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11:45 AM 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.
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’
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: Slate, CBS News and BuzzFeed News
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
DOJ Is Reportedly Investigating Ex-Trump Official Who Debunked The Russia Collusion Narrative
Discussion: RedState
Reuters:
U.S. sues Trump ally Roger Stone, alleging he owes about $2 million in unpaid taxes
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
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: New York Post and Althouse
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 and CBS News
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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
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill and 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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.
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, ABC News and IJR
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
 
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The GOP's big bulk book-buying machine is boosting Republicans on the bestseller lists
Discussion: The Wrap
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
The American Political Crisis Deepens
Associated Press:
FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year
Discussion: KARK-TV
Washington Monthly:
How Mistreating Nursing Home Staff Helped Spread Covid-19
Discussion: The Mahablog
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former Democratic lawmaker Vernon Jones challenges Kemp in GOP primary
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeos violated rules on use of State Department resources, IG finds
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How Kash Patel rose from obscure Hill staffer to key operative in Trump's battle with the intelligence community
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money