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7:30 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
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Yang Is Top Pick for New York City Mayor Among Key Voting Group  —  A new poll shows the former tech entrepreneur is the No. 1 choice for Democrats age 50 and older  —  New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is the top choice among a crucial group of voters …
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 …
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: Insider
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Top Republican Says Senate GOP Could Be Open to Smaller Infrastructure Bill  —  President Biden to discuss $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal with bipartisan group of lawmakers Monday  —  WASHINGTON—A senior Republican senator said he and his colleagues could support an infrastructure bill …
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost, The Week and Washington Post
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Kamala Harris set to showcase policy chops by touting Biden infrastructure plan
Discussion: Political Wire
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
On infrastructure, do Republicans want to strike a pose or build things?
Allan Smith / NBC News:
GOP Reps. Greene, Gosar try to distance from ‘Anglo-Saxon’ traditions document … Two far-right House Republicans linked to a document outlining a policy platform calling for the protection of “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” distanced themselves from what they called a draft of prescriptions for a new “America First Caucus.”
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.
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.
Washington Post:
With Afghanistan decision, Biden restores foreign policymaking process that Trump had largely abandoned  —  Three months after taking office, President Biden has reestablished the formal decision process, which his predecessor seemed determined to destroy, that has guided U.S. administrations …
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
Blinken defends Biden's refugee cap, Afghanistan withdrawal in exclusive interview
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 …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
‘Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams  —  Officials warn that falsified cards could endanger lives and undermine efforts to end the pandemic  —  One listing offered eBay customers an “Authentic CDC Vaccination Record Card” for $10.99.  Another promised the same but for $9.49.
Discussion: CBS News and Insider
Russia will face ‘consequences’ if Navalny dies - US  —  The US has warned Russia there will be “consequences” if the opposition activist Alexei Navalny dies in jail.  —  The UK, France, Germany and the European Union have also expressed their concern over his treatment.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Aleksei Navalny Should Be in Intensive Care, His Doctors Say
Discussion: Slate and The Hill
Bill Mahoney / Politico:
Siena poll: A record number of New Yorkers view Cuomo unfavorably  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — More than half of New York voters view Gov. Andrew Cuomo unfavorably, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday morning.  It's the first time the governor's unfavorability rating …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Hawley to introduce bill to ‘bust up’ Big Tech, targeting companies like Google and Amazon  —  Bill follows legislation Hawley introduced last week to ban mergers in companies worth more than $100B  —  Big Tech ‘blowing woke smoke’ with new ‘Chamber of Progress’ coalition: Biotech entrepreneur
Discussion: National Review
‘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.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Trump's grip on GOP looms as support falters for independent probe of Capitol riot  —  Congress's pursuit of an independent investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing long odds, as bipartisan resolve to hold the perpetrators and instigators accountable erodes, and Republicans face sustained pressure …
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Political Wire
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Oath Keepers: How a militia group mobilized in plain sight for the assault on the Capitol  —  The FBI calls the Oath Keepers an anti-government militia with current and former law enforcement and military members among its members.  60 Minutes profiles the group, which has become a central focus …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Minnesota Governor Calls Alleged Assaults on Journalists ‘Chilling’  —  Gov. Tim Walz said he had told police officers to “make changes” that would allow reporters to do their jobs.  —  Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, on Sunday responded to reports that the state's police officers …
John DiStaso / WMUR:
VP Kamala Harris planning to visit NH on Friday  —  Several sources tell WMUR one or more stops likely in Laconia-Plymouth area  —  Hide Transcript Show Transcript  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. —  Vice President Kamala Harris is planning to visit New Hampshire in person later this week …
Discussion: Washington Post
Peter Aitken / Fox News:
Portland church damaged in riot says cost of repairs will take away from feeding the homeless  —  Police declared an unlawful assembly Saturday after Friday riot  —  Media clash on Minnesota shooting  —  Portland businesses and a church picked up the pieces Saturday morning between nights …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Dante Chinni / NBC News:
GOP faces massive realignment as it sheds college-educated voters
Jonathan Turley / Fox News:
Trump vs. Waters - in incitement case, she may be best witness in ex-president's defense
David Siders / Politico:
‘Trumpiest Trumpster of the bunch’: GOP gets a gut check
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Some ideas from Democrats are both bad policy and bad politics
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
A Different Way of Thinking About Cancel Culture
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Trump didn't form a populist coalition. He was the result of one
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israeli intel agencies believe Vienna talks will lead to U.S. return to Iran nuclear deal
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
From MN to Philly, cops, troops flood the zone, violate our rights - and make us less safe
 Earlier Items: 
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Fauci says he expects J&J vaccine to resume later this week
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Capitol Rioter Who Pretended to Be Antifa and Ransacked Pelosi's Office Released From Jail
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
More than 400 convictions involving suspected racist cop in Virginia could be overturned
Discussion: TheGrio and Outside the Beltway
Dallas Morning News:
Matthew McConaughey may be a viable candidate for Texas governor; poll shows actor ahead of Abbott
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
One America News Network Stays True to Trump