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8:45 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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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
The Real Reason Republicans Want to Oust Liz Cheney  —  To hear most media observers tell it, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is being martyred for having the courage of her convictions, and the House Republican Conference can no longer abide her truth-telling.  Republican lawmakers, the narrative goes …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
From Paul Ryan acolyte to Trump disciple: Elise Stefanik sets out to replace Liz Cheney in GOP leadership  —  Elise Stefanik entered the political arena eight years ago out of admiration for Paul D. Ryan, the conservative darling who had just returned to the House after his stint as Republican vice-presidential nominee.
Discussion: Washington Times, Roll Call and IJR
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ernst defends fellow Republican leader Cheney — but calls for intra-GOP peace  —  INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst doesn't agree with Liz Cheney's opposition to former President Donald Trump.  The Iowa Republican still says her fellow GOP leader has the right to stand her ground.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How GOP rage at Liz Cheney makes a future stolen election more likely
Politico:
Cheney isn't fighting McCarthy push to replace her in leadership
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The effort to dump Liz Cheney is the consequence of a party that lost its way
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.
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trumpland thought he'd get back on Facebook.  Now, they're anxious and scrambling.  —  Republicans on Wednesday expressed outrage over news that Donald Trump's Facebook suspension would remain in place for the time being.  Privately, many of them, including some close to the former president, were panicked.
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 …
Tori Richards / Washington Examiner:
Facebook Oversight Board that upheld Trump ban mostly tied to Soros
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and Reason
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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Emily Anthes / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Studies Indicate Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Protects Against the Most Severe Outcomes of Some Virus Variants  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is incredibly effective against severe disease caused by two variants, studies say.
Discussion: Washington Post, UPI and The Guardian
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CNBC:
U.S. backs waiving patent protections for Covid vaccines, citing global health crisis
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 …
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Anna Spiegel / Washingtonian:   President Biden Surprises a DC Taqueria Owner by Dropping by on Cinco De Mayo
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
South Carolina House adds firing squad to execution methods  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House voted Wednesday to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs — a measure meant to jump-start executions in a state that once had one of the busiest death chambers in the nation.
Discussion: Insider
New York Times:
Biden Leans Into Plans to Tax the Rich  —  “We're not going to deprive any of these executives of their second or third home, travel privately by jet,” the president said at the White House.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden delivered a clear and punchy message to America's highest earners on Wednesday …
Discussion: New York Post and Washington Times
Lloyd J. Austin III / Washington Post:
The Pentagon must prepare for a much bigger theater of war … The cornerstone of America's defense is deterrence, ensuring that our adversaries understand the folly of outright conflict.  “Only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt,” said President John F. Kennedy in 1961 …
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 …
Clay Travis / OutKick:
Fox is Buying Outkick; Explosive Growth Ahead; I'll Be Here  —  Just shy of 10 years ago in late July of 2011, Outkick was born at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Birmingham, Alabama.  That morning I pounded out our first column in a Wynfrey hotel room and when I hit publish …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
Ernest Luning / Colorado Politics:
Boebert opponents auctioning off Shooters Grill logo in response to demand to shut down parody site  —  A group devoted to defeating U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert at the ballot box is auctioning off the logo used by Shooters Grill, the Silt Republican's gun-themed restaurant in Rifle …
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Sidney Powell Is Rehashing Bogus Election Theory, State Says
Discussion: The Hill
Associated Press:
Montana governor ends extra unemployment payments, citing worker shortage
Discussion: UPI
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Vimeo Deletes Trump Ally Mike Lindell's MyPillow Account
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Feds fine unruly and maskless airplane passengers as violent incidents increase
Discussion: Mediaite
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
ICE deportations fell in April to lowest monthly level on record, enforcement data shows
 Earlier Items: 
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
Kushner Companies Violated Multiple Laws in Massive Tenant Dispute, Judge Rules
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
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Discussion: MinnPost
Ronald Radosh / New Republic:
Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
There's an Extremely Stupid Reason Congress Doesn't Want a Good IRS
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
AJC Poll: Georgians narrowly back Biden, but state remains polarized on many issues
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Breitbart