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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.”

Updated today at 8:07 PM CDT

Biden announces steps to limit U.S. 'ghost' guns, plans to tackle assault weapons
Gaetz associate working toward plea deal with prosecutors
White supremacists, extremists may use Chauvin trial to further their agendas: DHS
Biden announces slate of gun control actions, claims 'public health crisis'
Biden action on guns draws praise, skepticism
Ukraine conflict: Moscow could 'defend' Russia-backed rebels
'He really jumped on the Trump train': How a brash Matt Gaetz climbed the ranks in Trump's Washington
Grim view of global future offered in intelligence report
Mueller investigator assisting NY prosecutors in Trump Organization case
Former Secretary of State Pompeo to join Fox News Media
Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start
Frustrated military officials want Biden to make a decision on Afghanistan
McConnell's home state bridge symbol of infrastructure standoff with Biden
Republicans demand answers on abuse allegations at Texas child migrant facility
Kemp Seizes on Georgia Voting Law to Try to Win Back Trump and His Base - NY Times
Migrant encounters up 71% in March as Biden administration grapples with border
Biden suggests aircraft will fly at 21,000 miles an hour
Amazon unionization drive losing by 2-1 margin in early vote results
Biden says gun violence is an epidemic, calls for national red-flag law
Key figure in Gaetz saga to cooperate with feds: reports
Trump CFO's former daughter-in-law subpoenaed and turns over documents to Manhattan DA
What Matters: Manchin and the grim reality of Washington's minority rule...

Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden open to compromise on infrastructure, but not inaction
President Joe Biden drew a red line on his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, saying he is open to compromise on how to pay for the package but inaction is unacceptable.

Updated today at 8:59 PM CDT

Biden willing to negotiate on corporate taxes, but 'sick and tired' of non-payers
Sen. Ted Cruz illegally promoted his book with campaign funds, watchdog alleges
Trump adviser Giuliani asks judge to throw out $1.3 billion lawsuit over his 'big lie' election claims
Matt Gaetz trip to Bahamas is part of federal probe into sex trafficking, sources say
Biden to take first limited steps on gun control, including on 'ghost guns' and pistol braces
Analysis: White House, U.S. companies could agree on 25% tax rate, officials, business groups say
Texas Gov. Abbott blames Biden as allegations emerge of sexual assault at child migrant facility
McConnell backs away from warning businesses to stay out of politics
Key takeaways from Day 8 of the Derek Chauvin trial
GOP House fundraisers accuse people who uncheck their recurring donation box of being Trump 'DEFECTORS' and prey to 'the Radical Left' - BI
McConnell warns corporate America to 'stay out of politics' — but says donations are OK
Biden to unveil six executive actions to curb gun violence
EXCLUSIVE: ICE converting these seven hotels into 'casas' for migrant families
Cuomo aide says he slammed door shut before groping her
Five reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border
‘Damn it … I’m sick and tired of ordinary people being fleeced’: Biden defends corporate tax hike
Biden tax plan would recapture $2 trillion in corporate profits from overseas, Treasury says
Biden's planned pick for ATF director a fierce advocate for gun control
Cuomo administration tracked nursing home deaths despite claims they couldn't be 'verified,' document shows
South Carolina's first-ever hate crimes bill gets key approval from state House...

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Biden picks first woman to be Army secretary.

  • News source: Eric Schmitt
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WASHINGTON — President Biden has picked Christine E. Wormuth to be the first woman to serve as secretary of the Army, Pentagon officials said on Monday.

If approved by the Senate, Ms. Wormuth, who was the Defense Department’s top policy official at the end of the Obama administration, would take control of the largest branch of the military at a time when the armed services are wrestling with a range of challenges, including weeding out right-wing extremists from their ranks and confronting rising threats from China and Russia.

Ms. Wormuth, who was...
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Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

  • News source: Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman
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WASHINGTON — Exiled from Twitter, former President Donald J. Trump issued a sarcastic statement recently inquiring about the ongoing public silence from John H. Durham, the special counsel who has been investigating the Trump-Russia inquiry since May 2019.

“Where’s Durham?” said Mr. Trump, who repeatedly predicted before last year’s election that Mr. Durham’s investigation would prove a deep-state conspiracy against him. “Is he a living, breathing human being? Will there ever be a Durham report?”

Mr. Durham ignored the complaint publicly, and the...
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Blinken Appoints Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley Diversity Chief at State Department

  • News source: Lara Jakes
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Decades ago, back when she was a diplomat-in-training, Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley was told by the Foreign Service’s selection board that African-Americans struggled cognitively with reading large amounts of material.

On Monday, Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley was named as the State Department’s chief diversity officer, with the mandate of schooling the American diplomatic corps on fostering a more inclusive workplace.

Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley, who is Black, is the department’s first diversity chief. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken created the...
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'The Advantage Of Our Smallness': Bhutan Vaccinates 93% Of Adults In Under 2 Weeks

  • News source: Rachel Treisman
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It took less than two weeks for the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to vaccinate almost all of its eligible population.

The country's vaccination campaign kicked off on March 27. By April 8, according to the Ministry of Health, 93% of adults had gotten their first dose. Officials said 472,139 people between the ages of 18 and 104 had been vaccinated as of that date, and urged other eligible individuals to follow suit.

In a statement, health minister Dasho Dechen Wangmo described the campaign as a "sense of purpose that each of us is embracing to...
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Shooting at Tennessee high school leaves several injured, including police officer

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Police are investigating a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School, where several people were shot and injured.
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Minnesota officials declare state of emergency, compare Daunte Wright shooting to George Floyd

  • News source: Brittany De Lea
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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday gave a press briefing about the shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota this weekend, declaring a state of emergency in certain counties and comparing the situation to several other recent instances where Black men have been killed by police.

Walz said that Wright will be added to the "list," which includes Philando Castile, Jamar Clark and George Floyd, all of whom were Black men killed by police in the state.

Frey described the...
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Federal workers offered paid leave to take care of migrant children at border: Report

  • News source: Thomas Barrabi
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The Department of Health and Human Services offered federal employees four months of paid leave if they volunteered to help care for a surge of unaccompanied migrant children at immigration shelters near the southern border, according to a report last Saturday.

The request applied to most federal workers as the Biden administration moved to relieve pressure on the overwhelmed facilities, the New York Times reported. As of last week, more than 2,700 federal employees volunteered to assist Health and Human Services officials with tasks ranging from...
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Pushing a Kentucky 'Green New Deal,' Booker moves toward challenging Paul

  • News source: Paul Steinhauser
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Charles Booker, the Black former state lawmaker in Kentucky who came close to winning the 2020 Democratic Senate nomination, is taking a major step toward launching a 2022 progressive campaign to challenge Republican Sen. Rand Paul.

"Today I'm formally announcing an exploratory committee for the U.S. Senate," Booker said Monday in a video and an accompanying release. "We will transform Kentucky, and Rand Paul, you know it, too."


Paul, the libertarian-minded Republican senator...
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Biden urges calm after Daunte Wright shooting, says 'no justification' for looting, violence

  • News source: Thomas Barrabi
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President Biden urged "peace and calm" on Monday as authorities investigate what led to the fatal police-involved shooting of a Black man during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Speaking from the Oval Office, Biden called for a "full-blown investigation" into whether the shooting of Daunte Wright was accidental or intentional. The fatal shooting prompted violent protests and instances of looting amid an already-tense environment during the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged...
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Hawley raised $3 million in 2021's first quarter after objecting to electoral votes Biden won

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(CNN)Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2021, a person familiar with his fundraising said -- a total that showcases how the Republican base is rewarding loyalty to former President Donald Trump.

Hawley received more than 57,000 donations in that three-month period from more than 44,000 individuals -- a pool of grassroots donors that he can continue to tap if he pursues the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination.

Included in his fundraising haul is $600,000 raised between the afternoon of January 6, the day the Missouri...
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Studies Confirm Racial, Ethnic Disparities In COVID-19 Hospitalizations And Visits

  • News source: Rachel Treisman
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Days after declaring racism a serious public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a pair of studies further quantifying the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

The studies, published Monday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examine trends in racial and ethnic disparities in hospitalizations and emergency room visits associated with COVID-19 in 2020.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a regular White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing that the new literature underscores the...
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Video shows Black player forced to sit near banana peels

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A Black football player at a northwest Illinois high school is seen on video sitting down in a locker littered with banana peels after a teammate threatens to break his knees if he doesn't comply
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DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is attacking YouTube for its decision to remove from its website a video of a pandemic panel discussion he recently held that it considered disinformation
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Biden's CBP nominee defended sanctuary cities, criticized police working with immigration authorities

  • News source: Evie Fordham
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President Biden's expected pick to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus, has a record of defending sanctuary cities and resisting Trump administration orders about undocumented immigrants.

Magnus is currently police chief in Tucson, Arizona, where he made headlines for rejecting federal border security grant money from Operation Stonegarden in 2020 — a decision that earned him criticism from Tucson Police Officers Association head Tony Archibald.


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Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will soon launch Senate campaign

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(CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is planning to launch his Republican campaign for Senate this week -- and immediately become a front-runner in a race that could determine the future control of the chamber, according to people familiar with his plans.

McCrory's decision is an attempt at a comeback after narrowly losing his reelection bid in 2016. Politico first reported McCrory's plans.

Republican pollster Glen Bolger claimed in a memo Monday that McCrory has a "significant lead" over the only other major GOP Senate candidate in the race...
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