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9:10 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.
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 who watched say Biden's speech left them feeling optimistic  —  Biden: A nation in crisis is ‘on the move again’  —  (CNN)About half of Americans who watched President Joe Biden's address to Congress had a very positive reaction to the speech, and 71% said they walked away feeling …
Read Republican Sen. Tim Scott's response to Biden's address to Congress
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
New York Times:
Republican Rebuttal to Biden's Speech: Tim Scott's Full Transcript
New York Times:
Biden's Speech to Congress: Full Transcript
Andrea Mitchell / MSNBC:
Pelosi on Biden address: ‘We are so pleased with what has happened so far in the first 100 days’
Read President Joe Biden's first address to Congress
Discussion: NBC News and Los Angeles Times
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Harris and Pelosi make history at Biden's first address to Congress
Discussion: NPR, New York Times and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
ABC News:
Rudy Giuliani's home, office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe, sources tell ABC News  —  Sources say Giuliani's electronic devices were confiscated by authorities.  —  Feds consider Rudy Giuliani email probe … Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE
Discussion: 77 WABC, Raw Story and Insider
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Mediaite
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios 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 …
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.
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.
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 and NPR
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
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
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.
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.
Spencer Buell / Boston Magazine:
They Wanted to Call Roller World.  Instead They've Been Calling the New York Times  —  The calls come out of the blue.  He'll be relaxing on a weekend afternoon, wrapping up work on deadline, or chatting with friends on a Zoom call.  And then all of a sudden, his phone will buzz …
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Senate panel advances Biden's Postal Service nominees
Kevin Drum:
After the J&J Vaccine Pause, Daily Vaccination Rates Plummeted
Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Some Democrats Not Sold on Biden's Proposed Capital-Gains Tax Boost
Sam Brasch / Colorado Public Radio:
Polis Threatens To Veto Climate Action Bill
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
N.Y.P.D. Will Stop Using Robot Dog After Backlash
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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
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
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Cheney: ‘Wishful thinking’ by Trump she won't seek 4th term
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alex Bollinger / LGBTQ Nation:
Concerned father arrested while peacefully testifying against Arkansas trans health care ban
U.S. Department of Justice:
Three Georgia Men Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Attempted Kidnapping in Connection with the Death of Ahmaud Arbery

From Techmeme:

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

George Steer / Financial Times:
Nvidia closed down 10% on Friday, falling the most since March 2020 and losing more than $200B of its market value, as investors pull back from AI bets

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Hacking group GhostR claims it stole 5.3M records from World-Check screening database, used for KYC checks for sanctions and financial crime links, in March

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