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10:40 PM ET, May 4, 2021

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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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Wall Street Journal:
Purging Liz Cheney  —  GOP leaders shouldn't have to lie about 2020 to keep their job.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  This should be a hopeful moment for House Republicans.  While they're playing defense in the minority for now, their prospects for picking up the five net seats they need …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and IJR
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Trump's Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy  —  President Biden's early success in getting Americans vaccinated, pushing out stimulus checks and generally calming the surface of American life has been a blessing for the country.  But it's also lulled many into thinking …
John McCormack / National Review:   Liz Cheney Digs In, as Support Sinks over Blunt Trump Talk
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Are Purging Liz Cheney for Opposing Trump's Insurrection
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Kevin McCarthy: Master of Strategery
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
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Axios:
Trump and inner circle hang on Facebook verdict  —  Donald Trump and his inner circle are anxiously awaiting Facebook's decision about whether to reinstate him to the platform, viewing it as the propellant for an increasingly likely second presidential campaign in 2024.
Politico:
'It really f—ks the other ‘24 wannabes’: How Facebook could give Trump a huge boost  —  Former President Donald Trump's potential reemergence on Facebook this week could dramatically upend politics.  But it's not the megaphone the platform offers him — it's the money.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Judge Says Barr Misled on How His Justice Dept. Viewed Trump's Actions  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a ruling that the misleading statements were similar to others that William P. Barr, the former attorney general, had made about the Mueller investigation.
Discussion: The Hill
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Secret William Barr memo saying not to charge Trump must be released, judge says  —  A federal judge this week rejected the Justice Department's attempts to keep secret a departmental opinion to not charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction at the end of the Mueller investigation …
Linnaea Honl-Stuenkel / CREW:   Judge orders DOJ release Trump obstruction memo
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors Seek Outside Review of Materials Seized From Rudy Giuliani  —  Attorney-client privilege concerns cited in letter to Manhattan federal judge  —  Manhattan federal prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint an outside authority known as a “special master” to oversee a review …
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
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India  —  President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive …
Discussion: RedState
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: HotAir
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Robby Soave / Reason:   The CDC's Guidance for Summer Camps Is Insane
Politico:
Biden team prepares a Mike Lindell, yes, Mike Lindell oppo file  —  With help from Allie Bice and Daniel Payne  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people of the Biden administration. … President JOE BIDEN has kept his public focus on combating the pandemic and passing his infrastructure plan.
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Charles Sykes / Politico:
Paul Ryan, It's Time for You to Stand Up to Fox  —  Dear Paul:  —  I'm often asked whether we are still friends.  I usually answer: Yes, but we're taking a break and seeing other people.  —  I'd like to talk to you about some of those other people today, specifically your colleagues at Fox.
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.
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Jessie Balmert / USA Today:
Ohio GOP will discuss possible censure of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for impeaching Trump
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 …
Discussion: WEB OF EVIL
Financial Times:
Biden's tentative steps towards North Korea's Kim greeted with scepticism  —  US hopes to keep nuclear-armed Pyongyang quiet as it tackles more pressing problems  —  Before he won the US election, North Korea dismissed Joe Biden as a “fool of low IQ” while the presidential candidate labelled Kim Jong Un a “thug”.
Discussion: Washington Times
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
U. San Diego Law Prof. Tom Smith Vindicated: Blog Criticising Chinese Government Held Protected By Academic Freedom  —  University of San Diego Provost: “we sought to determine whether the blog post at issue was protected by our policy on academic freedom.  After a thorough legal review …
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Rachel Metz / CNN:
Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool — and that's a problem  —  (CNN Business)You probably haven't seen PimEyes, a mysterious facial-recognition search engine, but it may have spotted you.  —  If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes' website, it will immediately show …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Denitsa Tsekova / Yahoo Finance:
Only the ‘lucky few’ will pay higher taxes under Biden's plan, analysis finds  —  President Joe Biden is planning to raise revenue to fund his infrastructure plans through numerous tax hikes that would mostly hit the top 0.7% of Americans, a new analysis found.
Discussion: Townhall
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
CNN:
Biden's plan to fight domestic terror will mark shift from Trump  —  Here's how DHS Secretary Mayorkas plans to address domestic terrorism  —  (CNN)The Biden administration will release i ts highly anticipated national strategy for fighting domestic terrorists in the coming weeks …
Discussion: Breitbart
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Second Member Of “Boogaloo Bois” Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Hamas  —  WASHINGTON - A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support and resources, namely property, services and weapons, to what he believed was Hamas …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Althouse and HotAir
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Are the Bidens giants?  Are the Carters tiny?  Or are our eyes failing us?  —  On first glance, the photograph seems typical enough.  President Biden and first lady Jill Biden kneel beside their predecessors in the White House, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, during a trip to Georgia last week.
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
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.
 
 
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Yoav Gonen / THE CITY:
NYPD Oversight Board Overturned Hundreds of Its Own Police Misconduct Findings
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Meeting between Saudi and Syrian intelligence chiefs hints at detente
Kevin Daley / Washington Free Beacon:
Supreme Court Seems Unlikely to Support Reduced Sentences for Crack Offenders
Discussion: Washington Post
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
In the face of most Democrats' opposition, US Steel cancels a billion-dollar investment
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse
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Discussion: Political Wire
Gaby Del Valle / Eater:
The Lie of ‘No One Wants to Work’
Discussion: HuffPost and Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Yeshiva World:
Former NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Has Been Released Early From Prison
Discussion: Associated Press
Will Carless / USA Today:
Proud Boys saw wave of contributions from Chinese diaspora before Capitol attack
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Reuters