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8:55 AM ET, May 4, 2021

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CNN:
Cheney: What Trump did ‘is a line that cannot be crossed’  —  Liz Cheney hits back at Trump: 2020 election was not stolen  —  Washington (CNN)Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, said on Monday her party cannot accept the “poison” of the idea that the 2020 election was stolen and should not …
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Elected Republicans are lying with open eyes.  Their excuses are disgraceful.  —  “Lord, Lord, how this world is given to lying!”  — “Henry IV,” Part 1, Act 5  —  For the activist base of the Republican Party, affirming that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential contest has become …
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: GOP wants to replace Cheney with another woman  —  House Republicans are moving closer to ousting Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from leadership, and are already considering replacements — including Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), congressional aides tell Axios.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Tucker Carlson has a new GOP target  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING THIS MORNING — The NRCC announced a few minutes ago that it added 10 House Democrats to its list of takeover targets, bringing the total to 57.  It's a show of confidence that the 2022 environment …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How three major news organizations all got a story about Rudy Giuliani wrong  —  Incorrect information from government sources apparently led three separate news organizations to publish the same erroneous claim about Rudolph W. Giuliani last week that all three later corrected.
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Glenn Greenwald:
Corporate News Outlets Again “Confirm” the Same False Story, While Many Refuse to Correct it  —  Journalists with major outlets know they spread a false, retracted story about the FBI and Giuliani but refuse to remove it, because their real job is spreading disinformation.
Discussion: Twitchy
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
‘I Listened to Too Much Propaganda’: Trump Voter Gets Probation After Casting Ballot on Dead Mom's Behalf and Registering Another Dead Woman as a Republican in Pa.  —  A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to five years probation after he admitted to illegally casting his dead mother's ballot …
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Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Pennsylvania man admits he voted for Trump with his dead mom's name: ‘I listened to too much propaganda’  —  Weeks before Election Day, Bruce Bartman mailed his mother's absentee ballot with a check mark next to President Donald Trump's name.  —  The problem was, his mother had been dead since 2008.
CNN:
Pennsylvania man sentenced to 5-year probation after voting in name of dead mother
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
NRA Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee  —  In a rare move, the trustee, part of the Justice Department, called for the dismissal of the N.R.A.'s bankruptcy filing or the appointment of an outside monitor.  —  The National Rifle Association's hopes of end-running a legal challenge …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
U.S. trustee opposes NRA bankruptcy petition in blow to gun rights group
Discussion: CNN, Al Jazeera and Political Wire
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
FDA appears poised to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents by next week  —  The Food and Drug Administration is expected by next week to grant expanded emergency use authorization to allow children as young as 12 to receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and German firm BioNTech …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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New York Times:
The F.D.A. is set to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 12-15 years old by early next week.
Robert Mendick / Telegraph:
MI6 spy Christopher Steele ‘produced second dossier on Donald Trump for FBI’  —  The dossier is believed to be raw intelligence that makes claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes  —  The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while he was in the White House, sources told The Telegraph.
CNN:
CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious  —  A briefing on suspected energy attacks on US intelligence officers turned contentious last week, two sources told CNN, as senators demanded more information about the mysterious incidents from the CIA and accountability for how the agency has handled them.
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Politico:   'It's an act of war': Trump's acting Pentagon chief urges Biden to tackle directed-energy attacks
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Samantha Power appears on Flynn unmasking list seven times, despite testifying she had ‘no recollection’ of doing so
Discussion: Breitbart
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Facebook Can't Cure Trump's Chronic Low Energy  —  This Wednesday morning, an internal tribunal at Facebook will render its verdict of whether the social media site's January eviction of Donald Trump from its electronic premises will stand or if he will be allowed to resume posting there.
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Santi Ruiz / Washington Free Beacon:
Facebook's Oversight Board Will Announce Ruling on Trump Ban Wednesday
Discussion: Politico
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Yamiche Alcindor Is Named Host of ‘Washington Week’ on PBS  —  She succeeds Robert Costa at a program best known as the longtime home of the anchor Gwen Ifill.  —  Last month, when Yamiche Alcindor learned she would become the next moderator of the PBS current-affairs show “Washington Week …
Discussion: The Hill
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Florida Gov. DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions: ‘We are no longer in a state of emergency’  — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday that immediately suspends the state's remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis:
Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Landmark Legislation to Ban Vaccine Passports and Stem Government Overreach
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel and Breitbart
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Inside the all-hands meeting that led to a third of Basecamp employees quitting … I.  —  At 8AM PT on Friday, a bleary-eyed Basecamp CEO Jason Fried gathered his remote workforce together on Zoom to apologize.  Four days earlier, he had thrown the company into turmoil by announcing that …
Rachel Nuwer / New York Times:
MDMA Reaches Next Step Toward Approval for Treatment  —  A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.  —  In an important step toward medical approval, MDMA, the illegal drug popularly known …
Discussion: The Week
Noga Tarnopolsky / Washington Post:
Netanyahu is desperate, unhinged and totally uninterested in governing  —  Unable to claim a mandate, the Israeli prime minister is trying to cling to power anyway  —  In the end, it took only four days to settle a matter that has hovered over Israel for years: How far would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
The coronavirus vaccine skeptics who changed their minds  —  The White House and public health experts study the Americans who went from ‘no’ to ‘yes’ on shots  —  Kim Simmons, a 61-year-old small-business owner in Illinois, vividly remembers the moment she went from vaccine skeptic to vaccine-ready …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Redistricting might gain Republicans a few seats in Congress.  Their real gains will be in state legislatures.  —  In some states, GOP supermajorities may allow them to ignore Democratic governors  —  The U.S. Census Bureau has released the long-awaited results of the 2020 Census …
CNN:
Biden administration taps Richard Cordray as student loan chief  —  The Department of Education announced Monday that Richard Cordray will be the chief operating officer of federal student aid, a high-profile position within the office responsible for managing the government's student financial assistance and loan programs.
Discussion: USA Today and New York Times
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Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Democrat Bee Nguyen Announces Run For Secretary Of State  —  Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen is running for Georgia Secretary of State.  —  Democratic State Rep. Bee Nguyen is running for Secretary of State, the first Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Brad Raffensperger …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  House Democrats are beginning to confront the challenging reality awaiting them in the 2022 midterm elections amid a spate of retirements and dim redistricting prospects.
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Afraid of Tim Scott?  —  The GOP senator forced the president and vice president to respond to him.  —  Kamala Harris went first.  In the Republican response to Joe Biden's address to Congress, Sen. Tim Scott avowed that America “is not a racist country.”
Haley BeMiller / Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Radisson gunman threatened former boss before deadly shooting but allowed by court to possess firearms  —  ASHWAUBENON - A gunman who killed two people and injured a third at Duck Creek Kitchen + Bar was under a restraining order, but still allowed to possess firearms, after he threatened his former boss.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Over Thomas dissent, high court rejects West Point case  —  The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a woman who says she was raped as a West Point cadet  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a woman who says she was raped as a West Point cadet …
Ja'han Jones / HuffPost:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Responds To Republican Efforts To Censor 1619 Project  —  The Pulitzer-winning journalist said efforts to censor the project, which examines American racism since 1619, are about “trying to prohibit the teaching of ideas they don't like.”
Discussion: Commentary Magazine
Luke Broadwater / New York Times:
Schumer Readies Plan B to Push Immigration Changes Unilaterally  —  Should bipartisan talks stall, the Senate majority leader is exploring trying to use budget reconciliation to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York …
 
 
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Representative Darrell Issa:
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Discussion: Breitbart
BuzzFeed News:
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Politico:
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Jordan Heller / New Republic:
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Chrissy Clark / The Daily Wire:
California Professor Placed On Leave After Viral Video Shows Her Berating Student For Pro-Police Views
Discussion: Townhall
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Caitlyn Jenner sitdown with Hannity will be live event in Malibu
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 Earlier Items: 
Adie Vanessa Offiong / CNN:
They've been beaten, trolled, threatened with sexual violence but refuse to be silenced
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
CIA Head Writes Memo Celebrating Chauvin Guilty Verdict, Pledges To Address ‘Trauma Of Racism’
Laura A. Bischoff / USA Today:
Ohio state senator sees nothing wrong with driving while video conferencing
Roger L. Simon / theepochtimes.com:
Use Twitter's New Weakness to Start Upending Big Tech
Discussion: Power Line and The New Neo
Jonathan V. Last / The Triad:
The COVID Culture War Will Never End
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