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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.
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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 …
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
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
DCist:
Manchin Says He's Against DC Statehood Bill, Dealing A Blow To Its Future
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com and New York Post
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 …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Newsmax apologizes to Dominion worker for false allegations
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
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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Gabby Orr / CNN:
Trump allies worry Giuliani raid sent ‘strong message’ to ex-President's inner circle  —  (CNN)A Wednesday raid by federal agents of an apartment and office belonging to former New York City mayor and one-time Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has left allies of the former President feeling uneasy …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Bulwark
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Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Eli Broad, billionaire who poured wealth into reshaping L.A., dies at 87  —  Eli Broad, a self-made billionaire, philanthropist and art collector who built two Fortune 500 companies and used his wealth to mold Los Angeles' cultural landscape, playing a central role in building such institutions …
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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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden cancels border wall projects Trump paid for with diverted military funds
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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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.
Mark Vandevelde / Financial Times:
The strange case of the ‘$100m deli’ and the universities that own a slice  —  Duke and Vanderbilt have sizeable stakes in a company with one asset: a tiny, small-town eatery  —  Duke and Vanderbilt universities, two of the most prestigious seats of learning in the US …
Discussion: CNBC
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
‘SNL’ cast won't be forced to appear with controversial host Elon Musk  —  “Saturday Night Live” cast members won't be forced to appear alongside controversial billionaire Elon Musk when he hosts the show, Page Six is told.  —  “Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don't have to do it,” a source told us.
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: The Sun, Deadline and New York Post
Abby Kousouris / WVLT:
“Unapproved curriculum” surrounding racial inequality prompts Knox County Schools teacher investigation  —  Complaints from parents led to an investigation of an art teacher from Sterchi Elementary who taught a lesson to 4th and 5th graders on racial inequality.
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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.
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 NBC New York
New York Times:
Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America's Covid Vaccine Skeptics  —  Resistance is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia.  But it's far more complicated than just a partisan divide.  —  GREENEVILLE, Tenn.— “So have you gotten the vaccine yet?”
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Trapped Aboard an Abandoned Cargo Ship: One Sailor's Four-Year Ordeal  —  The MV Aman was seized near the Suez Canal in 2017.  Years later, its chief mate was still on board, all alone.  —  SUEZ, Egypt—Chief Mate Mohammad Aisha awoke to the groans and tremors of a cavernous cargo ship listing hard to starboard.
Discussion: New York Post
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: HuffPost, IJR and Daily Kos
United States Department of State:
Appointment of Ambassador Daniel Smith as Chargé d'Affaires at Embassy New Delhi  —  Ambassador Daniel Smith, the Director of the Foreign Service Institute who recently served as acting Secretary of State and Acting Deputy Secretary of State, will be departing for New Delhi to serve as Chargé d'Affaires, ad interim.
Discussion: The Hill
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Texas Dem official faces demands to resign for calling Tim Scott ‘an oreo’  —  Scott has faced a flurry of racial attacks after delivering his rebuttal to Biden's address  —  Twitter waits hours before stopping offensive Tim Scott trend  —  A Texas Democratic official is facing calls …
Discussion: Politico
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Chuck Schumer is sounding a “last call” for bipartisanship and then is ready to go for broke  —  A conversation with the Senate majority leader on the next 1,361 days  —  In the project to rebuild America, if President Biden is the architect, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is the contractor.
Discussion: The Hill
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
 
 
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