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10:35 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.
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden's $400,000 tax cap for individual earnings, not joint filers
Discussion: Bloomberg and Insider
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 …
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Most viewers approve of Biden's speech  —  Most viewers who tuned in to watch President Biden's speech liked what they heard and came away feeling optimistic about America.  —  Speech viewers described the president as “Presidential, “Caring,” “Inspiring” and “Bold.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden's Speech Offers an Alternate Reality for Democrats to Love, After Four Years of Trumpian Fantasy  —  The President, channelling his inner Elizabeth Warren, pitches an American utopia after a dystopian plague year.  —  Candidate Joe Biden campaigned as the centrist exemplar of a return …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Everything you need to know about Biden's speech to Congress
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.
Benjamin Din / Politico:
‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response  —  Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday accused Democrats of using race as a political weapon in order to pass their agenda.  —  “Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants,” he said.  “It's far too important.”
Read Republican Sen. Tim Scott's response to Biden's address to Congress
New York Times:
Republican Rebuttal to Biden's Speech: Tim Scott's Full Transcript
Rudy Giuliani Common Sense Podcast:
Statement by Robert J. Costello on April 28, 2021  —  Rudolph Giuliani has authorized Robert J. Costello to release the following statement regarding the events on April 28, 2021:  —  The Biden department of justice has completely ignored clear evidence (which the FBI has had for over a year) …
New York Post:
Biden's first big speech to Congress bombs on all counts  —  President Biden's speech Wednesday night failed on all counts: It didn't sell his latest spending plan, it didn't sell his larger agenda — and, worst of all, it didn't sell him.  —  Start with the utterly bizarre “mask theater.”
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
‘It could destroy our country:’ Trump slams Biden for border crisis in response to speech  —  Former President Donald Trump warned that the ongoing immigration crisis “could destroy our country,” blaming the Biden administration for the recent surges at the southern border.
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Cheney: ‘Wishful thinking’ by Trump she won't seek 4th term
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
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, NPR, USA Today and Vox
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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, UPI, Joe.My.God. and The Week
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.
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 …
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 …
Advantage, GOP  —  Why Democrats have to win large majorities in order to govern while Republicans don't need majorities at all  —  In tennis, the two players switch sides of the court after every odd game — to even out any advantages that one player might have due to the sun.
Arundhati Roy / The Guardian:
‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India's Covid catastrophe  —  It's hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to.  Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain
The Daily Beast:
They Went to D.C. on Jan. 6.  Now They're Running for Office.  —  A slew of participants in the rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol—and some who appear to have gone further than that—are now campaigning for votes.  —  On Jan. 5, Charles Herbster claims, he was at Donald Trump's Washington …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
In Whitmer kidnapping plot, extremists also wanted to blow up a bridge, tried to buy explosives, feds say  —  Last September, as two would-be kidnappers made their way to the vacation home of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) for nighttime surveillance, the pair made a pit stop at a nearby highway bridge, according to prosecutors.
Discussion: Raw Story and BuzzFeed News
Daniel Gullotta / The Critic Magazine:
What can Never Trump learn from the nineteenth century's Free Soilers?  —  What next for the Never Trump Republicans?  Their bête noire may be out of the White House, but the Donald's influence over the GOP endures.  Some, like Bill Kristol, have made the case for continued support for Joe Biden and allying with the Democrats.
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Alex Bollinger / LGBTQ Nation:
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
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