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Tina Nguyen / Politico:
MAGA world pans Stefanik  —  Donald Trump has called Elise Stefanik “a new Republican star,” a “smart communicator” and — perhaps his highest praise — “tough.”  —  But the MAGA faithful aren't so sure.  —  Within minutes of Trump's endorsement of the New York congresswoman …
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Forced to Choose Between Trump's “Big Lie” and Liz Cheney, the House G.O.P. Chooses the Lie  —  “Liz is a living reproach to all these cowards,” a friend of Cheney's said, but the cowards have the votes.  —  On January 11, 2017, Donald Trump held his first Presidential press conference following …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
When Trump's Next Coup Happens, the Republican Party Will Fully Support It  —  Throughout the Trump era, Republican Party officials and its professional class have gone through a constant and frequently vicious internecine struggle, pitting the small, but well-placed, bloc of anti-Trump elites …
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Liz Cheney Has Only Herself to Blame  —  Liz Cheney, the representative of Wyoming, the daughter of a former vice president, and a lifelong conservative Republican, is facing a purge.  —  Cheney's transgression?  She has continued to insist, truthfully, that former President Donald Trump's claims …
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Biden once asserted Republicans would have an ‘epiphany.’ Now he admits he doesn't understand them.  —  Joe Biden was speaking in a barn to a sparse campaign crowd in Iowa when he offered a prediction.  “If we defeat Donald Trump,” he said that summer day in 2019, “you're going to see, as we say in southern Delaware, an altar call.
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Auditioning to replace Cheney, Stefanik calls Trump ‘the strongest supporter’ of the Constitution.
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
Ignoring Trump Is the Least-Bad Republican Approach
Discussion: Politico and Power Line
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
Cheney Never Apologized For Spreading False Russian Bounty Story, Which Was Used Against Republicans
Discussion: National Review and HotAir
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms won't run for reelection  —  By J.D. Capelouto - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wilborn P. Nobles III - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Greg Bluestein - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  —  In a stunning announcement Thursday night …
Discussion: Fox News, TheGrio and Raw Story
Insider:
Scientists have taught bees to smell the coronavirus.  They can identify a case within seconds.  — Dutch scientists have trained bees to smell COVID-19.  — Every time the bees were exposed to an infected sample, they stuck out their tongues.  — The animals could be a low-tech solution for identifying COVID-19 cases.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
F.E.C. Drops Case Reviewing Trump Hush-Money Payments to Women  —  The case had examined whether Donald Trump violated election law with a $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election to a pornographic-film actress by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments
Discussion: CNN and Washington Times
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
‘We Build The Wall’ Co-Founder Kolfage Indicted in Tax Case  — Kolfage charged in Florida after facing New York indictment  — Trump pardoned Bannon in ‘We Build the Wall’ fraud case  —  Brian Kolfage, whose work with Stephen Bannon to raise money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall resulted …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, CNN, Raw Story and Insider
NY State Attorney General:
Attorney General James Takes Legal Action Against Conspiracy Theorists For Threatening Robocalls to Suppress Black Voters  —  Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Orchestrated a Large-Scale Robocall  —  Campaign to Intimidate Black Communities Ahead of the 2020 Election
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Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
NY State AG James seeks fines against far right trolls Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman for voter suppression scheme
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
1 in custody, 3 injured after active shooter incident at Rigby Middle School  —  WATCH NOW: KIFI LOCAL NEWS 8  —  RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE 5:30 p.m. Idaho Falls Police and the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office are assisting the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office serving a search warrant …
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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook told to investigate its role in insurrection
Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The COVID Reporters Are Not Okay.  Extremely Not Okay.  —  An underprepared industry is losing a generation of journalists to despair, trauma and moral injury as they cover the story of a lifetime.  —  When I told my editors at The Daily Beast that I needed to quit my job …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized  —  An infamous Republican political operative's unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.  —  It's a Washington axiom …
Discussion: Raw Story
Pete Williams / NBC News:
FBI still after ‘worst of the worst’ in Capitol riot as new arrests come at steady pace  —  Four months after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, FBI agents maintain a steady pace of arresting people accused of taking part, as one of the largest criminal investigations in American history keeps growing.
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
The Washington Post's ‘Toy Weapons’ vs. Cops  —  Can you tell which of the pistols above is the “toy,” in the usage of the Washington Post's Pulitzer-winning “Fatal Force” database on killings by police, and which is the real deal?  Answers below.  —  On Monday, April 19 …
New York Times:
Long March 5B, a Chinese Rocket, Expected to Tumble Back to Earth  —  The chances of it hitting a populated area are small, but not zero.  That has raised questions about how the country's space program designs its missions.  —  No, you are almost certainly not going to be hit by a 10-story …
David Scheer / Bloomberg:
Dimon on Raising Taxes: 'Just Throwing Money, It Doesn't Work'  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon urged lawmakers to spell out — very specifically — targets for building roads, funding college degrees and creating jobs if they embark on a massive spending spree to bolster the economy.
Discussion: KIFI-TV and Balloon Juice
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sean Hannity used to rule Fox.  But in the post-Trump era, Tucker Carlson is king  —  New York (CNN Business)Sean Hannity finds himself in familiar territory as of late: second place.  —  For most of his career, the right-wing Fox propagandist has been in the shadows of someone else.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Twitter suspends account that was posting Trump statements  —  Twitter suspended an account on Thursday that appeared to be circumventing their ban on former President Donald Trump by posting messages he shared on his own website.  —  The move was more evidence that the social media behemoth …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Jenner has hangar pains after Hannity interview  —  OAKLAND — Move over French Laundry, there's a new social media obsession: Hangar Guy.  —  GOP recall candidate Caitlyn Jenner may have played right into Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's hands when she lamented on Fox News …
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Biden's ethics end-around for labor  —  The Biden administration is excusing top officials from ethics rules that would otherwise restrict their work with large labor unions that previously employed them, federal records show.  —  Why it matters: Labor's sizable personnel presence …
CNN:
The Axe Files with David Axelrod  —  David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world.  Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Joe Biden Is Starting to Sound Hawkish About the Deficit.  Uh-Oh.  —  Suddenly, Joe Biden is beginning to sound a little bit hawkish about the deficit.  On Wednesday, reporters asked the president whether he was willing to accept a lower corporate tax hike than the one he proposed to pay for his infrastructure and jobs plan.
Discussion: Washington Post, FOX40 and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Melinda Gates Warned Bill About Jeffrey Epstein  —  After a secret meeting between the couple and the wealthy sex offender, Melinda was furious and told friends she wanted nothing to do with Epstein, The Daily Beast has learned. … Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside …
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Florida Democrat Nikki Fried and Matt Gaetz are pals.  Political insiders are dishing about how that could complicate her bid to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis.  — Florida's agriculture commissioner, Democrat Nikki Fried, is a close friend of Matt Gaetz.  — They even hung out at the Trump hotel …
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Defense contractor Honeywell fined $13M for sharing documents with China, other countries  —  Honeywell has agreed to pay the State Department $13 million after it transferred to other countries - including China - unauthorized technical data on the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, among other weapon systems.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Nuclear Talks With Iran Could Reach Agreement Within Weeks, U.S. Says  —  Significant hurdles remain.  But it was an optimistic signal by the Biden administration that an American return to the accord between Iran and world powers could be within reach.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States …
Abigail Shrier / The Truth Fairy:
Has Censorship Become Our Baseline Expectation?  —  For America's Journalistic Inquisitors—it's free speech that's surprising  —  Want proof that our norms are shifting?  Look no further than our headlines: “Amazon won't stop selling book questioning transgender youth” noted a surprised New York Daily News on Tuesday.
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
An Ex-Blackwater Employee Tied To Erik Prince Provided Security For Rudy Giuliani In Ukraine, Sources Said  —  A former Blackwater employee connected to Erik Prince, the billionaire security magnate who served as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, provided security …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
New York Times:
Nearly one million people signed up for Obamacare coverage this spring.  —  Nearly one million Americans have signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage during the first 10 weeks of a special open enrollment period the Biden administration began in February.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Florida Politics
Tom Ley / Defector:
What's Happening At ‘The Believer’ Is About More Than Just A Zoom Incident  —  On Feb. 5, a media reporter for The New York Times called me.  She'd received a tip that the day before, my boss at The Believer magazine, Josh Wolf Shenk, had exposed himself on camera during an all-staff Zoom meeting.
David K. Li / NBC News:
U.S. Army trainee uses rifle to hijack school bus full of children, S.C. sheriff says … A rifle-toting U.S. Army trainee hijacked a busload of children in South Carolina on Thursday before letting the kids off, abandoning the vehicle and surrendering, officials said.
Discussion: Occupy Democrats, Raw Story and Insider
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Personal ties: Harris' family in India grapples with COVID  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — G. Balachandran turned 80 this spring — a milestone of a birthday in India, where he lives.  If not for the coronavirus pandemic, he would have been surrounded by family members who gathered to celebrate with him.
Discussion: The Hill and The Indian Express
Washington Post:
Chris Ruddy and Newsmax went all-in on Trump.  Now they might pay a price for it.  —  One night last month at Mar-a-Lago, Chris Ruddy positioned himself in a familiar spot: right next to Donald Trump.  —  The occasion came just days before a Republican National Committee fundraiser …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Jerry Lambe / Law & Crime:
Devin Nunes's Attorney Sanctioned, Ordered to Pay CNN $21,000 For Filing ‘Frivolous’ Defamation Lawsuit
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Exclusive: Missouri Reps. Wagner, Smith Add Campaign Muscle as They Consider Senate Bids
Dave Levinthal / Insider:
Thieves jacked the Republican National Committee for $44K and then went on a coffee shopping spree, records show
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Hill
New York Times:
Pentagon Struggles to Wean Afghan Military Off American Air Support
Discussion: Associated Press
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
‘I seek a kind person’: the Guardian ad that saved my Jewish father from the Nazis
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
EXCLUSIVE — Josh Hawley: ‘We absolutely need to prosecute’ Capitol rioters
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Biden administration may bring whole families to U.S. to reunite with separated children, not just parents
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
The Wealthy Lobbyist Behind Andrew Yang's Campaign for Mayor
Discussion: The Intercept
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County sheriff refuses to name deputies who open fire, defying state's high court
Chris Otts / WDRB:
University of Louisville rebukes McConnell over 1619 Project comments
Discussion: USA Today, The Hill, Raw Story and Insider
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
By wrecking state universities, GOP crushes American Dream for its own communities
Jen Fifield / Arizona Republic:
Department of Justice asks Arizona Senate to respond to concerns about election audit