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1:30 PM ET, May 2, 2021

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The politicians who tried to overturn an election — and the local news team that won't let anyone forget it  —  The journalists at WITF, an all-news public radio station in Harrisburg, Pa., made a perfectly reasonable decision a few months ago.  —  They decided they wouldn't shrug off the damaging lies of election denialism.
Washington Post:
For Republicans, fealty to Trump's election falsehood becomes defining loyalty test  —  Debra Ell, a Republican organizer in Michigan and fervent supporter of former president Donald Trump, said she has good reason to believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
'There's a lot of crazy going on': Pro-Trump lawyer blows up key GOP race  —  Lin Wood played a starring role in Georgia's GOP civil war after the 2020 elections.  Now the pro-Trump lawyer is taking his roadshow to South Carolina, where he's campaigning as a “chaos” candidate to lead the state Republican Party.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Sacks / New Yorker:
John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”  —  The first major interview with one of the most revered comedy writers of all time.  —  It's been nearly twenty years since the reclusive, mysterious, almost mythical comedy writer John Swartzwelder left “The Simpsons,” and yet, to this day …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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Associated Press:
State TV: Iran reaches deals to release prisoners; US denies  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will free prisoners with Western ties in Iran in exchange for billions of dollars from the United States and the United Kingdom, state television reported Sunday.  The U.S. immediately denied the report, while the U.K. did not respond.
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Associated Press:
US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been reached for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars.
Discussion: Fox News
Wajahat Ali / The Daily Beast:
What Does It Take to Get a White Man Fired From CNN?  —  UNAFFIRMATIVE ACTION … I got four warnings there.  Reza Aslan and Octavia Nasr and Marc Lamont Hill didn't get off with just warnings.  Rick Santorum seems to be just fine.  Can you spot the difference?
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
Renato Mariotti / Politico:
Giuliani's Legal Trouble Is Trump's Too  —  You don't need to be a lawyer to know that when federal agents knock on your door with a search warrant and seize your electronic devices, you're in big trouble.  Ever since that happened to former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday …
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theepochtimes.com:   The Real Reasons Behind the Rudy Giuliani Raid
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Country optimistic after Biden's 1st 100 days: POLL  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction.  —  Biden's infrastructure plan would give much-needed boost to rail system  —  President Joe Biden's infrastructure bill would allocate $80 billion toward …
Discussion: The Hill, Ipsos and The Week
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show … The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency's school-reopening guidance released in February.
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Believe Science: Get Vaccinated.  Then Relax.  —  Jog without a mask!  Hang out with friends!  Eat in a restaurant!  —  3 hr ago  —  A lot has been lost in the past year.  Among the losses: people's sanity.  —  Consider this bit from Joy-Ann Reid's MSNBC show earlier this week …
Discussion: Townhall and Barred in DC
John Harwood / CNN:
Janet Yellen says critics of Biden's tax hikes are asking the wrong question  —  (CNN)Doctors follow the Hippocratic oath: do no harm.  The architects of President Joe Biden's tax increases took a somewhat different approach.  —  They want some proposals, like the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies …
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Joseph Choi / The Hill:   Sen. Susan Collins pushes back on 28 percent corporate tax rate, saying jobs would be lost
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Dems get locked out of Texas special election  —  Democrats' best chance this year to pad their slim House majority suddenly evaporated Saturday night, as Republicans claimed both runoff spots in the special election for a fast-changing House seat outside Fort Worth.
Ryan Autullo / Austin American-Statesman:
Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban  —  After all votes were counted in Austin, Proposition B soared to victory in a race many thought would be tighter than it ended up.  —  In a hotly contested debate involving the city's homelessness crisis, 57% of voters said they were in favor …
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Alexandra Villarreal / The Guardian:   Austin voters to decide on restoring rules criminalizing homeless activities
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Biden stocks his White House with Ivy Leaguers  —  Joe Biden, a proud graduate of the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School who has bragged about going to a “state school,” has stocked his top White House staff with nearly twice as many Ivy League graduates as the first iteration …
Discussion: CNN, RedState and Political Wire
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Why politically guided science is bad  —  Research should not be an effort to reach one's desired conclusions.  —  8 hr ago  —  The other day, a paper was published in the American Economic Review about incarceration's effect on children.  It caused quite a stir, because it concluded …
Glenn Greenwald:
The Left Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations  —  Equating accusations with proven fact is reckless and repressive.  It is also standard behavior in liberal politics, whereby they ruin lives without a second thought.  —  15 hr ago
Lahav Harkov / Jerusalem Post:
Chinese embassy tweets and deletes antisemitic cartoon  —  The tweet in Japanese reads: “If the United States brought ‘democracy,’ it would be like this.”  —  The Chinese Embassy in Japan last Thursday tweeted an antisemitic cartoon and then deleted it at the behest of Israel's Foreign Ministry.
Discussion: Insider and Breitbart
The Hill:
Census confirms Texas and Florida are America's future  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  We suspected people were moving by the thousands to Texas and Florida.  Now Washington has proof.  The recent census results added two congressional seats to Texas and bolstered Florida's representation …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Biden economic adviser pushes global corporate tax minimum to counteract proposed US increase  —  Opponents say Biden's plan will hurt US competitiveness  —  Biden's spending, tax plans will have ‘bumps along the way’: Economic Advisers chair  —  Council of Economic Advisers chair Cecilia Rouse pushed …
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
The Shows: Sunday listings for May 2, 2021  —  ABC “This Week”: White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan ... Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) ... Adm. Mike Mullen ... Jeffrey Gettleman ... Ashish Jha.  Panel: Chris Christie, Rahm Emanuel, Rachel Scott and Audie Cornish.
Discussion: ABC News, HotAir and Crooks and Liars
 
 
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
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Deval Patrick / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Daily Kos