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2:50 PM ET, April 23, 2021

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Axios:
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner makes it official for California governor  —  Former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California and will officially announce her bid later today, her campaign tells Axios.
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NBC News:
Republicans say Newsom recall is all about the virus. That's not how it started
Discussion: Reason
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
GOP Sen. Ron Jonhson Criticizes ‘Big Push’ To Get Everyone Vaccinated  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) on Thursday questioned the “big push” to ensure everyone is vaccinated against coronavirus, putting him at odds with many of his Senate Republican colleagues who have attempted to close the partisan gap in vaccination rates.
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Jonathan VanBoskerck / Orlando Sentinel:
I love Disney World, but wokeness is ruining the experience |  Commentary  —  My family and I have been loyal Disney customers for decades.  We vacation at Disney World every year.  We take a Disney cruise every year or two.  Consequently, we spend way too much money in Orlando.
Discussion: Raw Story and Gothamist
Will Oremus / Slate:
What Substack Is Really Doing to the Media  —  This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted a rare, live, hourlong interview to a tech journalist, where he revealed the company's plans for a slew of new audio products.  Normally, such a scoopy, wide-ranging interview would be a coup for the media company that landed it.
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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
The New York Times is readying a big newsletter push as Substack tries to poach its top writers with advances worth hundreds of thousands  — The New York Times is readying a newsletter push as Substack comes after top journalists.  — Substack offered opinion writer Liz Bruenig a $200,000 advance, double her Times salary.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
After Chauvin's conviction for Floyd murder, DOJ weighs charging him for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source  —  The judge in Chauvin's murder trial didn't let lawyers bring up the incident.  —  DOJ reportedly looking into 2017 incident between Chauvin and Black teen
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Lou Raguse / KARE-TV:
'I wish it didn't have to happen': Alternate juror reflects on Derek Chauvin trial
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrat Joe Manchin says there's one GOP senator he'd endorse ‘in a heartbeat’  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin bucked his own party's political operation in 2020 by endorsing a Republican.  Now, he's doing it again.  —  The West Virginia senator is backing Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski's reelection bid …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Manchin endorses Murkowski, and the border crisis Trump saw coming
Tom LoBianco / Insider:
Donald Trump plots temporary move from Mar-a-Lago north to New Jersey  — The Trump National Golf Club Bedminster will serve as the former president's summer base.  — Expect New Jersey to become the new center of Republican politics for a few months.  — Trump will gain easy access …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Balloon Juice
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Biden scores record high approval rating among young voters, according to new poll  —  It's Friday.  We made it.  It's still National Park Week - hope everyone can get a little fresh air this weekend.  This is the Power Up newsletter; thanks for waking up with us.  See you on Monday.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Biden will unveil eye-popping new tax rates for wealthiest Americans  —  Officials haven't made clear whether the rate would apply in 2021 or 2022.
Rana Ayyub / TIME:
‘This Is Hell.’ Prime Minister Modi's Failure to Lead Is Deepening India's COVID-19 Crisis  —  Ayyub is an Indian journalist and the author of Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up  —  Dr. Jalil Parkar, one of India's leading pulmonologists, wears his exhaustion on his face.
Brad Schrade / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Businesswoman image key to Marjorie Taylor Greene's rise  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene relentlessly repeated her central argument: Democrats were destroying the country, and she was ready to fight them.In stump speeches and on social media posts, in television ads and on campaign signs …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Politico:
It's been exactly one year since Trump suggested injecting bleach.  We've never been the same.  —  One year ago today, President Donald Trump took to the White House briefing room and encouraged his top health officials to study the injection of bleach into the human body as a means of fighting Covid.
Discussion: Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Anita Kumar / Politico:
The border turned out to be a better attack on Biden than even Republicans thought  —  When Donald Trump took his final trip as president to the southwest border in January, the publicly stated purpose was to tout his record.  Privately, however, his Republican allies had hatched a plan …
The Times of Israel:
Dozens hurt, arrested in Old City clash as extremist Jews chant ‘Death to Arabs’  —  Arab counter-protesters also skirmish with police trying to keep groups apart; 105 Palestinians, 20 officers injured as cops use water cannons, stun grenades against rock throwers  — 1,840 shares
Smithsonian's National Zoo:
Smithsonian To Reopen Seven Museums and the National Zoo in May  —  All Other Smithsonian Museums Remain Temporarily Closed … The Smithsonian will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, Wednesday, May 5.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Tim Scott often talks about his grandfather and cotton.  There's more to that tale.  —  My grandfather “suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third-grader to pick cotton, and never learned to read or write. ...  Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Herschel Walker rumors blocking top Republicans in Senate race  —  The former Bulldog great Herschel Walker is still making noise about a U.S. Senate bid, floating the possibility of a campaign against Democrat Raphael Warnock to a growing number of media outlets while refusing …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
US begins to move equipment out of Afghanistan and approves deployment of forces to protect withdrawal operations  —  National security adviser on Afghanistan's future after US pullout  —  (CNN)The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is now underway with equipment being packed and shipped out, three defense officials tell CNN.
Washington Post:
Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging  —  On Aug. 4, 2019, the day after a gunman who had posted a hateful diatribe against Hispanics fatally shot 23 people at an El Paso Walmart, a leader of a tea party group in Texas said on Facebook …
New York Times:
U.K. Far Right, Lifted by Trump, Now Turns to Russia  —  The anti-Islam agitator Tommy Robinson struck gold in America.  Keeping it might require help from Moscow, where other British far-right activists are also finding friends.  —  LONDON — Two days after supporters …
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Why The U.S. Should Be Shipping Its Vaccines to the Rest of the World—Right Now  —  It's time to vaccinate the world.  —  Last year, America led the world in coronavirus deaths.  We were a cautionary tale, a country to be avoided.  The rest of the world looked at us in pity …
Brian Contreras / Los Angeles Times:
How Trump's zombie Facebook page became a weird internet memorial  —  At first glance, Donald Trump's Facebook page seems like it's been dead for months.  —  The former president's last post is dated 3:14 p.m. Jan. 6, 2021, the afternoon of the Capitol riots, as he called for “everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful.”
Josh Hammer / MSN:
The Toxicity of the Permanent Outrage Mentality  —  The conviction of disgraced former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on both manslaughter and murder charges ought to be, at least in theory, a seminal moment for a country hoping to foster a greater civic unity and recoil …
Politico:
Demings ‘seriously considering’ challenging DeSantis or Rubio  —  Florida Rep. Val Demings said she's “seriously considering” a statewide bid against Sen. Marco Rubio or Gov. Ron DeSantis, boosting Democratic hopes in a battleground state that's growing increasingly red.
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Some mass vaccination sites in U.S. begin to close as some demand falls.  —  Some county health departments that a month ago couldn't keep up with vaccine demand have now started closing some of their mass vaccination sites for lack of customers, and some counties are declining vaccine shipments.
Vulture:
Scott Rudin, As Told by His Assistants A portrait of a toxic workplace.  —  Like Harvey Weinstein before him, Scott Rudin has been called an “open secret” throughout the entertainment industry.  For decades, the megaproducer — one of only 16 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Trump gives thumbs up on Post's push for lifesaving COVID vaccine  —  The Post's push to get New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated against the coronavirus is drawing a big thumbs-up from Donald Trump.  The former president is on board with the campaign to get more people immunized …
Bobby Burack / OutKick:
Tucker Carlson Goes One-on-One With OutKick  —  Tucker Carlson sat down, one on one with OutKick for a deep conversation about the problems that face our country.  We got into what we are told to believe, the lies we hear, and who we are as a country.  We also discuss the media's role and their fear of the word “why.”
Discussion: Twitchy and The Daily Caller
David Brooks / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Is Getting Even Worse  —  Trumpians are having a venomous panic attack.  —  Those of us who had hoped America would calm down when we no longer had Donald Trump spewing poison from the Oval Office have been sadly disabused.  There are increasing signs that the Trumpian base is radicalizing.
Regina M. Egea / RealClearPolicy:
New Jersey's Self-Inflicted Fiscal Woes May Bring Statewide Property Tax  —  Bipartisan legislative concern is brewing over the self-inflicted crisis that lies ahead for New Jersey.  Governor Phil Murphy's (D) proposed budget would increase spending by 7.2% above this year.
 
 
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Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Biden to make first overseas trip in office to UK, EU
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Political Wire
Valeria Ricciulli / Curbed:
In Conversation With Dianne Morales, the Tenants' Candidate
Fred Barnes / Washington Examiner:
My next big change: Retirement
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan Group Backs Gas-Tax Increase to Fund Infrastructure
Discussion: Forbes and The Daily Caller
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Rising Incomes Render Republican Strategy Obsolete
Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course
Washington Post:
These are the pro-vaccine messages people want to hear
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
White House writes off Johnson & Johnson vaccine after string of production failures
Discussion: Associated Press
Will Wilkinson / Model Citizen:
The Anti-Majoritarian Mistake  —  Jonah Goldberg thinks liberal societies don't need much democracy.
Discussion: Pawprints
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Why Is Trump Going to War Here?  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  The crowd crammed …
Associated Press:
US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses
Discussion: We Love Trump, CNBC and Joe.My.God.
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Courage of Our Convictions  —  Critical race theory is fast becoming America's …
Discussion: The New Neo
Associated Press:
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Administration Is Over, but the Trump Crisis Is Not