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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 …
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 …
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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: Vox, Raw Story and Political Wire
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: The Week
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.
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Republican state lawmakers look to empower partisan poll watchers, setting off alarms about potential voter intimidation  —  (CNN)Voting rights activists are sounding alarms about Republican efforts in key states to empower partisan poll watchers and expand voter challenges …
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Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries
Bente Birkeland / NPR:
Newsmax Issues Retraction And Apology To Dominion Employee Over Election Stories … The far-right media outlet Newsmax, which amplified former President Donald Trump's false allegations of election rigging and widespread voter fraud, said on Friday there is no evidence that Dominion Voting Systems …
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Joe Walsh / Forbes:
Newsmax Apologizes To Dominion Exec As It Settles Lawsuit Over False Voter Fraud Claims
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Newsmax Posts Retraction, Apologizes to Dominion Employee for False Election Claims
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Disney Got Itself A ‘If You Own A Themepark...’ Carveout From Florida's Blatantly Unconstitutional Social Media Moderation Bill  —  Earlier this year, we noted that a wide variety of states (mostly those controlled by angry, ignorant Republicans) were looking to pass blatantly unconstitutional bills …
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.
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
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 …
Karen E. Young / Foreign Policy:
Iraq Wants Aid, but Saudi Arabia and the UAE See Investment Opportunity  —  To help weather the coming energy transition, Gulf countries are plowing money in renewable development abroad.  —  In March and April, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in search of financial aid.
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Associated Press:
More perilous phase ahead for Biden after his 1st 100 days  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's presidency is entering a new and more perilous phase where he is almost certain to face stiffer Republican opposition and also have difficulty keeping Democrats united as he pushes for $4 trillion …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Yaakov Lappin / Algemeiner.com:
Revealed: How Hezbollah Is Still Aiding Syria and Assad
Associated Press:
California plans early release for 76,000 prison inmates — including violent felons
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BizPac Review
Joshua Tait / The National Interest:
Why Willmoore Kendall And James Burnham Are the Prophets of Modern Conservatism
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
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Congress poised to force historic change in military justice system
Washington Examiner:
Biden's big spending plans have never been less appropriate than they are now
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
 Earlier Items: 
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.
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: Washington Examiner and Politico