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5:15 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 …
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
Discussion: RedState
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
Joel Anderson / Slate:
This Isn't Justice  —  I was standing outside of the Ferguson, Missouri, police department …
Discussion: Vox, Reason and New York Times
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Bill Press / The Hill:   GOP making big mistake on infrastructure
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.”
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Chauvin aftermath: Progress on police reform talks  —  ZACK COLMAN, a stalwart of our energy and environment team, dialed into an administration briefing this morning on the upcoming climate summit.  He writes in: “All 40 heads of state President JOE BIDEN invited …
Discussion: Insider, CNBC and Washington Post
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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.
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 …
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,” …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Luppe B. Luppen / Pawprints:
Introducing Pawprints  —  A newsletter from @nycsouthpaw, an internet lawyer dog  —  Thank you for finding your way here.  —  Over the years, a surprising number of you have written me very kind notes asking for a newsletter or a blog, hoping in some cases to keep up with what I'm doing …
 
 
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Jake Lahut / Insider:
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Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus case rate now the lowest in the continental U.S.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
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Foreign Policy:
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Adam Carlson / People.com:
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Discussion: The Hill and IJR
The White House:
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