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3:40 PM ET, April 30, 2021

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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” …
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Maria Pasquini / People.com:
Joe Stops to Pick Flower for Jill Biden on Their Way to Ga. Rally and to Visit Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter  —  While en route to Georgia, the president shared a brief moment with his wife, stopping to pick her a dandelion before they boarded Marine One  —  President Joe Biden and wife First Lady …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘One god-awful mess’: Biden lays border crisis on Trump admin's refusal to cooperate
Politico:
‘Disgusting’ robocall accuses Texas candidate Wright of causing husband's death  —  Texas Republican congressional candidate Susan Wright is seeking help from federal law enforcement the day before her special election, after supporters reported receiving robocalls that accused her of being responsible for the death of her late husband.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Political Wire
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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
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CNN:
Al Qaeda promises ‘war on all fronts’ against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan
Discussion: New York Post and TheBlaze
Washington Post:   Ten years later, Obama and McRaven discuss the meaning of the mission to kill bin Laden
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 …
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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Heather Mongilio / capitalgazette.com:
Kamala Harris to speak at Naval Academy commissioning  —  The keynote speaker at the Naval Academy will be a woman for the first time in the academy's recent history.  —  Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver the keynote speech during the ceremony on May 28, a White House official told The Capital on Friday.
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
NBC News:
In nod to Trump, Florida is set to ban ‘deplatforming’ by tech companies … Florida is on track to be the first state in the nation to punish social media companies that ban politicians like former President Donald Trump under a bill approved Thursday by the state's Republican-led Legislature.
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Democrat Cheri Bustos Announces Retirement From Congress  —  The Illinois lawmaker will finish out her term, but said she is ready for something new after serving in the House for 10 years.  —  After 10 years in Congress, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) announced Friday that she will not run for reelection in 2022.
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and Washington Post
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Adam Serwer / Penguin Random House:
The Cruelty Is the Point  —  Buy the Audiobook Download:  — Apple- Audible- downpour- eMusic- audiobooks.com  —  ABOUT THE CRUELTY IS THE POINT  —  From an award-winning journalist at The Atlantic, these searing essays make a damning case that cruelty is not merely an unfortunate byproduct …
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.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Half of Republicans incorrectly think there's evidence Biden didn't win legitimately  —  Next week, it will have been six months since the 2020 presidential election.  More than 25 weeks have passed since voting was completed, including months in which Donald Trump and his supporters scoured …
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:   CNN Poll: Americans are divided on what causes problems in US elections
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.
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.”
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 …
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: HotAir, RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
White House to restrict travel from India  —  The White House will restrict travel from India starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 4, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday.  —  Driving the news: The Biden administration cited a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the country …
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 …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Fox News Parts Ways With Anchor Months After He Disappeared From the Air  —  Fox News anchor Leland Vittert, a fixture of the network's weekend lineup for years, has left the network.  —  When reached for comment, Fox News confirmed his departure: “We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Leland Vittert.”
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: Raw Story, The Week, Human Events and Salon
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 …
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’
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
From memes to race war: How extremists use popular culture to lure recruits  —  Play Video  —  The first images of “The Last Battle” seem designed to rile people on the conservative side of the culture wars: public nudity, strippers, children dressed in drag — symbols of a society supposedly in a moral free fall.
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Household Income Surged by Record 21.1% in March  —  Higher income, spending and saving are expected to help power a fast economic recovery  —  Household income rose at a record pace of 21.1% in March as federal-stimulus checks helped fuel an economic revival that is poised to endure with an easing pandemic.
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden's Betting On Public Support To Push His Agenda.  Polls Show His Big Spending Packages Have It.  —  Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.  —  In his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Biden spent a lot of time extolling the virtues …
 
 
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Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
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Laura Belin / Bleeding Heartland:
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Washington Post:
Biden administration forges new path on North Korea crisis in wake of Trump and Obama failures
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Georgetown Professor Under Fire For Reading The “N-Word” In A Class On Free Speech and Racism
Discussion: The College Fix
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Aide traveling with Va. gubernatorial candidate Amanda Chase brandishes gun amid ‘road rage’ incident
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 Earlier Items: 
Alyson Krueger / New York Times:
New Incentive Programs for Remote Workers in Bentonville, Tulsa and Savannah
Discussion: Tax Foundation and Althouse
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: CDC's mask guidance is still too strict for the vaccinated, some experts say
Discussion: HotAir, Political Wire and Politico
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Why are the liberals of Takoma Park suing to protect a piece of asphalt?
Slate:
Blake Bailey's Students Worshipped Him. They Trusted Him. When They Grew Up, He Preyed On Them.