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2:15 PM ET, April 22, 2021

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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.
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Washington Post:
Health officials lean toward resuming Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine — but with a warning  —  The action would mirror that of European regulators, who concluded the shot's benefits outweigh the risks  —  Federal health authorities are leaning toward recommending that use …
Washington Post:
U.S. sees unprecedented drop in vaccinations over past week
Discussion: New York Times, HuffPost and Politico
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
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Navalny Has a Lesson for the World  —  When Alexei Navalny boarded a plane to Moscow on January 17, he turned his life into a metaphor.  He knew it, his wife knew it, and everybody else on the plane knew it.  So did the millions of people who had watched his documentary videos …
Discussion: Associated Press and Hackwhackers
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Jen Psaki baselessly and disgracefully racialized the killing in Columbus
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
White House signals cool reception to Senate Republicans' calls to trade spending cuts for debt ceiling increase  —  Senate Republicans issued their aspirational policy stance on Wednesday after largely backing away from deficit worries during the Trump administration.
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Bloomberg:
GOP Counters Biden With $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan
Discussion: Axios, NPR and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Pelosi offers equal subpoena power, even partisan split on Jan. 6 commission  —  Talks for the commission had stalled after disagreements over its makeup.  —  US Capitol riots: Tracking the insurrection  —  On Jan. 6, rioters coming from a pro-Trump rally broke into the U.S. Capitol …
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
House Democrats pass D.C. statehood — launching bill into uncharted territory
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 …
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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Left-wing group dumps cow poop at White House entrance, demands Biden take climate action  —  Protesters yelled ‘Bull—,’ criticizing Biden's climate plan  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for April 22  —  Climate activists dissatisfied with President Biden's climate plan are not-so-subtly expressing …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
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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 …
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 and Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and OutKick
Tim Marchman / Popping Tins:
Welcome to Popping Tins  —  This is a newsletter about tinned seafood; in its inaugural issue, Bela-Olhão Lightly Smoked Sardines in Olive Oil are reviewed.  —  5 hr ago  —  Long written off in the United States as a food of grim necessity when not actively reviled …
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
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.”
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
Lara Jakes / New York Times:
Biden Preparing to Declare That Atrocities Against Armenia Were Genocide  —  The designation for the World War I-era killings would further fray U.S. relations with Turkey, but it is a risk the president appears willing to take to further human rights, officials said.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
GOP Stands Up to ‘Cancel Culture’ by Criminalizing Dissent  —  In January, Ron DeSantis argued that combating the repression of political speech was “the most important legislative issue” of 2021.  —  During an appearance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, the Florida governor delivered …
New York Times:
Sexual Assault Allegations Against Biographer Halt Shipping of His Roth Book  —  W.W. Norton, citing the accusations that the author, Blake Bailey, faces, said it would stop shipping and promoting his new best-selling book.  —  Earlier this month, the biographer Blake Bailey was approaching …
Axios:
World leaders brace for historic Trump Facebook ban decision  —  The upcoming decision from Facebook's independent Oversight Board on whether to uphold or reverse Facebook's indefinite suspension of former President Trump's profiles has policymakers on edge.
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
US Capitol Police officer allegedly told units to only monitor for ‘anti-Trump’ protesters on January 6  —  Washington (CNN)A US Capitol Police officer directed “all outside units” on the morning of January 6 to only monitor for anti-Trump agitators “who want to start a fight,” not any …
Discussion: Politico and Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
WA Dept of Health lets providers deny vaccines to white people for equity
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NOQ Report
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: First Steps Toward Justice
Discussion: National Review
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Dershowitz: Maxine Waters used KKK tactics to intimidate Chauvin jury
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Joe.My.God. and Insider
The American Mind:
A Statement Regarding “Critical Race Theory”
Discussion: Manhattan Institute
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
The Post says: Everyone get vaccinated!
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
As the voting-rights fight moves to Texas, defiant Republicans test the resolve of corporations that oppose restrictions
Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
LeBron James's moral bankruptcy is showing
Discussion: OutKick
Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune:
Governor vetoes North Dakota transgender sports bill