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2:55 PM ET, April 19, 2021

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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.
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Supreme Court passes on Second Amendment cases challenging lifetime gun ownership ban  —  WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up three challenges to a federal ban on gun ownership for people convicted of nonviolent crimes, surprising Second Amendment advocates who hoped the court would chip away at the restriction.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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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Megan Gannon / WFLA-TV:
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs controversial ‘anti-riot’ bill into law
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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.
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
MyPillow Sues Dominion Voting Systems in Federal Court in Minnesota  —  The voting-machine maker sued MyPillow and CEO Mike Lindell in February for defamation over election-fraud claims  —  MyPillow Inc. sued voting-machine maker Dominion Voting Systems on Monday, a counter move after Dominion sued …
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The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Recruits First Amendment Heavy Hitters to Fight Dominion
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Trump wants you to boycott Coke.  His properties are still serving it  —  New York (CNN Business)Over the past few years former President Donald Trump has called for boycotts against a number of companies, so it's hardly unusual to see him add Coca-Cola, Delta and other corporate giants …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?  —  Last week, I covered my nose and mouth with close-fitting fabric like a good citizen and walked to a restaurant in Washington, D.C., where I de-masked at a patio table to greet a friend.  I sat with my chair facing the entrance and watched dozens …
Discussion: New Republic, HotAir and The Week
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.
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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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 …
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:   15 Republican senators vow to oppose earmarks amid intraparty squabble
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Kimberly Guilfoyle joins Greitens' Senate campaign as national chair  —  Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top official on former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign and Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, will serve as national chair for former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' 2022 Senate bid, the Greitens campaign announced Monday.
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri
Discussion: CNN and Mock Paper Scissors
Newsbusters:
STUDY: Once Top Trump-Bashers, TV News Now Loves Joe Biden  —  Text to Speech  —  For four years, the liberal media led the Left's fierce resistance to the Trump administration, slamming the President night after night after night.  Now, a new study by the Media Research Center finds …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Federalist
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE, CBP to stop using ‘illegal alien’ and ‘assimilation’ under new Biden administration order  —  The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien,” “illegal alien” and “assimilation” when referring to immigrants in the United States …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Apple to reinstate Parler on its app store  —  Conservatives have skewered both Apple and Google for booting Parler from their app stores after the Jan. 6 riots.  —  A general view of the the Parler app icon displayed on an iPhone.  Hollie Adams/Getty Images
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Rick Scott / Fox Business:
Sen. Rick Scott: Dear Woke Corporate America, beware of the backlash that's coming  —  It turns out that power does corrupt, and you have become corrupt  —  Larry Kudlow examines corporate giants appeal to the ‘woke’ mob  —  I hope you are all having fun with your virtue signaling.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why the GOP is fretting about its inability to define Biden  —  For the better part of a year now, Republicans have tried and largely failed to define Joe Biden — or even just to make people dislike him.  And with his 100th day as president approaching, they're admitting as much.
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 …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Cancel Rent’ Champion Ayanna Pressley Raked in Thousands as Landlord, Records Show  —  The progressive congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) has called rent cancellation legislation “literally a matter of life and death.”  At the same time, she has collected cash from her own rental properties.
Discussion: Twitchy, HotAir and OutKick
Politico:
Judge to revoke bail for Proud Boy leaders involved in Capitol riot  —  A federal judge has revoked bail for two leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist group, contending that newly revealed evidence of their role in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol has shown …
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
Laura K. Field / Niskanen Center:
The Highbrow Conspiracism of the New Intellectual Right: A Sampling From the Trump Years  —  One of the strongest temptations of the Trump era has been to assume that Republican support for Trump was fundamentally limited to fringe groups and the economically disadvantaged …
USA Today:
Former sheriff's deputy Stephen Nicholas Broderick arrested in fatal shootings of 3 in Austin  —  Ryan Autullo Tony Plohetski John BaconUSA TODAY  —  AUSTIN - The former sheriff's deputy suspected of killing three people in a shooting rampage near an apartment complex in Northwest Austin …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Tyrannosaurs likely hunted in packs rather than heading out solo, scientists find  —  The new discovery in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument could provide Biden with ammunition to restore the Utah site's boundaries  —  Tyrannosaurs probably hunted in packs, scientists announced Monday …
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 …
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
Ari Emanuel Takes on the World  —  Hollywood's most tenacious agent tries to remake himself as a mogul.  —  On February 29, 2020, Ari Emanuel, the C.E.O. of the Endeavor company, and Mark Shapiro, its president, were leaving Madison Square Garden after a Knicks game.
Click2Houston.com:
‘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.
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
‘White Terror Is As American As The Stars And Stripes’: How The Left Is Answering Ibram Kendi's Call For Racial Strife  —  Although its participants may not know it, our ruling class is speaking in Ibram X. Kendi's tongue, and realizing his ‘antiracist’ vision.
Politico:
Senate nears breakthrough on hate crimes bill  —  Senators are closing in on an agreement to pass legislation to stem the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, according to multiple aides in both parties.  —  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that the chamber …
Discussion: ABC News, RedState and The Reload
 
 
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Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
Harris says ‘hard work’ ahead to get infrastructure package through Congress
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New York Post:
Man charged with attacking undercover Asian NYPD cop released without bail
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Simon Van Dorpe / Politico:
EU holds off on using competition powers over proposed football super league
Joseph Simonson / Washington Examiner:
The families left behind by Black Lives Matter
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Who Killed Ashli Babbitt
CNN:
Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story