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9:15 PM ET, April 19, 2021

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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.
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United States Capitol Police:
Medical Examiner Finds USCP Officer Brian Sicknick Died of Natural Causes
Discussion: RedState and Must Read Alaska
Axios:
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Walter F. Mondale, Carter's vice president who lost White House bid, dies at 93
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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Greg Allen / NPR:
Florida Adopts Nation's Toughest Restrictions On Protests
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Daily Beast
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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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.
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 …
Josh Margolin / ABC News:
Anger that motivated McVeigh remains dangerous, potent force in divided America: Attorney General Garland  —  People need to remember the human toll each time a shooter opens fire, he said.  —  Merrick Garland confirmed as attorney general  —  His confirmation comes nearly five years …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
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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
Discussion: 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 …
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Kimberly Guilfoyle joins Eric Greitens' US Senate campaign in Missouri  —  (CNN)Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens announced Monday that Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top official on former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, will serve as the national chair of his Senate bid.
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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.
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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
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 …
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.
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes  —  Policy could be paired with proposal to ban menthols; FDA must decide whether to pursue menthol ban by April 29  —  The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to reduce the nicotine levels …
Discussion: Insider, UPI and Political Wire
Ibram X. Kendi / The Atlantic:
Compliance Will Not Save Me  —  Black and brown people's defiance is not the problem.  Our compliance is not the solution.  —  Contributing writer at The Atlantic  —  Chicago Police Officer Eric E. Stillman chased a boy down an alleyway.  —  It was the early morning of March 29.
Discussion: Washington Post, The Nation and Vox
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 …
Taffy Brodesser-Akner / New York Times:
The Essential Philip Roth  —  Looking to read one of his books?  Let us help.  —  Probably you cannot accurately measure a writer — or any person — until the moment after his death.  A life can stretch out in front of you, but until it's over, you don't know how the beginning truly informed the end …
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 …
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren Suggests U.S. Explore Conditional Aid to Israel … At today's meeting of the annual J Street conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., suggested that the U.S. consider conditional aid to Israel.  —  “I support military assistance to Israel,” said Warren's planned remarks …
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Steady increase in Russian troops in Crimea on Ukraine border, says Pentagon  —  WASHINGTON — The number of Russian troops deployed in occupied Crimea near Ukraine's border has steadily increased over the past two weeks and has surpassed the size of the force that annexed the peninsula in 2014, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
White House closes in on ‘families plan’ spending proposal centered on child care, pre-K, paid leave  —  Biden officials set to introduce second part of Build Back Better agenda for president's first joint address to Congress  —  White House officials are closing in on a large spending plan centered …
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and Raw Story
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Arizona attorney general eyes Senate race against Mark Kelly
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom
Discussion: ArkansasTimes
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Supreme Court skeptical of allowing temporary immigrants to apply for green cards
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Several key officials leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce as lobbying group faces GOP criticism
Glenn C. Altschuler / The Hill:
Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure
Discussion: Reason
Peter King / The Hill:
What the statistics show about police shootings and public safety
Betsy Klein / CNN:
White House backtracks after Biden calls border situation a ‘crisis’
 Earlier Items: 
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Tyrannosaurs likely hunted in packs rather than heading out solo, scientists find
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest GOP efforts to bury Trump's insurrection call for a tougher response
Laura K. Field / Niskanen Center:
The Highbrow Conspiracism of the New Intellectual Right: A Sampling From the Trump Years
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Who Killed Ashli Babbitt
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?
Discussion: New Republic, HotAir and The Week