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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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Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Trump crashes final days of Texas special election  —  The first competitive special of the new election cycle has quickly turned into a 2020 redux: It's the Donald Trump show all over again.  —  Trump made a late foray in the 23-candidate scramble for a vacant congressional seat in North Texas …
Discussion: ABC News, USA Today, CNN and Raw Story
Ben Jacobs / VICE:
The Fight for the GOP's Post-Trump Future Starts This Weekend in Texas
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and Daily Kos
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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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
‘One god-awful mess’: Biden lays border crisis on Trump admin's refusal to cooperate
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
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Manchin says he doesn't support D.C. statehood bill  —  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.
Discussion: DCist, The Hill, Politico and Joe.My.God.
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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
Discussion: Washington Post
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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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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Bombshell Letter: Gaetz Paid for Sex With Minor, Wingman Says
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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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 …
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 …
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Mike Pence reemerges.  But Trumpworld is moving on.  —  The final weeks of the Donald Trump-Mike Pence partnership were an unmitigated disaster.  Pence, the fiercely loyal vice president, was ushered to safety in the halls of Congress after he refused his boss' wishes to not certify the election results.
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Heather Mongilio / capitalgazette.com:
Kamala Harris to speak at Naval Academy commissioning
Discussion: The Hill
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Fox News Parts Ways With Anchor Months After He Disappeared From the Air  —  Fox News anchor Leland Vittert, a fixture of the network's weekend lineup for years, has left the network.  —  When reached for comment, Fox News confirmed his departure: “We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Leland Vittert.”
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.
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
White House to restrict travel from India  —  The White House will restrict travel from India starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 4, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday.  —  Driving the news: The Biden administration cited a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the country …
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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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Half of Republicans incorrectly think there's evidence Biden didn't win legitimately  —  Next week, it will have been six months since the 2020 presidential election.  More than 25 weeks have passed since voting was completed, including months in which Donald Trump and his supporters scoured …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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CNN:   CNN Poll: Americans are divided on what causes problems in US elections
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 …
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
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
John Kerry discloses millions in income from finance, energy firms  —  John Kerry disclosed millions in income and a massive stock portfolio that he's moved to liquidate since taking office as President Biden's special climate envoy, according to a financial filing obtained by Axios on Friday.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: McConnell takes on the 1619 Project  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IF YOU READ ONE THING — GARRETT GRAFF'S oral history of the bin Laden raid: “'Congratulations, You Killed Osama bin Laden': How the hunt for the world's most notorious terrorist actually went down—as told by the people inside the room.”
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Democrat Cheri Bustos Announces Retirement From Congress  —  The Illinois lawmaker will finish out her term, but said she is ready for something new after serving in the House for 10 years.  —  After 10 years in Congress, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) announced Friday that she will not run for reelection in 2022.
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
We must thank Sanders for Biden's success  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  This week is President Joe Biden's big week.  He gave an address Wednesday to a joint session of Congress, and today, the new president is celebrating the 100th day of his presidency.
Dan Noyes / ABC7:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co. … EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter infiltrates North Bay anti-fascist group  —  SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Shocking comments were made during an online meeting of far-left activists in Sonoma County …
Discussion: HotAir, RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
The Latest: TSA extends mask mandate on planes to September  —  WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration has extended a requirement that passengers on planes, trains and buses wear face masks.  The rule was set to expire May 11 but will now run through Sept. 13.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Household Income Surged by Record 21.1% in March  —  Higher income, spending and saving are expected to help power a fast economic recovery  —  Household income rose at a record pace of 21.1% in March as federal-stimulus checks helped fuel an economic revival that is poised to endure with an easing pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and The Week
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 …
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, The Hill and Raw Story
John T. Bennett / Washington Examiner:
‘Amtrak Joe’: Biden pushes for $80B injection into rail service to fight climate change  —  President Joe Biden made a pitch on Friday for his proposed $80 billion to upgrade and expand Amtrak service, saying the rail system is a key to fighting climate change and could further spur the post-pandemic economic recovery.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart and National Review
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Carla Marinucci / Politico:
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Discussion: HotAir and Vox
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 Earlier Items: 
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Georgetown Professor Under Fire For Reading The “N-Word” In A Class On Free Speech and Racism
Discussion: The College Fix
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Why are the liberals of Takoma Park suing to protect a piece of asphalt?
Rachel Yang / Yahoo News:
Over 450 past Jeopardy contestants call on show to address alleged ‘white power’ symbol