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4:35 AM ET, May 3, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Help, We Can't Stop Writing About Andrew Yang  —  The outsider brings provocative ideas and good vibes.  But can an “empty vessel” really make it through New York's shark-infested media waters?  —  In January of last year, as the Iowa caucuses neared and before I'd heard of Covid-19 …
Discussion: Twitchy and New York Post
CBS Boston:
Brookline Will Keep Outdoor Mask Mandate In Place  —  BROOKLINE (CBS) — The outdoor mask mandate will remain in place until further notice in Brookline, Town Manager Mel Kleckner said Friday.  —  The announcement came on the same day that the state eased its outdoor mask mandate …
Discussion: Twitchy
Alex Wigglesworth / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County reports no new COVID-19 deaths  —  Los Angeles County public health authorities on Sunday reported no new deaths related to COVID-19.  —  Although officials cautioned that the figure was probably an undercount because of reporting delays on weekends, it still marked a bright spot …
Discussion: The Week
NBC News:
In bitterly divided election in Southlake, Texas, opponents of anti-racism education win big  —  SOUTHLAKE, Texas — Nine months after officials in the affluent Carroll Independent School District introduced a proposal to combat racial and cultural intolerance in schools …
James Caven / Dailystar.co.uk:
Hitler liked women peeing on him during sex and was incestuous with niece, doc claims  —  The tyrant killed himself in 1945 in Berlin  —  Adolf Hitler liked women urinating on him during sex and had an incestuous relationship with his niece, a documentary claims.
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Mary Lincoln wasn't ‘crazy.’ She was a bereaved mother, new exhibit says.  —  Callie Hawkins had been working at President Lincoln's Cottage museum for 10 years when she became pregnant.  She and her husband were thrilled, and she joked with her co-workers about the baby's “perfect” due date — Feb. 12 — Abraham Lincoln's birthday.
Lola Fadulu / Washington Post:
At a walk-up coronavirus vaccine clinic in D.C., every shot is a small victory  —  A man experiencing homelessness came from across town after hearing he wouldn't need an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine.  A grieving mother saw the clinic's white tents while doing an errand.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Many police officers spurn coronavirus vaccines as departments hold off on mandates  —  Low immunization levels suggest hesitancy is pervasive, posing risks to public safety  —  Police officers were among the first front-line workers to gain priority access to coronavirus vaccines.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
John Nichols / madison.com:
Robin Vos is a threat to democracy  —  Good news.  Wisconsin's population increased by 3.6%, to 5,893,718, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.  That's not a huge gain, but it's sufficient to maintain the state's current level of representation in the U.S. House.
American Greatness:
The Deep State is Back  —  When Biden says “America is back” and praises “our democracy,” it's clear he means a return to the pre-Trump status quo, including the meddlesome and ungoverned Deep State.  —  Recently, the FBI searched Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan apartment.
Amy Kazmin / Financial Times:
India's ruling BJP suffers setback in state elections  —  Failure in West Bengal despite aggressive campaign delivers rebuke of Modi's pandemic leadership  —  India's prime minister Narendra Modi suffered a significant political setback on Sunday when his Bharatiya Janata party failed …
Discussion: Al Jazeera
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Avoiding White Backlash Is a Racial-Justice Issue  —  From the time of the Constitution's ratification until Joe Biden's junior year of college, the United States was governed by a de-jure racial caste system that denied most Black Americans political power and economic opportunity.
Jacob Kornbluh / The Forward:
Israel ambassador likely to be named this week, with shortlist narrowed to two  —  President Joe Biden has narrowed down his list of candidates for ambassador to Israel to two candidates who have strong ties to the pro-Israel community.  Tom Nides, a former official in the Clinton and Obama administrations …
CBS News:
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the threat posed by China  —  Norah O'Donnell speaks with Secretary Blinken in a wide-ranging interview that touches on China's recent military aggression, winding down the long war in Afghanistan and the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
Barney Frank / The Hill:
Why Biden's COVID relief package may have changed everything  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  The Biden administration and its Congressional allies have not only achieved immediate political and economic victories with passage of their COVID relief legislation …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Why it took Joe Biden to carry out the Bernie Sanders presidency |  Will Bunch  —  It was just over five years ago — while Bernie Sanders was crisscrossing America's early primary states, packing large arenas with throngs cheering his plans for free college, government child care …
Discussion: Bloomberg
mailchi.mp:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  —  A Statement from Michael Wood: I am proud of the campaign we ran, and regret nothing.  This was always going to be a long shot, but I hope that others around the country will do the same, and fight for our party and our country.  —  I would like to thank …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump tightens his grip on the GOP  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  There are some very encouraging new numbers for President JOE BIDEN this morning: Sixty-four percent of Americans said they're optimistic with the direction of the country, according to an ABC/Ipsos poll.
Discussion: Insider, The Wrap and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
U.S. general: Afghan forces could face ‘bad possible outcomes’  —  WASHINGTON — Afghan government forces face an uncertain future and, in a worst-case scenario, some “bad possible outcomes” against Taliban insurgents as the withdrawal of American and coalition troops accelerates in the coming weeks …
Discussion: HotAir and New York Post
Deroy Murdock / Fox News:
Biden's ‘Jim Eagle’ vs. Jim Crow - here's what Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race  —  The Democrat Party has become America's headquarters for racism and anti-Black bigotry  —  Ben Carson: Does Biden know what Jim Crow is?  —  To see what racism and race-baiting look like, look no further than today's Democrat-Left.
Discussion: TheGrio
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Myah Ward / Politico:
Tim Scott optimistic about Congress' progress on police reform
Discussion: CBS News
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: Deadline, The Wrap and Althouse
Anoa Changa / NewsOne:
Conservatives Launch Lawsuits Attacking Historic Government Aid For Black Farmers  —  Five white farmers last week sued USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in his official capacity, alleging reverse discrimination for his treatment of Black farmers, in particular.  The lawsuit claimed the effort …
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
Discussion: DJHJ Media and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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
Discussion: Fox News
 
 
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Jill Jacobs / Haaretz:
Supporters of the far right Lehava on the prowl, one wearing a ‘Kahane was right’ badge, in Jerusalem last monthCredit: Emil Salman
Discussion: Jacobin
CNN:
Donald Trump saw it coming
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 prey on Latinos
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Oregon GOP Lawmaker Faces Criminal Charges for Letting Rioters Into State Capitol
Discussion: The Week and Washington Examiner
Douglas MacKinnon / The Hill:
Will DeSantis, Rubio and Scott torch each other to vault from Florida to the White House?
Sen. Chuck Grassley / USA Today:
Cameras added transparency to Derek Chauvin trial — now add them to all courtrooms
CNN:
Republicans Susan Wright, Jake Ellzey advance to runoff in Texas' 6th District special election
Bruce Thompson / Washington Examiner:
How the White House is hiding the true cost of its spending plans
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
SpaceX's Elon Musk has become the coolest capitalist of them all
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
From the Past, a Chilling Warning About the Extremists of the Present
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
Believe Science: Get Vaccinated. Then Relax.
Discussion: Townhall and Barred in DC
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Why Kristi Noem Is Rising Quickly as a Republican Prospect for 2024
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jim Acosta calls out Fox News as a dangerous BS factory: ‘Lies can kill’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars