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2:50 PM ET, April 21, 2021


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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
Benjamin Parker / The Bulwark:
Anti-Anti-Chauvinism  —  Conservative trolls are the REAL victims!  —  We all saw it.
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial for the Death of George Floyd
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Teenage Girl Is Fatally Shot by Police in Columbus, Officials Say
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 …
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 …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
U.S.-Israel tensions build as Iran talks progress
Discussion: Informed Comment
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry in Earth Day wonderland
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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.
POLITICO Playbook PM: Chauvin aftermath: Progress on police reform talks
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 … Will Announce New Tax Credit to Fully Offset the Cost for Small Businesses and Nonprofits Who Provide Paid Leave for Employees to Get Vaccinated
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
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Walter Mondale was our first consequential vice president  —  Walter F. Mondale was the first consequential Vice President of the United States.  —  He suffered a crushing defeat in his own race for president, while making history in selecting as his running mate Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman on a national ticket.
Foreign Policy:
Biden Looks to Progressive for Key Human Rights Post  —  Sarah Margon has been an outspoken critic of authoritarian allies of the United States.  —  U.S. President Joe Biden is close to nominating a prominent progressive foreign-policy expert to be one of the State Department's top human rights envoys …
Biden pushes businesses to give workers time off for Covid shots  —  President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that his administration had achieved its target of 200 million coronavirus vaccinations during his first 100 days in office.  —  “This is an American achievement …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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
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Adam Carlson /
Some ‘Heartache’ but ‘a Hell of a Lot of Fun’: Cindy McCain on Life with John — and If She'd Run for Office
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Biden administration lifts Trump-era restrictions stalling Puerto Rico hurricane aid
Discussion: The Hill
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Corporate America boosts Biden's inaugural committee
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and Election Law Blog
Hisham Melhem / Newlines Magazine:
America's Middle East Allies Are Free Riders No More
Discussion: The National Interest
 Earlier Items: 
Joumana Khatib / New York Times:
Writing in Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri Found a New Voice
Washington Post:
Now we know what Pompeo's ‘swagger’ at the State Department was really about
Bill Press / The Hill:
GOP making big mistake on infrastructure
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer Identifies Fake Covid-19 Shots Abroad as Criminals Exploit Vaccine Demand
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir