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Kadia Goba / Axios:
Scoop: McCarthy trashes Cheney on hot mic  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he's “lost confidence” in Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a moment of candor caught on a hot mic, a tape reviewed by Axios shows.  —  What he's saying: “I think she's got real problems …
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Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Liz Cheney's biggest problem has nothing to do with Trump  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is purportedly again at risk of losing her position as House Republican Conference chair, the third-ranking member of the House GOP leadership.  For most Republicans, the reason is that she crossed President Donald Trump …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Kevin McCarthy: Master of Strategery  —  Pushing our Liz McCarthy makes it easier to turn 2022 into another referendum on Trumpism.  —  Kevin McCarthy, apparently, thinks that if he can stop Liz Cheney from talking about former President Trump's promotion of the election lies that led to the January 6 riot …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Purging Liz Cheney for Opposing Trump's Insurrection  —  In the few days after January 6, it appeared the Republican establishment that had tolerated four years of naked corruption and frequently undisguised racism had finally lost its patience with Donald Trump.
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The pro-Trump Republican trying to upstage Cheney
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban  —  The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Liberals Who Can't Quit Lockdown  —  Lurking among the jubilant Americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren't quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions.  For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of DOJ memo justifying not prosecuting Trump  —  A federal judge has ordered the release of a key Justice Department memo supporting former Attorney William Barr's conclusion that former President Donald Trump should not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice …
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Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:   Judge orders DOJ release Trump obstruction memo
Ariel Zilber / Associated Press:
Derek Chauvin juror LIED about protest: Cop's hope of appeal boosted after picture emerges of juror at BLM rally wearing ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ T-shirt despite telling court he'd never been on a march  — Brandon Mitchell was one of 12 jurors who convicted Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin …
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Chao Xiong / Star Tribune:
Chauvin juror defends participation in March on Washington after social media post surfaces
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Rising Diversity Might Not Help Democrats as Much as They Hope  —  Voters of color make up an increasing percentage of the United States electorate, but that trend isn't hurting Republicans as much as conservatives fear.  —  The Census Bureau released two important sets of data last week …
Discussion: HotAir and Althouse
David Zweig / New York Magazine:
Experts: CDC's Summer-Camp Rules Are ‘Cruel’ and ‘Irrational’  —  From the peak on January 8 to today, following the trajectory of new COVID cases in the U.S. is like a descent on the Matterhorn.  The mortality rate has taken a similar plunge over the past few months.
Discussion: Reason and HotAir
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
CNN's Don Lemon Slams Santorum's Non-Apology For Racist Comments: ‘It Was Horrible’  —  CNN anchor Don Lemon raked former GOP senator-turned-CNN contributor Rick Santorum (R-PA) over the coals on Monday night after Santorum refused to apologize for his racist comments downplaying European settlers' genocide of Native Americans.
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Furious’ Don Lemon Loses His Cool After Chris Cuomo Has Rick Santorum On
Discussion: Raw Story
The Yeshiva World:
Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Has Been Released Early From Prison  —  Sources tell YWN that NY Assemblyman Sheldon Silver has been released from prison and is on his way home.  He was released five years earlier than his six year sentence.  His original release date was March 10, 2026.
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Mass Georgia voter cancellations begin using info from other states  —  Turnout helps reduce size of voter purge from record highs  —  Georgia election officials plan to start canceling voter registrations as soon as this week, on a smaller scale than in past years and, for the first time …
Discussion: Democracy Docket
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
Biden's new goal: 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4th  —  President Biden will announce Tuesday a new goal to get 160 million Americans fully vaccinated and at least one shot administered to 70% of individuals by the Fourth of July holiday, senior administration officials told reporters.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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 …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
'We're terrorized': LA sheriffs frequently harass families of people they kill, says report  —  Los Angeles sheriff's department has routinely retaliated against victims' relatives who speak out, NLG and ACLU say in report  —  Los Angeles sheriff deputies frequently harass the families …
Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today:
Corporations aren't ‘woke,’ they just know their customers.  Watch and learn, Republicans.  —  Why are corporations for democracy, against racism and invested in fighting climate change?  They're trying to please people and turn profits.  —  Have corporations been absorbed by the “woke mob …
Discussion: The Editorial Board
Cathy Young:
“Political Correctness” Déjà Vu  —  Do concerns about “wokeness” and “cancel culture” recycle a 1990s panic over “political correctness,” or are we dealing with same problem of far-left illiberalism?  —  One trope used to dismiss concerns about overzealous “wokeness,” …
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
$100 as an Incentive to Get a Shot?  Experiment Suggests It Can Pay Off.  —  A cash reward works best with Democrats, and relaxing safety guidelines seems to motivate Republicans, a survey study shows.  —  What's the best way to persuade the millions of Americans who are still unvaccinated against Covid-19 to get their shots?
Discussion: Political Wire
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines  —  Biden senior adviser says move would spark legal disputes and delay inoculation campaigns  —  One of Joe Biden's top coronavirus advisers has warned that forcing drug companies to abandon intellectual property rights …
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Ian Haworth / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘People Are Going To Be Very, Very Happy When I Make A Certain Announcement!’  Donald Trump Hints At 2024 Run  —  One question at the forefront of the minds of supporters and critics alike of former President Donald Trump is whether he will return to the campaign trail and run for president once more in 2024.
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse  —  The site's Oversight Board is expected to rule on Donald Trump's case Wednesday.  Breaking Facebook's rules can mean removed posts and blocked privileges, but a vast number of guidelines aren't made public.
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
Vermont Senate okays noncitizens voting in capital city's elections  —  Democrats in two Vermont towns are pushing for noncitizens to be allowed to vote  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for May 4  —  Noncitizens who reside in Vermont's capital city Montpelier are now one step closer …
Will Carless / USA Today:
Proud Boys saw wave of contributions from Chinese diaspora before Capitol attack  —  The donations started coming in about 10 p.m. on Dec. 17.  —  A donor named Li Zhang gave $100.  A few minutes later, someone named Jun Li donated $100.  Then Hao Xu gave $20, followed shortly by $25 from a Ying Pei.
Discussion: Raw Story and Reuters
The Intercept:
Claims by Scott Stringer Accuser Unravel as Progressives Flee New York Mayoral Candidate … In the wake of the allegations made by Tara Reade against then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020, Maya Wiley co-authored a thoughtful essay framing how to respond to such claims in a fraught time.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Times
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
How Democrats can get a voting rights bill through the Senate  —  Senate Democrats have their marching orders: The caucus leadership has vowed to pass a national voting rights bill that will curb changes Republicans have made in the states that will make it harder to vote for too many Americans.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Vox and Raw Story
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas.  Then It Turned on Itself.  —  The Republican Party trounced the Democrats at every level in Texas in November, only to see its politicians turn on one another over the pandemic and voter-fraud conspiracy theories.  —  To hear more audio stories from publications …
Reuters:
Senior Swiss diplomat in Iran found dead after fall from high-rise  —  The first secretary at the Swiss embassy in Tehran was found dead on Tuesday after falling from a high-rise building where she lived in the north of the city, a spokesman for emergency services was quoted as saying by Iranian news agencies.
The Guardian:
‘Out-of-control’ Chinese rocket falling to Earth could partially survive re-entry  —  Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown, after launching space station hub  —  Part of a huge rocket that launched China's first module for its Tianhe space station …
The Intercept:
DOJ Threatened MIT Researchers With Subpoena in Collaboration With Bolivian Coup Regime … A Justice Department trial attorney repeatedly contacted Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers asking, eventually under threat of subpoena, about research they had conducted …
 
 
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
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Laura Packard / The Nation:
Medicaid Expansion Is a Better Deal Than Ever. But Republicans Still Won't Do It.
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
In the face of most Democrats' opposition, US Steel cancels a billion-dollar investment
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Sidney Powell Can't Be Let Off the Hook for Lies, Dominion Says
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Gaby Del Valle / Eater:
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Discussion: MinnPost and UPI
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
What the Republican Party Needs vs. What It Wants
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CNN:
CIA briefing to lawmakers on suspected energy attacks turned contentious
Noga Tarnopolsky / Washington Post:
Netanyahu is desperate, unhinged and totally uninterested in governing