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8:40 AM ET, April 24, 2021


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New York Times:
The F.D.A. ended its recommended pause on the J.&J. vaccine, clearing the way for states to use it again.  —  The Food and Drug Administration ended its recommended pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine on Friday and will add a warning to its label to note the potential risk of rare blood clots.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
U.S. lifts pause on use of J&J's Covid-19 vaccine
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
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.
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
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.
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
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Low-Skill Workers Aren't a Problem to Be Fixed  —  Recently, I was mesmerized by a prep cook.  At a strip-mall Korean restaurant, I caught a glimpse of the kitchen and stood dumbfounded for a few minutes, watching a guy slicing garnishes, expending half the energy I would if I were doing the same at home and at twice the speed.
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
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 …
Sophia Ankel / Insider:
Trump says he does not miss ‘very boring’ Twitter and claims his press releases are ‘more elegant’  — Donald Trump told Fox News this week that Twitter has become “very boring” without him.  — The former president said that he prefers communicating via his “more elegant” press releases.
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 …
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
Robert A. George / Bloomberg:
Police Reformers Need to Pick Their Battles  —  The conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd owes a lot to social media, which brought before millions of eyes the mobile-phone footage of a brave Black teenager named Darnella Frazier.
Discussion: The Jeffrey Lord and Mediaite
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
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.
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”
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: Al Jazeera and New York Times
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
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 …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
‘Lost in the shuffle’: Republicans battle around Biden — for now  —  Republicans have spent the past few months under President Joe Biden waging a campaign against “cancel culture” and locking horns with corporate America.  —  In state Legislatures, GOP lawmakers have prioritized contentious bills …
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 …
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 …
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
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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: Pharyngula, 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
Keir Giles / Chatham House – International …:
Europe must admit Russia is waging war
Discussion: Washington Post and TIME
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
California Gov. Newsom raising money by tying Caitlyn Jenner to Trump
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
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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