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2:35 PM ET, April 18, 2021


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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.
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.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:   Aleksei Navalny Should Be in Intensive Care, His Doctors Say
Henry Meyer / Bloomberg:   U.S. Warns of ‘Consequences’ If Kremlin Critic Navalny Dies
New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors
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.
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.
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: HotAir and The Hill
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 …
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases …
Celine Castronuovo / The Hill:
CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
Discussion: UPI, The Guardian and Bloomberg
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
Gary Fineout / Politico:
How ‘Papa Gaetz’ tells you everything you need to know about Matt Gaetz  —  TALLAHASSEE — Before Matt Gaetz burst onto the national political scene as the sharp-tongued, attention-grabbing defender of Donald Trump, he was best known in Florida as “Baby Gaetz.”
Discussion: Occupy Democrats and Raw Story
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
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump's grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot  —  Congress's pursuit of an independent investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing long odds, as bipartisan resolve to hold the perpetrators and instigators accountable erodes, and Republicans face sustained pressure …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy's most powerful person  —  Jerome Powell says the recovery is far from over.  The bleak reality is made clear outside his window on the Fed chair's drive to work.  —  As he drove past the intersection …
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexis McGill Johnson / New York Times:
I'm the Head of Planned Parenthood.  We're Done Making Excuses for Our Founder.  —  We must reckon with Margaret Sanger's association with white supremacist groups and eugenics.  —  Ms. McGill Johnson is the president and chief executive of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Discussion: Insider and Townhall
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
R.C. Baker / 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 …
Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
More than 400 convictions involving suspected racist cop in Virginia could be overturned  —  More than 400 convictions in Virginia could be overturned after prosecutors found evidence the arresting cop was racist.  —  Jonathan Freitag, 25, is accused of making up reasons to pull people …
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 …
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.
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter Who Pretended to Be Antifa and Ransacked Pelosi's Office Released From Jail  —  William “Robbie” Norwood of South Carolina has been released ahead of his trial despite allegedly stealing body armor, lying to the FBI and ransacking Nancy Pelosi's office.  —  Correspondent-At-Large
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Make Tax-Dodging Companies Pay for Biden's Infrastructure Plan
David Cohen / Politico:
America First Caucus a crazy idea, John Boehner says
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Biden's Stalled Revolution
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
Associated Press:
Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Washington Post:
After troops leave Afghanistan, U.S. will face challenges maintaining counterterrorism capability
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Tom Perkins / The Guardian:
Most charges against George Floyd protesters dropped, analysis shows
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
‘Consensual incest’ should be decriminalized, advocates say
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Grassroots fury at Kemp bubbles up in county GOP meetings around Georgia
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story