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11:05 AM ET, April 20, 2021

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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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Nikki Haley scouts a 2024 partner  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SPOTTED: NIKKI HALEY in Miami meeting with Mayor FRANCIS SUAREZ at City Hall.  The sitdown was arranged with the explicit goal of allowing Haley to gauge the 43-year-old Republican as a potential running mate in 2024 …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Donald Trump Jr. takes on new role as top adviser inside the Trump family  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has elevated his son Donald Trump Jr. to an unofficial new role inside his orbit as he weighs the idea of a comeback presidential bid in 2024 that would require him to maintain …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Bush: Today's GOP is ‘isolationist’ and ‘nativist’  —  Former President George W. Bush described the modern-day GOP as “isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist” in an interview Tuesday that was packed with implicit criticism of the most recent Republican president.
Discussion: Fox News, CNN, National Review and IJR
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
CNN on a post-Trump sugar crash  —  CNN is coming down hard from its Trump-era sugar high.  —  The cable network's ratings are down more than 50% since President Joe Biden's inauguration, its prime-time lineup hemorrhaging viewers at a breakneck pace.  —  In the first three weeks of 2021 …
Wall Street Journal:
Satellite Images Show Russia's Expanding Ukraine Buildup  —  Combat aircraft, other military equipment seen in Crimea and along the Ukraine border as estimates of Kremlin forces grow  —  Russia has moved warplanes to Crimea and bases near Ukraine to an extent greater than has previously been disclosed …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Insider and Bloomberg
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Axios:
Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression  —  Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.
Jamie McIntyre / Washington Examiner:
With tens of thousands of Russian troops massing at Ukraine border, buildup becomes more ominous
David Siders / Politico:
'It's almost like insanity': GOP base continues to lash out over Trump's defeat  —  MARIETTA, Ga. — Nowhere has the post-Trump era been more painful for the Republican Party than in Georgia, where Trump loyalists' war on Republican elected officials is still raging, at great cost.
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Luke McGee / CNN:
Two Russian agents have been linked to a high-profile poisoning and a deadly explosion, but there's little Europe can do
Discussion: The Economist
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Patricia McCormick / Washington Post:
The Girl in the Kent State Photo  —  In 1970, an image of a dead protester immediately became iconic.  But what happened to the 14-year-old kneeling next to him?  —  Last May, when Mary Ann Vecchio watched the video of George Floyd's dying moments, she felt herself plummet through time and space …
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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David Fickling / Bloomberg:
The Pandemic Will Be More Deadly This Year  —  Consider the surging case count in India.  A false sense of complacency is discouraging any course correction, and numbers could get worse still.  —  Covid-19 is going to kill more people in 2021 than it did last year.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
DHS watchdog declined to pursue investigations into Secret Service during Trump administration, documents show  —  The chief federal watchdog for the Secret Service blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the agency's handling of the George Floyd protests …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Virginia Langmaid / CNN:
Disinfecting surfaces to prevent Covid often all for show, CDC advises  —  (CNN)The risk of surface transmission of Covid-19 is low, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.  Far more important is airborne transmission — and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good..
Discussion: Instapundit
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Dozen Megadonors Gave $3.4 Billion, One in Every 13 Dollars, Since 2009  —  A new study shows the role of the super rich in politics since the Supreme Court loosened restrictions on political spending more than a decade ago.  —  A dozen megadonors and their spouses contributed a combined $3.4 billion …
Discussion: Political Wire
bellingcat:
Senior GRU Leader Directly Involved With Czech Arms Depot Explosion  — In 2018, Bellingcat and its investigative partner The Insider identified the two persons whom UK police charged with the Novichok poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal as GRU officers Col. Alexander Mishkin and Col. Anatoly Chepiga.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
California Exit Interview: One couple's final straw came when voters rejected Prop.  15  —  Alison Grady and Ernest Brown made a spreadsheet of places they wanted to live a few years ago, and Oakland came out on top.  Within a day of moving to The Town, Brown found a salsa dance class near Lake Merritt …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
The Washington Football Team won't find a better name than it already has  —  The Washington — get this — Rubies?  The Washington Demon Cats?  Yeah, there's a legend about some creature that haunts federal government buildings here.  Still.  —  The Washington Red Hogs?
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
67 percent of Americans unaware of John Durham probe: Poll  —  A whopping 67 percent of Americans are unaware of special counsel John Durham's investigation into decision-making at the FBI and Justice Department surrounding the probe into former President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, according to a poll released Tuesday.
NBC News:
There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol.  Why hasn't this evidence been used in court? … WASHINGTON — FBI officials have repeatedly said they gathered no credible intelligence in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection suggesting that pro-Trump extremists intended to storm the U.S. Capitol.
Discussion: Raw Story
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
India's devastating outbreak is driving the global coronavirus surge  —  Those on the country's front lines say the wave is worse than anything they have seen before.  —  NEW DELHI — More than a year after the pandemic began, infections worldwide have surpassed their previous peak.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Georgia Faith Leaders to Urge Boycott of Home Depot Over Voting Law  —  Black religious leaders representing more than 1,000 churches in the state are planning a “warning shot” for other Republican-led states that are trying to limit voting access.  —  A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia …
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Policy group hires Mark Halperin years after sexual harassment scandal  —  Political journalist Mark Halperin, whose career crumbled in 2017 after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has joined No Labels, a D.C.-based bipartisan policy group, Punchbowl News reports.
Jamal Simmons / The Hill:
It's not ‘woketivism,’ it's good business  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should put away his worry beads about big business.  Corporate leaders haven't gone soft on liberalism.  Instead, Republicans have gone “wobbly” on democracy and that's not good for business.
Ken Alltucker / USA Today:
No-prescription, rapid COVID-19 home tests to be sold at CVS, Walgreens and Walmart beginning this week  —  Consumers will be able to buy rapid coronavirus tests without a prescription this week at three national chain retailers, an expansion that comes as the nation's vaccination effort accelerates …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Star Tribune:
Who are the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial?  —  Though the jurors will remain anonymous, here's what we know about the jury seated for Derek Chauvin's trial in the killing of George Floyd.  —  Video (04:31) : Video by Mark Vancleave.  For the first time in Minnesota …
Discussion: Twitchy, IJR, CBS News, Breitbart and Poynter
Politico:
Liberals warn Biden against lengthy talks with GOP  —  Joe Biden's entreaties to Republicans on his infrastructure bill are picking up steam.  But progressives are warning the president not to get too attached to his GOP friends.  —  “I personally don't think the Republicans are serious …
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans say J&J pause was the right call  —  Most Americans support the pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and so far there's no evidence that it's leading to broader vaccine hesitancy, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Tess Owen / VICE:
Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law, which includes civil immunity for people who drive their cars into crowds of protesters.  —  TO  —  As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people …
Adam Grant / New York Times:
There's a Name for the Blah You're Feeling: It's Called Languishing  —  It's the neglected middle child of mental health, and can dull your motivation and focus.  It may be the dominant emotion of 2021.  —  At first, I didn't recognize the symptoms that we all had in common.
Discussion: Althouse
Rafael A. Mangual / City Journal:
Who Killed Adam Toledo?  —  How did a 13-year-old boy end up in an alley with a gun at 2:30 on a Monday morning?  —  Public safety  —  On March 29, just after 2:30 AM, Chicago's ShotSpotter alert system detected eight or nine gunshots in the West Side, largely Latino, neighborhood of Little Village …
 
 
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THE CITY:
Older Asians Face ‘A Whole Wave’ of Hate Hidden in Official NYPD Stats
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
The NRA is decimated and the GOP is out of power. It may not be enough for gun control.
Discussion: Breitbart
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Amid US strains, China's Xi warns against ‘unilateralism’
Discussion: The Hill and Al Jazeera
American Greatness:
From ‘Insurrectionists’ to ‘Interruptionists’  —  More than 100 days after the January 6 melee …
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia police asked federal drug agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests last June, emails show
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
RNC sets fundraising record in March in drive to retake control of Congress
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren invites billionaire critic Leon Cooperman to testify at Senate hearing on taxes
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
After pledging not to build up Trump's border wall, Biden's intentions remain unclear
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan
Discussion: Politico and BizPac Review
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight
Discussion: Politico
Chris Jewers / Daily Mail:
China launches app for citizens to report anyone who has ‘mistaken opinions’ or ‘denies the excellence of socialist culture’
Discussion: Summit News
Jo Yurcaba / NBC News:
'It's not safe': Parents of transgender kids plan to flee their states as GOP bills loom
Discussion: ArkansasTimes