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5:35 PM ET, April 22, 2021

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New York Times:
Andrew Yang, Looking for Endorsement, Offends Gay Democratic Club  —  Participants described Mr. Yang's remarks as offensive, saying that even as members of the club raised policy issues, he returned to mentioning gay bars.  —  Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate and leading contender …
Discussion: Insider
Bloomberg:
Biden Eyeing Tax Rate as High as 43.4% in Next Economic Package  — People earning $1 million would pay 39.6% plus Obamacare levy  — Total tax rates for New Yorkers, Californians could top 50%  —  President Joe Biden will propose almost doubling the capital gains tax rate …
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Stocks fall on reports that Biden wants to hike taxes on capital gains  —  Stocks fell Thursday following media reports that President Biden wants to nearly double the capital gains tax paid by wealthy Americans.  —  Inside the numbers: Biden reportedly is considering a proposal of a 39.6% top rate …
Discussion: Forbes and Bloomberg
Bloomberg:
GOP Counters Biden With $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan
CNBC:
Dow closes more than 300 points lower following reports of Biden eyeing capital gains tax hike
Discussion: RedState and The Week
Politico:
Black Democrats urge party to shift its voting rights push  —  Democrats have spent months touting an expansive proposal that would reshape U.S. elections.  But with the bill's Senate prospects growing more dire, key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing to narrow their strategy.
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
House Dems slam ‘racist’ filibuster blocking ‘everything we love,’ say Americans ‘do not care about procedure’
Mike Brest / Washington Examiner:
What you need to know about DC statehood
Discussion: ABC News, Townhall and Bloomberg
CNN:
With Trump's backing, Walker freezes Senate GOP field in Georgia  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's backing of football great Herschel Walker to run for the Georgia Senate seat has been enough to effectively freeze the GOP field in place — even though some Republicans privately worry …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We should soon stop catering to the vaccine holdouts  —  When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced a “pause” in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine because of a tiny number of instances in which women developed blood clots after getting the shot, many recoiled in horror.
Discussion: Poynter and NBC News
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Natalie O'Neill / New York Post:
O.J. Simpson bashes LeBron James for Ohio cop tweet  —  O.J. Simpson has gone from jailbird to law-and-order crusader.  —  The famous ex-con took a pro-cop stance Thursday when he backed an Ohio officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding teen and ripped into NBA star LeBron James for a tweet that named and shamed the lawman.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Will Seek Tax Increase on Rich to Fund Child Care and Education  —  The president's American Family Plan, which remains in flux, does not currently include an effort to expand health coverage, as administration officials had previously planned.  —  WASHINGTON — The next phase …
Erica Pandey / Axios:
America scrambles for restaurant workers  —  Vaccinations keep climbing, and restaurants are ready to roar back this summer.  But eateries from Miami to Martha's Vineyard to Los Angeles are facing the same problem: not enough workers.  —  The big picture: Millions of restaurants are hiring all at once and …
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Do We Still Need to Keep Wearing Masks Outdoors?  —  Science shows that the risk of viral transmission outside is very low.  The “two-out-of-three rule” can help you decide whether to mask up.  —  As more people get vaccinated and spring weather and sunshine beckon us outdoors …
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Are Masks Necessary Outdoors?
Discussion: HotAir
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Senate passes anti-Asian hate crimes bill  —  The Senate voted 94-1 on Thursday to pass legislation that aims to improve anti-Asian hate crime tracking and identification.  —  Why it matters: It's a rare bipartisan endorsement of a bill by the 50-50 Senate, and comes in the wake of a spike of anti-Asian hate crimes over the last year.
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Hawley votes against anti-Asian hate crime bill
Discussion: Politico, The Federalist and Townhall
Axios:
Russia announces end to massive troop buildup near Ukraine  —  Russia's defense minister said Thursday that massive military exercises near the border with Ukraine had been completed, and that he had ordered troops to return to their permanent bases by May 1, according to state media.
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Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Navalny Has a Lesson for the World
Miranda Devine / New York Post:
Vile response to the Derek Chauvin verdict  —  We have to trust that the jury in the Derek Chauvin case got it right when it found the former Minneapolis cop guilty of murder and manslaughter over the death of a black man, George Floyd.  —  This is our justice system and it's all that stands between us and barbarism.
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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh's Opinion Restoring Juvenile Life Without Parole Is Dishonest and Barbaric  —  In an appalling 6-3 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court effectively reinstated juvenile life without parole by shredding precedents that had sharply limited the sentence in every state.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Los Angeles Times:
California's massive UC and Cal State systems plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations this fall  —  The University of California and California State University announced Thursday that they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on campus properties …
John McCormack / National Review:
Arizona Senator Mark Kelly's Commitment to Keep SCOTUS at Nine Justices, Even if Roe Is Overturned  —  In the Capitol on Tuesday, I asked Arizona senator Mark Kelly about Massachusetts senator Ed Markey's bill to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court from nine to thirteen.
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and UPI
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Big Lie has gotten so bad that even some Republicans are running from it  —  The Big Lie of 2020 is conventionally defined as the claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump.  But it's broader than that.  It also encompasses a softer version of this idea: The insultingly disingenuous baloney …
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Liz Cheney vs. MAGA  —  The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6.  Instead, they turned on her.  —  The regular conference meetings of the Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives, held most weeks behind closed doors in the Capitol Visitor Center …
Politico:
Pentagon investigated suspected Russian directed-energy attacks on U.S. troops  —  The Pentagon has briefed top lawmakers on intelligence surrounding suspected directed-energy attacks against U.S. troops, and officials identified Russia as a likely culprit, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Jana Winter / Yahoo News:
The Postal Service is 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, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
BuzzFeed News:
“Hindsight Is 20/20”: An Internal Report Shows How Facebook Failed To Prevent The “Stop The Steal” Movement  —  Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of a House of Representatives committee that his company had done its part “to secure the integrity of the election.”
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run  —  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told party officials Wednesday that she's considered stepping down from her post to challenge Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022.  —  McDaniel's remarks came during …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Jake Paul Promised Them Fame.  Was It Worth the Price?  —  A look behind the scenes at life in the Team 10 house.  —  In the vast world of YouTube villains, there may be none as famous as Jake Paul.  —  The 24-year-old Vine star turned vlogger has polarized viewers with videos …
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Biden's USPS nominees face confirmation hearing as Democrats consider paths to oust DeJoy  —  Even if all three are confirmed, giving Democrats an edge on the governing board, it remains to be seen whether the majority would be in sync when it comes to the postmaster general
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why the World Can't Trust America on Climate  —  America has finally kicked its climate-denial habit.  —  I know, you've heard that one before.  Twenty-eight years ago today, a Democratic president announced that the U.S. would “take the lead in addressing the challenge of global warming …
Discussion: CNN, New Statesman and New York Times
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Checking in on Biden's Approval Rating as Hundred Days' Mark Nears  —  Steady on average, but individual pollsters vary greatly  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Joe Biden's approval rating has been steady and positive, though many other presidents had better early numbers.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Raya Jalabi / Reuters:
The legal war between the Saudis and their former spymaster  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - The family of a former top Saudi intelligence official who is living in exile and locked in an international feud with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman say they have become pawns in the kingdom's efforts to bring the spy chief home.
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Did We Forget Our Democracy Is Still Under Threat?  —  Complacency is an inherent weakness of democracy.  —  Old joke: An old fish and a young fish pass each other.  The old fish says, “Fine water today, isn't it?”  The young fish replies, “What's water?”
 
 
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Citigroup will pay NY mayoral candidate, former exec Ray McGuire $5.7 million over next few years
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The New Swing Voters  —  Neither party should feel confident about how Latinos are going to vote in 2024.
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Jerusalem Demsas / Vox:
The fight for DC statehood gets its best chance yet
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
U.S. Marshals Used Drones to Spy on Black Lives Matter Protests in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
New York Post:
The Post says: Everyone get vaccinated!
Discussion: ABC17NEWS and The Hill
Axios:
World leaders brace for historic Trump Facebook ban decision