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12:40 PM ET, April 29, 2021

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CNN:
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 …
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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.
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.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden's big speech tonight is like no other
CNN:   CNN Poll: Americans want bipartisanship, but most don't think it will happen
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Biden Seeks Shift in How the Nation Serves Its People
New York Times:
Biden's Speech to Congress: Full Transcript
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
'They're Very Ungracious People': Trump Rails at Biden Admin for Not Acknowledging His ‘Accomplishments’ in Office  —  Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo primed former President Donald Trump to go on the attack against Joe Biden's administration for not doing more to recognize the “accomplishments” of his predecessor.
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Fox Business:
Trump: I'm ‘committed’ to this country like ‘never before’
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy Beaman / Washington Examiner:
‘It could destroy our country:’ Trump slams Biden for border crisis in response to speech
Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
Cheney: ‘Wishful thinking’ by Trump she won't seek 4th term
CNN:
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: Raw Story, The Week and Joe.My.God.
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Benjamin Din / Politico:
‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response
CNN:
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) …
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NBC News:
Big government is back. Can the Trump-influenced GOP stop it?
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden's $400,000 tax cap for individual earnings, not joint filers  —  President Biden's promise not to raise taxes on Americans who make less than $400,000 only applies to individuals — not married couples filing jointly, a White House official clarified to Axios on Wednesday.
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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 …
Discussion: Forbes and Washington Examiner
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Everything you need to know about Biden's speech to Congress
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: NPR, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Vox
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 …
FiveThirtyEight:
Advantage, GOP  —  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.  Democracy is no tennis game, but it is nevertheless a competition.  —  And in the U.S., the competition is far from fair.
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.”
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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 …
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. Labor Secretary says most gig workers should be classified as employees  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden's top labor official said most gig workers in the United States should be classified as “employees” deserving of related benefits, in what could be a policy shift …
Discussion: Reason
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.
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
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
With masks and distancing, Biden's speech sent the wrong message about the power of our vaccines  —  With his speech before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden missed his biggest opportunity to reduce vaccine hesitancy.  —  The problem wasn't the content of his speech — it was the setting.
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Biden's abortion rights stance triggers coming debate among Catholic bishops on Communion  —  Having a U.S. president who attends Mass week after week and talks about his faith is powerful to millions of American Catholics.  But to millions of others, a Catholic U.S. president enacting …
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 …
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