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10:50 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.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP Reps. Greene, Gosar try to distance from ‘Anglo-Saxon’ traditions document … Two far-right House Republicans linked to a document outlining a policy platform calling for the protection of “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” distanced themselves from what they called a draft of prescriptions for a new “America First Caucus.”
David Cohen / Politico:
America First Caucus a crazy idea, John Boehner says
Marina Pitofsky / The Hill:
Marjorie Taylor Greene to introduce resolution to expel Maxine Waters  —  GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) announced on Sunday that she plans to introduce a resolution to expel Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) from Congress.  —  Greene in a statement on Sunday said that she will …
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:   Trump vs. Waters - in incitement case, she may be best witness in ex-president's defense
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.
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Some ideas from Democrats are both bad policy and bad politics
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
‘Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams  —  Officials warn that falsified cards could endanger lives and undermine efforts to end the pandemic  —  One listing offered eBay customers an “Authentic CDC Vaccination Record Card” for $10.99.  Another promised the same but for $9.49.
Discussion: CBS News and Insider
Russia will face ‘consequences’ if Navalny dies - US  —  The US has warned Russia there will be “consequences” if the opposition activist Alexei Navalny dies in jail.  —  The UK, France, Germany and the European Union have also expressed their concern over his treatment.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Should Be in Intensive Care, His Doctors Say
Discussion: Slate and The Hill
Ben Smith / New York Times:
In the Roaring Twenties, Ads Make a Comeback  —  Subscriptions may be the rage, but businesses of all sorts are pouring money into advertising — digital most of all.  —  If you wanted to sound smart at a media business conference or sell your start-up over the last couple of years, you'd talk about the rise of digital subscriptions.
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Yang Is Top Pick for New York City Mayor Among Key Voting Group  —  A new poll shows the former tech entrepreneur is the No. 1 choice for Democrats age 50 and older  —  New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is the top choice among a crucial group of voters …
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
Discussion: Politico
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: Vox, Raw Story and Political Wire
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Senate Democrats settling on 25% corporate tax rate  —  The universe of Democratic senators concerned about raising the corporate tax rate to 28% is broader than Sen. Joe Manchin, and the rate will likely land at 25%, parties close to the discussion tell Axios.
Discussion: Insider and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Washington Post:
With Afghanistan decision, Biden restores foreign policymaking process that Trump had largely abandoned  —  Three months after taking office, President Biden has reestablished the formal decision process, which his predecessor seemed determined to destroy, that has guided U.S. administrations …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Blinken defends Biden's refugee cap, Afghanistan withdrawal in exclusive interview
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.”
John DiStaso / WMUR:
VP Kamala Harris planning to visit NH on Friday  —  Several sources tell WMUR one or more stops likely in Laconia-Plymouth area  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Vice President Kamala Harris is planning to visit New Hampshire in person later this week …
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.
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture  —  Social media companies and other organizations are looking out for themselves.  —  In March, Alexi McCammond, the newly hired editor of Teen Vogue, resigned following backlash over offensive tweets she'd sent a decade ago, beginning when she was 17.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
From MN to Philly, cops, troops flood the zone, violate our rights - and make us less safe |  Will Bunch  —  After a veteran officer — also head of their police union — shot and killed a 20-year-old unarmed Black motorist named Daunte Wright during a traffic stop over expired tags …
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.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israeli intel agencies believe Vienna talks will lead to U.S. return to Iran nuclear deal  —  Israeli military intelligence and senior officials in the Mossad briefed a meeting of the nation's security cabinet that talks in Vienna between Iran and other world powers will lead to the U.S. returning …
CBS News:
George W. Bush on painting a new vision of immigrants  —  Springtime in central Texas doesn't get any better than this: The bluebonnets are in bloom across the 1,600 acres of Prairie Chapel Ranch, south of Dallas - a retreat for former President and first lady George W. and Laura Bush, where they once entertained world leaders.
‘No one was driving the car’: 2 men dead after fiery Tesla crash in Spring, officials say  —  HOUSTON - Two men are dead after a Tesla traveling in Spring crashed into a tree and no one was driving the vehicle, officials say.  —  The crash happened at 11:25 p.m. in the Carlton Woods subdivision near The Woodlands.
Discussion: Forbes, The Verge and New York Post
David Siders / Politico:
‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check  —  Nebraska's been lucky so far.  It's largely ducked the ugly intraparty feuding that's consumed the GOP in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere in the post-Trump era.  —  Donald Trump won big in Nebraska, one of the nation's most rock-ribbed Republican states.
Discussion: Fox 8 Cleveland WJW
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Oath Keepers: How a militia group mobilized in plain sight for the assault on the Capitol  —  The FBI calls the Oath Keepers an anti-government militia with current and former law enforcement and military members among its members.  60 Minutes profiles the group, which has become a central focus …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lauren Lumpkin / Washington Post:
American, Georgetown universities join growing list of campuses to require coronavirus vaccines
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
GOP faces massive realignment as it sheds college-educated voters
UN News:
INTERVIEW: Myanmar military increasing efforts to keep truth from getting out, UN expert says
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political reporters are hurting America, so how about getting rid of most of them?
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Trump didn't form a populist coalition. He was the result of one
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Ron DeSantis says Biden's ‘reckless policy’ of releasing illegal immigrants prompted lawsuit ‘to have them actually follow the law’
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter Who Pretended to Be Antifa and Ransacked Pelosi's Office Released From Jail
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
More than 400 convictions involving suspected racist cop in Virginia could be overturned
Blake Paterson / The Advocate:
Most Louisiana lawmakers have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine; see who has, hasn't
Alexis McGill Johnson / New York Times:
I'm the Head of Planned Parenthood. We're Done Making Excuses for Our Founder.
Discussion: Insider and Townhall
R.C. Baker / Village Voice:
Nomadland! Judas! Minari! Who's Getting The Oscar and Why It Still Matters
New York Times:
FedEx Gunman Bought 2 Rifles After Police Seized His Shotgun, Chief Says
Sara Cline / Associated Press:
As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision
Discussion: Washington Times and BizPac Review
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Rick Scott navigates Trump, winning back the Senate — and his own ambitions
Discussion: Associated Press