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Scoop: GOP leaders threaten Cheney ouster  —  Top Republicans are turning on Rep. Liz Cheney, the party's highest-ranking woman in Congress, with one conservative leader suggesting she could be ousted from her GOP post within a month.  —  Why it matters: The comments by Reps. Steve Scalise …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Details Of A Fateful Call Between Rudy Giuliani And The Ukrainians Have Been Secret For Years.  Here's The Full Transcript.  —  The infamous call in which former president Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to do him a “favor” and investigate Hunter Biden and the origins …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Sun and Insider
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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
Daniel Villarreal / Newsweek:
Ex-State Rep. Anthony Kern, Who Was at Capitol Riot, Seen Counting Ballots in Arizona Audit  —  Former Republican Arizona state Representative Anthony Kern, who was present at the January 6 Capitol riot and advocated the baseless “Stop the Steal” movement, has been seen taking part …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Raw Story and Twitchy
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Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:   Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes
KNXV:
Cyber Ninjas security plan details anticipated attack by “Antifa”
Discussion: New York Magazine
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
BUSTED: Capitol insurrectionist is counting ballots at controversial Arizona election audit
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: Forbes, NBC News and The Hill
Hillary Borrud / Oregonian:
Oregon lawmaker who let far-right demonstrators into Capitol charged with criminal misconduct  —  Video shot from multiple angles reveals more of how Rep. Mike Nearman enabled demonstrators to illegally enter the Oregon Capitol.  —  An Oregon lawmaker who let violent far-right demonstrators …
Yahoo News:
How a brutal assault led a woman to one of the CIA's most valuable Russian spies  —  On a warm day in late September nearly 10 years ago, Lisa Sales was in the basement of her Virginia home, going through files belonging to her former tenant, a man who had just been arrested and would later plead guilty to assaulting her.
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Chris Christie Says He'd Give Trump an ‘A’ Grade: What Happened at End of His Presidency ‘Clouded His Accomplishments’  —  Chris Christie said on Fox News Friday night he would give Donald Trump's presidency an A grade.  —  Christie repeatedly called out Trump over his false and completely ridiculous claims about the 2020 election.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and HuffPost
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
Kathryn Garcia Doesn't Want Andrew Yang's Praise  —  The city-government veteran and mayoral hopeful talks about management, wastewater, and the viability trap.  —  In the world of New York politics, it is easy to find people who admire Kathryn Garcia, the city's former commissioner of sanitation.
Erika Sanzi / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Monster Is in the Classroom  —  Schools indoctrinate children as young as eight in race and gender essentialism.  —  Education  —  The Social Order  —  Many American parents may assume that culture-war battles over critical race theory and “wokeness” …
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Abby Kousouris / WVLT:
“Unapproved curriculum” surrounding racial inequality prompts Knox County Schools teacher investigation
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
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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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Race Demagogues Are Poisoning Our Politics  —  Our racial problem is getting worse, even as we strive as a nation to marginalize racism.  —  enator Tim Scott is entirely right: “America is not a racist country.”  But America has a serious racial problem.  Not a racism problem, a racial problem.
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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Forensic News:
Giuliani Probe Expands, Ukrainian Ally Under Criminal Investigation
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Scientists say India government ignored warnings amid coronavirus surge  —  A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters.
Discussion: HotAir and Japan Times
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.
Washington Post:
'It's all Taliban country now': New militant checkpoints on key roadways choke off parts of Afghanistan  —  KABUL — Taliban checkpoints have proliferated across key parts of Afghanistan as U.S. forces have withdrawn over the past year, leaving Afghan towns and cities increasingly isolated …
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big spending plans have never been less appropriate than they are now  —  The data is in.  This week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. economy grew at a blistering 6.4% clip in the first quarter of 2021 — that is, January through March, back before any serious …
Kaylee Greenlee / The Daily Caller:
Biden Nominee Denied Working With An Anti-Semitic Poet, But An Academic Journal Shows Otherwise  —  Justice Department nominee Kristen Clarke said while under oath she didn't work with an anti-Semitic poet, though she was listed as an assistant editor for the same scholastic journal as the poet for several years.
The Guardian:
Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years  —  International team of researchers also found that deforestation rose nearly four-fold in 2019  —  The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past decade than it absorbed …
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Congress poised to force historic change in military justice system  —  Supporters of fundamentally changing how the U.S. military handles allegations of sexual assault and other major crimes say they now have the votes to make their proposal, which the president supports, the law of the land.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Disney Got Itself A ‘If You Own A Themepark...’ Carveout From Florida's Blatantly Unconstitutional Social Media Moderation Bill  —  from the welcome-to-GoogleLand-and-FacebookWorld dept  —  Earlier this year, we noted that a wide variety of states (mostly those controlled by angry …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
He mentored decades of Army Rangers.  At 94, he'll receive the Medal of Honor.  —  Retired Col. Ralph Puckett will become one of the most highly decorated soldiers in U.S. history  —  Shivering in freezing temperatures, about 50 U.S. soldiers braced for the worst.
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
 
 
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New York Times:
Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Biden won't reverse Trump's Western Sahara move, U.S. tells Morocco
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
My beef with Epicurious  —  When the coronavirus closed restaurants and offices 13 months ago …
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Biden frantic after forgetting he put mask in his pocket
Wall Street Journal:
Trapped Aboard an Abandoned Cargo Ship: One Sailor's Four-Year Ordeal
Discussion: Fox News
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Chuck Schumer is sounding a “last call” for bipartisanship and then is ready to go for broke
United States Department of State:
Appointment of Ambassador Daniel Smith as Chargé d'Affaires at Embassy New Delhi
Discussion: The Hill
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden cancels border wall projects Trump paid for with diverted military funds
Mark Vandevelde / Financial Times:
The strange case of the ‘$100m deli’ and the universities that own a slice
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Scott Taylor / WJLA-TV:
Pentagon says no to parking permit for Rolling To Remember
New York Times:
Faith, Freedom, Fear: Rural America's Covid Vaccine Skeptics
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / New Yorker:
How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously
Discussion: New York Post, The Sun and Deadline
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Abstract  —  This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the effect of Fox News Channel …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Manchin says he doesn't support D.C. statehood bill, dealing advocates a major blow
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