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12:45 PM ET, April 30, 2021

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Washington Post:
FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate of Russian disinformation campaign targeting Biden  —  The FBI warned Rudolph W. Giuliani in late 2019 that he was the target of a Russian influence operation aimed at circulating falsehoods intended to damage President Biden politically ahead …
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The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Taps Alan Dershowitz for Legal Advice Following Federal Raid  —  Trump's former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is seeking advice from another former Trump attorney: Alan Dershowitz.  —  On Wednesday, former New York City mayor and Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's apartment and office were raided by the feds.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell takes on the 1619 Project  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU READ ONE THING — GARRETT GRAFF'S oral history of the bin Laden raid: “'Congratulations, You Killed Osama bin Laden': How the hunt for the world's most notorious terrorist actually went down—as told by the people inside the room.”
New York Times:
Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation
Josh Kovensky / Talking Points Memo:
Rudy Accuses Federal Prosecutors Of ‘Spying’ In New Tucker Carlson Meltdown Interview
The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says  —  PEN PALS … The Daily Beast has obtained a confession letter that Joel Greenberg wrote after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon.  —  A confession letter written by Joel Greenberg in the final months …
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Zachary Basu / Axios:
Merrick Garland rapidly erasing Trump effect at Justice Department  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland is quickly negating the Trump administration's law enforcement legacy, dismaying conservatives with a burst of aggressive reversals and new policies.  —  Why it matters: As a former prosecutor …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Raw Story and IJR
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Major changes: Biden dog getting prepped for first feline's White House arrival  —  Ruff times could be ahead for the Biden family dogs — they're soon going to be joined at the White House by the family's cat.  —  “She's waiting in the wings,” first lady Jill Biden told NBC's “TODAY” …
Discussion: CNN and Joe.My.God.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump crashes final days of Texas special election  —  The first competitive special of the new election cycle has quickly turned into a 2020 redux: It's the Donald Trump show all over again.  —  Trump made a late foray in the 23-candidate scramble for a vacant congressional seat in North Texas …
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Ben Jacobs / VICE:
The Fight for the GOP's Post-Trump Future Starts This Weekend in Texas
Discussion: Daily Kos and FiveThirtyEight
CNN:
Texas congressional race showcases GOP fight over Trump, conspiracy theories and election lies
Discussion: Associated Press, Salon and Raw Story
Slate:
Blake Bailey's Students Worshipped Him.  They Trusted Him.  When They Grew Up, He Preyed On Them.  —  Before he was Philip Roth's biographer, Blake Bailey taught the eighth grade.  His students say he made them feel special.  They worshipped him.  They trusted him.  He used it all against them.
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Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.
Discussion: The Nation
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Mike Pence reemerges.  But Trumpworld is moving on.  —  The final weeks of the Donald Trump-Mike Pence partnership were an unmitigated disaster.  Pence, the fiercely loyal vice president, was ushered to safety in the halls of Congress after he refused his boss' wishes to not certify the election results.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Pence, in his first speech since leaving office, speaks fondly of Trump.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
'I'd Never Been Involved in Anything as Secret as This'  —  On the morning of May 1, 2011, most Americans had never heard of Abbottabad.  By that night, the dusty midsize city near the mountains of northwest Pakistan was the center of the biggest story in the world.
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Al Qaeda promises ‘war on all fronts’ against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan  —  (CNN)This weekend marks the 10th anniversary since Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was killed by US special-operations forces, Seal Team 6 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Washington Post:   Ten years later, Obama and McRaven discuss the meaning of the mission to kill bin Laden
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Ted Cruz's Accidental Confession  —  His anti-woke-CEOs rant?  It inadvertently reveals a cynical GOP calculation.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-MAGA), has announced in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that he is taking a stand on principle.  He will no longer accept corporate donations.
Discussion: Human Events, Raw Story, The Week and Salon
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
How the US won the economic recovery  —  I looked for a country that got the economic response to Covid-19 right.  I found the US.  —  Graphics by Christina Animashaun … Jasmine Holloway knows it sounds odd.  But March 2021, when she and the rest of America were enduring the 13th month …
Alison Knezevich / Baltimore Sun:
Kushner apartment company violated consumer laws in Maryland, judge rules  —  The apartment company of Jared Kushner violated Maryland's consumer protection laws numerous times at Baltimore-area properties by collecting debts without the required licenses, charging tenants improper fees …
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe.My.God.
Rachel Yang / Yahoo News:
Over 450 past Jeopardy contestants call on show to address alleged ‘white power’ symbol  —  UPDATE: Jeopardy contestant Kelly Donohue  —  issued a statement condemning white supremacy Thursday.  —  EARLIER: A growing list of more than 450 former  —  Jeopardy contestants are calling …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Kerry discloses millions in income from finance, energy firms  —  John Kerry disclosed millions in income and a massive stock portfolio that he's moved to liquidate since taking office as President Biden's special climate envoy, according to a financial filing obtained by Axios on Friday.
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Florida Voting Rights: Republican Bill Adds New Limits  —  The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign, is the latest Republican effort to restrict voting after the 2020 election.  It will make Florida the first major swing state won by Donald Trump to pass such a law.
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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Inside the Chauvin Jury Room: 11 of 12 Jurors Were Ready to Convict Right Away  —  One juror described the seven hours of closed-door deliberations that led to Derek Chauvin's murder conviction.  —  Seated at tables six feet apart in a hotel conference room, 12 jurors scribbled letters …
Noa Shpigel / Haaretz:
At Least 44 Killed at Overcrowded Lag Ba'Omer Event in Northern Israel  —  More than 150 sustained injuries ■ Police deflect blame for deadly stampede  —  At least 44 people were killed at mass Lag Ba'Omer festivities in Mount Meron in northern Israel.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Noem sues Biden administration for canceling Mount Rushmore Independence Day fireworks  —  National Parks Service notified South Dakota of decision to cancel fireworks display in March  —  Is Mount Rushmore next?  Gov. Noem won't stand for ‘radical rewriting of history’
Washington Post:
Biden administration forges new path on North Korea crisis in wake of Trump and Obama failures  —  The Biden administration is charting a new course in an attempt to end North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, striking a balance between President Donald Trump's grand bargain …
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co. … EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter infiltrates North Bay anti-fascist group  —  SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking comments were made during an online meeting of far-left activists in Sonoma County …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Aide traveling with Va. gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase brandishes gun amid ‘road rage’ incident  —  RICHMOND — An aide traveling with Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Amanda F. Chase brandished an AR-15 pistol this week at a man who Chase said threatened them during a “road rage” incident.
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's big-spending agenda, brought to you by the Trump era  —  President Biden on Wednesday laid out his latest proposal for a massive increase in government spending, pushing the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.  The proposal brings the price tag of his three biggest initiatives …
 
 
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Betting On Public Support To Push His Agenda. Polls Show His Big Spending Packages Have It.
Laura Belin / Bleeding Heartland:
Iowa turned down $95 million to test school kids for COVID-19
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‘A Perfect Positive Storm’: Bonkers Dollars for Big Tech
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Georgetown Professor Under Fire For Reading The “N-Word” In A Class On Free Speech and Racism
Discussion: The College Fix
Alyson Krueger / New York Times:
New Incentive Programs for Remote Workers in Bentonville, Tulsa and Savannah
Discussion: Althouse
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Honeymoon for First Term Presidents No Longer Exists
Discussion: National Review
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Why are the liberals of Takoma Park suing to protect a piece of asphalt?
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Sharp Divide at the Supreme Court Over a One-Letter Word
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement
 

 
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