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9:35 AM ET, April 22, 2021

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Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Republican candidate for governor says Chauvin verdict makes her ‘sick’  —  RICHMOND — A prominent Republican candidate for Virginia governor said that the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin this week made her “sick” and that jurors didn't acquit because they feared a violent backlash.
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Derek Chauvin Is Being Held in Solitary Confinement For 23 Hours a Day
Tim Arango / New York Times:   ‘Gentle Steering of the Ship’: How Keith Ellison Led the Prosecution of Chauvin
Hans Bader / Liberty Unyielding:
No sign that George Floyd was killed because of his race
Discussion: Power Line
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson despises the Derek Chauvin verdict
Sergio Munoz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News coverage casts suspicion on validity of Chauvin conviction despite offering halfhearted praise
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and RedState
Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
LeBron James's moral bankruptcy is showing  —  The public persona of LeBron James is one of a socially conscious, brave leader who speaks against injustice.  The reality is that he pushes detestable, repulsive political talking points and uses his platform to defend genocide and spread racial hatred.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Jen Psaki baselessly and disgracefully racialized the killing in Columbus  —  “Believe your own eyes” — that was the prosecutor's final admonition to the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial.  And indeed, the evidence of their own eyes was likely the reason the jury members didn't accept …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Ted Cruz rips ‘grossly irresponsible’ LeBron James after NBA star tweets 'you're next' at Columbus cop
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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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: Hackwhackers
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Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Memorials aren't enough. Here's what the West can do right now to protect Alexei Navalny.
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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: Crooks and Liars
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Federalist and The Hill
CNBC:
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.  — Under a deal, Foxconn will reduce its planned investment to $672 million from $10 billion …
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 …
Politico:
Clyburn facing potential $5,000 metal detector fine  —  House Majority Whip James Clyburn is facing a possible $5,000 fine for evading the metal detectors off the House floor, which are part of the security protocols House Speaker Nancy Pelosi enacted after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Washington Post:
Investigation suppressed by Trump administration reveals obstacles to hurricane aid for Puerto Rico  —  A watchdog report uncovers bureaucratic hurdles the Trump administration erected for the struggling island to receive aid after Hurricanes Irma and Maria  —  The Trump administration put …
Discussion: The Hill and NBC News
William Wan / Washington Post:
Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession … The doctor's bag now sits in his closet gathering dust.  He lost his stethoscope somewhere in the house — a familiar weight that sat on his neck for two decades.  —  It's been months since Justin Meschler, 48, practiced medicine.
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.
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: NBC News, New York Times and IJR
Christopher Newport University:
2021 Virginia Democratic Primary Report  —  “McAuliffe running away with Democrats' governor bid; Herring has big lead on Jones for attorney general nod; Rasoul leads crowded lt. gov. field, but most undecided”  —  Summary of Key Findings  — Six weeks before Virginia Democrats' June 8 primary …
Discussion: Bearing Drift and Blue Virginia
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
As the voting-rights fight moves to Texas, defiant Republicans test the resolve of corporations that oppose restrictions  —  As the battle over a new Georgia law imposing identification requirements for mail ballots and other voting limits raged this month, Republicans in Texas knew they would be next …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
No, Mr. President, the ‘soul of America’ isn't racist  —  President Joe Biden is already starting to push people too far with his constant refrains about how racist this country is.  —  He is overstating a very weak case, and he risks becoming like former President Jimmy Carter when Carter's so-called …
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 …
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
Senate Democrats Bring In Joe Lieberman As Ringer On D.C. Statehood  —  Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, a Democrat-turned-independent well known for his close relationships with Republicans, will help Democrats make the case for a D.C. statehood bill set to pass the House on Thursday, which faces long odds in the Senate.
Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune:
Governor vetoes North Dakota transgender sports bill  —  Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday vetoed a bill restricting transgender girls in K-12 sports.  —  The bill had passed the House 69-25 and the Senate 27-20 after conference committee amendments.  —  House Bill 1298, brought by Rep. Ben Koppelman …
New York Post:
The Post says: Everyone get vaccinated!  —  Every New Yorker 16 and over is vaccine-eligible, but only about half have gotten even one jab.  We all need to do better, so the greatest city in the world can get back to being great, with crowded streets and that familiar electricity in the air.
 
 
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Tyler Merritt / National Review:
Trevor Noah Is Wrong about the Police
The American Mind:
A Statement Regarding “Critical Race Theory”
CNN:
Nevada secretary of state finds no ‘evidentiary support’ for GOP election fraud claims
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050, Insurance Giant Warns
Washington Post:
U.S. sees unprecedented drop in vaccinations over past week
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden sets target of cutting US emissions up to 52% by 2030 but won't detail how to get there
Ivana Saric / Axios:
House votes to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing
Discussion: Insider and Politico
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Meghann Myers / Military Times:
About a third of service members have taken the COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: Air Force Magazine
Yassie Liow / The Iris:
A Rebuttal to Andrew Gutmann's Letter
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall
Politico:
Lawmakers reveal — and dispute — FBI conclusion about 2017 baseball field shooting