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3:55 AM ET, April 24, 2021


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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.
Will Oremus / Slate:
What Substack Is Really Doing to the Media
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Capitol rioter arrested after being turned in by match on online dating app Bumble  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has charged a Capitol rioter who was turned in by someone he matched with on the dating app Bumble, after he bragged about his exploits on January 6.
Discussion: KHON2, New York Post, CBS News and Raw Story
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Capitol riot suspect arrested after Bumble match alerts feds … A New York man who boasted to his Bumble match about storming the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot was arrested Thursday after his would-be date contacted authorities, according to court documents.
Discussion: and CBS New York
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
He boasted on Bumble about storming Capitol, feds say. His would-be date turned him in: ‘We are not a match’
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Justice Dept. now expects to charge more than 500 in Capitol riot probe
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Dems won't post $1M bond, so election audit won't be paused  —  A brief weekend pause in the Arizona Senate's election audit that a judge ordered on Friday won't happen because the Arizona Democratic Party declined to put up a $1 million bond that the judge requested to cover any expenses …
Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
First day of Arizona Senate election audit nearly stopped before it began.  Here's what happened  —  The first day of an unprecedented recount of every ballot cast by Maricopa County voters during last year's general election almost did not happen Friday.  —  A court battle nearly stopped it.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
GOP-backed recount of Maricopa County ballots appears on track to move forward after initial pause ordered by Arizona judge
Rich Mendez / CNBC:
MIT researchers say you're no safer from Covid indoors at 6 feet or 60 feet in new study challenging social distancing policies  — An MIT study showed that people who maintain 60 feet of distance from others indoors are no more protected than if they socially distanced by just 6 feet.
Discussion: Twitchy, OutKick, TheBlaze and Instapundit
Robert A. George / Bloomberg:
Police Reformers Need to Pick Their Battles
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia GOP won't let Orthodox Jews vote absentee in Sabbath-day convention  —  RICHMOND — Republican Party leaders have rejected a plea to let Orthodox Jews and others with religious obligations on Saturdays vote absentee in the GOP's May 8 nominating convention, in which the party will choose …
Gaetz probe includes scrutiny of potential public corruption tied to medical marijuana industry  —  Women detail late-night parties with Gaetz  —  (CNN)Federal authorities are looking into whether a 2018 trip to the Bahamas involving Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz and several young women …
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Oath Keeper's Chilling Exchange About Nancy Pelosi Keeps Him Behind Bars in Capitol Siege Case  —  An Oath Keepers leader's chilling correspondence with another person who allegedly fantasized about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's “head rolling down the front steps” persuaded a federal judge …
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.
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart  —  WASHINGTON - Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
U.S. Department of Justice:
Florida Family Indicted for Selling Toxic Bleach as Fake “Miracle” Cure for Covid-19 and Other Serious Diseases, and for Violating Court Orders  —  Defendants Accused of Attempting to Avoid Government Regulation by Selling Products Through a Company They Deceptively Named “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing”
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.
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
After Testing the World's Limits, Putin Steps Back From the Brink  —  The Russian president pulled back troops from Ukraine's border and relented on medical treatment for his nemesis Aleksei A. Navalny, after a performance blending fear and force to affirm his power.
Benjamin Din / Politico:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw ‘hopeful and confident’ of recovery following emergency eye surgery  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Friday that his emergency eye surgery “went very well,” although he still had “a while to go” before he was fully recovered.  —  “I can lift my head up again and no longer …
Rich Americans Face Biden Tax Hike With Anger, Denial and Grief  — Investors irked by plan for capital gains tax of up to 43.4%  — The proposal strikes at the heart of widening U.S. wealth gap  —  Charles Myers was sitting in a first-class seat on a flight from New York to Dallas when his phone started blowing up Thursday.
Denise Lu / New York Times:
‘Excess Deaths’ in 2020 Surpassed Those of 1918 Flu Pandemic  —  Death rate above and below normal in the U.S.  —15% -10% -5% +5% +10% +15% 1910 1918 1933 1950 2000 2020  —  Data before 1933 do not include all states.  —  1918 flu pandemic  —  A surge in deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic created …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Iran talks: ‘We are not going to pay anything upfront,’ senior administration official tells Jewish leaders  —  In a call with Jewish American leaders on Friday, a senior Biden administration official assured that the U.S. will not provide Iran any sanctions relief until an agreement …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Myanmar: Military chief set to make first foreign trip since coup  —  The head of the Myanmar military is set to meet international leaders, in what will be his first known foreign trip since the army took power in a coup.  —  General Min Aung Hlaing is scheduled to attend an Asean regional summit …
Discussion: New York Times
Los Angeles Times:
California Guard members feared fighter jet would be ordered to frighten protesters  —  In March of last year, California National Guard members awaited orders from Sacramento headquarters to make preparations for any civil unrest that might arise from the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
Why Aren't We Celebrating Operation Warp Speed?  —  Partisanship shouldn't prevent us from recognizing our own achievements.  —  5 hr ago  —  About half of all U.S. adults have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.  While the pandemic is far from over, our rapid pace of vaccination …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Biden to Say Armenians Suffered Genocide.  Here's Why It Matters.  —  Events more than 100 years ago during the breakup of the Ottoman Empire are back in the news, with President Biden's intention to declare the killing of 1.5 million Armenians a genocide.  —  At the risk of infuriating Turkey …
The White House:
President Biden Announces Key Administration Nominations in National Security … WASHINGTON - Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve in key national security positions in his Administration.  — Brenda Sue Fulton …
Keir Giles / Chatham House – International …:
Europe must admit Russia is waging war  —  The persistent lack of response from the EU, NATO, or individual countries only convinces Russia it is free to carry out attacks across Europe with impunity.  —  EXPERT COMMENT  —  The bad news from Russia continues to come thick and fast …
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Evidence in Trump supporter's trial suggests he espoused Nazi ideals
Discussion: HuffPost
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Merrick Garland and Law-Enforcement Leaders to Confer on Federal Role in Policing
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Sarah Boseley / The Guardian:
Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial
Discussion: Al Jazeera and spiked
Julia Belluz / Vox:
Vietnam defied the experts and sealed its border to keep Covid-19 out. It worked.
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Katherine Clarke / Wall Street Journal:
The Newest Status Symbol for High-Net Worth Homeowners: Trophy Trees
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Low-Skill Workers Aren't a Problem to Be Fixed
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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Brad Schrade / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Businesswoman image key to Marjorie Taylor Greene's rise
New York Times:
U.K. Far Right, Lifted by Trump, Now Turns to Russia
Washington Post:
Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Andrew Solender / Forbes:
GOP Sen. Ron Jonhson Criticizes ‘Big Push’ To Get Everyone Vaccinated