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5:35 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, New York Post and Vanity Fair
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: Gizmodo and The Week
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
CNN:
Donald Trump saw it coming  —  Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter.  We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets.  —  (CNN)Donald Trump saw it coming.  Back in 2019, the moderate Joe Biden looked like a candidate uniquely suited …
Jean Guerrero / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 prey on Latinos  —  Last year, I was working on a coronavirus story for the PBS NewsHour when my father texted me a since-removed YouTube video titled, “How to wipe out the corona virus THT in 10 min.” A chiropractor with a graying beard named John Bergman …
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  —  Many of us watched in horror as right-wing Jewish youth marched from Zion Square to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah two weeks ago, chanting …
Discussion: Jacobin
 
 
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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
Mark Whittington / The Hill:
SpaceX's Elon Musk has become the coolest capitalist of them all
 Earlier Items: 
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
Associated Press:
State TV: Iran reaches deals to release prisoners; US denies
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
Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo's Loudest Supporters: ‘Women for Governor Cuomo’
Discussion: New York Post