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6:55 PM ET, April 30, 2021

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Niv Elis / The Hill:
Biden cancels military-funded border wall projects  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  President Biden is cancelling projects to build a wall along the southern border using diverted defense funds and will use some funding to counter environmental damage from the wall's construction.
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NBC News:   Pentagon stops all border wall construction projects paid for with military funds
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.
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Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes  —  An Arizona Republic reporter was escorted from the Arizona election audit site on Friday morning after posting a photo showing a former Republican legislator at a ballot counting table.
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KNXV:
Cyber Ninjas security plan details anticipated attack by “Antifa”  —  PHOENIX — Cyber Ninjas, the Florida company hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to conduct the controversial recount of 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots from November's presidential and senate races, tried to keep its auditing procedures shielded from public view.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
BUSTED: Capitol insurrectionist is counting ballots at controversial Arizona election audit
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Manchin says he doesn't support D.C. statehood bill, dealing advocates a major blow  —  Sen. Joe Manchin III told reporters in his home state of West Virginia on Friday morning that he does not support the bill to make D.C. the nation's 51st state, according to audio provided by the Democrat's office and a report from WVNews.
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John Mark Shaver / WV News:
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin offers thoughts on American Family Plan, District of Columbia statehood bill
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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
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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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 …
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker:
How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously  —  For decades, flying saucers were a punch line.  Then the U.S. government got over the taboo.  —  On May 9, 2001, Steven M. Greer took the lectern at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., in pursuit of the truth about unidentified flying objects.
Discussion: New York Post
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Why Didn't The FBI Agents Take Hard Drives In Seizing Giuliani's Electronic Devices?  —  I have been a long critic of Rudy Giuliani going back years, including interviews and press conferences that I have condemned for making unsupported statements (as well as comments inimical to his client's interest).
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JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Giuliani's claims about Hunter Biden and the FBI get more confusing
Checkey Beckford / NBC New York:
NJ Teacher Gives Profane Rant During Zoom Lesson, Calls George Floyd a ‘Criminal’  —  On the same day Jersey City students finally returned to their classrooms, a high school teacher was removed from them while under investigation for allegedly going on a vulgar tirade aimed at the children in his class.
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans are divided on what causes problems in US elections
Discussion: NPR
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 …
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: CNN, The Bulwark, Raw Story and The Sun
Ian W. Karbal / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Matt Gertz on Fox News, and a case of mistaken identity  —  Every so often, Matt Gertz attracts attention because of who he's not—specifically, Matt Gaetz, the Republican US congressman from Florida.  Since the latter's rise to national prominence as a firebrand politician in 2017 …
Discussion: The Dispatch, Raw Story and Vanity Fair
SSRN:
Abstract  —  This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the effect of Fox News Channel (FNC) on elections in the United States.  FNC is the highest-rated channel on cable television and has a documented conservative slant.  We show that FNC has helped Republican candidates …
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 …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Biden's Con against America  —  One-hundred days in, Biden's radical presidency makes clear that his campaign was, in fact, a fraud.  —  It's the unspoken Biden formula," reports Axios. “  Talk like a rosy bipartisan; act like a ruthless partisan.  Indeed, it is.  And to this maxim we might add a few others.
Discussion: HotAir
James Brooks / Anchorage Daily News:
Homer woman says FBI search of her home was case of mistaken identity tied to Capitol riot  —  The FBI and an agent from the U.S. Capitol's police department served a search warrant Wednesday at the home of Homer Inn & Spa owners Paul and Marilyn Hueper, who say the search was related to the U.S. Capitol riot in January.
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’
Politico:
Conor Lamb moves toward Pennsylvania Senate run  —  Rep. Conor Lamb has begun telling some donors and supporters in recent days that he is likely to enter the Pennsylvania Senate race, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.  —  Lamb has urged some donors to contribute quickly …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Scott Taylor / WJLA-TV:
Pentagon says no to parking permit for Rolling To Remember  —  The U. S. Department of Defense has denied a parking permit to the American Veterans or AmVets to stage a rallying point at the Pentagon ending a 32-year-old tradition on Memorial Day weekend for Rolling To Remember.
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Working Families Party pulls support for Stringer in ongoing fallout from assault allegations  —  The Working Families Party is planning to pull its support of Scott Stringer's mayoral candidacy amid accusations of sexual assault, dealing an enormous blow to his campaign, several people familiar with the decision confirmed to POLITICO.
Discussion: The Hill
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.
 
 
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