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9:35 AM ET, April 29, 2021


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The White House:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress … Madame Speaker.  —  Madame Vice President.  —  No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it's about time.  —  The First Lady.  —  The Second Gentleman.  —  Mr. Chief Justice.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden's big speech tonight is like no other  —  Joe Biden is closing in on the first 100 days of his presidency, having far exceeded some goals - he smashed his vaccination target - and having fallen short of others, such as his pledge to dramatically raise the refugee cap.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Biden Just Gave the Most Ideologically Ambitious Speech of Any Democratic President in Generations
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:
Joe Biden is full of solutions looking for problems
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Biden's speech to joint session of Congress: Live updates
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Senate Democrats resist Biden's $1.8 trillion pay-for plan  —  President Biden will ask Congress to pay for the entirety of his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, yet some Democratic senators want him to finance it with deficit spending, lawmakers and their aides tell Axios.
New York Times:
Republican Rebuttal to Biden's Speech: Tim Scott's Full Transcript
Read Republican Sen. Tim Scott's response to Biden's address to Congress
Benjamin Din / Politico:
‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response
New York Times:
Biden's Speech to Congress: Full Transcript
New York Times:
Federal Investigators Execute Search Warrant at Rudy Giuliani's Apartment  —  Prosecutors obtained the warrant as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump's personal lawyer.  —  Federal investigators in Manhattan executed a search warrant …
Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Trump supporter found guilty of threatening to kill members of Congress after Jan. 6 insurrection  —  NEW YORK — Brendan Hunt, an enthusiastic Trump supporter who called for killing members of Congress days after the Jan. 6 insurrection, was found guilty Wednesday of making a death threat against elected officials.
Karen Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Stocks Are Off to Best Start to a Presidential Term Since Great Depression  —  S&P 500 has risen 10% since Mr. Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration  —  The stock market is set to close out President Biden's first 100 days in office on Thursday with its best start to a presidential term since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House  —  Washington (CNN)Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ted Cruz / Wall Street Journal:
Your Woke Money Is No Good Here  —  Corporations have taken advantage of Republicans for too long.  I won't take their PAC dollars anymore.  —  Georgia's new election law runs 98 generously spaced pages.  A fast reader can get through it in one sitting.  If you're the CEO of a major corporation …
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grew Robustly in First Quarter  —  GDP grew 6.4% in the first quarter as the government distributed Covid-19 stimulus checks and consumers stepped up spending  —  U.S. gross domestic product rose at a 6.4% annual rate in the first quarter, expanding a consumer-led rebound from the pandemic.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive data: Biden staffing makes history  —  President Biden put his Cabinet in place faster than any other administration since President Reagan, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel says in a report provided first to Axios.  —  By the numbers: Biden has announced his intent …
New York Times:
Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll  —  Aides to the New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, repeatedly prevented state health officials from releasing the number of nursing home deaths in the pandemic.  —  The effort by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office to obscure the pandemic death toll …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
De Blasio says New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC Thursday that New York City plans to “fully reopen” on July 1, with no restrictions on restaurants, retail, or any other business.  —  Why it matters: It will be a major milestone …
Discussion: The Hill, Joe.My.God. and The Week
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Feds plan to indict Chauvin, other three ex-officers on civil rights charges  —  Ex-cop would face federal charges in two cases; three others just in Floyd case.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Leading up to Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Justice Department officials had spent months gathering evidence …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump's Battle to Win the First 100 Days  —  There's not just one 100-day clock that's reached its peak this week—there are two.  —  First, of course, is Joe Biden's—the collective assessment of what he's said and done since his inauguration as the 46th president on January 20.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR and Vox
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Vaccine rollout indicts Canada's government health care system  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  For years the left has told Americans their health care system is too expensive, inefficient and will better serve everyone so long as it is fully run and controlled by the federal government.
Ed Lavandera / CNN:
GOP precinct chair in Texas arrested in US Capitol riot  —  Dallas (CNN)A Texas man arrested for storming the US Capitol and assaulting police officers on January 6 also serves as a Republican Party precinct chair and has been an election poll worker in north Texas.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Senate panel advances Biden's Postal Service nominees  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced President Biden's nominees for the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a final confirmation vote in the full chamber.  —  Members of the Homeland Security …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Roll The Tape: CNN's New Day Claims to be Straight News, But Adopts Dunks-and-Owns Format  —  The new New Day debuted last week on CNN.  Brianna Keilar is now the co-host alongside John Berman.  The show's reboot comes with a new attitude as they chase audience share.
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Cheney: ‘Wishful thinking’ by Trump she won't seek 4th term  —  CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Speculation by former President Donald Trump that she won't seek re-election next year is “wishful thinking,” Liz Cheney said Wednesday.  —  Trump suggested Tuesday that Wyoming's congresswoman would become a lobbyist or …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Kevin Drum:
After the J&J Vaccine Pause, Daily Vaccination Rates Plummeted  —  A couple of weeks ago we were arguing about the public effect of the CDC's pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Would it make people more confident in vaccines because it shows that the CDC is really on the job?
Sam Brasch / Colorado Public Radio:
Polis Threatens To Veto Climate Action Bill … Gov. Jared Polis has threatened to veto a climate action bill from state lawmakers in his own party, escalating a battle among Colorado Democrats over how to reduce the state's contribution to global warming.  —  In a conversation …
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
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The Daily Beast:
They Went to D.C. on Jan. 6. Now They're Running for Office.
Arundhati Roy / The Guardian:
‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India's Covid catastrophe
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Some Democrats Not Sold on Biden's Proposed Capital-Gains Tax Boost
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
N.Y.P.D. Will Stop Using Robot Dog After Backlash
Jake Dima / Washington Examiner:
Biden renews push for ‘assault weapon’ ban and prohibition on ‘ghost guns’
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color, study finds
Discussion: Earther and New York Times
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Delivers Emergency COVID-19 Assistance for India
Discussion: Axios, Fox News and The Week
Greg Suskin / WSOC-TV:
‘I did a stupid thing’: Volunteer fire chief apologizes for racially charged social media post
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Jonah Goldberg / The Dispatch:
Outrage Overload  —  You will be assimilated into the rage machine.  —  1 hr ago
Alex Bollinger / LGBTQ Nation:
Concerned father arrested while peacefully testifying against Arkansas trans health care ban
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Alex Oh Resigns from SEC; Melissa Hodgman Named Acting Director of Enforcement
Discussion: Bloomberg
Spencer Buell / Boston Magazine:
They Wanted to Call Roller World. Instead They've Been Calling the New York Times
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Georgia Men Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Attempted Kidnapping in Connection with the Death of Ahmaud Arbery