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1:00 PM ET, April 24, 2021


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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Biden calls mass killing of Armenians a ‘genocide’ in break with previous presidents  —  President Biden recognized the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 as a genocide Saturday, a designation that U.S. presidents long avoided for fear of damaging the U.S.-Turkey relationship.
Ryan Gingeras / Washington Post:
The U.S. formally recognized the Armenian genocide.  Why now, a century later?  —  This move signals a shift in the U.S. relationship with Turkey.  —  On April 24, the Biden administration will formally recognize the Armenian genocide that took place a century ago.
New York Times:
As Covid-19 Devastates India, Deaths Go Undercounted  —  Fatalities have been overlooked or downplayed, understating the human toll of the country's outbreak, which accounts for nearly half of all new cases in a global surge.  —  NEW DELHI — India's coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding …
Discussion: Forbes and Daily Kos
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 …
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
The Right to Crash Cars Into People  —  Earlier this week, Florida Republicans enacted a law they claimed would prevent riots in the state.  Its real purpose, of course, was to discourage protesting and punish demonstrators.  One of the bill's provisions has received a fair amount of national attention …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Adam Wren / Insider:
This millennial GOP congressman voted to impeach Trump.  Now he's trying to save his party from going off a cliff. … The GOP freshman congressman who purchased a flak jacket following his “aye” vote for President Donald Trump's impeachment walked into what was once Grand Rapids' largest funeral home …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
The fading GOP establishment moves to support Cheney as Trump attacks and McCarthy keeps his distance  —  Following her vote to impeach Donald Trump, Rep. Liz Cheney has received a groundswell of financial support from the most powerful figures in traditional GOP politics and the corporate world.
Discussion: Raw Story
Franklin Leonard / New York Times:
Hollywood's Anti-Black Bias Costs It $10 Billion a Year  —  If the industry won't change on principle, it can at least change for the money.  Reform would enrich people of color, and everyone else.  —  Days after a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, suffocated George Floyd and the video went viral …
Danielle Demetriou / Yahoo News:
Japanese man arrested after dating 35 women at the same time in bid to ‘get birthday presents’  —  A Japanese man has been arrested after reportedly dating more than 35 women at the same time.  —  Takashi Miyagawa, a part-time worker, is being investigated for allegedly defrauding dozens …
Washington Post:
Minutes before Trump left office, millions of the Pentagon's dormant IP addresses sprang to life  —  After decades of not using a huge chunk of the Internet, the Pentagon has given control of millions of computer addresses to a previously unknown company in an effort to identify possible cyber vulnerabilities and threats
Washington Post:
As pandemic surges anew, global envy and anger over U.S. vaccine abundance  —  As India announced grim records — the highest daily coronavirus infection tallies in a single country — Americans were enjoying a spring of vaccine abundance.  —  In India, just 1.4 percent of the population …
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.
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 and CBS News
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’
Iris Samuels / USA Today:
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signs bill nullifying federal gun restrictions  —  Iris SamuelsReport for America/Associated Press  —  HELENA, Montana — Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday signed a bill that prohibits state and local law enforcement in Montana from enforcing federal bans on firearms, ammunition and magazines.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and BizPac Review
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
George W. Bush Can't Paint His Way Out of Hell The chilling spectacle of watching the political class redeem a criminal, again.  —  I am not an art critic, but I don't think George W. Bush's new portraits are very good.  They inspire nothing but malaise and communicate a dilettante energy.
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and Breitbart
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.
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 …
Ilya Shapiro / Washington Examiner:
The voter suppression lie  —  The voting wars have flared up again, though they've never really been far from the national political debate since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, or the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder in 2013 — or really Bush v. Gore in 2000.
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.
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Texas Republicans Targeting Voting Access Find Their Bull's-Eye: Cities  —  In Houston, election officials found creative ways to help a struggling and diverse work force vote in a pandemic.  Record turnout resulted.  Now the G.O.P. is targeting those very measures.
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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Foxconn Finally Admits Con  —  But Wisconsin remains on the hook for as much as $1.34 billion for the doomed project.  The folly of throwing money at corporations as a jobs strategy has never been clearer.  —  Luminaries and politicians including former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
Discussion: The Western Journal and Daily Kos
George Will / Washington Post:
Why capital punishment is finally coming to an end  —  The death of capital punishment in the United States is not only desirable but also paradoxical.  Attempts to make this practice constitutional have enveloped it with ever-more-refined procedural safeguards intended to make it compatible …
Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Kamala isn't at the southern border — but migrant kids are getting Veep's book  —  Vice President Kamala Harris hasn't been to the border to address a crisis she was tasked to help fix — but a children's book she wrote is waiting there for young migrants who are being welcomed into the country.
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and Power Line
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: An outrage from the FBI  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  AN OUTRAGE FROM THE FBI.  On June 14, 2017, a team of Republican lawmakers went to an athletic field in Alexandria …
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Evidence in Trump supporter's trial suggests he espoused Nazi ideals  —  NEW YORK — An impassioned supporter of former president Donald Trump, on trial for allegedly advocating the “slaughter” of influential Democrats after the U.S. Capitol riot, also espoused Nazi ideology and suggested …
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Iran talks: ‘We are not going to pay anything upfront,’ senior administration official tells Jewish leaders
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Julia Belluz / Vox:
Vietnam defied the experts and sealed its border to keep Covid-19 out. It worked.
Discussion: HotAir and Twitchy
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Virginia GOP won't let Orthodox Jews vote absentee in Sabbath-day convention
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Los Angeles Times:
California Guard members feared fighter jet would be ordered to frighten protesters
Discussion: Raw Story
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
Why Aren't We Celebrating Operation Warp Speed?
Adam Klasfeld / Law & Crime:
Oath Keeper's Chilling Exchange About Nancy Pelosi Keeps Him Behind Bars in Capitol Siege Case
Robert A. George / Bloomberg:
Police Reformers Need to Pick Their Battles
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