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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.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN's Jamie Gangel: Kevin McCarthy ‘Very Concerned’ Jan 6. Commission Could Force Him to Testify About Call With Trump During Riot
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How GOP rage at Liz Cheney makes a future stolen election more likely
The Daily Beast:
Trump, GOP Leaders, and Even Liz Cheney Allies Say She Is a ‘Dead Woman Walking’
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.
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Tori Richards / Washington Examiner:
Facebook Oversight Board that upheld Trump ban mostly tied to Soros  —  The Facebook Oversight Board that upheld the site's ban on President Donald Trump overwhelmingly has ties to George Soros and leftist agendas — though numerous members claim that they support free speech.
Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The inside story of how we reached the Facebook-Trump verdict
Discussion: IJR, more at Mediagazer »
Oversight Board:
Oversight Board upholds former President Trump's suspension, finds Facebook failed to impose proper penalty
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
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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 …
The Hill:
Biden visits local Mexican restaurant to highlight relief program
Discussion: HotAir and Bloomberg
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.
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Emily Bohatch / The State:
SC House passes bill bringing back electric chair, introducing firing squad
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Teen accused of rigging vote to become homecoming queen will be tried as an adult  —  On the day she was crowned homecoming queen, Emily Grover wore a sparkly silver dress.  A bouquet of roses rested in the crook of her arm, and a crown adorned her curled blond hair.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Law & Crime
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, The Guardian and UPI
Washington Post:
Biden commits to waiving vaccine patents, driving wedge with pharmaceutical companies  —  Developing countries have sought waiver, arguing it would boost coronavirus response  —  The Biden administration on Wednesday threw its support behind a controversial proposal to waive intellectual property protections …
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Chelsea Clinton / The Atlantic:
Biden Has the Power to Vaccinate the World
Discussion: Common Dreams
CNBC:
U.S. backs waiving patent protections for Covid vaccines, citing global health crisis
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Federal judge vacates CDC's nationwide eviction moratorium  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
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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 …
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Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Newsom draws contrast with GOP challenger Caitlyn Jenner after her comments on transgender athletes  —  Newsom aide emphasizes governor's support letting people ‘participate in activities consistent with their gender identity’  —  Trey Gowdy, Kayleigh McEnany rip liberals for attacking Caitlyn Jenner
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Caitlin McFall / Fox News:
Some Calif. Democratic strategists say Catilyn Jenner gubernatorial bid is a win for Gov. Newsom: Report
Discussion: Politico, Vanity Fair and 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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: New York Post and THE CITY
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 …
New York Times:
Protests Explode in Colombia, Leaving At Least 24 Dead  —  The eruption of anger in Colombia, where at least 24 have died as the government cracks down on the protests, could spread to other countries in the region that share the same combustible conditions.
Discussion: OHCHR, CBS News and Washington Post
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 …
Lindsay Wise / Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Says ‘100%’ of His Focus Is on Blocking Biden Agenda  —  Senate GOP leader's remarks come as Democrats and Republicans have focused on possible infrastructure deal but see few prospects elsewhere  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans …
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 …
Washington Post:
CDC says coronavirus could be under control this summer in U.S. if people get vaccinated and are careful  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Discussion: Northeastern and Mediaite
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Special Interests Funded $110K-Plus of Globetrotting Lavish Travel for Democrat Ron Kind  —  Democrat Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) has taken more than $110,000 worth of special interest-funded lavish trips, filings with the U.S. House Ethics Committee reveal.
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 …
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Republicans Will Punish Democrats for Every Reform They Make  —  But that shouldn't stop Democrats from embracing big and sweeping changes while they can.  —  I am not worried about what Mitch McConnell will do should Republicans take back the Senate in 2022.
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
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Chinese rocket debris is expected to crash into Earth soon.  It's not the first time.  —  Washington (CNN)The large Chinese rocket that is out of control and set to reenter Earth's atmosphere this weekend has brought about an alarming but not unprecedented situation.
 
 
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ABC News:
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McCaffrey Blauner / The Daily Beast:
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Brian Flood / Fox News:
CNN's Brian Stelter returns from vacation to host lowest-rated ‘Reliable Sources’ of year
Discussion: RedState
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
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Discussion: MinnPost and Digby's Hullabaloo
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
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