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Firing of U.S. Ambassador Is at Center of Giuliani Investigation  —  Prosecutors want to scrutinize Rudolph W. Giuliani's communications with Ukrainian officials about the ouster of the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch.  —  Two years ago, Rudolph W. Giuliani finally got one thing …
Deadline:
Joe Biden's Address To Congress Snares 22.6M Viewers In Near Final Numbers; Way Down From Trump As ABC Tops Broadcast & Cable - Update  —  UPDATED, 12:56 PM PT: Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress drew 22.6 million viewers across seven major networks.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: 7 in 10 who watched say Biden's speech left them feeling optimistic
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Most viewers approve of Biden's speech
Marie Fazio / New York Times:
The World Knows Her as ‘Disaster Girl.’ She Just Made $500,000 Off the Meme.  —  Zoë Roth, now a college senior in North Carolina, plans to use the proceeds from this month's NFT auction to pay off student loans and donate to charity.  —  The name Zoë Roth might not ring any bells.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Tim Scott speech buzzing in Iowa and New Hampshire  —  Sen. Scott's GOP response to Biden address puts spotlight on rising Republican star from South Carolina  —  Sen. Scott on reaction to his Biden rebuttal, potential presidential run, racial division  —  Sen. Tim Scott's GOP rebuttal …
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Michael Ginsberg / The Daily Caller:
Sen. Tim Scott Responds To Racist Attacks: ‘They Are Literally Attacking The Color Of My Skin’
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Sen. Tim Scott discusses police reform legislation with George Floyd's brother, advocates
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Vice President Kamala Harris: We must ‘speak truth’ about history of racism in America
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Kamala Harris agrees with Tim Scott that the US is not racist, but says racism must not be ignored
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Gaetz, Greene plan national tour to call out RINOs  —  The two lightning rod members of Congress aim to attack both Democrats and Republicans.  —  Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene will kick off their barnstorming “America First Tour” on May 7 in the mega-conservative Florida retirement community known as The Villages.
Discussion: Fox News
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Emily Brooks / Washington Examiner:
Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene launching rally series
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Nicholas Rowan / Washington Examiner:
Roberts, Gorsuch, and Barrett join liberals in immigration case  —  Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justices Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, on Thursday, joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to rule against the federal government in an immigration case.
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:   Supreme Court sides with undocumented immigrant fighting deportation
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
'They're Very Ungracious People': Trump Rails at Biden Admin for Not Acknowledging His ‘Accomplishments’ in Office  —  Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo primed former President Donald Trump to go on the attack against Joe Biden's administration for not doing more to recognize the “accomplishments” of his predecessor.
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CNN:
US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House  —  Washington (CNN)Federal agencies are investigating at least two possible incidents on US soil, including one near the White House in November of last year, that appear similar to mysterious …
ProPublica:
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Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:   Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Exclusive: Biden's $400,000 tax cap for individual earnings, not joint filers  —  President Biden's promise not to raise taxes on Americans who make less than $400,000 only applies to individuals — not married couples filing jointly, a White House official clarified to Axios on Wednesday.
Fox News Channel Press:
FOX NEWS CHANNEL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS  —  Megan Albano and Jerry Andrews Join Network's Weekend Programming Leadership Team in New York  —  Greg Headen Promoted to Vice President of News Coverage  —  Doug Rohrbeck Elevated to Senior Vice President of DC News
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
FiveThirtyEight:
Advantage, GOP  —  In tennis, the two players switch sides of the court after every odd game — to even out any advantages that one player might have due to the sun.  Democracy is no tennis game, but it is nevertheless a competition.  —  And in the U.S., the competition is far from fair.
NBC News:
As forgeries spread, CDC tells states to pull vaccination card templates from web  —  Specific directions showing how to forge Covid-19 vaccination cards have proliferated on conspiracy, pro-Trump and anti-vaccination forums throughout the internet in recent weeks, as users have exploited a largely makeshift verification system.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
‘A lot of confusion’: Virginia Republicans stumble over their own voter ID requirement … WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country insist more laws are needed to protect election integrity, Virginia Republicans have found themselves in a bit of a voter ID quagmire.
David Martosko / Newsweek:
U.S. Capitol Police to Be Sued for $10 Million for Killing Unarmed Rioter  —  The family of Ashli Babbitt—the only person shot during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol—plans to sue the U.S. Capitol Police department, and the officer who shot her, for at least $10 million, their attorney said.
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Feds plan to indict Chauvin, other three ex-officers on civil rights charges  —  Ex-cop would face federal charges in two cases; three others just in Floyd case.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Leading up to Derek Chauvin's murder trial, Justice Department officials had spent months gathering evidence …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Coalition calls on Biden to form disinformation task force  —  A coalition of groups is calling on President Biden to create a task force that can explore ways to crack down on deliberate disinformation campaigns in ways that don't unduly limit free expression.
James D. Walsh / New York Magazine:
Trolled Lawyer Richard Luthmann was a Roger Stone-worshipping member of the Staten Island political scene.  Then the fake Facebook posts began.  —  Late one night in December 2017, Richard Luthmann and his wife settled into their Staten Island living room to watch a movie.
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump's Battle to Win the First 100 Days  —  There's not just one 100-day clock that's reached its peak this week—there are two.  —  First, of course, is Joe Biden's—the collective assessment of what he's said and done since his inauguration as the 46th president on January 20.
Ben Popken / NBC News:
U.S. economy grew at 6.4 percent annual rate in first quarter as consumer spending drives robust recovery  —  The reopening economy surged in President Joe Biden's first 100 days, with U.S. gross domestic product hitting 6.4 percent, the best quarterly reading since 2003.
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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Grew Robustly in First Quarter
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments  —  Joe Rogan back-pedaled on statements he made on his podcast last week when he suggested young people who are healthy do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.  —  Why it matters: Rogan's comments drew swift backlash from critics, including multiple Biden officials.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Rachel Hollis, Lifestyle Author, Faces Backlash  —  Rachel Hollis, the best-selling author and motivational speaker, built a blockbuster business sharing her “authentic” self.  Then things got a little too real.  —  May 14 was supposed to mark Rachel Hollis's return to her happy place: a stage in front of an adoring audience.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Former Georgia deputy bragged he'd charge Black people with fake felonies to strip them of voting rights: FBI  —  According to the Belleville News-Democrat, a former Georgia sheriff's deputy arrested on multiple gun charges bragged in private texts that he would charge Black people with felonies to prevent them from voting.
Eve Crawford Peyton / Slate:
I Was 12 When We Met  —  Blake Bailey was my favorite teacher.  Years later, he forced himself on me.  Why did I seek his approval for so long?  —  More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Can Democrats Avoid a Wipeout in 2022?  —  The good news for Democrats who watched Joe Biden unveil a historically ambitious agenda last night is that newly elected presidents have almost always passed some version of their core economic plan—particularly when their party controls both congressional chambers, as Biden's does now.
Christian Piquemal / The American Mind:
Twilight in Paris  —  Twenty French generals implore the government to take a firm hand against chaos. … Mister President,  —  Members of the Cabinet,  —  Members of Parliament,  —  The hour is late, France is in peril, threatened by several mortal dangers.
 
 
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Senate Commerce Committee advances Nelson nomination to lead NASA
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
100 Days Into Biden's Presidency, Hunter Still Owns Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm, Business Records Show
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson's new racist insult: calling MSNBC's Joy Reid “the race lady”
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Stringer loses more backing as he tries to rally support
Natalie Allison / The Tennessean:
Tennessee Republicans revive bill offering immunity for running over protesters blocking streets
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
How Republicans Lost Interest in Fighting Big Spending
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