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Axios:
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 …
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: Vox, Raw Story and Political Wire
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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 …
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 …
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The Guardian:
Republican who let violent protesters into Oregon state capitol is charged  —  State representative Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct and criminal trespass over December 2020 incident  —  Prosecutors have levelled two criminal charges against a Republican member of the Oregon house …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and KOIN-TV
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.
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 …
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Andrew Oxford / Arizona Republic:
Republic reporter kicked out of Arizona audit site after tweet about former state lawmaker tallying votes
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Jimmy and Joe Show  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has respect for his elders.  And there aren't that many of them.  —  Before the president's rally near Atlanta on Thursday, he and Jill went out of their way to pay respects to the 96-year-old Jimmy Carter.
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Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Biden's cautious stance on the bin Laden raid a decade ago tells us how he might handle a crisis now
Discussion: National Review and Politico
New York Times:
Andrew Yang Promised to Create 100,000 Jobs.  He Ended Up With 150.  —  Mr. Yang is running for mayor of New York City as a bold thinker and entrepreneur.  But his results have been uneven.  —  The idea was as simple as it was ambitious: help struggling American cities …
Discussion: New York Post
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
Newsmax settles a defamation lawsuit from a Dominion executive at the center of election conspiracy theories and issues an apology  — Dominion executive Eric Coomer reached a settlement with Newsmax, which he sued for defamation.  — Newsmax pushed false theories Coomer was in an “Antifa conference call” to rig the election.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Newsmax Posts Retraction, Apologizes to Dominion Employee for False Election Claims
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Newsmax apologizes to Dominion worker for false allegations
Discussion: Forbes, NBC News and The Hill
Washington Post:
Democrats signal they're open to concessions on infrastructure  —  President Biden and top Democrats are signaling privately they are willing to make concessions over Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, or break it into chunks, if that will attract even a handful of Republican votes …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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 …
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 …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
How Georgia's Fast-Growing Voter Rolls Could Affect Redistricting  — Stephen Fowler , - David Armstrong , and - Isaiah Poritz  —  Voters wait in line at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections during early voting in the 2020 Presidential Election.  —  While new U.S. Census data shows Georgia added …
Kelly Hayes / Florida Politics:
Charlie Crist sets May 4 for ‘major announcement’  —  U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is set to unveil a “major announcement” this Tuesday in St. Petersburg.  —  Crist emailed supporters this morning inviting them to RSVP for the “special event.”  —  It's unknown just what this announcement may be …
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 …
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
 
 
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John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Congress poised to force historic change in military justice system
Kaylee Greenlee / The Daily Caller:
Biden Nominee Denied Working With An Anti-Semitic Poet, But An Academic Journal Shows Otherwise
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 …
Discussion: Green That Life
The Guardian:
Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
He mentored decades of Army Rangers. At 94, he'll receive the Medal of Honor.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Texas Dem official faces demands to resign for calling Tim Scott ‘an oreo’
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: CNBC
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