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12:15 PM ET, April 18, 2021

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Associated Press:
Navalny's doctor: Putin critic ‘could die at any moment’  —  MOSCOW (AP) — A doctor for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, says his health is deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old Kremlin critic could be on the verge of death.
Discussion: Insider, HotAir, Politico, NPR and The Week
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Henry Meyer / Bloomberg:   U.S. Warns of ‘Consequences’ If Kremlin Critic Navalny Dies
New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors
Discussion: Meduza.io
Dallas Morning News:
Matthew McConaughey may be a viable candidate for Texas governor; poll shows actor ahead of Abbott  —  McConaughey leads Gov. Greg Abbott, 45% to 33%.  But his middle-of-the-road appeal may not open an easy path for him to November's finale, experts warned.
New York Times:
Indianapolis police chief says gunman bought weapons legally despite earlier warning.  —  Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old who the police say fatally shot eight people at a FedEx facility on Thursday night, legally purchased two semiautomatic rifles he used in the attack more than six months earlier …
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JONATHAN TURLEY:
What Is The Difference Between The Wright And Babbitt Shootings?  —  Below is column in USA Today on charging decisions in the Wright and Babbitt shootings.  The sharp contrast in the two decisions raises serious questions over the legal and political issues that rage around such cases.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Most Americans want to end lifetime Supreme Court appointments  —  Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo  —  A majority of Americans want to end lifetime appointments for U.S. Supreme Court justices, according to an Ipsos poll for Reuters, though less than half are in favor of other efforts to reform the judiciary.
Discussion: The Hill
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
One America News Network Stays True to Trump  —  A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who's actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.  —  Months after the inauguration of President Biden, One America News Network …
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
CNN:
3 people were killed and 2 others injured in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, sheriff says  —  (CNN)Authorities are looking for whoever opened fire at a tavern in southeast Wisconsin overnight, killing three people and seriously wounding two others, the Kenosha County sheriff said.
Davone Morales / ABC News:
A decision to lift the J&J suspension could occur on Friday: Fauci  —  He also said, “Don't throw caution to the wind and declare victory prematurely.”  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  A decision to lift the suspension of administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine might occur …
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Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR and Forbes
Washington Post:
Extending the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause for a week was a deadly mistake
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision  —  A parliamentarian ruling touted as a breakthrough for the Democratic agenda is putting the Senate in uncharted territory and sparking confusion.  —  More than a week after Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough signaled that Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Times and BizPac Review
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA official installed as Trump left office resigns after he was sidelined  —  Michael Ellis, a former Republican political operative, resigned Friday as the National Security Agency's top lawyer, having been sidelined for three months after President Biden took office.
Discussion: emptywheel
Zoë Carpenter / The Nation:
Misinformation Is Destroying Our Country.  Can Anything Rein It In?  —  Trump is gone, but the right-wing media is alive and well—and will further undermine our democracy if we let it.  —  On the night after the November 3 election, hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump filled the parking lot …
Discussion: The Week
Michael Musto / Village Voice:
Nomadland!  Judas!  Minari!  Who's Getting The Oscar and Why It Still Matters … Despite the fact that the industry was devastated and many major releases were bumped ahead to this year, 2020 ended up serving a rich and diverse crop of Oscar nominees.  The films' prevailing topics …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Grassroots fury at Kemp bubbles up in county GOP meetings around Georgia  —  The grassroots anger at Gov. Brian Kemp and other top state officials who refused to overturn former President Donald Trump's election defeat bubbled up on Saturday at several county GOP meetings across the state …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
Sara Cline / Associated Press:
As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As states around the country lift COVID-19 restrictions, Oregon is poised to go the opposite direction — and many residents are fuming about it.  —  A top health official is considering indefinitely …
Discussion: Power Line and New York Post
Blake Paterson / The Advocate:
Most Louisiana lawmakers have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine; see who has, hasn't  —  With the Louisiana Legislature entering the second week of its 2021 session, at least 68% of the legislators say they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a survey conducted by The Advocate |  The Times-Picayune.
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rick Scott navigates Trump, winning back the Senate — and his own ambitions  —  The silver bowl was small, but the symbolism was immense.  —  When Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) handed former president Donald Trump the National Republican Senatorial Committee's first-ever “Champion for Freedom Award” …
Discussion: Associated Press
Charlotte Bennett / New York Daily News:
Andrew Yang's disqualifying insensitivity: Andrew Cuomo's accuser explains why the mayoral candidate's video should disturb us all  —  Denouncing derogatory language and jokes that trivialize violence against women is a tall order for mayoral candidate Andrew Yang.  The task is so difficult, in fact, that he simply cannot do it.
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Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:   Is Andrew Yang yanking our chain? Beware the lure of this mayoral candidate
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Washington Post:
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Biden picks 1st woman to be Army secretary
Discussion: Defense One
Tom Perkins / The Guardian:
Most charges against George Floyd protesters dropped, analysis shows
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy's most powerful person
Discussion: New York Times
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Being Black in America is exhausting
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
‘Consensual incest’ should be decriminalized, advocates say