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12:10 PM ET, April 21, 2021


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Mark Ferenchik / The Columbus Dispatch:
Columbus police shooting updates: Aunt says teen girl killed; crowd protests  —  An angry crowd protested near a home on the Southeast Side where a Columbus police officer fatally shot someone while responding to an attempted stabbing call.  —  The shooting happened just minutes …
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.
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Anti-Anti-Chauvinism  —  Conservative trolls are the REAL victims!  —  We all saw it.  It was captured on video.  It lasted nine interminable minutes.  It ignited our righteous indignation—an oil fire floating on an ocean of grief.  —  Most people felt this way about the video of the murder …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Insider and New York Times
The Daily Beast:
Columbus Police Release Body-Camera Footage of Fatal Shooting of Black Teen  —  The footage shows an officer fire his weapon within seconds of arriving at the scene of a brawl where a girl appeared to lunge at someone with a knife.  —  COLUMBUS—Hours after crowds in Minneapolis celebrated …
Tim Elfrink / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson says protests intimidated Derek Chauvin jury into guilty verdict: 'Please don't hurt us'  —  After a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday in the death of George Floyd, Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested …
Evelyn Douek / The Atlantic:
What Facebook Did for Chauvin's Trial Should Happen All the Time  —  On Monday, Facebook vowed that its staff was “working around the clock” to identify and restrict posts that could lead to unrest or violence after a verdict was announced in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
ABC News:
AG Garland announces DOJ probe into policing practices in Minneapolis
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 …
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.”
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Simon & Schuster Says Mike Pence Book Will Proceed, Despite Employee Petitions  —  ‘We come to work each day to publish, not cancel,’ CEO Jonathan Karp says in letter to staffers  —  Simon & Schuster Chief Executive Jonathan Karp said Tuesday the publisher would proceed with a book …
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Mike Pence's publisher refuses to cancel memoir after staff protest
Discussion: HotAir and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Washington Post:
‘The wheels fell off’: How Biden's misgivings on border surge upended plan on refugees  —  President Biden overruled his top foreign policy and national security aides, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, when he kept in place the Trump administration's record low cap on the number …
Discussion: HotAir, Politico, The Hill and Townhall
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.
Discussion: The Rational Optimist
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
'I'm still a zero': Vaccine-resistant Republicans warn that their skepticism is worsening  —  Johnson & Johnson pause appears to have little effect, but other messages continue to alienate GOP holdouts  —  Stop talking about the possibility of coronavirus booster shots.  Don't bully people who are vaccine holdouts.
Discussion: eVille Times
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
The covid-19 vaccines are an extraordinary success story. The media should tell it that way.
Discussion: HotAir
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
The brother of a top Biden advisor lobbied the White House this year on behalf of big health care companies  — Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of longtime Biden advisor and White House counselor Steve Ricchetti, started lobbying the Executive Office of the President in the first quarter, according to new disclosure reports.
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry in Earth Day wonderland  —  It is not encouraging to see John Kerry returning from talks in China and suggesting he's achieved some sort of climate change breakthrough.  The last time he trumpeted success on an allied diplomatic mission, he was touting the 2016 Paris Agreement …
Discussion: ABC News
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Biden's climate all-stars: ‘The ambition is breathtaking’ - but so are the expectations
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Andrew Yang Wins Endorsement from Left-Wing Rival  —  Carlos Menchaca, who bowed out of the New York City mayoral race last month, will endorse his former opponent.  —  Andrew Yang may be leading early polls in the New York City mayor's race, but he has nonetheless faced skepticism …
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
Bill Press / The Hill:
GOP making big mistake on infrastructure  —  Please!  Will somebody explain to me how Republicans, who always boasted about their support for infrastructure, are now suddenly against it — and think this is good politics?  —  Infrastructure's a magic word.
Washington Post:
Now we know what Pompeo's ‘swagger’ at the State Department was really about  —  SECRETARY OF STATE Mike Pompeo adopted the term “swagger” to describe the department's style under his leadership.  It was a curious approach to diplomacy, and it led to some notable disasters …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S.-Israel tensions build as Iran talks progress  —  As nuclear talks in Vienna enter a critical stage, the gaps and suspicions over Iran between the Israeli government and the Biden administration are growing.  —  Why it matters: Both sides want to avoid the kind of public fight …
Discussion: Informed Comment
Joumana Khatib / New York Times:
Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice  —  In an unusual literary and linguistic feat, the Pulitzer-winning author of “Interpreter of Maladies” and “The Namesake” wrote her latest novel, “Whereabouts,” in Italian and translated it to English.  —  Literary translators have come up with plenty of analogies for their trade.
Rod Dreher:
Chauvin Verdict Settles Little  —  I just watched the Chauvin verdict.  I have no opinion about it, other than that I hope justice was done, and that if this is justice, that the Floyd family and everybody else in Minneapolis can find a measure of healing.  —  I followed Andrew McCarthy's trial analysis in National Review Online.
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Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Proposed Supreme Court Expansion Remains Unpopular
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Putin, Addressing Russia, Warns West Not to Cross Red Line: Live Updates
Discussion: Insider and WHDH-TV
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal
Discussion: CNN and HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer Identifies Fake Covid-19 Shots Abroad as Criminals Exploit Vaccine Demand
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Melissa Ryan / Magazine:
The Enemy Within  —  State and local Republican parties have been taken over by white supremacists …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
As network news leadership shuffles, doubts about future loom
Discussion: OutKick
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
It's time to ‘be mindful’ of the police reaction now Chauvin has been convicted: Professor Eddie Glaude
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Feds Track Down Capitol Rioter With Facial Recognition Hit On His Girlfriend's Instagram
Discussion: The Verge and Joe.My.God.