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2:35 AM ET, April 20, 2021

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93  —  Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.  —  The big picture: President Biden …
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former Democratic senator and vice president whose unusually candid and forward-looking bid for the pinnacle of American politics was blocked by President Ronald Reagan's landslide reelection victory …
Steven R. Weisman / New York Times:
Walter Mondale, Ex-Vice President and Champion of Liberal Politics, Dies at 93  —  Under Jimmy Carter, he was the first V.P. to serve as a genuine partner of a president.  His own run for the top position ended in a crushing defeat.  —  Walter F. Mondale, the former vice president and champion …
Doug Glass / Associated Press:
Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93  —  Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale …
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Walter Mondale, who rose from small-town Minnesota to vice presidency, dies at 93
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN, RedState and Twitchy
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Walter Mondale reinvented the vice presidency. Both Biden and Harris should thank him for it.
Discussion: Current and The Week
The White House:
Statement from President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the Passing of Walter Mondale
Discussion: Insider
Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who engaged rioters, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, officials say  —  Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after he confronted rioters at the Jan. 6 insurrection, the District's chief medical examiner has ruled.
Axios:
Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia  —  The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department  —  The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow “in the coming weeks.”
Luke McGee / CNN:
Two Russian agents have been linked to a high-profile poisoning and a deadly explosion, but there's little Europe can do  —  (CNN)That the Czech Republic is pointing the finger at two Russian agents for a deadly explosion at an ammunition depot in the country is remarkable.
Discussion: The Economist
Gerren Keith Gaynor / TheGrio:
Maxine Waters slams GOP attacks over ‘confrontational’ comment: ‘I am nonviolent’  —  Exclusive: In an interview with theGrio, California US Rep. Maxine Waters accuses Republicans of distorting her words, adding “I'm not going to be bullied by them.”  —  Loading the player...
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive - Kevin McCarthy Moves to Formally Censure Maxine Waters for Having ‘Broke the Law,’ ‘Incited Violence’  —  House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News exclusively that he will move to formally censure House Financial Services Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) …
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Florida's controversial “anti-riot” bill into law on Monday, a measure that vastly increases law enforcement's powers to crack down on civil unrest.  —  The bill, which passed mostly along partisan lines …
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Tess Owen / VICE:
Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which includes civil immunity for people who drive their cars into crowds of protesters.  —  TO  —  As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people …
Washington Post:
Howard University's removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe  —  Cornel West is a professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and serves on the board of academic advisers of the Classic Learning Test.  Jeremy Tate is the founder and chief executive officer of the Classic Learning Test.
David Jackson / USA Today:
‘Beyond seriously:’ Donald Trump (again) teases another presidential run in 2024  —  WASHINGTON - Donald Trump continued Monday to tease another presidential campaign in 2024, saying he is studying the idea but declining to make a commitment one way or another.
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Jason Murdock / Newsweek:
Mike Lindell's Platform Frank Fails to Launch Again, ‘Massive Attack’ Blamed  —  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new social media platform failed to launch for the second time in a week, with users unable to sign up on Monday.  —  On Friday last week, followers of the Donald Trump-supporting businessman …
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories  —  Foreign-based actors, principally in China and Russia, are spreading online disinformation rooted in QAnon conspiracy theories, fueling a movement that has become a mounting domestic terrorism threat, according to new analysis of online propaganda by a security firm.
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Zachary Cohen / CNN:   China and Russia ‘weaponized’ QAnon conspiracy around time of US Capitol attack, report says
CNN:
George Floyd's brother bonds with Emmett Till's cousin over brutal, public deaths decades apart   —  Minneapolis (CNN)When Deborah Watts met Philonise Floyd, they already knew each other's pain without saying a word.   —  The cousin of Emmett Till and the brother of George Floyd …
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
‘Fox is not news’: New CNN morning anchor debuts with blistering takedown of right-wing network  —  On her debut on CNN's morning segment, anchor Brianna Keilar tore into Fox News for its use of partisan chyrons to push far-right narratives against President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
There Could Never Be a Female Andrew Yang  —  No woman with his résumé would have a chance of becoming New York's mayor.  —  There is an adage that men are judged on their potential and women on their accomplishments.  —  A 2019 study in Frontiers in Psychology showed how this can work in the business world.
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
There is an important difference between a celebrity candidate and a candidate who is a celebrity
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and RedState
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Spokeswoman: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to visit her ill father  —  LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled out of state more than a month ago to visit her chronically ill father, her office said Monday.  —  News of Whitmer's trip, first reported by the Lansing newsletter Michigan …
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom  —  George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son needs.
Discussion: ArkansasTimes
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
When vaccine hesitancy becomes political  —  The counties with the most vaccine-hesitant residents generally also voted for Donald Trump in 2020 by large margins, whereas the counties with the lowest levels of hesitancy generally also had fewer Trump voters.
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight  —  For a year, 1,500 people held at D.C. jail have been confined to cells 23 hours a day in what experts call a grave human rights abuse  —  More than a year ago, about 1,500 men and women at the D.C. jail were locked …
Discussion: Politico
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Cuomo Faces Inquiry Over Use of State Resources for Pandemic Book  —  The New York State attorney general has opened an investigation into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted improperly while writing his book about the pandemic.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State attorney general has opened …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Arizona attorney general eyes Senate race against Mark Kelly  —  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, is leaning toward challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022 after initially moving toward a run for governor.  —  Brnovich, 54, has won two statewide elections in Arizona …
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
State Department to list 80% of countries as ‘Do Not Travel’ as it updates advisory system to align with CDC  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department announced Monday that it would begin to update its travel advisories to more closely align with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …
Discussion: Forbes, NPR and The Week
Justice News:
Lev Tahor Leaders Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses  —  Leaders of Extremist Jewish Sect Charged with Participating in a Scheme to Kidnap 14-Year-Old Girl and Return Her to Sexual Relationship with Adult “Husband”  —  Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York …
John Cooper / The Daily Signal:
Debunking the Left's Big Lie on Election Integrity  —  It's a sad, but inescapable fact: Today's American left is incapable of honesty about elections.  —  The lies are obvious, but the left's control over all of the most powerful political, corporate, and cultural institutions provides …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Manchin to cosponsor PRO Act, union-backed bill that would crush right-to-work laws  —  West Virginia passed right-to-work legislation in 2016  —  Eric Shawn: Sen. Joe Manchin, making Senators mad...or glad?  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will co-sponsor the Senate version of House Democrats' PRO Act …
 
 
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Stacy Perman / Los Angeles Times:
Former HFPA president faces a backlash over email calling Black Lives Matter a ‘hate movement’
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
China launches app for citizens to report anyone who has ‘mistaken opinions’ or ‘denies the excellence of socialist culture’
Discussion: Summit News
The White House:
Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Anger that motivated McVeigh remains dangerous, potent force in divided America: Attorney General Garland
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Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
Compliance Will Not Save Me  —  Black and brown people's defiance is not the problem.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Nation and Vox
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Steady increase in Russian troops in Crimea on Ukraine border, says Pentagon
Discussion: UPI and Raw Story
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court skeptical of allowing temporary immigrants to apply for green cards
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Suggests U.S. Explore Conditional Aid to Israel
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The Essential Philip Roth
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