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6:40 PM ET, May 5, 2021

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Liz Cheney / Washington Post:
The GOP is at a turning point.  History is watching us. … Liz Cheney, a Republican, represents Wyoming's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House.  —  In public statements again this week, former president Donald Trump has repeated his claims that the 2020 election was a fraud and was stolen.
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Politico:
Cheney isn't fighting McCarthy push to replace her in leadership  —  Liz Cheney is not fighting to hold onto her job as House GOP conference chair, even as top Republican leaders openly campaign to replace her in the No. 3 spot.  —  To the frustration of many fellow Republicans …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How GOP rage at Liz Cheney makes a future stolen election more likely  —  Rep. Liz Cheney's fate appears sealed: Republicans are set to oust the Wyoming Republican as the No. 3 in the House GOP leadership, and will most likely replace her with Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, whose loyalty to Donald Trump remains unquestioned.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The effort to dump Liz Cheney is the consequence of a party that lost its way  —  The growing effort to remove Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the third-ranking Republican leadership position in the House further accelerates her party's full capitulation to Donald Trump's big lie about the 2020 election.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Liz Cheney's top donors stand with her despite Republicans' push to oust her from House leadership
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
McConnell Is Rebounding With Republicans as He Looks ‘to the Future’
Discussion: The Hill, Townhall and Political Wire
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Trump's New Blog Is a Trap  —  The only way to win is not to play … A Quick Thought on Facebook's Oversight Board Decision  —  This morning the Board delivered its long-awaited decision with this slippery, misleading headline: Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension …
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Oversight Board:
Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension, finds Facebook failed to impose proper penalty  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
Henry Farrell / Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the ban on Trump, but it didn't like how Facebook banned him
New York Times:
Facebook Ban Hits Trump Where It Hurts: Messaging and Money
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Social Network's Ban of Trump
Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the social network's decision to ban Trump
Annie Nova / CNBC:
Federal judge overturns national eviction ban  — A federal judge struck down on Wednesday the national eviction moratorium, potentially leaving millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.  — Housing advocates have said that the national ban is necessary to stave off …
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Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Federal judge vacates CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium
Gabe Hiatt / Eater DC:
Joe Biden Visited D.C.'s Taqueria Las Gemelas to Deliver Some Good News in Person  —  Co-owner Josh Phillips says the president told him Las Gemelas is the first restaurant in America to receive a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant  —  When Taqueria Las Gemelas co-owner Josh Phillips clocked …
Discussion: DCist and Associated Press
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Anna Spiegel / Washingtonian:   President Biden Surprises a DC Taqueria Owner by Dropping by on Cinco De Mayo
Doug Palmer / Politico:
Biden team says it supports waiving patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines  —  The United States said on Wednesday that it supports waiving valuable patent and other intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines to help expand production of life-saving shots worldwide.
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Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
The Untold Story of How Jeff Bezos Beat the Tabloids  —  When a gossip rag went after the CEO, he retaliated with the brutal, brilliant efficiency he used to build his business empire.  In an exclusive excerpt from the new book Amazon Unbound comes an unrivaled tale of money, sex, and power.
Jessica M. Goldstein / Washingtonian:
The Awkward Feeling of Rooting for the White House Press Secretary  —  Half of America is smitten with Jen Psaki, while a swath of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is.  —  In her first three months on the job, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has yet …
Sally Goldenberg / Politico:
Eric Adams edges out Yang for first time in public poll  —  Eric Adams is leading the field of mayoral candidates in a new poll, marking the first time Andrew Yang is not the top contender since he shook up the race with his unexpected entry in mid-January.  —  Adams, the Brooklyn Borough president …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alix Culbertson / Sky News:
UK to send two Royal Navy ships to Jersey after France threatens blockade of island port  —  France has threatened to cut off Jersey's electricity as it says fishing licences are being granted with conditions not agreed.  —  Created with Sketch.  —  The UK is sending two Royal Navy ships to Jersey …
Discussion: BBC, Bloomberg, Politico and Mercury News
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Trump's spell over the media broke once he lost his megaphones  —  Social media interactions about former President Trump have fallen 91% since January, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.  —  Why it matters: When Trump lost his social media accounts, he lost his once-immense power …
CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Feds fine unruly and maskless airplane passengers as violent incidents increase  —  (CNN)Federal authorities are planning to fine two unmasked and unruly passengers accused of hitting and grabbing flight attendants amid a rash of disruptive and sometimes violent incidents on board planes.
Discussion: Mediaite
Signal Blog:
The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you  —  Companies like Facebook aren't building technology for you, they're building technology for your data.  They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility into people and their lives.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge  —  COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph.  —  And then another.  And another.  And four more.
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN's Brian Stelter returns from vacation to host lowest-rated ‘Reliable Sources’ of year  —  Show performed better with replacement host John Avlon  —  CNN's struggling media program “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter hit another low on Sunday with its smallest audience of 2021 …
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Trump and legal team approached about Giuliani legal costs  —  Rudy Giuliani's son: I'm not concerned my father will be charged  —  (CNN)Allies of Rudy Giuliani continue to call on former President Donald Trump and Republicans to pay for his efforts around the election and, in turn …
Washington Post:
White House grapples with reports of labor shortage, inflation as recovery picks up steam  —  Biden administration officials are hearing from a range of voices about economic pressures  —  Senior Biden economic officials have in recent weeks been peppered by complaints from restaurant groups …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Insider
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Kushner Companies Violated Multiple Laws in Massive Tenant Dispute, Judge Rules  —  Judge finds Kushner-owned management company charged “deceptive” fees to thousands of tenants, in lawsuit filed after ProPublica found widespread problems in their apartments.
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Mother, Separated from Her Children at the Border, Comes Home  —  The Biden Administration has begun a massive effort to reunite more than a thousand families torn apart by Trump.  —  For the past two years, Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe de Zúniga kept a daily ritual.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
There's an Extremely Stupid Reason Congress Doesn't Want a Good IRS  —  Yesterday, Treasury secretary Janet Yellen noted that, in this decade, uncollected federal taxes will amount to roughly $7 trillion.  Former IRS commissioners Fred Goldberg and Charles Rossotti have calculated that …
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
What's really going on down in Georgia  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Georgia's Republican state legislature — after an election fueled by a huge Black turnout that helped elect a Democratic president and two Democratic U.S. Senators for the first time in a quarter century …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo and MinnPost
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Time has only weakened the argument that the Russia probe was a victory for Trump  —  Donald Trump was dismissing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election as a “witch hunt” even before he became president.  He was dismissing it as a “hoax” more than a month …
Wall Street Journal:
Peloton Recalls All Treadmills as CEO Apologizes  —  Home-fitness company now offering customers refunds, halts sales of Tread+ machine  —  Peloton Interactive Inc. has agreed to recall its treadmills, and its chief executive apologized for the company's initial refusal to comply …
Nicole Valdes / KNXV:
Maricopa County Senate audit observers forced to sign non-disclosure agreements  —  PHOENIX — Among concerns surrounding transparency in an effort to recount ballots cast in the 2020 election in Maricopa County, ABC15 has learned the company leading the effort is now requiring legal documents …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Strongmen who got cozy with Trump get the cold shoulder from Biden  —  The Biden administration has zinged Russia and China over human rights and alleged thuggery against their neighbors, cut off some arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and stiff-armed Turkey's increasingly authoritarian leader.
 
 
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Chelsea Clinton / The Atlantic:
Biden Has the Power to Vaccinate the World
Discussion: Common Dreams
Associated Press:
Montana governor ends extra unemployment payments, citing worker shortage
Discussion: UPI
Barak Ravid / Axios:
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Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Kiss off: Vaccinated Harris, husband smooch with masks on
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ronald Radosh / New Republic:
Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old's Struggle With Pandemic Learning
Discussion: Twitchy
CREW:
Trump family travel cost $140,000+ in just the first month post-presidency
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Forbes and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization
Larry McShane / New York Daily News:
Please buy this newspaper: A Daily News reporter begs a local owner to rescue the tabloid from Alden Global Capital
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite, more at Mediagazer »
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and The Hill