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11:15 AM ET, April 18, 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
Laurie Roberts / Arizona Republic:
Rep. Paul Gosar finally reveals himself with his 'America First Caucus nonsense
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
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.
Discussion: Fox 8 Cleveland WJW
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: HotAir, The Week, Politico, NPR and Insider
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New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors
Discussion: Meduza.io
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
Davone Morales / ABC News:
A decision to lift the J&J suspension could occur on Friday :Fauci  —  The White House chief medical adviser appeared on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  A decision to lift the suspension of administering the Johnson & Johnson suspension might occur …
Discussion: Politico
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill, Insider and UPI
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
Adrianna Rodriguez / USA Today:
Police in Minnesota round up journalists covering protest, force them on the ground and take pictures of their faces  —  Journalists covering a protest in a Minneapolis suburb Friday night were forced on their stomachs by law enforcement, rounded up and were only released after having their face and press credentials photographed.
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
Derek Robertson / Politico:
What QAnon Documentaries Reveal About How Conspiracies Flourish  —  A media suddenly bereft of the eye-popping right-wing extremism once peddled daily by the 45th president h as found its methadone: a seemingly endless stream of QAnon-centric documentaries, books and essays.
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Being Black in America is exhausting  —  “Everyone I know is just so tired,” tweeted Jenna Wortham of the New York Times Magazine on Wednesday.  While the Black writer doesn't specify who “everyone” is, it's a good bet they are also Black.  And Wortham's use of “tired” is an understatement.
 
 
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Associated Press:
Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense
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Washington Post:
After troops leave Afghanistan, U.S. will face challenges maintaining counterterrorism capability
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Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Cowardly CEOs' woke political activism is a PR gimmick
New York Times:
Donations Surge for Republicans Who Challenged Election Results
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
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Oona Goodin-Smith / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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‘Consensual incest’ should be decriminalized, advocates say
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
FDA rescinds emergency authorization for COVID-19 antibody treatment bamlanivimab
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Fairfax seeks to dismiss 400 convictions in cases brought by one officer
Discussion: Outside the Beltway