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4:15 AM ET, April 30, 2021

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Washington Post:
FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign targeting Biden  —  The FBI warned Rudolph W. Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead …
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New York Times:
Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani's communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.  —  Two years ago, Rudolph W. Giuliani finally got one thing …
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Rudy Accuses Federal Prosecutors Of ‘Spying’ In New Tucker Carlson Meltdown Interview  —  Rudy Giuliani gave his first interview on Thursday following the FBI searches of his home and office, telling Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the DOJ had “spied on me.”
The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says  —  PEN PALS … The Daily Beast has obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon.  —  A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs  —  Matt Gaetz is going on tour.  With Marjorie Taylor Greene.  —  Rocked by a steady stream of leaks about a federal investigation into alleged sex crimes, the Florida congressman is planning to take his case on the road by holding rallies across …
Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene launching rally series
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.  Why did I seek his approval for so long?  —  More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey …
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Slate:
Blake Bailey's Students Worshipped Him.  They Trusted Him.  When They Grew Up, He Preyed On Them.  —  Before he was Philip Roth's biographer, Blake Bailey taught the eighth grade.  His students say he made them feel special.  They worshipped him.  They trusted him.  He used it all against them.
Discussion: Deseret News
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement … WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country insist more laws are needed to protect election integrity, Virginia Republicans have found themselves in a bit of a voter ID quagmire.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Sharp Divide at the Supreme Court Over a One-Letter Word  —  In an immigration ruling that scrambled the usual alliances, the justices differed over the significance of the article “a.”  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government must comply strictly …
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:   Supreme Court sides with undocumented immigrant fighting deportation
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Roberts, Gorsuch, and Barrett join liberals in immigration case
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Florida passes new voting law that includes restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes  —  Florida's Legislature on Thursday passed an election bill that includes new restrictions on drop boxes and voting by mail over concerns from Democrats and voting rights activists that the new restrictions amount to voter suppression.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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Brennan Center for Justice:
Election Experts Send Letter to the Department of Justice on Arizona Audits … Election experts wrote a letter to Chris Herren, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, requesting that he deploy federal monitors to the location of the Arizona audit.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments  —  Joe Rogan back-pedaled on statements he made on his podcast last week when he suggested young people who are healthy do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.  —  Why it matters: Rogan's comments drew swift backlash from critics, including multiple Biden officials.
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
At Least 44 Killed at Overcrowded Lag Ba'Omer Event in Northern Israel  —  More than 150 sustained injuries ■ Police deflect blame for deadly stampede  —  At least 44 people were killed at mass Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Mount Meron in northern Israel.
Wall Street Journal:
Tim Scott's GOP Revival Message  —  A powerful rebuttal to Joe Biden's big government agenda.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The worst job in Washington is delivering the out-of-power party's rebuttal to a President's address to Congress.  Invariably the poor soul looks small in comparison …
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The Ugly Reaction to Tim Scott's Speech Is Telling
Discussion: Twitchy and The Federalist
David Martosko / Newsweek:
U.S. Capitol Police to Be Sued for $10 Million for Killing Unarmed Rioter  —  The family of Ashli Babbitt—the only person shot during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol—plans to sue the U.S. Capitol Police department, and the officer who shot her, for at least $10 million, their attorney said.
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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt's family to seek $10 million from USCP in lawsuit
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
The World Knows Her as ‘Disaster Girl.’ She Just Made $500,000 Off the Meme.  —  Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month's NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.  —  The name Zoë Roth might not ring any bells.
Rachel Yang / Yahoo News:
Over 450 past Jeopardy contestants call on show to address alleged ‘white power’ symbol  —  UPDATE: Jeopardy contestant Kelly Donohue  —  issued a statement condemning white supremacy Thursday.  —  EARLIER: A growing list of more than 450 former  —  Jeopardy contestants are calling …
Daniel L. Schmutter / New York Post:
Court-packing isn't just a bad idea — it's downright unconstitutional  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are proposing a bill to “pack” the US Supreme Court by adding four new seats.  The obvious aim is to dilute the power of the current conservative majority.
Discussion: Reason
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
WATCH: Professor Berates Student For Calling Police ‘Heroes’  —  A professor at Cypress College in Southern California berated a student during a Zoom class for calling the police “heroes.”  —  During a communications class, Braden Ellis gave a presentation about “cancel culture” and why it is …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history … By Mike Hixenbaugh, Suzy Khimm, Perla Trevizo, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune, Ren Larson, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune and Lexi Churchill, ProPublica/The Texas Tribune
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
What Covid-19 Vaccine Skeptics Have in Common  —  Identifying those psychological traits may help health officials convince the sizable minority of Americans who don't want a coronavirus vaccine.  Simply sharing information hasn't worked.  —  For years, scientists and doctors have treated vaccine skepticism as a knowledge problem.
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co. … EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter infiltrates North Bay anti-fascist group  —  SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking comments were made during an online meeting of far-left activists in Sonoma County …
Deadline:
Joe Biden's Address To Congress Snares 22.6M Viewers In Near Final Numbers; Way Down From Trump As ABC Tops Broadcast & Cable - Update  —  UPDATED, 12:56 PM PT: Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress drew 22.6 million viewers across seven major networks.
Politico:
U.S. probing suspected directed-energy attack on government personnel in Miami  —  U.S. officials are investigating a suspected directed-energy attack on federal government personnel in Miami last year, as well as at least two other incidents involving U.S. officials on American soil, according to people familiar with the investigation.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Hillary Clinton, Condi Rice concerned about Afghan troop withdrawal  —  Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee they're worried about President Biden's plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with Rice suggesting the U.S. may need to go back, Axios has learned.
National Post:
Matt Taibbi: Congressional Democrats heroic fight to save the rich  —  Josh Gottheimer, Democrat of New Jersey, made an inspired plea recently.  The Harvard man and Alpha Epsilon Pi brother is a member of the so-called “SALT caucus,” a group of congressfolk threatening to hold …
Discussion: CNN
NBC News:
As forgeries spread, CDC tells states to pull vaccination card templates from web  —  Specific directions showing how to forge Covid-19 vaccination cards have proliferated on conspiracy, pro-Trump and anti-vaccination forums throughout the internet in recent weeks, as users have exploited a largely makeshift verification system.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Coalition calls on Biden to form disinformation task force  —  A coalition of groups is calling on President Biden to create a task force that can explore ways to crack down on deliberate disinformation campaigns in ways that don't unduly limit free expression.
 
 
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USA Today:
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Ron Charles / Washington Post:
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Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
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Fox News Channel Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
James D. Walsh / New York Magazine:
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