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12:05 PM ET, April 20, 2021

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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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Meridith McGraw / Politico:   Bolton puts out a poll to sandbag Trump
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Trump: Georgia Republicans ‘afraid to be called racist’ before passing voter law
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Remembering Walter Mondale
Discussion: CNN
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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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.
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Olafimihan Oshin / The Hill:
George W. Bush: Today's GOP is ‘isolationist, protectionist, and to a certain extent, nativist’
Discussion: The Week, IJR and HotAir
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 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Glenn Greenwald:
The Media Lied Repeatedly About Officer Brian Sicknick's Death.  And They Just Got Caught.  —  Just as with the Russia Bounty debacle, they will never acknowledge what they did.  Their audience wants to be lied to for partisan gain and emotional pleasure.  —  13 hr ago
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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
George Floyd's brother says President Biden called his family to say he is praying for them … As the world waits for the verdict in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death, Floyd's younger brother said Tuesday that President Joe Biden called his family.
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia police asked federal drug agents to ‘infiltrate’ protests last June, emails show  —  The Philadelphia Police Department enlisted federal drug agents to infiltrate crowds of protesters during racial justice demonstrations in the city last spring, a move that critics say may have circumvented …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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: The Week and Balloon Juice
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 …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Mail Owner Files Antitrust Suit Against Google, Citing Royals Coverage  —  Publisher says its U.K. royals coverage was played down in search results; claims it was punished for not steering sufficient ad space to Google  —  The Daily Mail's owner filed an antitrust suit …
Newlines Magazine:
How an Email Sting Operation Unearthed a pro-Assad Conspiracy—and Russia's Role In It  —  Attempts to undermine the OPCW's investigation of the 2018 Douma chemical weapon attack involved Russian diplomats, Russian state media, WikiLeaks, and Julian Assange's personal lawyer
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood  —  The White House on Tuesday formally declared its support for a House bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C., saying it would provide the residents of the District with “long overdue full representation in Congress.”
 
 
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Nicholas Wu / Politico:
The NRA is decimated and the GOP is out of power. It may not be enough for gun control.
Discussion: Breitbart
American Greatness:
From ‘Insurrectionists’ to ‘Interruptionists’  —  More than 100 days after the January 6 melee …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Policy group hires Mark Halperin years after sexual harassment scandal
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Elizabeth Warren invites billionaire critic Leon Cooperman to testify at Senate hearing on taxes
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Talev / Axios:
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Discussion: HotAir
Adam Grant / New York Times:
There's a Name for the Blah You're Feeling: It's Called Languishing
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
An ‘insane’ covid lockdown two miles from the Capitol, with no end in sight
Discussion: Politico
Tess Owen / VICE:
Florida ‘Anti-Rioting’ Law Will Make It Much Easier to Run Over Protesters With Cars