Discussion: HillReporter.com
Politico:
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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
The White House:
Memorandum for the Secretary of State on the Emergency Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2021
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