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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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Joe Concha / The Hill:   Social media's ban on Trump: Our ‘silence of the lambs’ moment
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook told to investigate its role in insurrection
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
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.
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Doubles Down on Batsh** Vaccine Fearmongering, Blames Biden For His Inability to Understand Facts
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw 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: Balloon Juice
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Kristin Tate / The Hill:
Census results show White House doubling down on failure  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Following new census numbers, mostly red states are due to gain seats in Congress while mostly blue states will lose representation.  The model of states such as California …
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
Cathy Merrill / Washington Post:
As a CEO, I want my employees to understand the risks of not returning to work in the office … Cathy Merrill is chief executive of Washingtonian Media.  —  Like many of my fellow small-business owners, I am excited about the prospect of returning to in-person work but am struggling …
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 …
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
The Pandemic Has Changed Their Shower Habits.  How About Yours?  —  Some people said they started bathing less during the pandemic.  As long as no one complains, they say they plan to keep the new habit.  —  Robin Harper, an administrative assistant at a preschool on Martha's Vineyard, grew up showering every day.
Discussion: The Root
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas Democrats waging all-night fight against restrictive election bill  —  Texas Democrats are waging an all-night fight against a restrictive election bill, vowing to file more than 100 amendments in an effort to derail or limit the impact of legislation that would create criminal penalties …
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Price / The Daily Caller:
Biden's National Day Of Prayer Proclamation Forgoes ‘God’ For ‘Climate Change’ And ‘Racial Justice’  —  President Joe Biden's National Day of Prayer proclamation has come under criticism for excluding any mention of God.  —  Like previous presidents, President Biden issued a proclamation …
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
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Russian agent accused of interfering in US elections is back meddling online, Facebook says  —  A man the U.S. intelligence community has assessed is an active Russian agent who interfered in U.S. elections is back stirring the pot on Facebook, the company announced Thursday.
Tampa Bay Times:
Recording a cop in Florida?  One woman got arrested for it.  —  The decision in a Boynton Beach case comes amid the nation's racial justice awakening.  —  By Marc Freeman South Florida Sun-Sentinel (TNS)  —  FORT LAUDERDALE — Taking smartphone videos of cops in public could shine a light …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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.
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 …
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
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Worried Starbucks May Delete Its Page Over Hateful Comments  —  Facebook is scrambling to prevent Starbucks from leaving its platform after the world's largest coffee company said it was dismayed by hateful comments left on its posts about racial and social justice issues.
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 …
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.
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
WCCO | CBS Minnesota:
Gov. Walz Says Politicization Around Masks 'One Of The Worst Things That's Happened To This Country' And ‘It Cost Lives’  —  MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — During a press conference outlining his plan to end most COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Tim Walz spoke out about the politicization around masks, saying “it cost lives.”
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Exclusive: Missouri Reps. Wagner, Smith Add Campaign Muscle as They Consider Senate Bids  —  GOP field to replace retiring Sen. Roy Blunt could get crowded, with Reps. Billy Long and Vicky Hartzler also making moves  — Former NRSC Executive Director Ward Baker is now working for Rep. Ann Wagner's campaign.
 
 
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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
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
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
An Ex-Blackwater Employee Tied To Erik Prince Provided Security For Rudy Giuliani In Ukraine, Sources Said
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Ley / Defector:
What's Happening At ‘The Believer’ Is About More Than Just A Zoom Incident
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
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
By wrecking state universities, GOP crushes American Dream for its own communities