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1:35 PM ET, May 5, 2021

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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.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the social network's decision to ban Trump  —  Long-awaited ruling has implications for how social media companies govern speech by public officials and other powerful people  —  Facebook's Oversight Board on Wednesday upheld the social network's decision …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Social Network's Ban of Trump  —  A company-appointed panel ruled that the ban was justified at the time but added that the company should reassess its action and make a final decision in six months.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Facebook-appointed panel of journalists …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
The Facebook Ban Hurt Trump in Surprising Ways  —  STRONGSVILLE, Ohio—  Joe Poldruhi wasn't sure what to believe about his local congressional race.  He hadn't heard it straight from Donald Trump.  —  I had come to Ohio's 16th District to report on Trump's vengeance-fueled decision …
Axios:
Trump and inner circle hang on Facebook verdict
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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 …
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.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Report: Trump, McCarthy, Scalise all back Elise Stefanik to replace Cheney in caucus leadership  —  Sounds like it's a done deal. … A source close to Cheney summed up for WaPo why she's not bummed about losing her leadership role: “She's not going to be a good messenger if it requires lying.”
Steve Hayes / The Dispatch:
Kevin McCarthy's GOP is Tired of Hearing the Truth  —  As Donald Trump continues to push election lies, the House's top Republican chastises those who push back.  —  5 hr ago  —  In a private appearance in front of a small crowd at Mar-a-Lago in late April, former President Donald Trump pointed supporters …
Discussion: Townhall, Page Array, HotAir and The Week
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ernst defends fellow Republican leader Cheney — but calls for intra-GOP peace
New York Times:
House Republicans Have Had Enough of Liz Cheney's Truth-Telling
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.
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 …
Discussion: TMZ.com and New York Post
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
CPSC and Peloton Announce: Recall of Tread+ Treadmills After One Child Death and 70 Incidents; Recall of Tread Treadmills Due to Risk of Injury
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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.
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 …
New York Times:
Why Democratic Departures From the House Have Republicans Salivating  —  A growing number of Democrats in battleground districts are retiring or leaving to seek higher office, imperiling the party's slim House majority and President Biden's expansive agenda.
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.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
The U.S. Birthrate Has Dropped Again.  The Pandemic May Be Accelerating the Decline.  —  Over all, the birthrate declined by 4 percent in 2020.  Births were down most sharply in December, when babies conceived at the start of the health crisis would have been born.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and Forbes
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Eddie Gallagher now says SEALs intended to kill unarmed fighter and ‘nobody had a problem with it’  —  Nearly two years after being found not guilty of killing an unarmed ISIS fighter, retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher has made an earth-shattering admission: Neither he nor any of the other SEALs …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Raw Story and ABC News
CREW:
Trump family travel cost $140,000+ in just the first month post-presidency … Trump's adult children have cost taxpayers a lot of money over the years, but this time, it's different.  CREW got records from the Secret Service that show that in just the thirty days after Donald Trump left the presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump attorney, other allies launch voter fraud organization  —  Jenna Ellis, a former member of Donald Trump's legal team, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.  —  Former President Donald Trump has been fixated …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy says he rented a ‘room’ — in a 7,000-square-foot penthouse  —  “Frank [Luntz] has been a friend of mine for more than 30 years. ...  I've rented a room from Frank for a couple of months, but don't worry, I'm back to — going back to where I normally am, on my couch in my office.
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Steyer paid settlements to 5 former campaign staffers  —  Tom Steyer's short-lived presidential campaign has made more than $24,000 in settlement payments to five former campaign staffers in recent months.  —  The payments, which haven't been previously reported, came after two of the former …
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Canadian Jews Protest ‘Antisemitic’ Allegations Against Former Ambassador to Israel  —  Jewish groups are angry after unnamed officials in Canada's Foreign Ministry claimed that Vivian Bercovici, who is Jewish, was ‘a spokesperson for the Israeli government’ while serving as ambassador in Tel Aviv
 
 
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Reuters:
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New Republic:
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Guy Hedgecoe / Politico:
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Discussion: Jacobin
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
In U.S., More Worry About Vaccine Demand Than Supply
Discussion: HotAir
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Treasury Evaluating Various Scenarios for Debt Limit Reinstatement
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
‘I Used to Like School’: An 11-Year-Old's Struggle With Pandemic Learning
Aída Chávez / The Nation:
The Biden State Department Nominee Who Worked for Saudi Arabia and Big Oil
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
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Ankush Khardori / New Republic:
Biden Isn't Holding Trump Accountable. Sheldon Whitehouse Is Very Concerned.
Discussion: Raw Story
Medium:
Open Letter on the History, Impact, and Future of the Filibuster
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Tesler / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans' Pessimistic Views On The Economy Have Little To Do With The Economy
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’
Discussion: Washington Post
KFF:
Supply vs Demand: Which States are Reaching their COVID-19 Vaccine Tipping Points?