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8:35 AM ET, April 19, 2021


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Spectrum News NY1:
Exclusive: Andrew Yang leads Democrats in Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll on mayor's race  —  For the past few months, Andrew Yang has been treated as the frontrunner in the mayor's race by both the media and his fellow candidates, despite the fact there had been few reliable polls in the race.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Bill Mahoney / Politico:   Siena poll: A record number of New Yorkers view Cuomo unfavorably
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: Raw Story and Insider
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
On infrastructure, do Republicans want to strike a pose or build things?
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Alexei Navalny moved to hospital as fears grow for life of Putin critic  —  Doctors say opposition leader, who is on hunger strike, is in danger of a heart attack or kidney failure  —  Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a prison hospital as concerns have grown among supporters …
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.
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.”
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
William Barr, Amy Coney Barrett land book deals  —  While some veterans of Donald Trump's administration are having a tough time selling memoirs about their time in power, others with ties to Trump who didn't embrace his election conspiracy theories have sold book deals.
Robert Lee Hotz / Wall Street Journal:
NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Makes Historic First Flight on Mars  —  Intrepid drone becomes the first powered craft to fly on another world  —  NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter made history early Monday when the small but intrepid drone became the first powered craft to fly on another world …
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
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Irrational Covid Fears  —  Why do so many vaccinated people remain fearful?  Listen to the professor's story.  —  Guido Calabresi, a federal judge and Yale law professor, invented a little fable that he has been telling law students for more than three decades.
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
White House removes scientist picked by Trump official to lead key climate report  —  Betsy Weatherhead, chosen to steer government's National Climate Assessment, has been reassigned to U.S. Geological Survey  —  White House officials have removed Betsy Weatherhead, an experienced atmospheric …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
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
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Biden won't bring on board controversial Russia expert  —  A Russia expert whose bid to join the Biden National Security Council sparked an outcry among prominent critics of the Kremlin is no longer under consideration for the role, according to three people familiar with the matter.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Republicans lean into uphill battle against 2 little-known Biden nominees  —  The GOP almost certainly can't stop Joe Biden from getting a lineup of leading progressives confirmed to senior Justice Department posts.  But Republicans — especially those eyeing the White House …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
How Democracy Faces a Rising Threat Splitting Republicans and Democrats  —  The country is increasingly split into camps that don't just disagree on policy and politics — they see the other as alien, immoral, a threat.  Such political sectarianism is now on the march.
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 …
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.
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Can Gavin Newsom make California Republicans great again?  —  OAKLAND — Win or lose, California Republicans are hoping a campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom could broaden their path out of the wilderness.  —  A once-mighty party in the state that produced Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Hawley to introduce bill to ‘bust up’ Big Tech, targeting companies like Google and Amazon  —  Bill follows legislation Hawley introduced last week to ban mergers in companies worth more than $100B  —  Big Tech ‘blowing woke smoke’ with new ‘Chamber of Progress’ coalition: Biotech entrepreneur
Discussion: National Review and The RFAngle
Samantha Hendrickson / The Minnesota Daily:
Proposed bill would make protesters convicted of an offense ineligible for student loans  —  The bill comes amid many arrests at protests for Daunte Wright, a young Black man killed by police last Sunday. … A new bill proposed in the Minnesota Legislature would make anyone convicted …
‘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.
Beth Mole / Ars Technica:
At 38.5% vaccinated, US may be running low on people eager for a shot  —  Some worry the country can't keep up the current pace of vaccination.  —  The US logged another 4 million or so vaccinations Friday, bringing the total doses administered in the country over 200 million at the time of writing.
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and Mother Jones
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Minnesota Governor Calls Alleged Assaults on Journalists ‘Chilling’  —  Gov. Tim Walz said he had told police officers to “make changes” that would allow reporters to do their jobs.  —  Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, on Sunday responded to reports that the state's police officers …
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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MyPillow CEO Recruits First Amendment Heavy Hitters to Fight Dominion
Discussion: Raw Story
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Cancel Rent’ Champion Ayanna Pressley Raked in Thousands as Landlord, Records Show
Discussion: HotAir
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris set to showcase policy chops by touting Biden infrastructure plan
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Portland church damaged in riot says cost of repairs will take away from feeding the homeless
Discussion: Breitbart
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
GOP faces massive realignment as it sheds college-educated voters
John DiStaso / WMUR:
VP Kamala Harris planning to visit NH on Friday
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:
Trump vs. Waters - in incitement case, she may be best witness in ex-president's defense
David Siders / Politico:
‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check
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Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Some ideas from Democrats are both bad policy and bad politics
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israeli intel agencies believe Vienna talks will lead to U.S. return to Iran nuclear deal
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
From MN to Philly, cops, troops flood the zone, violate our rights - and make us less safe
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump's grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Political Wire
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week