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John Futty / The Columbus Dispatch:
‘No opportunity’ to de-escalate: Use-of-force experts say Columbus officer obeyed training in shooting Ma'Khia Bryant  —  An Ohio criminal-justice professor who studies the fatal use of force by law-enforcement officers didn't hesitate to render an opinion after watching body-camera video …
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Jen Psaki baselessly and disgracefully racialized the killing in Columbus
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and HotAir
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We should soon stop catering to the vaccine holdouts
Washington Post:
U.S. sees unprecedented drop in vaccinations over past week
Discussion: HuffPost and Politico
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 …
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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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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Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Biden Set to Raise Taxes 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 …
Discussion: Insider and Forbes
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: IJR
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Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Activists dump ‘bulls—’ at White House ahead of Biden climate summit
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
The Hill:
Biden demands collective action at White House climate summit
Discussion: IJR and POLITICUSUSA
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.
TMZ.com:
Brett Favre Believes Derek Chauvin Didn't Mean To Kill George Floyd, Went Too Far  —  BRETT FAVRE CHAUVIN DIDN'T MEAN TO KILL FLOYD ... But He Went Too Far … Brett Favre is weighing in on the Derek Chauvin verdict ... saying he truly believes the ex-cop did NOT intentionally kill George Floyd …
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Hans Bader / Liberty Unyielding:
No sign that George Floyd was killed because of his race
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Reuters
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Politico:
Clyburn facing potential $5,000 metal detector fine
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Examiner
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 …
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.”
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Biden Commits the U.S. to Halving Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2030  —  President Biden committed the United States to cutting emissions by half by the end of the decade at a virtual Earth Day summit.  Some 40 world leaders, including from China and Russia, are attending the conference.
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Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
An unvaccinated worker set off an outbreak at a U.S. nursing home where most residents were immunized.  —  An unvaccinated health care worker set off a Covid-19 outbreak at a nursing home in Kentucky where the vast majority of residents had been vaccinated, leading to dozens of infections …
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 and IJR
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: OutKick
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.
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
A Troubled Rule of Law  —  The pervasive sense that cities would burn if Derek Chauvin were not convicted raises questions about whether the jury's verdict was reached dispassionately.  —  Public safety  —  Politics and law  —  The Social Order  —  America's cities did not burn last night.
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.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Are Masks Necessary Outdoors?  —  We're looking at two Covid questions people may have heading into summer.  —  Should you still be wearing a mask outdoors?  And how should you reorient your family's life once the adults have been vaccinated but the children have not yet been?
Discussion: HotAir and spectator.us
 
 
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Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Not My Party: First Steps Toward Justice
Discussion: National Review
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Tennessee House passes bill to ban local, state governments from requiring COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: WZTV
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Pentagon extremism adviser lays out challenge facing military after two commanders deny a problem exists
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Dershowitz: Maxine Waters used KKK tactics to intimidate Chauvin jury
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Joe.My.God. and Insider
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
‘The system has collapsed’: India's descent into Covid hell
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
William Wan / Washington Post:
Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession
The American Mind:
A Statement Regarding “Critical Race Theory”
Discussion: Manhattan Institute
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
As the voting-rights fight moves to Texas, defiant Republicans test the resolve of corporations that oppose restrictions
 Earlier Items: 
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
No, Mr. President, the ‘soul of America’ isn't racist
Axios:
World leaders brace for historic Trump Facebook ban decision
Christopher Flavelle / New York Times:
Climate Change Could Cut World Economy by $23 Trillion in 2050, Insurance Giant Warns
Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune:
Governor vetoes North Dakota transgender sports bill