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8:45 AM ET, May 5, 2021

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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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
House Republicans Have Had Enough of Liz Cheney's Truth-Telling  —  Conservative lawmakers are plotting a fresh bid to dethrone Ms. Cheney from her leadership post.  Her transgression: continued repudiation of Donald J. Trump and his false election claims.  —  WASHINGTON — The first time defenders …
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:
POLITICO Playbook: House GOP set to dump Cheney for Stefanik
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: Raw Story, The Hill and The Week
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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 …
Discussion: UPI
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders release of DOJ memo justifying not prosecuting Trump
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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Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Facebook Ban Hurt Trump in Surprising Ways
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Set to Rule on Trump Ban
Discussion: Al Jazeera and FOX 46 Charlotte
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979  —  Millennials fuel continued downward trend in fertility rates  —  The number of babies born in America last year was the lowest in more than four decades, according to federal figures released Wednesday that show a continuing U.S. fertility slump.
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
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Rich Mendez / CNBC:
U.S. birth and fertility rates dropped to another record low in 2020, CDC says
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  —  Like any good tabloid headline, it's simple, snappy and succinct: DAILY NEWS NEEDS NEW OWNER.  —  And not just any owner: a New York owner, someone who knows the city …
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jared Kushner founds “Abraham Accords Institute”  —  Jared Kushner is founding an organization called the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace, to work on deepening the normalization agreements he helped strike between Israel and Arab countries.  —  The big picture: The Abraham Accords …
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
Jessica Winter / New Yorker:
The Allegations Against Blake Bailey and the Shock of the Familiar  —  As a teacher, Bailey was a type, a stock character, the sort whose behavior is often trailed by public silence.  —  In the opening pages of Philip Roth's novel “I Married a Communist,” from 1998, Nathan Zuckerman delivers …
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Six months after the 2020 elections, a new poll suggests Georgians like the way President Joe Biden is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, but they are more divided on his economic proposals …
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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’  —  Lee Tae-kyung has campaigned tirelessly in South Korea to share the story of the 93,000 people who migrated from Japan to North Korea from 1959 to 1984 and were forced to stay.  —  SEOUL — On a bright August morning in 1960 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Claire Williams / Morning Consult:
Biden's $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan Is Supported by Nearly 60% of Voters  —  While just 1 in 4 Republicans back the package, they expressed more support for the proposal's individual provisions  — 86% of Democrats support Biden's plan, compared with 54% of independents and 25% of Republicans.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Lisa Bonos / Washington Post:
If Bill and Melinda Gates can't make a marriage work, what hope is there for the rest of us?  —  Just imagine how many hours of couples therapy you can afford when you're among the world's richest people.  Or the shared sense of purpose you could forge while raising three children and running …
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.
John McCormack / National Review:
Liz Cheney Digs In, as Support Sinks over Blunt Trump Talk  —  No chance she'll step down, one source says.  If Republicans want her out, they're going to have to hold yet another vote to do it.  —  t's official: Liz Cheney is — for the second time in 2021 — the most controversial member inside the House GOP conference.
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
Michael Tesler / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans' Pessimistic Views On The Economy Have Little To Do With The Economy  —  In 2016, the media extensively covered Trump supporters' “economic anxiety.”  Will this misperception continue in the lead-up to 2024?  —  Since Joe Biden became president, several surveys have found …
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
Massive family reunification effort starts with a mother and son at the border  —  An earlier version of this article incorrectly quoted attorney Carol Anne Donohoe as saying her law firm applied in February to bring Sandra Ortíz across the U.S. border and was denied.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention  —  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter  —  Virginia Republicans are gearing up for their party's gubernatorial nominating convention on Saturday in a race that could signal how the party plans to navigate the post-Trump era.
Discussion: National Review and The Nation
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Biden's next vaccination goal sounds modest  —  President Biden is once again setting exceedingly modest pandemic goals.  —  Yet it may be smart, given signs that vaccine demand appears to be on a serious decline in the United States.  —  The president has set a new goal for Independence Day.
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?  —  We recently estimated that the U.S. was close to its “COVID-19 vaccine tipping point” - that is, the point at which vaccine supply may start to outstrip demand.  We also noted that national averages may mask important differences by state.
Discussion: USA Today and Washington Post
Medium:
Open Letter on the History, Impact, and Future of the Filibuster  —  We are historians, political scientists, and other scholars who study the Senate, American government, American history, and the challenges facing our democracy.  —  With critics of the filibuster advancing arguments for its reform …
Politico:
Earmark intrigue splits Senate Republicans  —  At least six GOP senators plan to violate their conference's toothless earmark ban and more than a dozen others won't commit either way, citing fears that they're relinquishing power to Democrats if they don't participate, according to a POLITICO survey of all 50 upper-chamber Republicans.
Discussion: New York Times, The Hill and The Nation
 
 
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U.S. Department of Justice:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
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Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Robby Soave / Reason:
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CNN:
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The Intercept:
DOJ Threatened MIT Researchers With Subpoena in Collaboration With Bolivian Coup Regime
Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today:
Corporations aren't ‘woke,’ they just know their customers. Watch and learn, Republicans.
Discussion: The Editorial Board