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3:40 PM ET, April 29, 2021


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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.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Joe Biden's Address To Congress Snares 11.6M Viewers In Early Results; Down From Trump As ABC Tops Broadcasters  —  Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress last night was both a very traditional and untraditional affair, but it was no Donald Trump - in more ways than one.
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
The White House:
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Mark Kelly's cry for help to Biden on the border
Discussion: HotAir, IJR, Senator Mark Kelly and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:   Exclusive data: Biden staffing makes history
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Biden's big speech tonight is like no other
Fox Business:
Trump: I'm ‘committed’ to this country like ‘never before’  —  Former President Trump, in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo, discusses the border crisis, President Biden's tax policies, and a potential run for president in 2024.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
'It's, like, so unfair': Trump defends Giuliani after FBI raid
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Fox News knows Rudy Giuliani isn't credible.  That's why he'll be on tonight.  —  Fox News knows Rudy Giuliani isn't a credible source for accurate information.  That's why the network is hosting him tonight on its premiere program after FBI agents executed a search warrant on his Manhattan apartment on Wednesday.
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Kamala Harris agrees with Tim Scott that the US is not racist, but says racism must not be ignored  —  See striking moment Harris and Pelosi make history  —  (CNN)Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday agreed with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott that the United States is not a racist country …
Michael Ginsberg / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Tim Scott Responds To Racist Attacks: ‘They Are Literally Attacking The Color Of My Skin’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Benjamin Din / Politico:
‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump hits McConnell again, saying GOP needs new leadership  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Former President Trump on Thursday renewed his feud with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by calling for Senate Republicans to find a new leader ahead of the midterm elections …
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Roberts, Gorsuch, and Barrett join liberals in immigration case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, on Thursday, joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to rule against the federal government in an immigration case.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Former Georgia deputy bragged he'd charge Black people with fake felonies to strip them of voting rights: FBI  —  According to the Belleville News-Democrat, a former Georgia sheriff's deputy arrested on multiple gun charges bragged in private texts that he would charge Black people with felonies to prevent them from voting.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Can Democrats Avoid a Wipeout in 2022?  —  The good news for Democrats who watched Joe Biden unveil a historically ambitious agenda last night is that newly elected presidents have almost always passed some version of their core economic plan—particularly when their party controls both congressional chambers, as Biden's does now.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Rachel Hollis, Lifestyle Author, Faces Backlash  —  Rachel Hollis, the best-selling author and motivational speaker, built a blockbuster business sharing her “authentic” self.  Then things got a little too real.  —  May 14 was supposed to mark Rachel Hollis's return to her happy place: a stage in front of an adoring audience.
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.
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.
Ben Popken / NBC News:   U.S. economy grew at 6.4 percent annual rate in first quarter as consumer spending drives robust recovery
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
How Biden's taxes hit the richest but skip the suburban base  —  WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is proposing trillions in new taxes, crafting a precise hike that would affect the wealthiest investors but not the kind of educated upper middle-class suburban voters who abandoned the Republican Party …
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 …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
How Republicans Lost Interest in Fighting Big Spending  —  The relatively muted reaction to Biden's almost incomprehensible spending ambitions is testament to the fact that, no, Republicans simply aren't as interested in fiscal issues anymore.  —  In this Aug. 3, 2020 …
NBC News:
Big government is back. Can the Trump-influenced GOP stop it?
Discussion: The Guardian, Juanita Jean's and KTLA
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans are raising self-sabotage to an art form  —  When the 2020 Census numbers were released, it was an open question as to whether the Republican effort to insert a citizenship question into the census had hampered counting in three red states with large Hispanic populations.
Jordan Levin / The Forward:
Antisemitism rises among Hispanic Miami's right wing  —  The graffiti messages scrawled around Miami in March, on the eve of Passover and Holocaust Remembrance Day, were shocking: “The Jews are the Problem” “Zionism is Satanism.”  —  Most ominously in this city filled with Cubans …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Kaylee McGhee White / Washington Examiner:
Biden won't get far just blaming Trump for everything  —  Every single achievement Biden touted during his first address before Congress on Wednesday was made either at the expense of the Trump administration or in spite of it, which shows just how insecure Biden's administration really is.
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Biden's $4 Trillion Economic Plan, in One Chart
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Corona, Queens, Still Staggers to Recover From Corona, the Virus
Taegan Goddard / Political Wire:
Kris Kobach Makes Another Comeback Attempt
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Hill / Associated Press:
Gone Fission: Controversial nuke plant near NYC shuts down
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
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Jon Victor / The Information:
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