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4:55 PM ET, April 21, 2021

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New York Times:
G.O.P. Bills Target Protesters (and Absolve Motorists Who Hit Them)  —  As the nation reacts to the guilty verdict a jury handed to Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, Republican-led states are introducing punitive new measures governing protests.  —  Republican legislators …
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Derek Chauvin Is Being Held in Solitary Confinement For 23 Hours a Day  —  Derek Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in Minnesota's only maximum-security prison after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd and led out of a courtroom in handcuffs, according to authorities.
Associated Press:
AP source: Garland to announce Minneapolis police probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to announce that the Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis a day after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Tucker Carlson: Public support for George Floyd is an ‘attack on civilization’  —  On Fox News Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson did not appear to be pleased with the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.  —  Indeed, according to Carlson …
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Jury verdict in Derek Chauvin trial a cry of 'please don't hurt us'  —  Can we really trust the way by which the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty?  —  Tucker: No politician, media figure has the right to intimidate a jury  —  The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says protests intimidated Derek Chauvin jury into guilty verdict: 'Please don't hurt us'
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:   How We Got to a Just Verdict  —  On the indispensability of smart, militant movements
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Columbus Police Shoot And Kill Black, Teenage Girl  —  A 16-year-old Black girl was fatally shot by an officer outside of her home after she called the police for help on Tuesday afternoon, according to her family.  —  The girl has been identified as Ma'Khia Bryant by her aunt, Hazel Bryant.
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Mark Ferenchik / The Columbus Dispatch:
Columbus police shooting updates: Aunt says teen girl killed; crowd protests
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
The Postal Service is running a running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans' social media posts  —  The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans' social media posts, including those about planned protests …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Chris Christie friends believe he's running in 2024  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering running for president in 2024, three people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.  —  Driving the news: While Christie isn't saying anything publicly about his thinking …
Jonah E. Bromwich / New York Times:
Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Part of Nationwide Shift  —  The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., moved to dismiss thousands of cases dating back decades, amid a growing movement to change the criminal justice system's approach to prostitution.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Welcome to the YOLO Economy  —  Burned out and flush with savings, some workers are quitting stable jobs in search of postpandemic adventure.  —  Something strange is happening to the exhausted, type-A millennial workers of America.  After a year spent hunched over their MacBooks …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Moves to Unwind Trump Auto-Emissions Policy  —  The U.S. will end its fight with California, setting the stage for stricter regulations  —  WASHINGTON—The Biden administration is moving to end a legal battle with California over the state's authority …
Discussion: Vox
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Reuters:
Foxconn mostly abandons $10 billion Wisconsin project touted by Trump  —  Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn is drastically scaling back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called “the eighth wonder of the world.”
ProPublica:
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers  —  Politicians get the veneer of grassroots support, while shadowy consultants get rich. … Two of the leading Republican firebrands in Congress touted big fundraising hauls as a show of grassroots support …
We Out Here Magazine:
Open Letter: A Call-In To The Portland Protest Community  —  In response to ongoing behavior seen as detrimental to Black Liberation, Black protesters have drafted a letter addressing the larger Portland Protest Community, so that our values and observations are clear to all.
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Advance as U.S. Offers Sanctions Relief  —  Biden administration signals openness to easing measures against oil, finance and other sectors, but Tehran wants to see specifics  —  The Biden administration has signaled it is open to easing sanctions against critical elements …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Biden's associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta confirmed after GOP senator breaks ranks  —  (CNN)The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general in a narrow 51-49 vote after Sen. Lisa Murkowski joined with Democrats in support of President Joe Biden's Justice Department nominee.
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Cruz rips Biden DOJ nominee as ‘partisan ideologue’ for liking tweet attacking Nikki Haley
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:
Lawmakers reveal — and dispute — FBI conclusion about 2017 baseball field shooting  —  A congressman who was on the baseball field during the 2017 shooting that nearly killed GOP Whip Steve Scalise says the FBI privately informed lawmakers it ruled the attack a “suicide by cop,” …
Washington Post:
After half a century in public life, Kerry gets one more shot  —  John F. Kerry was on a 757 government plane in November 2016, en route to Antarctica to observe scientists studying the impact of climate change, when he learned that Donald Trump would be the next president.
Discussion: Reuters, Power Line and New York Post
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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry in Earth Day wonderland
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Fox News Thinks Tucker Carlson Is Still Good for Business  —  Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive officer of the Anti-Defamation League, asked advertisers gathered Tuesday for Global Marketer Week to press Fox Corp. to fire its resident flamethrower and ratings-magnet, Tucker Carlson.
Financial Times:
‘It is much worse this time’: India's devastating second wave … Every night funeral pyres blaze on the banks of the Ganges, a grim symbol of the ferocious Covid-19 wave sparking a health crisis and human tragedy in India that is far surpassing anything seen last year.
Discussion: CNN, HotAir, New York Times and Bloomberg
Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus case rate now the lowest in the continental U.S.  —  California's coronavirus case rate is now the lowest in the continental U.S., an achievement that reflects months of hard-won progress against the pandemic in the aftermath of the state's devastating fall-and-winter surge.
Hema Parmar / Bloomberg:
Leon Cooperman to Skip Warren's ‘Self-Serving’ Tax Hearing  — Billionaire investor calls Senator's invitation ‘disingenuous’  — He agrees rich must pay higher tax rate than the middle class  —  Leon Cooperman declined an invitation from Senator Elizabeth Warren to testify at a tax hearing.
Politico:
Senate Democrats reject Republican infrastructure bid  —  Republicans haven't even introduced their infrastructure proposal yet, but the Democratic reviews are already in.  And they aren't pretty.  —  Democrats are roundly rejecting a still unfinished counteroffer to President Joe Biden's …
Gabby Orr / CNN:
Andrew Giuliani to meet with Trump as he preps NY gubernatorial bid  —  (CNN)Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former public liaison official inside the Trump White House, will meet with the former President at Mar-a-Lago next week as he finalizes …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lofgren: Capitol officer being investigated for directions to pursue only ‘anti-Trump’ protesters on Jan. 6  —  A Capitol Police officer radioed units outside of the building on the morning of Jan. 6 and told them only to scout for anti-Trump troublemakers — not pro-Trump protesters …
Jake Lahut / Insider:
Presidential historian on Fox News says Benjamin Franklin successfully thwarted ‘cancel culture’  — A self-professed presidential historian gave an unsual take on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning.  — Author Jane Hampton Cook credited Benjamin Franklin with thwarting cancel culture in the 1700s.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Mike Pence's publisher refuses to cancel memoir after staff protest  —  Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp says seven-figure book deal will go ahead, after open letter from employees accuses publisher of being ‘on the wrong side of justice’  —  Simon & Schuster has said it will not pull …
 
 
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Arizona Dem Sens. Sinema, Kelly back governor's move to deploy National Guard to border
Discussion: National Review and New York Post
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Walter Mondale was our first consequential vice president
Foreign Policy:
Biden Looks to Progressive for Key Human Rights Post
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Biden to Call on All Employers to Provide Paid Time Off for Employees to Get Vaccinated After Meeting Goal of 200 Million Shots in the First 100 Days
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Biden administration lifts Trump-era restrictions stalling Puerto Rico hurricane aid
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Hisham Melhem / Newlines Magazine:
America's Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More
Discussion: The National Interest
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage-Control Mode
Discussion: Raw Story, The Capitolist and Politico
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
The brother of a top Biden advisor lobbied the White House this year on behalf of big health-care companies
Discussion: Fox News and OpenSecrets.org
Bill Press / The Hill:
GOP making big mistake on infrastructure