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9:35 PM ET, April 17, 2021

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Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene scraps planned launch of controversial ‘America First’ caucus amid blowback from GOP  —  (CNN)Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is scrapping the planned launch of her “America First” caucus after receiving blowback from leaders in her own party …
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Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls Off America First Caucus Following Backlash  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is abandoning her plan to launch a right-wing congressional group dubbed the America First Caucus after the publication of a seven-page platform vowing to protect “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” …
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Paul Gosar finally reveals himself with his 'America First Caucus nonsense  —  Opinion: The number of dog whistles in Reps. Paul Gosar and Marjorie Taylor Green's America First Caucus policy brief should keep Bowser's ears ringing until Cinco de Mayo.  —  View Comments
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Rep. Greene tries to distance herself from ‘America First Caucus’ document denounced as racist
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.
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Swiss Billionaire Is Said to End His Bid for Tribune Publishing  —  Hansjörg Wyss was part of a serious offer for the major newspaper chain that could have prevented it from being sold to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.  —  The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss …
Washington Post:
Extending the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause for a week was a deadly mistake  —  Govind Persad is an assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics.  William F. Parker is an assistant professor of pulmonary …
New York Times:
Throughout Trial Over George Floyd's Death, Killings by Police Mount  —  Since testimony in Derek Chauvin's trial began on March 29, more than three people a day have died at the hands of law enforcement.  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Just seven hours before prosecutors opened their case against Derek Chauvin …
Discussion: Insider
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Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Is Andrew Yang yanking our chain?  Beware the lure of this mayoral candidate  —  New Yorkers like to think of themselves as savvier than Podunkers or Peorians (hey, mom!), but I'm not convinced.  They also like to say they were on to the Donald since back in the day, while ignoring the fact …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Fairfax seeks to dismiss 400 convictions in cases brought by one officer  —  D.C. firefighter convicted of drug case seeks freedom in arrest by former officer Jonathan A. Freitag  —  Fairfax County prosecutors are moving to throw out more than 400 criminal convictions based on the testimony …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Ron DeSantis Is the Republican Autopsy  —  As their theory of how to move past Donald Trump, G.O.P. insiders have the governor of Florida.  —  After the Republican Party suffered a surprising (well, to Republicans) defeat in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee famously commissioned …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Politico
Gary Harki / Virginian-Pilot:
Not a speed trap, a race trap: Black Virginians say they've been racially profiled in and around Windsor for decades  —  The video of Windsor Police drawing guns on Caron Nazario before pepper spraying him may have gone viral, but it wasn't a surprise to some Black people who drive …
NBC 6 South Florida:
South Florida Nurse Arrested, Accused of Threatening to Kill VP Kamala Harris  —  Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service  —  A longtime South Florida nurse accused of making videos threatening Vice President Kamala Harris' life has been arrested on federal charges.
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
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Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Says First Golf as President Leaves Course Record Intact  — President has been ranked among best political golfers in past  — Most recent handicap posted for Biden was 6.7 in 2018  —  President Joe Biden spent Saturday afternoon on the first golf outing of his presidency …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Army sergeant arrested after shoving Black man, saying he's ‘in the wrong neighborhood’ in viral video  —  An Army sergeant and instructor in South Carolina was charged Wednesday with third-degree assault after a video captured him shoving a young Black man and saying he was “in the wrong neighborhood,” authorities said.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Root
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Doctors hone in on cause of blood clots potentially linked with Covid-19 vaccines  —  (CNN)Doctors say they are honing in on the cause of blood clots that may be linked with certain coronavirus vaccines, and add their findings have important implications for how to treat the condition, regardless of whether vaccines cause it.
Discussion: HotAir and Mashable
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E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Carroll v Trump (the Latest)  —  We Filed Papers Today with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Here's the update:  —  First, a Little Refresher:  —  The Defendant: Representing Trump:  —  The Department of Justice  —  The Plaintiff:  —  Representing me:
Discussion: Insider and Bloomberg
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden  —  Republicans are struggling to land attacks against President Biden as they grapple with how to win back power in Washington next year.  —  Biden is proving to be an elusive cipher for Republicans to successfully message against nearly 100 days …
Discussion: Insider and The Moderate Voice
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Biden describes border surge as a ‘crisis’ as he defends refugee moves  —  Biden faced criticism from the left over his initial moves on the refugee cap  —  President Biden reaffirms vow to ban assault weapons  —  President Biden on Saturday described the situation at the border as a …
Sun-Sentinel:
Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold  —  The number of Florida seniors entering the hospital for COVID dropped sharply over the past month, an indication that the vaccination campaign begun in December has been effective in protecting the group most vulnerable to the disease.
Discussion: Bloomberg
 
 
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Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel comes under pressure to show more independence from Trump
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Week
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
National World War I Memorial unveiled in Washington more than 100 years later
Discussion: The Federalist
CNN:
There will be no graceful exit from the Covid-19 pandemic
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