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6:50 AM ET, April 22, 2021

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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.
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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.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
‘Gentle Steering of the Ship’: How Keith Ellison Led the Prosecution of Chauvin  —  Years before he won a murder conviction for the death of George Floyd, Mr. Ellison, the Minnesota attorney general, was a young civil rights lawyer taking on police misconduct.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson despises the Derek Chauvin verdict
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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William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Poised to Recognize Armenian Massacres as Genocide, Officials Say  —  President said during his campaign he would acknowledge killings as genocide, a move that would upset U.S. ally Turkey  —  WASHINGTON—President Biden is poised to formally recognize the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century …
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 …
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Red Line’ the West Will Regret Crossing  —  In a state-of-the nation speech, President Vladimir Putin warned of a “fast and tough” response to security threats, in a message seemingly aimed at President Biden and delivered amid large protests.
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
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: Fox News and Bloomberg
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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
‘Tone down a bit’: Clyburn cautions Democrats threatening to derail tax plan over SALT cap
Discussion: Bloomberg
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.
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Politico:
Senate GOP preserves earmark ban, adds strict debt ceiling posture
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Roll Call
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 …
Meghann Myers / Military Times:
About a third of service members have taken the COVID-19 vaccine  —  Roughly 740,000 troops are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Defense Department numbers released Wednesday, which are now published online.  —  The vast majority of those doses have gone …
Discussion: Air Force Magazine
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Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Biden sets target of cutting US emissions up to 52% by 2030 but won't detail how to get there  —  President Joe Biden will commit the United States on Thursday to cutting its greenhouse emissions 50% to 52% by 2030 in remarks kicking off his climate summit event with world leaders.
Discussion: Politico and National Review
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans take step to revive debt ceiling brawls with White House  —  The non-binding vote is a sharp pivot from their hands-off approach during the Trump administration  —  Senate Republicans on Wednesday signaled they might oppose any future increase to the debt ceiling unless Congress …
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 …
Discussion: Culture Study
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Carr steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall  —  Chris Carr has stepped down as chairman of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys, citing a “significant difference of opinion” in the organization's direction following a robocall that urged people to march …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
Virginia police officer fired after donating to Kyle Rittenhouse defense fund  —  A police officer in Virginia who donated money to support homicide suspect Kyle Rittenhouse was fired, authorities said Tuesday.  —  Lt. William Kelly, who worked in internal affairs for the Norfolk Police Department …
Ivana Saric / Axios:
House votes to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing  —  The House voted 350-71 Wednesday evening to pass legislation that would limit U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia as a consequence of the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi forces.
Discussion: Insider and Politico
Yassie Liow / The Iris:
A Rebuttal to Andrew Gutmann's Letter  —  On April 16, a snail mail letter from Andrew Gutmann, an angry parent at the Brearley School, arrived in the mailboxes of hundreds of community members.  The letter announced that Gutmann, a 45-year-old ex-investment banker, would be withdrawing …
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,” …
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 …
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
China behind another hack as U.S. cybersecurity issues mount  —  China is behind a newly discovered series of hacks against key targets in the U.S. government, private companies and the country's critical infrastructure, cybersecurity firm Mandiant said Wednesday.
New York Times:
Nation Faces ‘Hand-to-Hand Combat’ to Get Reluctant Americans Vaccinated  —  Half of American adults have received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine.  Now comes the hard part: persuading the other half to get it.  —  WASHINGTON — Now that President Biden has met his goal …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Ted Cruz rips ‘grossly irresponsible’ LeBron James after NBA star tweets 'you're next' at Columbus cop  —  James later deleted the tweet after backlash  —  LeBron James tweets photo of fin MaKhia Bryant shooting with caption 'You're Next'  —  LeBron James tweeting “you're next” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Ali Swenson / Associated Press:
Study lacks evidence on masks, isn't linked to Stanford
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Tim Scott hopes to reintroduce version of GOP police reform bill
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Were Brendan Hunt's Social Media Rants Free Speech or Illegal Threats?
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Michigan's Spring Covid-19 Surge Is Close to Previous Pandemic High
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Bill listing party ID for Ohio Supreme Court candidates clears Ohio Senate
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Luke Money / Los Angeles Times:
California's coronavirus case rate now the lowest in the continental U.S.
Discussion: The Week
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Biden's associate attorney general nominee Vanita Gupta confirmed after GOP senator breaks ranks
ProPublica:
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers