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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
BUSTED: Capitol insurrectionist is counting ballots at controversial Arizona election audit  —  An Arizona Republican who traveled to Washington, D.C. for the January 6th insurrection is now counting ballots at the controversial Arizona audit.  —  Former Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern posted …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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.
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
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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Ben Jacobs / VICE:
The Fight for the GOP's Post-Trump Future Starts This Weekend in Texas
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Texas Tribune
ABC News:
Biden administration to return billions in border wall funding Trump diverted from Pentagon  —  All related construction contracts will be canceled, an official told ABC News.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  John Moore/Getty Images
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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
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  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. (WV News) — During a Friday morning press call, Sen. Joe Manchin offered his thoughts on a variety of proposed pieces of legislation, including President Joe Biden's recently announced American Family Plan.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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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New York Times:
Stringer, Facing Sexual Harassment Accusation, Loses Key Endorsement  —  The Working Families Party, a major left-leaning institution, withdrew its backing of Scott Stringer for mayor of New York City.  —  The Working Families Party, a major left-wing institution, is yanking its support …
Discussion: New York Magazine and THE CITY
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Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Working Families Party pulls support for Stringer in ongoing fallout from assault allegations
Discussion: The Hill
Joel Davidson / Alaska Watchman:
With guns drawn, FBI raids Homer couple's home looking for Nancy Pelosi's laptop  —  Paul and Marilyn Hueper, owners of Homer Inn & Spa, woke with a start at 9 a.m. April 28 when a dozen armed FBI agents kicked down their front door in an investigation associated with Rep. Nancy Pelosi's stolen laptop …
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JM Rieger / Washington Post:
Giuliani's claims about Hunter Biden and the FBI get more confusing  —  Since the New York Post published an article in October based on emails purportedly from a laptop owned by President Biden's son Hunter, Donald Trump's former personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani has maintained three things:
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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
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.
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, TheGrio, Raw Story and The Hill
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.
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 …
Anagha Srikanth / The Hill:
After passing anti-trans sports ban, West Virginia governor can't cite any examples of trans athletes  —  He's not the only one.  —  Story at a glance  — West Virginia is one of several states that have banned transgender children from participating in sports.
Discussion: IJR, HuffPost and Daily Kos
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Newsmax Posts Retraction, Apologizes to Dominion Employee for False Election Claims  —  Newsmax has posted an apology/retraction to its website regarding false claims made on the network about Dominion and the 2020 presidential election.  —  Dominion employee Dr. Eric Coomer …
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
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Republicans Are Still Waiting For Joe Biden's Tea Party Backlash  —  The GOP insists the same type of conservative backlash President Barack Obama faced over his tax and spend policies is coming for President Joe Biden.  —  President Joe Biden has spent his first 100 days pushing massive spending bills …
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 …
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 G-File, DJHJ Media and Mic
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: The Bulwark, Raw Story and The Sun
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’
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 …
 
 
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