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10:50 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
Enough with the coronavirus hysteria  —  At this point in the pandemic, there is more good news than bad.  Yet, our leading health officials are doing everything they can to convince the public otherwise.  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study late last week …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Simon Van Dorpe / Politico:
EU holds off on using competition powers over proposed football super league  —  Commission points to arbitration bodies and national courts to handle disputes in sports.  —  The European Commission is not keen on using its competition powers to settle a fight between European football federation UEFA …
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Stephen Gutowski Leaves Free Beacon to Start His Own Publication About Guns  —  Gutowski's new joint, “The Reload,” launched Monday.  —  Most reporting on guns has problems, Stephen Gutowski says.  Mainstream outlets understand the politics involved with firearms, but their reporters rarely understand guns or gun policy.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
 
 
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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
Dante Chinni / NBC News:
GOP faces massive realignment as it sheds college-educated voters
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