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4:20 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 …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Solender / Forbes:   Right-Wing House Republicans Vote Against Bills Combating Senior Scams, Carbon Monoxide
Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Fury over ‘Anglo-Saxon’ caucus
Discussion: Raw Story, Al Jazeera and The Hill
New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Needs His Doctors  —  Vladimir Putin may be able to save his nemesis's life.  He must.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and NPR
Putin critic Navalny could ‘die within days’, say doctors  —  Doctors for the jailed Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny say he “will die within the next few days” if not given medical attention.  —  Doctors say recent blood test results indicate he could suffer cardiac arrest or kidney failure at any moment.
Discussion: New York Post and The Economist
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.
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.
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 …
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
‘Consensual incest’ should be decriminalized, advocates say … Consensual incest advocates are rooting for an anonymous New York parent who wants to marry their own adult child.  —  Australian Richard Morris, who is pushing to change incest laws in about 60 countries …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Perkins / The Guardian:
Most charges against George Floyd protesters dropped, analysis shows  —  Some prosecutors and law enforcement observers say departments carried out mass arrests as crowd control tactic  —  The vast majority of citations and charges against George Floyd protesters were ultimately dropped …
New York Times:
The gunman's shotgun was seized last year, raising questions about his weapon.  —  In March of 2020, the mother of Brandon Hole, 19, contacted the authorities to tell them that he was having suicidal thoughts.  At the time, law enforcement officials seized a shotgun that he possessed, records show.
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
Raja Razek / CNN:
Florida woman charged for allegedly threatening to kill Kamala Harris
Discussion: TheGrio and Washington Examiner
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Mass shootings are up nearly 73% so far in 2021 in what gun violence researchers describe as a contagion effect
Discussion: Insider
Oona Goodin-Smith / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. National Guard activated as Philly preps for potential unrest ahead of Derek Chauvin murder trial verdict
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
FDA rescinds emergency authorization for COVID-19 antibody treatment bamlanivimab
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Fairfax seeks to dismiss 400 convictions in cases brought by one officer
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Doctors hone in on cause of blood clots potentially linked with Covid-19 vaccines
Discussion: HotAir
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Biden Says First Golf as President Leaves Course Record Intact
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
Discussion: Left Voice
E. Jean Carroll / Ask E. Jean:
Carroll v Trump (the Latest)
Discussion: Insider and Bloomberg
Hospitalizations plunge among Florida seniors, as COVID immunity takes hold
Discussion: Bloomberg
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN has shed more than half its viewers since Biden took office, down staggering 60 percent in key demo
Discussion: RedState and The RFAngle
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel comes under pressure to show more independence from Trump
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
Shannon Palus / Slate:
It's About Time for Us to Stop Wearing Masks Outside
Discussion: New York Magazine and Twitchy