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2:20 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 …
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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.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Anti-Protester Bills Include Immunity for Hitting Them With Cars  —  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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState, Insider and New York Times
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Officials Say
Andrew C. McCarthy / New York Post:
Derek Chauvin may be guilty, but Waters and Biden made sure this will drag on in appeal
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
The Daily Beast:
Columbus Police Release Body-Camera Footage of Fatal Shooting of Black Teen
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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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 …
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S.-Israel tensions build as Iran talks progress
Discussion: Informed Comment
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.
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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry in Earth Day wonderland
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Michael Grunwald / Politico:   Biden's climate all-stars: ‘The ambition is breathtaking’ - but so are the expectations
Wall Street Journal:
Biden to Propose Cutting U.S. Emissions in Half by 2030
Discussion: Vox
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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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 …
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: HotAir, CNN, New York Times and Bloomberg
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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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.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
New Docs Show Matt Gaetz Campaign in Full Damage-Control Mode  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz's campaign is spending money on lawyers, a TV ad blitz, direct mail, and donations to local Florida Republicans.  —  As Rep. Matt Gaetz combats allegations that he was involved in a sex ring …
Discussion: The Capitolist, Raw Story 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  — 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.
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
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.
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 …
United States Department of State:
Schedule  —  All times EDT and approximate Speakers not listed in speaking order Day 1-April 22 8:00 a.m.-Session 1 Raising Our Climate Ambition President Biden and Vice President Harris will open the inaugural session of the Summit.  This session will underscore the urgent need …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Bloomberg
Hisham Melhem / Newlines Magazine:
America's Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More  —  Wary of U.S. intentions and ambivalence, an alliance of like-minded regimes is striking out on its own  —  Hisham Melhem is a columnist for Annahar Al Arabi, Beirut, Lebanon.  —  For 75 years, the peoples of the Middle East watched …
Discussion: The National Interest
 
 
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Biden administration lifts Trump-era restrictions stalling Puerto Rico hurricane aid
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Corporate America boosts Biden's inaugural committee
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Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Mark McCloskey, gun-toting St. Louis lawyer, considering Senate bid