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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 …
Nardine Saad / Los Angeles Times:
Olympia Dukakis, theater veteran and Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ actress, dies at 89  —  Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, the theater veteran who rose to prominence late in her career with memorable turns in 1980s films such as “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias,” has died at the age of 89.
Discussion: CNN, CBS News, Fox News, Full Feed and Variety
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Hollywood Reporter:
Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89  —  The veteran stage actress also appeared in ‘Steel Magnolias,’ 'Mr. Holland's Opus' and as a transgender landlady four times on ‘Tales of the City.’  —  Olympia Dukakis, the dignified actress who received a supporting Oscar …
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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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: Politico and The Week
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries  —  Republicans in several states are pushing bills to give poll watchers more autonomy.  Alarmed election officials and voting rights activists say it's a new attempt to target voters of color.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
Francisco Kjolseth / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mitt Romney booed at raucous Utah GOP convention as speakers attack the Biden agenda  —  With 2,145 of registered delegates in attendance at in-person convention — and masks in short supply — state's Republican leaders urge party unity after a divisive year.  —  By Bryan Schott and Tony Semerad
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Politico:
Charlie Crist's bid for Florida governor faces early threats  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist officially launches his comeback campaign for his old job early next week — his third bid for the office but the first as a likely underdog in what could be a crowded field.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Kelly Hayes / Florida Politics:   Charlie Crist sets May 4 for ‘major announcement’
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Systemic Racism Built Mississippi.  Gov. Reeves Says It Doesn't Exist.  —  On the penultimate day of the Confederate Heritage Month he proclaimed for the second year in a row, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves made a bold declaration: “There is not systemic racism in America.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Kansas City Star:
Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel arrested for battery after physical altercation with student  —  Kansas state Rep. Mark Samsel was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery on Thursday after getting into a physical altercation with a student while substitute teaching in Wellsville.
Olympia Dukakis Dead / TMZ.com:
Caitlyn Jenner Says Trans Girls Shouldn't Compete in Female Sports  —  CAITLYN JENNER If You're a Biological Boy ... YOU SHOULDN'T BE IN GIRLS' SPORTS … Caitlyn Jenner has a take on trans athletes you might not expect — namely, if you're born as a biological boy, you shouldn't be allowed …
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
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Political Wire
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Cali Influencer Charged for Wild Claim That Latino Couple Tried to Kidnap Her Kids  —  Katie Sorensen went viral last December after saying a couple, who “didn't look necessarily clean cut,” attempted to snatch her kids from a crafts store.  —  A California mom and Instagram influencer …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Politico:
Beam her up: Harris to chair the National Space Council  —  Kamala Harris is adding chair of the National Space Council to her expanding vice presidential portfolio, senior administration officials announced Saturday.  —  Harris will put her own “stamp” of priorities on the cabinet-level body …
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 …
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 …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
‘Lefty social engineering’: GOP launches cultural attack on Biden's plan for day care, education and employee leave  —  It's not just the price tag.  —  Days after President Biden rolled out his American Families Plan — a sprawling $1.8 trillion proposal to expand federal investment in child care …
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
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  —  Adm. McRaven reflects on mission to kill Osama bin Laden … (CNN)To most Americans, the main foreign policy accomplishment of former President Barack Obama's time in office was the killing …
John Podesta / NBC News:
Biden's first 100 days were a complete success.  Here's how to make the next 100 even better. … A lot has happened in the past 100 days of the Biden presidency.  —  On Day One, among other things, the president rejoined the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization.
Associated Press:
California plans early release for 76,000 prison inmates — including violent felons  —  The number includes nearly 20,000 inmates who are serving life sentences with the possibility of parole  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for April 30  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With little notice …
 
 
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New York Times:
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Joe Walsh / Forbes:
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Joshua Tait / The National Interest:
Why Willmoore Kendall And James Burnham Are the Prophets of Modern Conservatism
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Washington Post:
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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
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Race Demagogues Are Poisoning Our Politics
Discussion: Townhall
Erika Sanzi / City Journal:
On the Ground … The Monster Is in the Classroom  —  Schools indoctrinate children as young …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Biden won't reverse Trump's Western Sahara move, U.S. tells Morocco
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.