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10:05 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
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Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:   Andrew Yang Is Top Pick for New York City Mayor Among Key Voting Group
Bill Mahoney / Politico:   Siena poll: A record number of New Yorkers view Cuomo unfavorably
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.
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.
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
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Republicans are posturing without a purpose
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
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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.
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 …
CNN:
Trump's fight with Murkowski roils GOP with new Alaska Senate challenger emerging  —  (CNN)The first major GOP rift in the post-Trump era centers on Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the maverick Republican who has the strong backing of GOP leaders in Washington but has been targeted for defeat …
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
‘60 Minutes’ interview reveals Oath Keepers militia are being trained by police  —  In an interview with “60 Minutes” Sunday evening, Oath Keepers leader Jim Arroyo revealed that active-duty law enforcement is part of their movement and helping with militia training.  —  “Our guys are very experienced.
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Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Oath Keepers: How a militia group mobilized in plain sight for the assault on the Capitol
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
MyPillow CEO Recruits First Amendment Heavy Hitters to Fight Dominion  —  LIGHTNING ROD  —  Lindell may be on the political fringes, but he's attracted the support of a high-powered legal team of mainstream attorneys willing to fight his case on constitutional grounds.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
Biden to announce first woman four-star admiral for the Coast Guard  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to nominate Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan to the role of vice commandant, making her the first woman to achieve a fourth-star in the service, Defense News has learned.
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.
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 Edwards / Raw Story:
John Boehner: Obama ‘set everybody on fire’ and caused racism in the Republican Party with ‘speeches’  —  Former House Speaker (R-OH) on Sunday suggested that former President Barack Obama shared the blame for racist elements in the Republican Party.  —  During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Crooks and Liars
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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 …
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.
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 …
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: HotAir
 
 
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The Economist:
American export controls threaten to hinder global vaccine production
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
One America News Network Stays True to Trump
Jeremy B. White / Politico:
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Beth Mole / Ars Technica:
At 38.5% vaccinated, US may be running low on people eager for a shot
Discussion: YouGov, NPR and Mother Jones
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Hawley to introduce bill to ‘bust up’ Big Tech, targeting companies like Google and Amazon
Discussion: National Review and The RFAngle
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
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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: Politico and Washington Post
Washington Post:
With Afghanistan decision, Biden restores foreign policymaking process that Trump had largely abandoned
David Siders / Politico:
‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
‘Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams
Discussion: CBS News and Insider
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump's grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox